Begin by making a template. Trace the spider bodies onto a piece of paper. Note that I did not trace the entire length of the leg, only the first section. I'll pipe the rest of the legs onto the cookie later. I am making 6 cookies, but I made lots of extra spiders in case of breakage.
Tape the template onto the back of a sheet tray and cover it in wax paper. Secure it with tape.
The icing I am using for the spider bodies is somewhat thick. It just barely holds a peak. This color is a mixture of Wilton brown with a touch of juniper green.
Pipe the legs first using a tip 1.
Then pipe the smaller section of the body.
Pipe tiny eyes (not eyes...chellicerae as I've been told).
Wait about 10 minutes before piping the larger section of the body so that the first section has a chance to dry a little. Outline and fill in the rest of the body.
Allow the spiders to dry overnight.
While the spiders are still on the wax paper, dust them with Wilton pearl dust in bronze.
Remove the tape from the wax paper.
Cut the wax paper around the spiders into square sections.
Carefully peel the spiders off of the wax paper. The legs are very delicate, so you might lose some.
Use an offset spatula to help remove the spiders from the paper.
Prepare to flood the cookies. I am using a light gray with a touch of brown for the base, and a dark gray for the web. This is a 3x3" square cookie.
Flood your cookie using 10 count royal icing and a tip 3. Pipe the spider web using a tip 1 immediately after flooding.
While the icing is still wet, place the spider onto the cookie.
Allow the icing to dry overnight.
Using the same icing as you used to make the spider body, pipe the next sections of the legs with a tip 1.
Allow the legs to dry for 20 minutes.Using a mixture of Wilton pearl dust in bronze and alcohol such as vanilla extract or vodka, paint the legs with a small brush.
Add shading to the body using the bronze paint.
Pipe a bead border to the corners using stiff dark gray icing and a tip 2.
Dust the edges of the cookie using dry pearl dust.