Sophisticated Spiderwebs

Spiderwebs are not usually considered sophisticated. They tend to be used for things related to costuming fabrics, accessories and props. Put a spiderweb on something and it’s not likely to be taken seriously. Which is odd since spiderwebs are some of the most amazing and beautiful creations constructed by any non-human creature on earth. But commercialism may have killed our true appreciation for these incredible weavings.

So when I came across this piece below, I was thrilled to see the spiderweb patterning presented in such a light and sophisticated way.


Our artist here, Kathrin Neumaier, calls it etching but since she does state that it is made with silver oil paint, I would guess it’s actually done with stamps and a light touch. In any case, it relays the gossamer feel of real spiderwebs on a contemporary tile collar design that is much appreciated by spiderweb aficionados like myself.



  1. She was using Gwen Gibsons “tear away technique” which is often referred to as etching in the Polymer Clay world 🙂

  2. I too am amazed at the artistry of spiderwebs. And you’re so right, usually spiderwebs in jewelry or clothing is not sophisticated. But oh my dear, this necklace is gorgeous!!!

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