Autumn is a time for spider-webs in my garden.
On a cold morning they are strung on the rosemary bushes and my little christmas tree, hung with pearls of dew and glittering with frost.
Some years ago, I had the idea of capturing a web so that my class could see how wonderful it was.
I thought about it for a long time before I worked out the method.
This is what I did.
First I bought two cans of spray paint, one silver and the other black ( any dark colour would do .)
Then I found a piece of hardboard, about 12 inches by 15 ( again, it varies: it depends on the size of the web! )
I went into the garden, apologised to the spider whose web I had chosen and moved him out of the danger area.
That was the only unkind part of the procedure.
Taking a folded newspaper, I placed it behind the web.
The paper would protect the greenery from paint damage.
Very carefully, not too close, I sprayed the web with silver paint.
You must be gentle, or you will break the web.
The paint dried rapidly, and I had a silver web, almost as if it were made of wire.
Next, I sprayed my hardboard with the black paint.
Moving quite quickly ( it was important that the board should be sticky ), I carefully put the board behind the web, and brought it towards it until the silver and black were in contact.
I had trapped the web on my shiny black board.
I had the web on my classroom wall for a long time, and never told the children how it was captured.
You should try this.
Remember to apologise to the spider you evict.