October 28, 2013

Halloween/Day of the Dead Jewelry Blog Hop

Raku pieces from Star Spirit Studios

When Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio announced her Halloween/Day of the Dead Jewelry Blog Hop, I knew just the piece I wanted to use.  Diana's rules for this hop are just that you make one piece of Halloween or Day of the Dead themed jewelry and that you use at least one art bead in it.  When I signed up, I had just been to my first bead show and scored the gorgeous pieces above from Star Spirit Studio.  See that sugar skull on in the center, slightly to the left?  That's the piece I knew I had to use.  So I drug out a bunch of beads and cord.  

Bead and cord palette to go with my raku pieces.

When I say a bunch, I mean a bunch, huh?  The raku finish on the pendants has a huge range of color in it.  It varies from piece to piece as you can see from the photo above, and some are more colorful than others.  The sugar skull has really clear colors and I decided to play off that.

Close up of colorful micro macrame knotting.

I went with micro macrame for this piece and used four different colors of cord:  pink, blue, green and khaki.  I let the colors wander where they wanted.  Sometimes they meandered or flowed gently, and sometimes they intertwined so much it almost looks like plaid.  I used quite a few different beads, too, but I let those take a back seat to the knotting.

Sugar Skull Day of the Dead Micro Macrame Necklace by Sherri Stokey

The pendant really needed to have a place of honor, so I gussied up the front of the necklace a bit and added a bail.

Raku skull pendant on knotted necklace

For a bit of fun, I added a bit of wire wrapping in some links echoing the large bead from the center and then added a large floral clasp at the back.  And there you have it.  My sugar skull all dolled up and ready to party.  Let the festivities begin!

Micro Macrame Sugar Skull necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what everyone else made!

Sherri Stokey  <--- You are here



42 comments:

  1. fantastic piece love what you did with the focal, your work is always so beautifully neat!

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    1. Thanks! I like to think I'm a tidy person...

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  2. Awesome! I never tire of seeing the unbelievably beautiful designs you create with just some string and a few beads, Sherri!

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  3. I could not wait to see what you made- and I JUST LOVE IT! such great texture, and you really nailed those colors on the raku

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    1. Hahahaha - and I've been waiting on pins and needles to see what YOU made!

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  4. Gorgeous Sherri, I have been a fan of yours for years now and you never cease to amaze me with your creations.
    Therese

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  5. Lovely color palette. Such a conversation piece.

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  6. As always, your work is stunning. I love how the macrame flows into the skull. The "gussied up" middle portion and bail is amazing.

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  7. Mind...blown... Totally in love with what you created. Thank you for participating!

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    1. Thanks, Diana P. I loved this hop - there are some GREAT pieces!

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  8. That is an absolutely amazing necklace! I am in awe!

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  9. WOWZERS!!!! Jaw dropping beautiful! Stunning works of art! Thanks for sharing! Happy Halloween!

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  10. I already follow you on Facebook and am just blown away by your work. I LOVE this piece, gorgeous colors, love the focal!

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  11. That is one of the coolest pieces in this hop.

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  12. WOW, your work is amazing. I can not find the words to decribe how stunning I think you work is. How many hours went into this design? I thought wire wrapping tiny glass flowers was time consuming, I can't even imagine how much work went into the design and creation of this amazing necklace. You are my new hero! Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

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    1. Your necklace is sooooo beautiful! Wire wrapping all those tiny glass flowers was worth it!

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  13. What a great necklace! Hopefully you have found a party to take your skull too.

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    1. Hahaha - no party, but my grandson is coming over tomorrow. That's always a good time :)

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  14. Wow. Just wow. I'm so impressed with what you've created! And thanks for introducing me to Star Spirit Studio too!

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  15. Very cool necklace. It makes me want to learn macrame.

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    1. I'm on a crusade to bring back macrame! Join me... you know you want to :)

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  16. My head hurts looking at this. Holy buckets! How in the world do you DO that micro macrame stuff and keep your sanity? lol! What a gorgeous piece, thanks for sharing it with the rest of us

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  17. Hi Sheri., I love the work you do with Macrame and this necklace is absolutely fantastic ! Beautiful sugar skull and great matching of beads!

    Happy Halloween/Day of The Dead!

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  18. Wow - another stunner! Love how you made the front beadwork look sort of like an 'eye' and how that gorgeous skull hangs just below it - very cool!! The colors are super, too.

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  19. Amazing! Raku does have a diverse palette and you created such a lovely color scheme!

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  20. My gosh I adore your blog! Even though this has less of that AMAZING colour that your work has, it's still so beautiful!
    I was wondering, if it's not too much to ask, would you write a list of suppliers you like to buy from? I know you have your local shops, but any online too? (sorry if you've done this before!)

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    1. I don't have a single local shop to buy from, so shop online. I troll Etsy for most of my "special" pieces - the focal pieces and the artist beads. I use ArtBeads.com and AuntiesBeads.com and BelloModo.com quite a bit.

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  21. What an incredible choice of colors - I love what you did with this - so original!

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  22. Gorgeous! Your color choices are perfect for the pendant and the micro macramé really looks fantastic with it!

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  23. Wow-- you really took inspiration from the focal and ran with it! Fabulous work!! Happy Hallowe'en!!

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  24. Your work is just absolutely stunning. I am so in love with every thing that I have seen on your blog. I love the Day of the Dead skull. I can't look enough at your work. Love it, absolutely amazing!

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