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BLACK LIGHT SPIDER WEB


Arachnophobia is classified as an unusual and overwhelming fear of spiders. While most people do not have this particular phobia, most people do have a completely natural fear of spiders because they can be dangerous and are simply a creepy-crawler. As a Halloween prop, a giant spider web combined with a large spider perched on it can certainly raise the level of this fear factor.

Large Halloween prop spider webs made from either cotton or nylon rope can be used to create a very scary Halloween scene. These types of decorative rope webs are available from three to fifty feet in diameter. We like to hang one of the large nine foot spider webs between two trees in our front yard, usually at a slight angle. Another great place to hang a giant spider web for Halloween is across your front porch. You can even use multiple webs to make a large scene. When treated, these webs can be made to glow an eerie blue color under black light. Just remember, the darker the area, the brighter the web will glow.

Glowing White Spider Web - Method 1
In the following example, we used the white colored "Black Widow Spider Web" Halloween decoration manufactured by Fun World. Actually, its not really white, more like a natural off white or tan in color. When stretched out, this cotton rope spider web creates a large nine foot in diameter spider web. These giant webs come in two different colors, black and white, and are usually available at "Michaels Arts & Crafts" or "Joann Fabrics" during the Halloween season. Note - The cotton spider web will absorb the phosphor's in the "RIT Whitener/Brightener" solution much better than webs made out of nylon.

To treat a white colored cotton rope spider web, fill a large plastic tub or bucket with enough warn water to completely cover the spider web, but don't put the spider web in yet. Next, stir in the entire packet of "RIT Whitener/Brightener" until it is well dissolved in the water. Only use as water as necessary so that the solution will be as strong as possible. Avoid using hot water as this may cause the cotton that the rope spider web is made from to shrink. "RIT Whitener/Brightener" causes this glowing effect because of the reaction between the phosphor's in the whitener/brightener and the ultraviolet light produced by a black light bulb.

Now you can fully immerse the spider web into the solution and let it soak for about an hour, occasionally stirring the mixture and rope around. After it has soaked for an hour, don't rinse out the spider web, simply wring it out by hand and let it dry completely on a clothes line. After removing the web from the clothes line, hose off the line to remove any residual "RIT" or the next clothes you hang up will become contaminated and may ruin your clothes. Do not dry the treated web in a clothes dryer, as the RIT will coat the inside of the dryer and the next clothes you dry in it will become contaminated and may ruin your clothes.

Next, hang up the giant spider web in the desired location using the appropriate fasteners such as tacks, nails, cup-hooks, fishing line, etc. Try to stretch the web out evenly in all directions, so that it is uniform in shape. The final step is to use black light source to illuminate the web. A fluorescent "Twist" black light bulb works great when placed in a metal parabolic housing such as a "Clamp Lamp". You can also use a four foot tube black light fixture. You will want to try to position the black light unit so the it's light is directed onto the surface of the spider web, but where your visitors cannot see the black light unit, such as behind a tombstone.

Glowing Black Spider Web - Method 2
If you use the black colored "Black Widow Spider Web", you won't be able to make it glow very well with the RIT technique. This is because the black rope will not absorb as much of the phosphor's. Instead, you can use "Black Light Hair Spray", manufactured by Fun World, to add a coating to the web, causing it to glow under black light, although not as brightly as a white spider web.

Glowing Black Spider Web
If you use the black colored "Black Widow Spider Web", you won't be able to make it glow very well with the RIT technique. This is because the black rope will not absorb as much of the phosphor's. Instead, you can use "Black Light Hair Spray", manufactured by Fun World, to add a coating to the web, causing it to glow under black light, although not as brightly as a white spider web.

To apply, hang up the web on a clothes line and spray it down with the "Black Light Spray". Since this spray goes on nearly invisible, it is much easier to apply when the web is illuminated by a black light source, allowing your to see the spray as its applied to the rope. Use the spray generously, covering the entire web. Be sure to hose down the clothes line afterwards, or the next time you use it for clothes residual glow spray may get on your clothes.

Additional Effects
We then use our cobweb spinner to highlight the web and where it connects to the tree for a more realistic effect. What would a giant spider web be without a giant spider perched on it, waiting to launch its self at your visitors? From here you can place a large spider prop on it. After Halloween, just fold the spider web up and store it in a large zip-lok bag.

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