Are you ready for the sheer epic awesomeness that is Halloween crafting? I hope so, because I've got a good one this time.
Remember this? Now you get to see what it became!
I have created a paper spider! Not just some wee little thing either. This sucker is close to the length of my leg.
Being a scientist, I like things to be realistic. Which means I got to spend some time with Google image looking at various species of spiders. My personal favorite is a scientific illustration of a spider. Always helpful for getting anatomy correct. The spiders I spent the most time looking at were the brown recluse, the American house spider, and a common grass spider. I picked these because I've seen them in real life and, except for the recluse which is poisonous, I've played with them. The grass spiders are neat, they carry their young on their backs. This can be quite the problem when they get into your house though. Anyway, back on track, the other reason for picking these 3 spiders to use for models is that they all have very different body shapes. The brown recluse, also known as the fiddle back, has an almost fiddle shaped body. The grass spider is one of the biggest non-tarantula spiders I've ever seen. They're like wolf spiders with really long legs. And big. Oh man can they be big. The American house spider is a cobwebber that is really common. They're kinda small, but they have the same body shape as black widows and a number of orb weavers. House spiders have the abdomen that is really big in proportion to the cephalothorax size. Plus they're common enough for there to be a lot of images of them.
Construction of the main body was pretty simple. As shown in the panels below, I scrunched some newspaper and tape off a section to be the abdomen. Then I set to work on thecephalothorax region. For ease of typing I'm going to be scientifically sloppy and refer to the cephalothorax simply as the thorax. I made sure not to scrunch the thorax too much so it would have a good recluse-like shape.
Once everything was attached, voila! Spider!
The legs are pretty fragile and will need to be adjusted again once I start covering it. Just for a frame of reference, here's the spider with my "assistant" Calliope. Mostly she assists by chewing on things. This time though, she's great for demonstrating size.