Published December 11, 2006
I began making these years ago after hearing the enchanting story of the Christmas Spider. I hope you enjoy making them and remember to tell the story when you're giving these as gifts, the story makes it all the more valuable!
Polymer clay for base color, one 2 ounce package (I used Green Pearl Premo)
Colored plastic-backed foil (Jones Tones)
40 (or more, for longer legs) bugle beads
40 (or more, for longer legs) seed beads
22 gauge wire
Krazy glue or similar
Round nose pliers
Brayer, roller or pasta machine
Needle tool or toothpick for piercing
Brooch back/pin back
To make a brooch carefully press a pinback into the larger of the two beads. Remove and put on a thin layer of liquid clay. Push pinback back in and cover with a thin strip of clay.
Insert wire through both beads trimming if necessary to leave a 1 inch tail. Use your pliers to loop and tighten the wire.
A long time ago in Germany, while a mother was busily cleaning house in preparation for Christmas, the spiders that usually stayed in the living room corner fled upstairs to the attic to escape from her broom. From the attic they could hear all the excitement from the living room as decorations were being made for when Santa was to come on Christmas Eve and bring gifts for the children. Frantic to see the decorated tree, the spiders slowly crept downstairs for a view. Oh, what a beautiful tree! In their excitement, they scurried up the trunk and out along each branch. They were filled with happiness as they climbed all through the tree to see the glittering beauty. But alas! By the time they were through climbing all over the tree, it was completely shrouded in their dusty-gray spiderweb. When Santa came, he smiled as he saw how happy the spiders were. However, He knew how heart-broken the mother would be if she saw the tree covered with the dusty webs. So He reached out and touched the webs, blessing them and turning them to silver and gold. Thus, the custom to have a spider ornament amongst all other decorations with tinsel of gold and silver on the Christmas tree was born.