Thursday, September 25, 2008

Spooky Spiders

Okay, I am going to try this blogged tutorial thing.  Here is how I make my spooky spider hair clips

First you have to make the curly ribbon.  (I already used up all my black, so I had to use blue).  To make the ribbon you cut a small dowel rod to the width of your oven.  Clip the end of the ribbon (must be 100% polyester, I just used the cheap spools) with a small clothes pin. Just wrap the ribbon around the dowel.  The closer the wrap, the tighter the coil.  Cut to length and clip the other end with a clothes pin.  
Bake the wrapped rods in the oven at 275 for 20-25 min.  (I lined my oven rack with foil just because it was a little dirty).  Take them out, make sure the coil took (unwrap a little, if the coil doesn't hold put it back in the oven for a few min) and let them cool a few min.  
When you are ready to use them, take them off the dowel and you will have this.
I made 2 spiders out of each 20" korker (as they are called).  I cut it in half, then each half in half until I had 8 pieces.
Line 4 up and tie the middle together.  This just helps hold them together while you are gluing.  
The body of the spider is just a knot.  I used the flat, squarish side of the ribbon, it was easier to work with.  
Just glue the korkers to the back of the knot.  Put a bit more hot glue and fold one of the ends over.  I like to "Fray Check" the ends (with "Fray Check", clear fingernail polish, or heat seal the ends).  Then cut the other side to length and fold over to glue.  
I then glued the whole thing onto a little snap clip.  You could use another type of clip, these just stay in K's piggies better.  

Don't forget the googly eyes, and you are done.  
This is a picture of the blue set I made for K.  They were made with 8, 3" korkers and a pink button with ribbon tied through.  

I found most of my info from this website.  The instructions are at the bottom of the page.  

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