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The Legend of the Christmas Spider: Make a Beaded Ornament/Suncatcher

teacher avatar Tara Finlay, ✅Left-Brain Artist and Instructor

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7 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. The Legend of The Christmas Spider + Class Project

    • 2. Materials and Options

    • 3. Making a Smaller Spider with Seed Bead Legs

    • 4. Making a Spider with Bugle Bead Legs - The Body

    • 5. Making a Spider with Bugle Bead Legs - The Legs

    • 6. Bonus Snowman Ornament and Bonus Pendant

    • 7. Conclusion and Thank You!

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About This Class

This is a fun class based on The Legend of the Christmas Spider. If you have never heard of the legend, I read it in the introduction video. Whether you are a complete beginner to beading/jewelry making, or you have some experience but have never made non-jewelry items from beads and wire, you can expand your skills and learn to make beaded ornaments for a holiday tree, or for suncatchers in a window. I'll demo two spiders, a smaller one that can sit on its own, and then a larger one that would be hung in the window. Both can go on a tree if you want to follow the legend. Then, at the end, I include a bonus beaded snowman ornament and a snowman pendant that can be worn as a necklace.

These spiders do well at craft fairs around the holidays, especially when paired with the printed legend, which I will have for you in the downloads section. There are a number of variations on the legend, and you can google "Christmas Spider Legend" to find different variations, including some with religious elements. You can read the legend to the children before bed on Christmas eve, and then put the beaded spider on the tree for them to find in the morning. Way less work than Elf on a Shelf but still a magical surprise.

They also are so cheerful in the window during the winter months. I keep mine in the window all year long. 

I'll introduce a new tool in this class, the nylon jaw pliers, which are optional but useful. We'll also introduce new beads and findings such as the various sizes of seed beads and bugle beads. This is a great class to use up those larger, gaudier beads you may have laying around that you wouldn't necessarily wear as jewelry.

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Tara Finlay

✅Left-Brain Artist and Instructor


Hi! I'm Tara. I'm an artist and instructor, living in southern Maine. I've been making art and jewelry for 20 years, and I have been teaching arts and crafts since 2015. From my career as an IT instructor, I have learned to combine the creative with the technical and to explain those technicalities to absolute beginners.

I firmly believe art/creativity is learned, not some innate thing you are born with. By understanding the reasons behind artistic decisions, and by planning your work, and with practice, you will achieve artistic growth. If you have tried to make art on your own and you were not successful, it's very likely that with  guidance and study, you can achieve your goals. 

I've made it my job to explore various media and techniques, and to fig... See full profile

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1. The Legend of The Christmas Spider + Class Project: Hi, I'm terrifyingly, I'm an artist and art instructor living in the wild domain. Welcome to my home studio and another Skillshare class. In today's class, I'm going to teach you how to make something that I discovered a couple years ago. Has the spider. Now they'll be squeamish. This is just a little happy spider made out of beads. And the story that goes along with this Christmas fighter is very sweet. So I'm going to read it to you now. The Christmas spider legend. A long time ago in Germany while her mother was busily cleaning her house in preparation for Christmas, the spiders that usually stayed in the living room corner fled upstairs to the attic to escape her broom. From the attic. They could hear all the excitement as decorations were being made for Christmas Eve that night, the spiders Forensic to see the decorations crept downstairs for review. Oh what a beautiful tree in their excitement is scurried up the trunk and Avalon, each branch filled with happiness as they climbed through the tree to see the glittering beauty. But alas, by the time we were through climbing all over the tree, it was completely shrouded in spite arise when Santa Claus or St. Nicholas King, he smelled as he saw how happy the spiders were. However, he knew the mother would be heartbroken because she had spent so much time cleaning. And so he reached out and touched the webs and turn them all into silver and gold. It sparkled and shimmered even more beautiful than before. Thus, the custom to have a spider ornament. All the decorations along with tinsel of golden silver on the Christmas tree was born. I never knew that that was the origin of putting tensile on a tree and it just delights me. And I think that the Christmas spider legend and having a Christmas spider on your tree can be a lot of fun, especially for people who have kids. So I'm going to show you how to make this Christmas spider. And if you don't have any jewelry making experience, that's okay. We're going to be using some jewelry making tools and techniques to do this. If you have already taken my previous jewelry classes than you already have the tools that you'll need. But if you haven't, don't worry, I'll go over everything. And you can make beautiful Christmas spiders to hang on your tree. And even if you don't hang it on the tree, but if you don't celebrate Christmas, these can't be so pretty hanging glittering and a window. I like to leave them sitting in my planters like here. And you can even make much smaller versions of these and wear it as a necklace or earrings around Halloween. Let's get started. 2. Materials and Options: The supplies you'll need to make your Christmas spider include round nose pliers. So they're round nose pliers, just like in the other class. Flush cutters or any kind of wire cutter. And very optionally, these nylon jaw pliers can be very useful when you're working with wire, especially harder wire and craft wire. For the wire. The size of the wire is going to vary depending on what kind of feeds you choose to use. For your spiders legs. So these thicker seed beads can take a heavier wire, but bugle beads typically need a thinner wire. Let's talk about the beads before I talk about the wire because then it'll make more sense. These are bugle beads. They're very thin glass beads that are various lengths. It doesn't matter what size in terms of how long they are. But you want to know that they are glass, which means that they can shatter just like any glass. So if you try to force this onto a wire that is too thick, it will break. So this wire, I can get it on there a little bit, but I can't get it the rest of the way I am when I tried it off camera, I impaled myself with the wire and also had glass stuck in my finger from a burst bead. What I would say is, it's a pretty safe bet for most beautiful beads to use. 24-gauge wire. And 24 gauge wire is about as high up as I would go. Because 26 and 28 gauge wire may be too flimsy for your spider to hold the shape of his legs. Especially if you wanted to just sit on a table. You can see how the thinner wire here, it makes for a more wobbly spider. Whereas the thicker wire that I used on this guy, he's nice and stable and he stands up very nicely. Craft grade seed beads are available usually at craft stores and you can get them in one color or sometimes they'll come in and nice assortment. And then you can get higher quality seed beads, beads stores. And these are the smaller beads. And I'm just going to skip 11 for this class because they're just very small. It would be very difficult to even put them on. But if you have, this is like a little magnifying light. There's a light under here that the battery's dead right now. But if you have one of these, then sometimes you can see to get the little tiny beads on to the wire. There are two parts to this spider in terms of structure. There's the body and the legs. So the wire for the legs is going to be whatever can go through your seed beads or your bugle beads. And then what we're going to use for the body. Those of you who've taken my first children glass will already know about these. And if you haven't, these are head pins. These are not sewing pins. These are specifically made for jewelry. No. Cannot substitute sewing pins for head pins. They'll break and that could be very dangerous. They could, those sharp point could go in your eye. So don't do that. This is a three-inch head pen and this is a two inch ball pin. And the only difference There we go see the head there on the right has a flat head and this one has a nice ball and either one is fine, three and Chad pin is going to be better for a spider that has bigger beads because we need to get all the way through the b for the head and the bead for the abdomen, and then make a hanger. The ball pen or a smaller head pin is better for smaller spider like this one. But if you don't have had pins or ball pens or you don't have access to them, then some 20 gauge wire could be substituted for the head pin. And you would just need enough to go all the way through. And you wanna make sure also that it will go through whatever beads you choose for your spiders body beading wire comes in all different colors. Craft wire does, but you can even use this is 24 gauge for a wire that they sell in the floral department at the craft store. That would also work for your body. All right, the beads for the body. You're going to need some kind of bead for the head and some kind of bead for the abdomen. Both of these beads come from my goals and they're very pretty. This is a beautiful faceted glass bead. And then this is kind of a iridescent, a amorphic shape with a kind of a blue tinge to it. But you can also use some of the kind of sort of craft grade, God your beads. For this, the sky's the limit. The only consideration for this. There are two things. You want your head to be smaller than your body. And we need to have something to, if the hole is quite large, we need to have something to stop or that hole a little bit. And if you take my classes, you know about Daisy spacers. That's a daisy spacer. And a daisy spacer fits on the end of your head pin. And it makes it so that that head pen doesn't go right through the big hole in the spider. Always have some daisy spacers. They come in different sizes, so you're going to want a little assortment. And then the other consideration is we need some kind of a beef cap. And I'm going to just put a selection of bead caps on my hand here. There's a huge variation in bead caps be caps are not used a lot in jewelry making any more of their kind of a more old fashioned type of a thing for our spider. There, a crucial element. So I've got everything here from kind of a larger, almost cone-shaped MAN to varying degrees in concavity. So in the shape, the amount that it curves in, this one is a little bit shallower. Think of a bowl, right? So some of the bowls are deeper, some are shallower and whiter, and some are almost flat like a plate. Some are really, really small, and some like this one can be useful if you have a flat B. Because obviously, if I have a flat B like this, a big round bead cap like this is not going to fit it on there. And it doesn't have to exactly like this one kinda sits on top. And that's okay. This one doesn't really fit this b. You see how it doesn't completely go around the side of the bead, but it does better on this one. The components that are a little bit more open work almost leasing appearance like these, can sometimes be manipulated to fit a flatter bead like this. I'm going to use my bent nose pliers just because this kind of metal is very hard, might break. I might need to pliers. And you can just very gently and very carefully, slightly bend. This one is like a daisy and don't get it confused with the daisy spacer. It's like a flower. And so I can gently bend the petals ever so slightly to try to get C. I broke that one right off because I forced it too fast. But now this fit the flat bead a little bit better because I can get those petals to curve around a little bit better. And the reason why this is important is that the beak cap is what holds the legs onto the spider. So it's not something you can skip. I mean, you could skip it, but you really need to make sure that the head and the body, we're tightly together. Spiders legs are going to spin around quite a lot without that bead cap. If you plan on making a lot of these, you might want to look for a little set like this. This is a little disheveled, but this set comes with a number of different colors of bugle beads and then the same coordinating and colors of six seeds beads. And these are very nice mix and match look how nice the blue and the goals look together. The pink and the green can be interesting together. So having a little kit like this is a good way to make a number spiders without spending a huge amount of money because this probably costs around five to $6, whereas that kit costs $10. Coming up next, we're going to make the small spider first. Because I want to show you how to make one with the heavier wire on the legs and entirely with these six OT, seed beads. And then the other spider I'm going to make is this one. And this one is going to demonstrate again that flat faceted bead with the manipulated bead cap. And I will use the bugle beads for the legs along with a seed beads for the spiders. Nice. And this one is usually I've got it on a piece of fishing wire and a hangs in my window. And so if you're not celebrating holidays or if this is a class that you're watching some other time of the year. These just make beautiful sun catchers. So you can look for specifically for beads that would capture the sun or the sun could shine through them rather than an opaque be. 3. Making a Smaller Spider with Seed Bead Legs: So I kind of just have a look at what I've got. I have here a little kind of kit that I made for myself where I keep the beads that I've purchased specifically the smaller ones anyway, for making these spider fighter basically has three parts. The structure of the body, which is basically the head, the head pin, the body. The, it has the legs which are made entirely out of wire. And the beads are just strung onto the wire. And then the feet are just little curled ends to hold the beads on so they don't fall off. And then the bead cap which is in here, which holds the legs against the body of the spider. These cracked glass iridescent beads at my goals are nice and they actually sell them in a couple of sizes. So there's the smaller size and then there's a larger size. Oh boy, I do like that too. All right. I'll make two spiders and I'm going to make a small one and I'm gonna make a bigger one and decided what beads I'm going to use for the figure one later. Okay. I've got my my smaller glass. Correct. Last bead as the head. My larger cracked glass bead as the body. I've got a cute little Kermit the Frog style be kept in there to hold my spiders legs on. And now I need to make a decision about what color I want to use for the beads that go on his legs and what size Wired he is. Now, my option would be then instead of using bugle beads for the legs, I could use these larger seed beads for the legs, and I could use 20 gauge wire in my spider would stand up quite nicely. I think I'll do that. I think I'll do that for this one. So I'm going to use this 20 gauge purple wire and I'm going to take a look at my spider. In my spider has quite a bit smaller body than these other spiders. So I'm probably gonna make this guy have smaller legs. I may have trouble using heavier wire because it's going to be bulky under this bead cap. This is about 6.5 inches of wire. And because aspire has eight legs, I'm going to need four of these flyer is I'm going to find the center of my wire roughly. And it's good if you have round players, but if you don't, you can kinda do this by hand. And I'm just going to make a single little kind of twist in that wire. Speed this part up and slide that onto the head pin. And then I'm going to put the bottom beat back on and see how this looks so far so good. And I think that's a good size. So really what it all I'm really trying to do is make sure that each wire 1.5 is on the side of 1.5 is on the site and that none of them have bent over so that one wire is entirely on one side. Get them all on there. I can kind of push a little bit to sort of bend the wires that are in there just slightly so that it might get closer to the body. Now this is the time when we're going to get this permanently assembled so that when we're working with the legs, It's not just falling apart all over the place. You really just can't put the beads on the legs first because some of them get crushed under the bead cap and it's just a nightmare. And I'm going to finish mine with a daily spacer, even know it doesn't need one. I just think it looks cute. All right. So I'm going to put that on there in then. If you took my other jewelry classes, you know how to make a wire app loop and you're just going to do that. If you haven't taken my jewelry classes, I'm going to show you just quickly how to do this. And if you want more information, you can always go and look at those. So I'm going to hold it in my round job players and using my finger, I'm going to press over. And then I'm going to remove my I'm not using my tool to do work, I'm just using it to hold the peace and to provide the shape. Now I'm going to push this over part of the way and pull my tool out again. And now I've got half of a circle here. And now if I put my tool back in there and I get it kind of where it fits. And now there's So this job is over here out of my way and I can use this jar here to finish the shape. And I'm not going to pull this out and around this big bead, I'm just going to be just moves out of the way. And now we've got half the loop made. See how this is all still real, loosey-goosey. We've gotta fill up, going to fill up this space right in here with the ramps that we're gonna do with this. All right, so to do that, I'm very carefully going to take my piece out of my jewelry pliers and get some other player to hold this loop. And then because these head pins are really hard wire, I'm going to use my some other player, my round player or some other player. And right out on the tip of that, I'm going to start pulling. And I'm gonna, I'm not gonna do it all at once because if I do all this wire's going to wrap around my tool, I'm just going to fill in that gap until my spider is a little less loose. I don't wanna go too far because I don't want to risk cracking the beads because these beads are made out of glass. But that right there is secure. And now I can cut off the excess with my wire cutters. And I'm going to grab on to what I'm cutting. And then I'm going to hold both my piece and the extra bit of wire just loosely so that I don't end up slinging this across the room. And now I've got my spider half me. Now you could, you could stop here with the beads and you could just shape his legs and put a little curl at the end of each one and have a spider. I can't show you that with this because if I do, I'm never going to be able to get straight enough again to get my beads on even with these nylon job pliers. So now it's just a matter of sitting down and putting beads on every single town Terry one of his legs. So how I try to do this is I tried to see which wires are kind of naturally coming out where and straighten them out a little bit so that I have kind of idea of what the legs are gonna do. And then I'm going to just fill everyone of these legs with a bead. And it's just as simple as sliding one on there. And remember, the reason I'm using these larger seed beads right now and not the buccal beads, is that the bugle beads are very small holes and it will not fit on this 20 gauge wire. But I am still going to demonstrate a beautiful bead spider in another video. So I'm just going to get, you could use all different color beads. But since I've got a theme kind of going on here, I'm going to put, gonna put probably five or six of these on. And then I'm going to switch to a different color just for one. So what color? Something I have two of I'll use this blue one. And are not two other really need to have eight of them. And then I'm going to put however many. So got six beads on the top. I'll put six beads on the bottom. And then I'm going to make his little foot. And then I will speed this up and finish putting the beads on all the other legs. Okay. So is that along enough leg for my spider? So the idea is that that blue part would be his knee. I want him a little bit a little bit longer. Sorry. I'm going to put a couple more. So I had six sunken duped eight beats. And these beads, especially if you get them at the big box stores that are going to be all different sizes. Some of them aren't even going to have holes. They're going to be like fully fused together. And that's just because those are craft grade beads and jewelry grade beads. Okay. So I have eight on the top and I've got four on the bottom, so I need four more, 12. And I have like entire containers, these elsewhere. So. I have to worry that I'm going to run out 34. Okay. Now I'm ready to make his little slut. I tried to do this with my other players just in case you don't have round nose pliers. But the fact is it was just too hard. So see how quickly I can just roll that up with my round nose pliers. I mean, it it's just so much easier. Now I want to make sure that I have enough. This is very tight and want to make sure that I have a little tiny bit of play. I'm not unroll this just one little tiny bit so that my beads can move a little bit so that I can bend his leg and have his leg have some interesting shape to it. Okay. All right. I'm going to speed this up now. Roll the legs toward the top of the spider rather than the bottom. That just ends up looking better at the end. Remembering to leave a little bit of leeway. We can bend his leg, but not so much leeway that his beads go all of it. Now you just have to kinda finesse his legs and get them. Then how you want them and kinda spread them around a little bit. You may want this part because slightly longer. But I think it turned out great. And I like to have the little feet kind of kicking out like that, like a little curve to it. Because it makes me think of Ron Weasley yelling ridiculous at the Bagger inherited pattern at turning into a spider on roller skates. So there it is. And now this will hang from like a Christmas tree ornament hook. I think I have one right here. Ornament hook like this. Or this one is sturdy enough that it can sit like plants or something. We're hanging in your window and catch the sun. All right, Coming up next, I will do a fighter with the bugle beads. 4. Making a Spider with Bugle Bead Legs - The Body: To make the spider that has either the buccal beads or the very small seed beads on the legs. We're going to need thinner wire. So the first thing I'm gonna do is decide how big you want your spider, how wide you want the legs to be. And you think I'm going to use this pretty sparkly flat bead. And wish you because though in real-time and tell me what you would like to see the most. And I have this bead cap that I had previously bent a little so of fit over a, b that is not spherical. These are the beads that I specifically bought to do this with. Now, the reason why I'm hesitating on these is because they're flat on both ends. I wonder if adding a bead cap. If I had the perfect size B cap to add to this, it could make the head more round, which is just what I'm hoping for. If you have Hopkins and you only have wire, I'll show you something you can do. I'll also show you because this headphone maybe not long enough for me to use. So that obviously isn't what I'm hoping for. It kind of makes. This would be more appropriate maybe for the dragon fly, but not for the spider. That looks better. But I can tell that's still a little conical. For my taste. This is all about personal taste. Whoops. This peak cap fell right off the end. So what do we do when that happens? You get a nice Daisy spacer to go on first. So that's adding even another dimension now to what this head will look like. It's almost if I was making a little man. Like if I was gonna make a snowman, oh my goodness, you guys, Wait a second. I have a snowman or even this one and the DOD. Okay. Me you might make a bonus snowman. This is how I operate. I I see things and I get excited. All right. This is so cute. Okay, so what if I just hold him over the other spider so I can see what it will look like with legs. Or maybe I'll do one with oh, that's that's pretty good actually. Okay, let's do that. So we're gonna go with this configuration here. And because of that, the head pin and I have does work. But if I didn't have a head pin. So the wire going through the body can probably be much thicker than the wire used for the legs. So I have that 20 gauge wire, blue, purple colored wire from before Ronald supplier right at the very tip because that's the smallest area of roundness. And I'm just going to go around and make a little loop like that, which is not going to be intended to be used to flatten an amine to hang anything from. And then using my nose pliers, I'm going to pull this up. So I've sort of tried to make a little head on that. Like so. Now we can put the head beat on whatever that's going to be if I use the same one hair. Still not a huge fan of how that looks. You see if I can use a different B cap. You're going to need to experiment with your materials. Now. That is okay. You know, it's not ideal and if this wire was silver, let's try it. It might blend in better with the speed cap. Have some 20 gauge craft wire. Once again, way out at the tip of my round nose, sneak a little kind of a spirally thing there. And then I'm just going to kind of Bend it up. So that that's fairly thing is at the end. And then when I put it on this bead cap, maybe it will almost disappear down there. And then if I put this on here, it's not as obvious. And the spiders going to be hanging face down on a tree. So that doesn't really stand out very much to me and I, I can live with that. So that would be a way of doing it if you don't have a head pin. All right. So I've got enough room here to use the the head pin that I have. And I determined that the 26 gauge wire was what I was going to need. Now, I find these to be these legs to be just slightly too big for I have a small Christmas tree. And so smaller spiders do better on my small Christmas tree. If you have a bigger Christmas tree. Let's measure this guy's legs. So with a twist, there are about eight inches long. After if I had unrolled the twists on the bottom of the feet, and if I had unrolled the twist inside the spider's body, but I'm going to make this spiders legs slightly shorter. I'm going to make, and I cut them at 6.5 inches long. So I'm going to cut four pieces because spiders have eight legs. And again, it doesn't have to be exact. This isn't going to come and measure your spiders legs. Normally I wouldn't use this coded tarnish free wire for this. I would use craft grade wire. Okay. There are my little legs and I'm just going to take them as little bundle and kind of eyeball the center by bending them thusly. So I'm going to do this individually. So I'm just going to make a little half loop there in the middle. So what I'm doing is I'm kind of pulling each side and then I'm going like that and I'm done. So I'll just lay that down and I'll do that on the remaining two pieces. The next step is to remove the body from my spider into slide his legs on to the head pin because my bead cap has pointy things coming out and because I've bent it to fit this flatter bead, it does kind of matter where my legs come out. So I'm willing to sort of hold the legs once I get them on there. All coming out of the same area. It gets a little out of control sometimes for just a minute. But just take your time. Don't rush. And once you get your little legs in their wrangle, those legs in the place they need to be. Get the beat on and then have a look like this. And I can see that this looks pretty good. So they're not nothing's coming out weirdly. It's fine. So I'm good with that. And now I'm going to put the DZ spacer on the bottom there. And I'm going to finish this off with a wiretap loop, which will serve to give me a place to hand my spider from. But it will also serve to hold everything in place. And I don't have to swing out around my my spider hole spin out of the way. So we've got the first part of my loop made and it's harder with these had pins. If you took the jewelry classes, took the first one you've already worked with had pens and you know that they can be quite hard. And if you've only worked with wire, wire can be much easier to wrap thin had pins. So when I get that, so that it's tight and my, I might have to really kind of push that bead down a little bit. See it's still a little loosey-goosey. There was some space inside this area. So once I've pushed that bead down, I can hold my loop stable and put one more rep in there. Just to hold it down there. And I just want to make sure I don't go under my spacer. I'm going to cut this off, holding onto the piece so it doesn't fly away. I can hurt your kids, your cats, you can stop on it. All right. And now I can put my legs out here to the side and prepare to start beating. 5. Making a Spider with Bugle Bead Legs - The Legs: All right. I'm ready to put the buccal beads onto my spiders legs. In one of the things I have to be careful about when I'm putting bugle beads on is that there aren't any big kinks in my wire. Now, I was thinking that there's some blue in this iridescent bead. And I love blue and gold together. And since I don't have gold buccal beads, but I do have blue ones. People beads. So as I hold those next two, determined, our grand do this. Here's my spider. In as I hold those gold beads there, those look pretty nice. I have three actually three different colors. You know how some goals can be. This one's a little bit orange year and this one's a little bit yellow we're in then this one is almost like a like a faded Antique Gold. I like this one, but I'm not sure if there are enough beads. And I dump these back into here for now and dump out these little there's probably not enough there. Now, how do those look with the blue beads? Or better yet? Sometimes these tiny beads are so hard to handle, you just have to kind of use your finger. So what if I intersperse these two together? All right, We'll see how that goes. I'm going to get out some gold seed beads to act as the spiders knees. Just this cracks me up. Or maybe blue seed beads would look better for the spiders needs. That would give me that sort of element. I have a lot of CP. It's guaranteed if you just leave this little cone out of this little cylinder open that they come in, they're going to spill all over. I have just a little top here. You could use a little dish. And I'm going to start my spiders legs with one of these. And the reason for that is if I start it with the beautiful bead in its slips under the bead cap. It I mean, yeah, under the beak cap, it could break. And if that smaller one breaks, it's not as big of a gap left, but if one of these longer ones breaks, then it would be really obvious. All right. So I think that I've got I've got the one blue bead and I've got 12345 of the gold beads and do another blue bead. Now, actually, I'm gonna do another gold bead. I want the spiders upper legs to be a little bit longer than his lower legs. So now I'll put on a need for my spider. And then I will put on, let's see how many I think I can fit on here. So I've got six beads on the top and I've got four beats on the bottom. Let's give him a little blue foot. Maybe. I'm going to try this and see how I like it. And then I'm going to do my role now. The reason why I decided to stop, I've got about a half an inch of wire left. If I tried to go any further with beads, I would have nothing to hold onto really to get to get that rap made for his foot, that coil. Oh my gosh. All right. So I've got my I'm going to try holding out of this with my bent nose pliers just to hold it because you can't hold onto the beads because they'll slide right off. And I'm just going to pull that right up and it broke right off. This is a shining example of all the times I've taught you and all the classes that I've taught so far about working with wire, that wire breaks very easily. So what I'm gonna do now, because these beads are gonna go everywhere, if I'm not careful is I'm just going to dump them back into the bowl here. And I have two choices at this 0.1, I can cut all his legs to be that small and then just have shorter legs. I could try to remove this. How would I get another one on there, right? Because I've already close this up. I suppose there's some value in not finishing the end of this part until you've finished all your legs. The problem that I have with that in the past is that if I try to beat these legs off of the spider, I have a very difficult time getting the cap on without busting a bunch of beads. So my advice is to just be very careful. Inspect your wire. Probably there was a little kink or little area there of weakness. I'm just going to keep going. If people want items that look like they were made by a machine, I think they should buy items that were made by machine. Okay. I'm just going to put three on his lower leg on the sort of broken one. And now I'm going to roll the foot while holding the spider's body. And that way I wasn't putting a stress on his leg. And that looks very cute. I'm very pleased with that. So I'm going to go ahead and put the rest of the beads on the rest of his legs. Remembering I'm starting with one of the little seed beads. And then I'm doing bugles. You could do all seed beads and you could make them the same color or different colors. And I might as well make this leg match the other leg so I could always possibly break another leg. So I'm going to put his foot on now and roll this one up. I like to roll towards me again. In other words, roll towards the top of the spider because that will make his little feet kinda more. Q and dainty. And if you are going to change the length of your spiders legs, I kitty. You're going to, Yeah. If you're going to change the lengthier spiders legs, you might want to actually cut. Part of it offers because it can be difficult to spiral a huge amount. So I just cut, but I had already spiraled off. Just wasn't quite so much. And remember dummy spiral too tight that you can't bend his little legs. Look how cute is. Oh my goodness, I love it. I love him. Oh, he's so adorable. All right. I'm going to speed this up and come back when I've got all his little legs beaded. Okay. Now we've got his legs on. When we have to do is work to position them in a way that we like most. So you just arrange the legs, however, works best for you and oh my goodness, look at that. And he does sit you just sit pretty well even though he's heavy, but he does also look quite cute. Hanging. So go here would be hanging in the tree and the light is going to catch all of the light just coming in the window, catching all of those beautiful sparkles. Very, very pleased. All right, Coming up next, I'm going to give you a bonus. Snowman. 6. Bonus Snowman Ornament and Bonus Pendant: All right, for the bonus snowman, he's only going to be maybe he can be a three. Let's see. I only have two sizes of this crackled bead. What, what if I use one of these monstrosities underneath? That might be a good use for this. So I'm gonna just set those in there for a second. And I'm going to use this wire that I had prepared earlier simply because I don't think that my head pin is going to be big enough to span everything I want to put on this snowman. So the bottom is going to be that little twists that I made earlier. And I put a bead cap on there just because just because it's decorative. And I worried that the hole in this bead would be too big. And now I'll just put on the second largest. For the smallest bead. These sperm are these crackle one's really sparkle nicely on the tree. Okay, There it is. All right, so that goes on. And then now, what really kinda charmed me about this earlier was his jaunty little cap. Remember, I had put a cap on him. I had put a cap on to try to make the Christmas spider fit on the thing. So actually, that's Q that's what that cap looks like. And I do like that. And I wanted to give him arms. Maybe try one more cat. Just just see what it would look like. Almost looks like a spinner beanie or something. All right. I'm going to go with, Let's look at this one. Sometimes I write where I got the caps from right on my little containers here in with a Sharpie. And it usually comes right off with rubbing alcohol. So what if we put two caps on? Just to kind of make it almost more like yeah, I like that. All right. So if I'm going to put arms on him, I need to put them on before I wrap this wire wrap. Otherwise, his arms will there won't be anything for them to attach to you. And I just have this spare bit of extra wire. So like my spider, I'm just going to grab it and kind of create, twist there. Something just to thread my snowman Excel. And then comes, first comes the head. And then comes the ornate bead cap, and then comes a little bit smaller beak cap thats plane. And I like the way that looks. I'm going to work on those arms in a minute. But first, I'm going to go ahead and finish off this loop. Polygon a rabbit a few times. I'm going to make it have a nice big loop because I kinda don't want it to look like jewelry. You could make a smaller one of these. And whereas jewelry, if you like to wear holiday themed jewelry to work around this time of year. But I'm gonna make a nice big hook there, are loop there. And then I'm going to fill all the space, just like I teach in my class between the top and the bottom, with the wrap and cut the excess off. And now I want to decide what to do with his arms. So I'm kind of just bending them down a little bit. You can see how you can see the place where they cross. And I'm going to put that in the back. You know, I mean, there's really no back or front. He doesn't have a face going to shorten his arms a little bit. And I'm probably going to spiral them like I did the spiders legs. If you use thinner wire, you could beat his hands. And then what do I want? I could maybe make a jaunty pose. I could bend, put one hand on his hip. And their hand kind of pointing up and saying, Hi. I could create something like maybe a little sign or something for him to hold and I could put it in the whole of his arm and his hand there. So there is a little snowman similar to a little Christmas spider. And here is my more beautiful, ornate one. I just really love the colors in this one quite a bit. On the tree. I'm very happy with how that turned out. That's very cute. I was going to do a Christmas necklace. I could make him only have two head and a body. I don't have any beads that are smaller than this. See if these plastic aids gave me. I mean, that would work for like the second beat of his body if I was going to make a three-beat snowman. But this thing, I don't like big jewelry. That might be okay. But that would be too big for me. And I'm going to look and see if I can find a smaller whenever I make jewelry, when I get down to the last bead or two, I put them in my orphans and twins container. And that way when I'm looking for one single be like I am right now. I can go through there and see if I have one that fits what I wanna do. And if I have two of them in there, and I want to make some earrings, sometimes just taking this out helps me to get inspired. So here already is a slightly different than the beat I had previously, and that could work. This one is a little bit too elongated. I think it doesn't read snowman to me. And then all the rest of them that are in there are different colors, but I just found this and this might actually work. This is a little iridescent glass bead. Yes, that's the one. Put him back there. So if I was going to make a jewelry, snowman, I would just get I've got my very last three-inch head pin. Might probably see about putting a daisy spacer or a bead cap on the bottom just so it's decorative. And then I wouldn't probably put arms and I probably wouldn't firearms. I am what I even put a bead cap on the top. I mean, yeah, I would try one of these. Just see you want. So bead caps are meant to fit different size beads like that one actually fits him pretty well, but I want something even smaller. So let's look at one. And it put on the bottom, say that doesn't say snowman to me. Back to my Cheyenne bead caps. These fluted ones that may be to hoity-toity for a snowman. Well, let's just try them. Only one way to know. From my goals. There's different ones in here, big ones and small ones. Here's a small little cone. That kinda works. And let me just try this other one. These 2.5, what is this? There's that one. This one is a slight slightly larger version of the one that it was just on there. And I feel like that one looks too. I don't know, not like a snowman. Let's try this one. Nope. This is our winner right here. And then how I'm going to further kind of make this seem like a hat is. I'm going to put a little bead on there to be like a, almost like a Pompeiian are some things. I'll see if I have a little small round white in here that I could use, or even a silver v, Here's a silver bead, but white VM is silver read. The white beat is too big. Let's use this tiny little silver read. Yeah, I like that. All right. So here's my little too. Beats snowman. And then I'm just going to finish it off with a quite a large loop because I'm not going to give this with a chain. And if I have somebody in mind for this, but I'm going to make the loop big enough that whatever might be affixed to either end of a finished chain could fit through there. And I'm going to grasp that with my button nose pliers and use my round nose to help me pull the very hard wire had been around. Make a nice double wrap there. Now if I make this rap too tight, it could bust one of the beads if your glass. And that is it. I'm gonna get right in there because I don't want to see if somebody's going to wear this. I gotta make sure that it's not going to catch on their sweater or their blouse or anything. They're a little snowman pendant. All right. 7. Conclusion and Thank You!: All right everyone, I hope you enjoyed making your Christmas spider. And I hope you'll post a project to the project section. Remember if you're in the app, you go to Projects and then you have to click on the link and the bottom in order to upload a project. Don't forget to click Follow on my profile so you get notified when I upload new classes, I really can't wait to see what you've made, so I hope you'll share it with me. Thank you so much and happy holidays.