Arte Es Vida

Unspooky Spider Pin by arteesvida
December 21, 2006, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects, Wire Work


Black polymer clay
Red polymer clay
Black craft wire (20 gauge)
Shape cutter (I use Amaco clay shape cutters)
Clear drying jewelry grade adhesive (such as E6000 or Jewel Glue)
Pin backing
Future Floor Finish
Wire Cutters
Needle nose pliers
Clay-dedicated toaster oven
Clay dedicated roller or pasta machine
Clay work surface (I use wax paper)

Condition and roll out your clay (or use the thickest setting (#1 setting) on your pasta machine. Since this clay will be fairly thin you need to use a strong clay with less binders, such as Fimo. Cut out two circles for the front and back of the spider. I used oval clay cutters, but anything will work…from an old cookie cutter to a bottle cap!

Cut eight lengths of black craft wire (you can get a decent size spool of it at Wal-Mart for under three dollars) about an inch and a quarter long each. Use your pliers to bend the wire slightly in the middle and at each end to make each leg look unique and quirky.

Sandwich the legs between the two circles, four on each side, sticking out of each end of the body.

Pinch off a small bit of red clay, condition briefly, and press into the middle of the circle to create eyes.

Bake according to clay manufacturer’s directions, preferably in a clay dedicated oven.

After clay has cured and cooled, run a thin line of glue over the sides of the pin to keep the legs tightly in place. Make sure you use a clear drying glue for this part! Glue your pin backing onto the back part of the spider.

After the glue is completely dry, seal the whole piece with Future.

Happy Webbing!

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