Beaded Christmas Spiders

by Debra Foltz.
(Central Oregon USA)

First, I am afraid of spiders so why on earth would I make beaded spiders? Well, the short answer is to help overcome some of those fears.

DFoltz: Beaded Christmas Spiders 1

Let me tell you the legs were a challenge because they were – well very real-life spidery.

DFoltz: Beaded Christmas Spiders 2

But when I combined the components I was amazed at how beautiful they could be and that I could create combinations pleasing to the eye.

DFoltz: Beaded Christmas Spiders 3

I include a Christmas Legend with each spider for a bit of whimsy with the bling. They can be hung in a car, used as a sun-catcher or on your holiday tree.

Debra Foltz
BedazzledbyDebi at Etsy

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  • debra lowe says:

    These are awesome!! I so dislike real spiders, but I am very fascinated with them all the same. These are really beautiful spiders, LOVE them, and so clever~

  • Debra, what a good idea to use art to work through your phobia. Your spiders are quite beautiful and the legs look very real and wispy. The bodies are well done, too. My favorite is the orange one – I love her fancy body! 🙂

  • Sheila Meador says:

    Creepy cool ha ha! I never thought a spider could be so pretty. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  • Tamara says:

    Wow Debra, these are incredibly beautiful little works of spidery art! I don’t like spiders either, but these are gorgeous, and show a lot of skill in the construction of them.

  • Colleen says:

    O…M…G… I HATE SPIDERS TOO! But I have to say these are really cool. They still give me the creeps, but they are very pretty. Would you be willing to share instructions? Lol maybe if I made a couple I’d get over my phobia to ?

  • Joanne says:

    I have been making my beaded spiders for several years now and they always sell. I acquired millions of seed beads when I purchased a collection from a retiring jewelry artist. I use left over beads from my other projects so they are all different and different sizes. I usually sell enough to pay for the booth and they attract peoples attention into the booth to look at my other work.

  • Dianne Thomas says:

    I agree with Joanne, the spiders were a HUGE draw to my booth at my last show. I gave away a copy of the Christmas Legend with each purchase as well as posted ideas on other ways to use them (decorate a potted plant, hang from a rearview mirror, use as a pendant). The cost per spider is very low, but they are time-consuming to make (8 legs is a lot!) – especially if you’re like me and like to try out a couple of different patterns before selecting the “perfect” one. Also the ones I make have a defined “knee” joint, so that they stand up easily and can be positioned. And Colleen, a quick google search for beaded spiders tutorial should bring up several options. Oh and one last thing … yes, I hate living spiders as well, and for the first week or so that I was making them, I did dream about spiders every night. But that does go away and soon you’re only dreaming of beautiful beaded spiders!!

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