Art Elements – October COM Reveal – Sugar Skulls

This months Component of the month comes to you courtesy of Jennifer Stout-Cameron who provided the Art Elements team and our guests with these super funky sugar skull beads. I love these beads and wanted to do something fun in keeping with their quirkiness but, the bright colours are not usually something I would work with so it took some thinking. Much of said thinking revolved around flowers and dangles but I didn’t have quite the right colours and then an idea struck me while rummaging around in my jewellery box.

I just happened to pick up an old Macrame bracelet that’s knotted in such a way as to create a flower design so I decided to try and adapt it to work with my sugar skull. It’s a very old and very simple technique and as I began working the first thing that hit me was how much the bead patterns resembled the eyes on the sugar skill…don’t you just love happy accidents…?

The bracelet is strung on Irish waxed linen and uses simple glass beads with size 6 Czech picasso beads to form the petals. I wasn’t sure what to use for the clasp but another fortuitous find amongst my stash wad a cute lampwork shank button by Julie Fountain…the colours work well with Jen’s bead and the heart motif is a classic for the day of the dead theme.

I wasn’t sure at first but it’s definitely growing on me and it’s really comfortable to wear because the skull has a flat back so sits very nicely. All in all I’m pretty pleased.

Many thanks to Jen for giving us such great components to work with – I’m really excited to see what everyone else has made so please join me on out blog hop using the links below:

Guest Designers

Staci Louise Smith

Karin Grosset Grange

Solange Collin

Art Elements Team

Caroline Dewison

Susan Kennedy

Laney Mead

Claire Fabian

Diana Ptaszynski

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Lindsay Starr

Niky Sayers

Lesley Watt

Cooky Schock

Jen Cameron



15 thoughts on “Art Elements – October COM Reveal – Sugar Skulls

  1. I love the bracelet! And I also remember this kind of flowers (we made them then I was a child, so a ind o long time ddictions ;)) but we made them with thin thread and without the macrame knots. I love this version and definitely need to try your idea too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I was going to say that about the seed bead pattern echoing the eyes… Colors are perfect. Geez – between you and Cooky I am now starting to be intrigued by micro macrame! Who would have thought! Also love that its a bracelet. I get stuck in the necklace rut sometimes.

  3. Oh my gosh! THis is so cute. The color choices you've made are perfect to compliment the sugar skull. I would love to wear this to an upcoming Dia de los Muertos event I'm going to next week.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  4. I LOVE happy accidents, and it looks like you had a series of them. That flower bead pattern thing you have going on totally mimics the eyes and looks like it was designed specifically for that bead. The colors are amazing and the heart clasp is perfect. It's even a similar wonky shape as the skull's nose. LOL! Thanks for participating in the challenge!

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