A necklace with paper collage and beaded surround. She’s been just the bright and lively ticket to chase away the doldrums.
She smiles. She twinkles. I bet she even has a secret she’s not sharing.
I’ve done: blue butterflies, sugar skulls, Day of the Dead and many others, but the Muse of Alliteration was missing. Gone.
So, this post is just Basically Blue. Can I blame the lack of creativity on exhaustion after the Giftmas holiday? I thought not as well…
A Day of the Dead paper collage, replete with gears and glitter, sealed beneath a glass cabochon. The cab is further decorated with a mix of copper, blue and bronze seed beads.
I knew when I finished the bezel that this little skull was destined to be a necklace. There were even blue beads of the appropriate hues in stash, blue not being a color I use frequently. Copper accents play off the gears under glass.
Must be something about the colors. Or the hair style.
A Day of the Dead cameo beaded round in pink, peach and gold, strung with champagne pearls and bi-colored crystals. There are even gold beads, just because.
Another Day of the Dead image immortalized with a glass cabochon. Also another foray into expanding my color palette, as I am not at all a pink person.
The skull is highlighted with bits of sparkle, then encased under glass. The surrounding beads are a mix of 8°, 11° and 15°.
To keep the necklace from becoming totally saccharine, there’s a baby blue picot around the focal.
This piece was shouting loud and clear that it did not want to be a brooch. So, necklace it is.
For continuity I used the same beads in the strand as are in the bezel. A few hand-formed pink links allow for adjust-ability. The whole is back with a Southwestern faux leather.
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.
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!