Home Decor Spider with Swarovski® Crystals, Apoxie® Sculpt and Viking Knit Wirework
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Anna, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, jet, 3mm Xilion bicone (8 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, light Siam, 4mm Xilion bicone (31 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystals, jet, 4mm Xilion bicone (127 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, jet, 6mm Xilion bicone (296 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, jet, 8mm Xilion bicone (33 beads)
- Cone, gunmetal-finished brass, 21x7mm smooth, fits 6mm bead (8 cones)
- Headpin, gunmetal-plated brass, 1 inch, 24 gauge (533 headpins)
- Wire, Zebra Wire, color-coated copper, black, round, 18 gauge
- Wire, Zebra Wire, color-coated copper, black, round, 26 gauge
- Adhesive, Apoxie Sculpt, black
- Adhesive, E-6000 Jewelry and Craft Adhesive, clear
- Viking Knit tool, Lazee Daizee, plastic, white, 6-1/2 x 1/4 inch rod with pin tool
- Drops, Swarovski crystals
- Pliers, flush-cutter
Drop, Swarovski crystals, jet, 8mm bicone pendant (38 drops)
Cut nine 4-inch lengths of black 18-gauge Zebra Wire® and 16 34-inch lengths and 38 1/2 inch lengths of black 26-gague Zebra Wire.
Mix a large amount of equal portions of Apoxie Sculpt® (approximately the size of a small orange) for two minutes, or until thoroughly blended. Insert one 4-inch length of 18-gauge wire into the Apoxie, just over halfway. Shape the Apoxie into a teardrop flattening one side (approximately 3x2-1/4 inches).
String one jet 4mm bicone onto one 1-inch headpin then trim to approximately 1/2 inch. Press the straight end of the headpin into the Apoxie toward the center of the flat side of the teardrop. Moving out from the center continue to cover the flat (bottom) side of the abdomen in bicones, graduating to jet 6mm bicones along the outer rows.
Continue to attach 6mm bicones moving toward the top of the abdomen. Graduate to 8mm bicones toward the top front of the abdomen, where it will meet the thorax (approximately 22 8mm bicones).
Note: It will be necessary to gently reshape the abdomen as you work.
String one light Siam 4mm bicone onto a headpin then trim to approximately 3/4 inch. Insert the headpin between the jet 4mm bicones in the center, on the bottom side of the abdomen. Repeat to attach 12 light Siam 4mm bicones in the center of the abdomen, creating an hourglass shape.
Set the Apoxie abdomen aside to dry; approximately five hours.
Viking Knit Legs
Following the directions in the Viking Knit set, use two 34-inch lengths of black 26-gauge wire to weave a 3-inch section of wire tubing. Draw the finished tubing through a draw plate working down to the smallest opening on the plate (1/8 inch).
Repeat to create a total of eight 3-inch lengths of Viking Knit tubing.
Mix equal portions of Apoxie (approximately the size of a small plum). Shape Apoxie into a round shape (approximately 1-3/4 inches).
Insert the remainder of the length of 18-gauge wire from Step 2, to connect the thorax to the abdomen. Reshape the abdomen as needed.
Insert four 4-inch lengths of 18-gauge wire along the top edge on either side of the thorax. String one Viking Knit leg onto one length of wire and press into the Apoxie to secure. Gently bend each leg to the desire shape.
Repeat to attach a Viking Knit leg to each length of wire on the thorax.
Apply a generous amount of E-6000® to the inside of one 21x7mm smooth cone then press the cone onto the end of one Viking Knit leg. Repeat to attach a cone to each leg on the spider.
Moving from back to front on the bottom of the thorax, continue to attach approximately 11 jet 6mm bicones in two rows.
String one jet 8mm bicone drop onto one 1/2 inch length of wire. Bend the wire in half then press the bicone drop into the Apoxie continuing toward the front on the bottom of the thorax. Continue to attach a total of 38 bicone drops on the bottom of the thorax.
Continue to attach 4mm bicones covering the top of the thorax.
String one light Siam 4mm bicone onto one 1-inch headpin then trim. Insert the headpin between jet 4mm bicones to one side on the front of the thorax. Repeat to attach a second light Siam 4mm bicone on the opposite side (these are the eyes).
String four jet 3mm bicones onto one 1-inch headpin then insert the headpin just below one of the eyes. Repeat to attach a second set of 3mm bicones on the opposite side (these are the fangs).
Set the Apoxie abdomen aside to cure completely then gently adjust the legs and fangs to the desired shape.
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