Our webs

Materials

Tooth picks

(We used the tooth picks to tighten our knots: To do so, we placed the tooth pick in the knots)

Scissors

Steel rings and wollen string

Construction

Firstly, we cut our woollen thread. The sizes vary according to the colours of our threads allowing us to make several experiments. We made 3 models of different webs, however we will focus here on the web that is closest to that of the spider. Following this, we made the diameters of our rings, the number of diameters varies according to the number of fasteners we wanted. We then made knots, at each end and one in the center to tie all the threads together.

Then we began by making a spiral in the center that went through all the threads, and then a little higher. To ensure a steady structure, at every encounter with the string we added a dot of glue.

In fact, for a spider it takes on average two hours to spin a web, we took between one to two hours.

Differences

We can say that our method is similar to the spider’s one due to the fact that we followed the same steps. However spiders do not use glue or knots to insure the steadiness of their webs because the silk that they produce is sticky and already very strong. Furthermore, the outline of our webs are circular whereas the spiders’ take the shape of a Y, because they create their webs in various spaces.

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