Making a Spider – step by step


Step one: I made the two body sections using two thicknesses of garden wire.  The thicker wire forms the main structure of an oval-shape.  The thinner wire weaves around this to strengthen the structure. 

structure of legs and body

Step two: I made the legs out of double-thickness strong garden wire, and attached them to a wire running down the centre of the top body section (‘prosoma’).  They flopped about a bit, so I tied them down with lots of the thinner wire, and reinforced them in places with lengths of old garden cane.  I started to cover the back section with hessian, but it looked like a body in a sack, so I decided to use cut strips of hessian instead.

detail of string and hessian wrapping

 Step 3: I covered the spider with strips of cut hessian (rough sacking material), binding and stitching it with rough garden twine. 

detail of leg wrapped in hessian

 Detail of wrapped leg.

detail showing how painted

Step 4: I lightly painted it with matt black outdoor paint, leaving some of the hessian colour showing through.  This gives it a rather scarily realistic colour and markings.

If I did it again, I’d do it differently.  Attaching the legs is most problematic – I think they should have been attached to a stick-structure in the centre.  Also, the body might be stronger if it was made from chicken wire, but it would be harder to get the right shape. 

4 thoughts on “Making a Spider – step by step

  1. Thank you, Mithi. I’ve not actually measured her, but I would guess she covers an area of about 3.5 – 4 ft square (ish).

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