I am making new spider's this year for in-laws and new arrivals to my family. Each year that I get the time, I make an ornament. This year is once again the tale of the Christmas Spider and how it's web was spun to gold and silver, thus creating the first Tinsel.
1Gather the head bead and body bead and put on the pin and twist slightly to make sure it is long enough and this will keep those beads together while you make the legs
2For the legs
Note my spiders were made with seed bead joints so they are approx 3 inches wide with the legs set.
To make this size cut 4 pieces of wire as wide as a envelope is tall.
3On one end twist a small circle so the wire comes together so the leg will not scrape if made as jewellery
4For the sake of this recipe I created a chart
s = Seed bead
l = long bead
For each leg which is actually two legs once you wrap them on. You will follow the pattern below
Note the two seed bead together in the center. that will divide your two legs. Make 4 of this pattern for each spider having twisted one side to put wire under beads and leave the other side with an extra inch and fold and do the same by pushing the beads back over the twisted wire. This will leave about 1/2 in or so of empty wire in the center if you use the two connecting seed beads as guides to separate the legs
5To put it all together
Straighten the pin again and remove body. twist the legs first together with each other and then around the pin at the bottom of the head.
6Put the body back on and crimp back into a circle so it can be hung.
You can use as a necklace by putting on a gold or silver string or necklace
You can use as an ornament on a tree
You can add to an autumn wreath
You can use as a Halloween spider.
You can hang and collect a bunch of them on a mantel
7THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER and how Tinsel came to be
(A folk legend from Germany and the Ukraine)
Once upon a time, long ago, on the day before Christmas, as an old women who owned a small house in Germany did her Christmas Eve cleaning, the resident spiders, not wanting to be swept up with the broom, hid in the attic. When nightfall came and all were settled into bed, the spiders crept downstairs. To their amazement, in the middle of the living room was a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. They were so excited that they ran all over the tree. They scurried up the trunk and leapt from branch to branch. Unfortunately they had left their mark. A gray spider web now covered the whole tree.
When Weihnachtsmann, also known as Father Christmas, arrived he was amused to see the tree covered in spider webs. Now he faced a dilemma. The family would be disappointed to see their beautiful tree all wrapped in the webs, but the spiders were so pleased with their handiwork that he did not have the heart to take it down. What could he do?
He thought and thought and came up with a wonderful solution. He turned all the webs into beautiful shimmering silver strands. When the family awoke on Christmas Morning they ran to the living room and saw their tree sparking and glittering in the morning sun. Their delight was unsurpassed. They had never seen such a beautiful tree. Only the mother knew that a true Christmas miracle had occurred overnight.
From that day on tinsel became a treasured ornament for trees all over the world. Those who know the legend make sure that they give thanks to the industrious spiders by hanging a beautiful silver or gold spider ornament in a prominent location on their tree.