How to Make a Spider Brooch

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My First Spider BroochI have started to wear my spider pins to work. I enjoy wearing them the month of October leading up to the grand finale of Halloween!! Which of course, I wear as many as I can at one time without looking too crazy. I have a few other types of brooches and earrings that resemble skeletons, witches and ghosts. But, nothing has the impact of the spider brooch. I have started making jewelry, mostly necklaces and bracelets. I have branched out with earrings which are fun but I have always shied away from brooches. They looked hard to make and it seemed so personal to make a piece of jewelry that someone puts on their chest or shoulder. Very intimate to me. More intimate than the ears, neck or arm. WHY? Who knows why? I surely don’t… Here is my first attempt at a spider brooch. I think it came out cute and lead me to try couple more styles. I feel an obsession starting again.Supplies for making a Spider brooch

Supply List

2 small beads for eyes (I like black or dark eyes)

2 focal beads (1 is for the spider body and the other is for the head)

1 rondelle bead (bead shaped like a donut or a smaller bead than the head)

5 pieces of 22 or 24 gauge wire (cut into 6″ pieces)

Beads for the legs (I used 24 long beads, 40 clear seed beads and 24 small lavender beads

craft glue for a clasp on the back

Tools

wire cutters

round nose pliersThe spider's eyes

Directions

1. Take one of the wires and slip the eye beads into the center of the wire and fold into half. Smooth the wires together so that you can slide the head bead, the spacer bead and the body bead on to the wires. Failure Alert: Check to make sure that your beads will slide on a double wire. I learned this the hard way and to choose new beads and now a different spider! After sliding the beads on cut the wire 1/4″ long and use the round pliers to curl the wire and make a tight loop that the beads will not fall off. (This is easier than it sounds. It is like using a curling iron.)The spider's body

2. Take 2 of the remaining wires and wrap and twist them around the spider’s body in front of the spacer bead, right below the head. Take the last 2 wires and wrap them below the spacer bead and above the body. ( Think of a trash bag twister ties, same thing!) By Golly, we have legs!! (Failure Alert: Spiders have 8 legs)image

3. Decide on a bead pattern for the legs. Repeat the same pattern on the legs. I used 3 long beads 3 lavender beads and 5 seed beads per leg. Feed the beads on to the wire and cut the wire 1/4″ long and once again curl the wire tightly until the beads are fitting snuggly on the leg. Repeats this until you have 8 legs.

4. Bend the legs to look like upside down letter C. Well like spider legs!!image

5. Glue a C  clasp on the back using superglue or E6000 or a good craft glue. Dry overnight.image

6. Wear and enjoy your spider brooch. This is a low cost project and very easy too make which led to me making a couple more. In fact, I am going to try to make spider earrings and a necklace.

Happy Halloween Cindyimageimage


Collecting Vintage Spider Jewelry

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Victorian Spider and Fly Chatelaine and Earrings

Victorian Spider and Fly Chatelaine and Earrings

 

Mexican silver spiders with two Czech spiders. Very International.

Mexican silver spiders with two Czech spiders. Very International.

 

The Amber spiders are Baltic. The Rhinestone spider just worked nicely with the others. On a petrified log in our back yard.

The Amber spiders are Baltic. The Rhinestone spider just worked nicely with the others. On a petrified log in our back yard.

Ivana Trump Rhinestone SpiderMexican Silver Spider and Earringsimageimageimage

I have been collecting costume jewelry as long as I can remember. What’s not to love about sparkly, shiny, silvery pins, earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets? For me, popping a piece of jewelry on a sweater or shirt is prozac. My mood lifts, I remember where I scored the jewel. I have to say that I enjoy the comments from friends, family and strangers. I revel in telling the story on how snagged such a deal either at a thrift store or a garage sale.But, my first spider pin really was a gift from my mom. She bought it for me at the Del Mar Antique Show many years ago, when it was possible to afford to buy something there. Now, the show is a traveling museum. I am sure someone buys from it but not me. Why I fell in love with this little set, I really don’t know. I am sure it had something to do about the fly being attached to the spider. The earrings are very uncomfortable. (screwbacks) The brooch is not in good condition either.  Love is love, who can say why.

Vintage Czech Rhinestone Spider Brooch

Vintage Czech Rhinestone Spider Brooch

Why? Heck if I know. Is it because Charlotte’s Web is my favorite children’s book? Possibly. I always had an affinity for Charlotte. She really was the ultimate people pleaser writing words in her web to save Wilbur’s life (pig). She sapped all her energy trying to help others and she was pregnant to boot!! I can relate to that. I have a hard time saying no too. My niece’s name is Charlotte, that pleases me. She  loves all things vintage too. That really pleases me.

I live in San Diego. There are times of the year that we have large red grove spiders that live in our garden. They make the most beautiful webs. They start weaving them in the early evening, I guess to catch a dinner of night dwelling moths, gnats, and flies. We eat dinner outside watching spiders making webs and hummingbirds at the bird feeder. Really it is better than television. But, my favorite time is early morning to view the webs when they are heavy with dew, nature’s jewels glistening in the morning sun. On the other hand, it is nasty when I walk into a web on the way to getting the newspaper!

I love to read murder mysteries too. Spiders are spooky. They have written and referenced throughout literature. No, that’s not it either. I really believe that I collect vintage spiders because of my love of Halloween. I wear all my spiders in October. No, not at one time!! Well sometimes more than one at a time. I wear them on my sweaters,shirts (on the front and on the back), on my purse and my work apron. It is fun. Fun to collect and fun to wear…