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Harry Potter Costuming
 
14th-Aug-2007 01:25 pm
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i was asked to do a tutorial for the spider ring i made for my Luna costume, so i did that as well as one for the radish earrings i made since i think i was the first to use that particular method! if there's anything you don't understand, just ask and i'll try and clarify!


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okay so, this is what we're aiming for!

step one:
take a blob of sculpey, and form it into the basic shape of a spider, whatever size you want it to be. mine tends to be rather large since i have bigger hands, but the beauty of this method is you can make it whatever size you like! it should look something like this
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two:
make the legs. take fairly thick beading wire (i used 18 gauge) and fold one end over completely using pliers.
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three:
put black beads on the wire until the leg reaches the desired length, and fold the other end as you folded over the first end.
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four:
insert this into the body of the spider
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repeat for all 8 legs

five:
begin beading the body. i used 6 colours of size 8 beads, but you can use whatever colours/sizes you like! press these into the Sculpey pretty firmly, until approximately half of the bead is embedded in the clay.
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how many you need will vary depending on the size of your spider and of your beads, but i used between 6 and 8 of each colour.

six:
embed the bum area of the spider with black seed beads. i dumped them into the hand and simply pushed the bu of the spider into the pile of beads. use your fingers to push them in further and also to fill in any blank spaces.
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seven:
i gave my spider eyes, but this is totally optional. simply choose two beads, and press them into the face of the spider.
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eight:
make it a ring! i actually have a ring sizer, but if you don't find something cylindrical that is the same size as the finger you want to wear this on, or you could even try and wrap it around your finger. using the same wire we used for the legs, cut a length about 4 times longer than the circumference of your finger, and wrap it around the object.
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tuck in the loose ends as much as possible, and even better have them end so they meet up and they'll be buried in the next step.

nine:
press the ring into the bottom of the body.
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and cover it with another piece of Sculpey to really hold it in. smooth this piece into the main body as much as possible.
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ten:
bake at 275 for 20-25 minutes, placing the spider on its back so the ring doesn't move. after it's out of the oven let it cool completely.

eleven:
this is optional, but i find it helps the beads stay on. glaze the whole thing with Sculpey gloss glaze, or a similar product.
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let this dry, and you're done!

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now for the earrings!

step one:
if you have eye pins or head pins, this is the place to use them. i'm out, so i made my own with 20ga wire and pliers.
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two:
take a blob of Sculpey (i used translucent so you can't see it through the clear beads) and form it into a radish, and insert the eye pin through the middle, with the eye at the bottom. you'll have to reform the clay a bit at this point, but not too much.
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three:
take a (beading) needle, and thread. cut a fairly long length of the thread, and thread it through the needle. tie the loose end of the thread around the wire sticking out of your clay and push the knot down into the clay to "bury" it.
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four:
thread some orange beads onto the thread. i used size 11, but you can use whatever you like!
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five:
wrap this around the clay, pressing in really well. the first few rows will be tricky, but once they're done the rest it easy as pie!
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keep wrapping until you're about 2cm from the bottom. at this point switch to clear beads in the same size and continue wrapping and pressing. when you get to the point, i took a slightly larger clear bead and strung that on, to sort of act as the point. this is totally optional, it looks great without it too.

six:
take the needle and push it up through the clay from the point, coming out next to the wire at the top. this ensures the beads will not unravel on you. tie that thread to the piece left over from when you tied your thread to the wire.
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seven:
bake at 275 for 20-25 minutes. cool, and glaze like the ring.

eight:
to make the leaves i used hewtab 's tutorial, found here:
http://community.livejournal.com/hp_costuming/793901.html#cutid2
you could also use leaf beads if you had them. with the leaves i used, i left a loop of wire on one end, and slid this loop down over the wire sticking out the top of the radish. i actually glue mine down as well so one stayed on each side of the radish. totally optional!
if you were to use leaf beads, i'd recommend attaching them to little loops of wire first, or they might not lay right.
(i realize this step is a little hard to understand...sorry)

nine:
make a loop with the remaining wire, and attach a french earring wire, or your choice of attachment.
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and you're done!

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Comments 
17th-Aug-2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Man I wish I had thought about stringing a piece of string or wire with the beads and then wrapping it around the radish part! Here are the ones I made a while back but I glued my seed beads onto a bigger wooden bead.
17th-Aug-2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
yours turned out really well though! i bet it was a bit fiddly though, i think i would have lsot my mind haha
17th-Aug-2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
OMG cool! I am so going to have to get some beads so that I can makes these things!
17th-Aug-2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
you'll have to post pictures of how they turn out!
19th-Aug-2007 06:30 am (UTC)
Woh! Thank you for posting the tutorial! -__^
19th-Aug-2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
no problem!
21st-Aug-2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Might want to warn about using glass/metal beads only, as cooking any plastic item with sculpey will burn in the oven. =P
21st-Aug-2007 02:33 am (UTC)
Anonymous
excellent point! thanks!
21st-Aug-2007 02:35 am (UTC)
oops that was me!
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