By Deborah Kelly
Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry
3 ½ feet 22 gauge wire
1 Bead 10-16 mm
1 size 8 or 6 seed bead with a hole big enough for 2 wires to go through.
Chain or flat nose pliers
round nose pliers
6 step bail making pliers
Find the center of your wire. Wrap the middle of your wire around the 4th step on the bail making pliers or the biggest part of the round nose pliers twice.
Pinch the wire together after the 2nd wrap.
Slid the bead onto the end of the two wires.
Slid bead up there the double loop made in step one.
Take round nose pliers and insert them between the wires right by the bead.
Wrap the wires around the tip of the round nose pliers to form a small double loop.
The ends of the two wires should be going away from each other.
Wrap the ends around the base of the loop all the way around.
So the wires end up in the same position they started in.
Take one of the wires to the front, where the big loop is.
Insert the wire through the big loop going down through the loop.
Wrap wire around loop once.
To make the first leg bend the wire about 2 to 3 times as long as the bead.
Put the wire back thru the big loop.
Wrap wire once around big loop to set the leg in place.
With the spider I made for this tutorial the first leg ended up being about 1 1/8th inches long.
This first leg will determine how long all the legs are and how much the spider will stand up off the table.
Make the second leg like the first but make it a little shorter then the first leg made.
Set the leg by wrapping the wire around the large loop once.
Make the third leg the same size as the second leg.
The fourth leg should be about the same size as the first leg.
Set each leg with a wrap around the loop between each leg.
Setting can be skipped if the loop is too small to accommodate the wire being wrapped that many times.
After the last leg make the first side of the pincer the same way as the leg but make it only about ¼ to ½ inch long.
No need to set the pincer.
Repeat on the other side with the other wire. When done put the two wires together and pull them up between the pincers.
Thread the two wires thru the seed bead.
Slid the bead all the way down the wire and bend the wires so the bead sits right over the large loop.
Take the wires and bring to the back, one wire on each side going to the back between the first leg on each side and the large bead.
Twist the two wires together under the spider.
Cut off about ¾ of an inch.
Use the round nose pliers to spiral the tail and lay flat against the loop.
Take the chain nose pliers and grasp the end of the first leg and start twisting the wires.
Twist the legs nice and tight. By grasping the end of the wire with the pliers it will leave a little loop at the very end of each of the legs.
Twist all the legs and the pincers try to make the twisting even.
Bend all the legs up right at the start of them.
Bend legs down about 2/3 the way up the legs.
The back legs and front legs the knee of the spider should be higher then the middle legs.
Take the chain nose pliers and gently bend the pincers.
Grab the pincers about halfway up them and bend the pincer towards the other pincer.
Try to make the bends mirror images.
Use the pliers to bend all the little loops on the ends of the legs out to form feet.
Arrange the legs to where they are aesthetically pleasing and enjoy your spider.