01 of 09
Halloween Beaded Spider Jewelry
Looking for something creepy to wear for Halloween? These beaded spiders are sure to do the trick. The best part is they can be made with almost any beads in your stash. I chose black beads and copper wire for my earrings - but these bead spiders look great in fun colors too. For more ghostly goodness, see this list of free Halloween beadwork projects.
My beaded spider earrings are made with black glass crystal 12X8 mm drops for the body, 6 mm black glass faceted beads for the head and #11 Toho... triangle beads for the legs. In addition, I used 22g copper wire for the body wire and 24g copper wire for the legs.
You will need basic wire wrapping tools to make this project including a chain nose plier, round nose plier and flush cutters.
My spiders are about 1 1/4 inch long and 1 1/4 inch wide.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Make the Spider's Legs from Wire
To make the spider's eight legs, cut four pieces of 24g wire at least 3 inches long. Using round nose pliers, fold the legs around the plier in the middle until they pass each other. Twist the groups of wires around each other at least one full twist to keep the group together.
Try to make the loop as small as possible since you will be putting it on the 20g wire.
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03 of 09
Put the Spider Beads and Legs on the Wire
Cut a 4 inch piece of 22g wire to hold the main beads for the spider. Make a wrapped loop on one end of the wire to hang the spider by. Trim the end of the tail wire after the wrapped loop.
My spiders hang from a silk thread, so I want the loop to come from the bottom of the spider. If you want to hang your spider head up, you will reverse the order that you put the beads on.
Put the drop bead with the wide end near the loop, then add the legs by putting the wire through the center loop, and... then the head bead.
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04 of 09
Secure the Beads in Place
Push the beads together firmly and make sure the twisted portion of the legs is on the underside of the spider. Bend the wire under the head bead and wrap it around the spider legs and body. This keeps all of the beads in place and prevents the legs from spinning on the center wire.
Trim the wire tail.
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05 of 09
Add Beads to the Spider Legs and Bend Them
I add the beads to each section of the spider leg, bend the wire to secure them, thread more beads and then bend the wire.
Bend the spider leg wire so it is pointing upward. Thread beads up until what will be the first joint in the leg. I used four 11/0 triangle beads. Push them tight against the body and then bend the wire to keep them in place.
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06 of 09
Finish the Spider Legs by Bending the Wire End to Secure Beads
Add more beads until the legs are the desired length. I added five 11/0 triangle beads.
Push the beads tight together and bend the bottom of the wire upward against the inside of the spider leg up until the knee (first bend). It holds the beads very securely this way. Trim the wire end.
Repeat for all eight spider legs.
Spider legs look good with bugle beads separated by round seed beads.
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07 of 09
Hang the Spider on a Chain to Make a Necklace
Add a jump ring to the spider and a chain to make a creepy spider necklace or read on to make spider earrings.
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08 of 09
Make a Beaded Silk Thread To Hang the Spider From
For my earrings, I made a gray/white silk thread to dangle the spiders from. I wanted my finished earrings to be about 2 1/2 inches long, so I made my silk beaded thread about 1 inch long.
Cut a piece of 22g wire three inches long. Make a wrapped loop. Thread 11/0 seed beads to the desired length. Start another wrapped loop but stop after crossing the wires. Thread the loop from the spider on before wrapping the loop closed.
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09 of 09
Enjoy your Spider Earrings
Add ear wires to finish your earrings. Beaded spiders can be made in all sizes and work with almost any type of beads and wire. It is a great way to use up the left over beads from your stash.
Did you know spiders are Christmas decorations too? Read about the Christmas spider legend and make a beaded spider ornament for your Christmas tree too!