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Friday, June 11, 2010

Freaky but Fancy Foul Skull Jewelry

So, I found some really cool cast resin replica skulls to play with a week or so ago and decided they were too cool not to make into jewelry. The next step was to decide what kind of jewelry I wanted to make. Everyone has seen a bird skull on a cord around someone's neck at one time or another, so I wanted to do something different. Something a bit fancier but still slightly creepy and in keeping with the Halloween/ Goth genres. So I went to my studio and dug through the boxes and boxes of parts and pieces and accessories that I have collected for jewelry making and got down to work!

First things I found were some really nice Vintaj brand lead and nickel free brass filigree pieces. I thought these would be perfect to fancy up my crow and quail skull replicas. I also found that I had more Vintaj stuff floating about in my boxes. Jump rings, chain, eye and head pins and all the little goodies I needed to make the jewelry cohesive. So I pulled out my bail making pliers, my electric drill with the smallest drill bit i had in it and the rest of my jewelry making supplies and I got down to business!

The first piece I made came out so nice and I liked it so much I decided to use the Vintaj stuff on all of the skulls I had. Vintaj brass is nice because it is solid brass, not coated or filled or plated stuff, so you can bend it and shape the pieces without the finish cracking and flaking off. I decided that with some creative bending of the filigree pieces and some drilling and wiring, I could make the skulls look like they were adorned with hats or armor and also attach glass beads and jewels to them to make them a bit more fancy and sparkle a bit.

So in conclusion, I have ordered more skulls and I am going to have to go shopping for more Vintaj because I am obsessed with the great way these necklaces I made came out and I want to play some more! Below are some pics of the pieces I have created so far. I am trying to decide if I should add these to my Etsy shop or save them for my little jewelry table I plan to have at Great Lakes Fright Fest next year. Please leave some comments on these and let me know what you think of them so I can decide.  Click on any pic to see a larger higer rez. photo.


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