Holy smokes where has the year gone? It's halfway through October already.
That means it's time for the DANSE MACABRE blog hop.
It's hosted by Lee Koopman of Strega Jewellry
She has put together a group of artists that are making something to do with
The Dance of Death (danse macabre)
I chose to interpret this in a friendly way not a dark and dangerous way
as I am a chicken shit when it comes to scary things.
I made some earrings for a monthly challenge and while designing them I decided to carry it a step further and make a co-ordinating necklace.
But how to take a dark garnet swirl and make it macabre?
I added a leather bat to it.
I just love my leather scraps stash .
After sketching a bat I then had to transfer it onto the black leather.
I cut out the pattern placed it on the reverse side and traced around it with a silver marker.
(It was the only thing that would show on the suede-like finish.)
Then I cut it out and punched holes in each wing end to attach it.
Added some black chain, some dangles and it's done.
I may just wear this for Halloween.
Now, I was having such fun I decided to continue playing with my beads, and found some long forgotten "spooky" charms .
I also had in my stash these adorable carved carnelian beads that remind me of pumpkins so I added them to long headpins and after making wrapped loops I used the excess wire to create tendrils.
I often make non-symmetrical earrings -just to see if people notice - so I added a bat charm to one chain dangle and the wee ghost to the other. See, nothing scary about these. And I could remove the charms and wear them all autumn long, hmmmm ....something to consider.
|laying flat to show the pumpkins and tendrils better|
Well that's it for this girl.
so to see more pop by the other blogs to see what they have to inspire you.
Lee Koopman Strega Jewellry our hostess
Sam Waghorn Pale Moon Creations
Dini Bruinsma Angaza by Changes
Mowse Doyle Mouse Made This
Lori Blanchard Alainn Jewelry
Robin Showstack The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Amy Jorgensen Hoarders Corner
Nan Smith Wired Nan
Tammy Adams Paisley Lizard
Catherine King Catherine’s Musings
Michelle McCarthy Firefly Designs Studio
Betony Maiden Beadwenches Blog
Becca White Morgana Fey Creations
Kim Dworak Cianci Blue
Tami Norris Tamis Creative Spot
Inge Von Roos Inge’s Blog
Terry Jeanette Carter Tapping Flamingo
Deb Fortin Mhoti Studio * you are here*
Melissa Trudinger Bead Recipes