Halloween and Day of the Dead are right around the corner. Every year about this time, I get the desire, nay compulsion, to make something to celebrate.
This year, I’ve used a wonderful scrimshaw bat button (say that three times fast!) as a focal. The bat is hand carved with a bit of battitude, don’t you think?
When I purchased the button several years ago at the Bead & Button show, the vendor told me the woman who carved them had passed away. So there wouldn’t be any more, and I was basically getting “a good deal”. I suppose the button has gone up in value over time, though I’ve not done any research to substantiate this.
I had originally thought to make this into a brooch, but didn’t want to mar the back gluing on a pin finding. Instead I kept the button intact by creating a peyote bezel around it. No removing the shank on the back for this beader!
The poor little fellow looked a bit forlorn with only the bezel, so sparkly beaded fringe was added. Last but not least, a way to wear it. So a necklace strap was joined to the bezel.
Various gunmetal, purple, lavendar, grey (you get the idea) beads were auditioned until I was happy with the outcome. It’s amazing how many shades of purple there are! A little chain making (purple jump rings), a lobster clasp and a sugar skull dangle finished everything off.
Yes indeed, he’s off to the party with his cuppa, wearing pokla-dotted finery.
Another embellished pendant featuring an Alice in Wonderland character, accented with glitteratti inks (green, yellow and pink). The whole kept safe under a glass cabochon.
I had a lot of fun using crazy colors in the beadwork. I’ve had the pink bugles for ages, and could never get them into a piece before. I do like how they turned out. The rest are silver, yellow and chartreuse seeds.
The silver bail is glued on. I’m finding these bails to be more satisfactory than beading bails.
The back is my usual faux leather.
Do you think the Mad Hatter will wait for Beaux Bunny to show up?
Heh! Not all cabochons and paper collages turn into pins, y’know.
These Day of the Dead faces became earings! They are somewhat on the large side, being about 1 1/4 inches at their longest. Not too big. Not too small. Definitely visible!
The images are accented with glitter. The bezel is teensy tiny copper 15°s surrouned with hot melon seeds, accented with red aurora borealis crystals. The backs are covered with faux leather.
I like that the images face each other. That way, when worn, the skull will be looking the same direction, regardless of which side (left or right) you see them from. Having a directional design duplicated, but not mirror imaged for the opposite side drives me crazy! Lack of attention to detail like that, when it’s so simple to do… Harrumph!
These will be a nice addition to the upcoming Day of the Dead Festivities!
Mum. Mum. Mum
Though I’m not at all certain if the cabochon of this brooch is in fact supposed to be a chyrsanthemum-mum-mum. Or not.
Either way, whatever botanical beauty it represents, I think I’ve done it justice.
It was fun and interesting to play with colors I don’t usually gravitate towards – blue, peach, crystal. The peach is enough of a contrast to the blue that it shows, but isn’t garish. You should have seen some of the other colors I auditioned (then shrieked at!). A more muted palette was definitely called for.
Like the other brooches I’ve been making recently, this one has faux leather and a pin on the back.
An acquaintance has recently graduated nursing school.
Rather than gift the usual card and bottle of wine (aka grape juice, which is right up there with cactus juice and potato juice) I thought to make something.
There were two firsts in this project – using a metal bail to hang the necklace, and glitter to highlight the image. It’s silver glitter on the crown, but a bit difficult to see. As frequently happens, this looks better in real life.
Otherwise this is a standard glass cabochon with the collage image behind it. Everything is beaded together with a peyote stitched bezel. The edge accents are milk white crystals; the whole is backed with ecru leather.
What do you think? Fit for a Queen!
Another bezeled cabochon brooch.
Since the cabochon image was rather busy, I opted for a simple peyote bezel.
The bead colors mimic those in the focal.
Black & White.
Wear with anything.
I know, Day of the Dead celebrations aren’t happening for months yet.
Truth be told these were supposed to be finished last October, but obviously that didn’t happen.
I am now proclaiming them early for this year’s DotD celebrations. That’s my story, and I am sticking to it.
Similar to the other pendants I blogged about, these are glass cabochons with beaded bezels. The skulls, as well as the background are a mix of scrapbooking, washi and other papers.
They were truly an experiment. Some of the papers didn’t work with the glue. Others had their colors bleed. Some had the skulls sliding around, so they looked more like zombies. Sugar Skulls I like. Zombies, not so much.