Collecting spider webs (1955)

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Spider webs are amazing creations and fun to collect

Watch nature’s most gifted spinners weave. Know a collector’s delight in finding and mounting their silken snares

by John R Saunders, Chairman, Department of Public Instruction
The American Museum of Natural History

To watch a spider at work is worth all the time you can spend observing his geometrically precise turns and spins. As a spinner, he can’t be beat. As an engineer, his feats rank with man’s sky-reaching towers, man’s river-spanning bridges.

Collecting spiders’ webs — when their builders aren’t around or after you’ve urged them off the premises — takes only a little skill and equipment. You’ll need a spray can of white enamel paint, some sheets of black or colored construction paper, and an old pair of scissors. As your hand becomes steadier, as your search yields better specimens, you’ll experience the thrill of having captured for keeps the elusive magic of a spider’s web.

How to make this spiderweb craft

Spray web on both sides with paint, used sparingly. Paint brings out pattern, makes web stick to paper. Ease construction paper under sprayed and still-wet web. Cut guy lines to free it.

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