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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what everyone else made!
Sherri Stokey <--- You are here