Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween Skulls and Flowers

When I started the destash challenge, my purpose was to use up and eliminate all the beads I had been keeping around for more than a year - that is to say, since before January 2011. It’s been almost a year now, and I’m starting to eye some of my older new beads in the same way. So when I realized that summer was officially behind us, I decided it was time to try and use up some of my Czech glass skulls for a fun Halloween design.

I took a while deciding just what type of project to do. I didn’t want to fall into my old habit of making something to suit the beads, even if it didn’t suit me. I’ve been having fun with beaded flowers lately, so I thought I would to start by making a few jet black daisies to go with the skulls and see where that got me.

Halloween Skulls and Roses Bead Palette

I used jet AB druks for the flower base, and opaque black 15/o seed beads. The shimmery finish of the druks called out for another dash of color, so I made sure to include some jet lined garnet AB 6/o’s when I started compiling a final palette. From the destash tray, I grabbed those gunmetal E beads that never seem to go away no matter how many times I use them. To help the white skulls blend in, I also added the last of my batik bone beads.

Rather than make something elaborate that would showcase the skulls and flowers in a really obvious way, I made a simple, though very long, Y necklace. I really like the way the red seed beads help to blend everything together - skulls and flowers, blood and roses.

Skulls and Flower Y Pendant

Have you made any spooky designs for Halloween this year? What was your inspiration?

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  1. LOVE that, absolutely bootifully spooktacular! Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, and that piece would add a whole lot of style to any costume.

  2. Me ha encantado la idea...magnifica....gracias

  3. Wicked necklace. Awesome combo and you made it so halloweenie. LOL As always thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks, everyone! It was a fun project, and I'm really happy with the balance of themes and colors.


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