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Make this Scary Beaded Spider for Halloween

I’ve updated this DIY project for my beaded spider design (You know, made some corrections, cleaned up the typos, added the wine component).  I’ve kept one of these guys on my printer/copier/scanner in the office since last Halloween.  He’s good company, doesn’t eat much, and keeps the real spiders away!  Make a few for yourself and your friends.

Gather these supplies and a glass of wine. Or 3.

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, with the bead at the “fold”.

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 with your non-drinking hand.

Man, I need a manicure. And another glass of wine.

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 beads 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.

Great, now everyone has my fingerprint…guess my witness protection identity is about to come to an end…

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.  Drink up.

At the end of the leg, bring the wire back around the last bead, and holding it in place, wrap the wire around the bead at the end of the leg several times and snip off the excess.  Repeat for the remaining 7 legs.  Or 5 if that’s all you ended up with.  I don’t judge.

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 resemble little biting jaws.  BwahHaHaHaHa.

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


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3-2-1 Blastoff – Awards, Interviews, and stuff

So, this week I was nominated 3 times for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I had 2 interviews.  I didn’t blast off, however.  It just seemed cruel to stop at 3-2…..and I couldn’t think of a singular event to list as “1”.

Well, then, the following lovely ladies nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award,

Lorna’s Voice

Not Quite Old

If I were Brave


I also received The Versatile Blogger Award nominations from:

Life in the Boomer Lane

What I Meant 2 Say

and if I hadn’t been so damned busy trying to get my shit self together for the 2 interviews (for jobs I’m not even sure I want) I would have gotten around to fulfilling my obligations as Writer of the Year Versatile Blogger extraordinaire.

This is where I should start blubbering “You Like Me, You Really Like Me” but I’ll resist that temptation….  You’re Welcome.

So here are the rules – link back to the person nominating you.  List 7 things about yourself.  Present (nominate) 15 blogs you either follow, enjoy, admire, or covet.

Okay, now 7 things about me.

I love everything about the human body.  Seriously, everything.  I feel a post coming on about it, too.  So you are warned.

I am almost painfully shy.  I may not appear to be shy, but I feel very shy.  I wish I could make friends more easily, but it just doesn’t happen.  I think people mistake my shyness for stand-offish-ness.  I feel a post coming on…..

I have a bead addiction.  I am currently in recovery (I haven’t bought a bead in at least a couple weeks).  Thank goodness they are small, makes it easier to sneak 100 dollars worth of crystals into the house in a zip lock baggy.  I fear I shall become the Crazy Bead Lady.

I drive a 12-year old Jeep Cherokee.  The only new car I have ever bought. I wanted to punch the salesman who asked if I didn’t want to consult with my husband before purchasing.   I still love it, and it is great for hauling a 90 pound dog across the country.  It, like me, is showing signs of age and wear and tear.  Hmmmm, might be post-worthy.

I make great soups.  From scratch.  With love added.

I am perpetually homesick.  Perpetually.

I DO believe the glass is half-full, but silently wish it was either full (again) or that I had drunk the whole damned thing.


So here are fifteen rockin’ blogs that I really enjoy – I hope you do, too.

Seriously, Have you Met My Family? Blogs from a mom on a mission to drive her children zany

Robin Michele Levy, breast cancer ass-kicker, artist and author

The Single Cell, one of my favorites – politics, laughter, and poignant looks at life

I had this one pegged before Freshly Pressed snagged her – Love, love love her stuff.  Student Design Blog

This one speaks for itself (himself)  Reasons why I’m still single

Great, funny pics – Observations from the rarely enthused

A Lighter Shade of Grey – beautiful pictures, lovely words

But I’m not addicted.  Great cartoons.

Calhoun (Random letters to the World) writes letters saying the things we wish we could all say to the world (and himself)

Pretty In Pink Pretty Grievances – When I’m not complaining I sew

Boomer Reflections on Life, the Universe and Everything  Another Boomer Blog

Bitchin Sisters We’re pretty funny – this aint disco

You will laugh out loud at Mary.  Please swallow your coffee (or food) before you read – your computer will thank you.

A little bit of everything – Seeing Clarely

Good stuff – “I imagine myself an intrepid, if boozy, anthropologist”  – Never Shag a Greek

I am off to notify my Versatile Blogger nominees.

Carry On.


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