Make this Scary Beaded Spider for Halloween

You will need

26 gauge beading wire (I used black)

1 large black bead (mine was 22 mm)

1 smaller orange bead (I used 12 mm)

1 size 6 orange seed bead

2-3 grams black Size 11 hex beads

1 gram size 11 orange seed beads

Various tools for snipping, twisting, etc.

Cut 4 pieces of wire 8 inches long, and 1 piece 6 inches long

On the 6 inch piece of wire, place a size 11 black hex bead and center (roughly) on the wire.  Fold the wire so the 2 ends are even.

Thread the 2 ends of the wire through the  large black bead, large orange bead, and the size 6 orange bead.

Bending the wire back around the smaller orange bead, go back through the hole of the smaller bead (between the 2 orange beads).  Slide the smaller bead down and while holding it, pull the ends of the wire to tighten.  These will be the pinchers which will be shaped later  Right now, leave them long to help you hold onto the spider.

Now take the 4 pieces of 8 inch wire and wrap around the wires between the large orange and large black bead.  Twist the wires together to form 8 legs.

Stringing 1 leg at a time, place 5 black hex bead and 1 size 11 orange bead (those are the little ones).  Repeat the pattern for as long as you would like the legs to be.  I repeated 6 times on each leg.

This actually goes pretty fast as the wire acts as the needle.  For the first spider I used 5 repeats of the black and orange beads, and it turned out fine, as well.  You could do 5 on the front and back legs and 6 on the legs in the middle.  Play around, people – get creative.

At the end of the leg, bring the wire back around the last bead, and holding it in place, wrap the leg around the wire several times and snip off the excess.  Repeat for the remaining 7 legs.

Now trim off the ends of the “pinchers” coming from the head of the spider.

Using a round nose plier (What?  you don’t have round nose pliers?  Well, using a pencil tip or some other round object), twist the ends around to resember little biting jaws.  BwahHaHaHaHa.

The legs are very bendable which makes the spiders completely pose-able.  Guess who will be going to work with me tomorrow.

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21 responses to “Make this Scary Beaded Spider for Halloween

  1. Adorable and creepy! Love these. I do want to bookmark this.

    • They are rather fun, and whip up pretty quickly. Because I used a flat oval bead for the body, it could be glued onto a pin clip, or glued onto a headband or barrette, I would think. I like mine just crawling around – you never know where they will show up.

  2. Hey, this is super cute! I didn’t know you were craftily talented as well as word-talented.

    (getting to know you…getting to know all, about you…)

  3. those would make cool brooches, no? continue…

  4. They are beautiful spiders! I have a spider pin that I wear on my jacket, and it is interesting how many people comment on it!

    • I don’t care for real spiders but these are charming in an icky, scary sort of way. I’d like to see the spider pin, I’m always looking for new jewelry to make.

  5. Very crafty and excellent instructions with pictures. Even I could make one–I think! 🙂

  6. Now, that’s pretty neat. Very crafty indeed.

  7. I agree–you are so talented and crafty! I am all thumbs at this sort of thing!

  8. EXCELLENT!!! Absolutely love it!

  9. I love your spidie. Playing with wire and beads helps keep me happy, too. Love your blog.

  10. Pingback: Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial - Making Wire Wrapped Jewelry Instructions | Trollbeads

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