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In films like in Indiana Jones and National Treasure old temples, caves etc. have spider webs all over the place.

Assuming that these aren't real spider webs, how do they make these fake ones?

(I'm not talking about Spider-Man's web.)

share|improve this question – user7812 Jan 23 at 21:04
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There could be various methods, a few are:

  • As @Meat Trademark said fake spider webs can be made out of cotton. Here is a good video to demonstrate it.

  • Another faster method using rubber cement is described here.

  • Another method is by using hot glue.

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Good job. +1 I don't usually vote against myself. – Meat Trademark Jan 1 '14 at 17:02

It's often just cotton. Next October go to a Halloween supply store. There you will find finely woven clumps of cotton that, when stretched out, resemble webs. It's a common stock item. While a simple prop, it's highly effective and does not stick to you, meaning it can stay where taped / glued until you take it down.

Have you ever pulled a cotton swab apart or pulled on the end of a Q-Tip? Same principle.

(I'll add that one Halloween I spayed hair-spray on the cotton web and it was more realistic and stuck to you kind of like real webs.)

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I don't have any Halloween store in my locality. Though thanks for the example to make it clear. – Anirban Nag 'tintinmj' Jan 1 '14 at 12:10
Most grocery stores and pharmacies (Walgreens, CVS, etc) have a Halloween section or aisle in October. Same thing. They sell cotton at a huge mark-up touting it can be used to make fake webs. – Meat Trademark Jan 1 '14 at 12:13
I didn't notice where you lived. The comment above is very North America-centric. My apologies. Still, though, finely woven cotton stretched out is one of the more common ways the effect is created. – Meat Trademark Jan 1 '14 at 12:34

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