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spider Preserving A Spider Web

The delicate and intricate geometric shapes of a spiderís web can be preserved and enjoyed with only a few materials and a little practice.

Materials needed:
  • sheet of black paper (construction paper works well)
  • can of hair spray
  • can of white or gold spray paint or talcum powder
  • can of spray varnish
  • cardboard box large enough for the paper to fit in

First find a few spider webs in a meadow. This should be relatively easy since spiders usually build a new one every day. The following procedure can be a bit tricky and will need a bit of practice so itís good to find several webs. First, make sure the web is not being used by its builder. You can gently tap the web and check to see if the occupant is home or look around the edges for the spider.

Gently spray the web with gold or white spray paint. Hold the box behind the web to protect and collect any spray not hitting the web. Make sure the spray does not damage the web but only covers it with paint. Another method not using paint, is to gently sprinkle the web with talcum powder by pouring some powder on your palm and blowing it onto the web. Place the black piece of paper in the box and spray it with hair spray. Youíll have to act quickly since the spray dries quickly. The most difficult part is next and will usually require a bit of practice. Place the sprayed tacky piece of paper behind the web and gently bring it into contact with the web. Carefully cut the strands of the web supporting it from its surrounding vegetation. Finally, to preserve the web, spray the paper with the attached web with a protective coat of varnish. Make sure all spraying is done in the cardboard box to protect the adjacent area. Now you can display the interesting geometric patterns of your own spider web for months to come.


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