Real spider webs mounted on glass

Emile Fiore has developed over time a technique for preserving real spider webs mounted on glass for display. When I first noticed these, I thought immediately about whether they’d be good for skrying mirrors.

TETRAGNATHA ELONGATA 6" CIRCULAR WEB

“With every catch comes an (I got cha) moment, like hooking a big one. It’s a beautiful day. I’m alone in the woods, looking for gems. Yes, gems! Pearls! When I find one, I’m exhilarated. The web shimmers and dances in the sunlight with the slightest breeze. The silk refracts light casting rainbows of color at me. It is a thing of beauty and I wax ecstatic, but the capture demands all my attention. I stop breathing to make the catch and time stops with me. Then the hunt continues.

I have been mounting spider webs on glass for over thirty-five years. Having personally caught and marketed more than 12,000 webs, I am quite sure no one else has as much experience in this unique and fascinating art. Spider webs have become my passion, and my primary source of income. (I have hung up my hammer and tool belt and left behind thirty years in the construction industry.)” [via]

CYCLOSA CONICA 6" CIRCULAR WEB

ARANEA TRIFOLIUM 6" CIRCULAR WEB

HYPTIOTES CAVATUS 6" CIRCULAR WEB