Day of the Dead & Halloween Blog hop reveal!

Instead of door to door, today you travel blog to blog. I am sure there will be many treats in store… 

Thanks to Diana P. of Suburban Girl Studio for hosting!

Halloween porch

Every season I make polymer sugar skulls for the Dia de los Muertos. This year I was happy to take a batch to ArtBLISS for sale – and I even posted a tutorial on my methods over at the Art Jewelry Elements blog. So it was a natural that I would work with one of my sugar skulls for this hop! The “trick” however? I am using a cabochon and doing bead embroidery… 

Calavera pendant

This is actually one of last year’s earthenware skulls. I felt bad for him – left over and unwanted. There were three holes in the forehead that I filled with pressed glass flower beads on head pins. Since he wasnt decorated with flowers… it was my chance. 

top view

Lots of flowers… 

Back detail

As I am new to bead embroidery – I wanted to learn the right way to finish things. And I have to give a shout out to Sally Russick at The Studio Sublime;  her seed bead blog hop/challenge started me on this path! And she has great tutorials for this finishing/beaded/edging stitch. I decided to insert the pin back to double as the bail – I am definitely going to wear this at the upcoming FaerieCon weekend!!! (but I wanted options. )

On deck

I have two other sugar skull cabs on deck – waiting beads and embellishments. Seen here with a few other pieces destined to debut at FaerieCon.. 

Sorry to be so brief – a lot on the plate today! I would love to hear what you think, especially since this is a new meduim for me!

Please check out the other blogs! I know you wont be sorry!

Kathleen Breeding

Sue Kennedy

Dianne Miller 

Lisa Liddy 

Toltec Jewels

Linda Landig

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Lynn Jobber

Michelle McCarthy

Karen Totten

Jayne Capps

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Joan Miller

Melissa Meman

Melissa Trudinger

Kari Asbury

Inge von Roos

Andrea Glick 

Stephanie LaRosa

Lola Surwillo

Jennifer Cameron

Diane Hawkey

Kristi Harrison

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Tanya Goodwin

Shai Williams 

Sandra McGriff

Sarajo Wentling

Marie Covert

Lisa Stukel

Laurie Vyselaar

Sherri Stokey

Pam Traub

Lori Dorrington

Kristen Stevens

Eleanor Burian-Mohr

Sally Russick

Dawn M. Gallop

Christine Damm

31 thoughts on “Day of the Dead & Halloween Blog hop reveal!

  1. Christine Damm says:

    Man, you really knocked that skull design out of the park! You are awesome with that bead technique. Can’t wait to see what you do next. The sugar skull I got from you is sitting in my window, keeping me company every day as I work.


    • jenny says:

      Thank you Christine! Means a lot to me… seed beads are another tool I am learning to integrate into my  work. I am glad your calavera is a creative companion! It makes my Muse happy to know that my creation is enjoyed by one who inspired me so! Happy Samhain! 


  2. Lori says:

    Hi Jenny,
    Love the pin you created for this blog hop, the bead work is wonderful. I love your polymer clay skulls so much that I used one of your creations for my entry in today’s blog hop. I will be wearing it to a big Day of the Dead celebration later in the week. I Love your work…Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta


    • jenny says:

      Agreed – and so many variations. I know that the way you and I approach bead embroidery is rather different! Love this hop. Wouldnt miss it! 


    • jenny says:

      Yup – he was alone. all left over from last year. And this years batch was all polymer so he (earthenware) felt especially odd-man-out. No, I dont anthropomorphise. Why do you ask? LOL


  3. Joan Miller says:

    This just proves my theory that beads( or cabs for that matter) do not go bad. It just sometimes takes them a while to find their place. I love that you added bead flowers to your plain skull.


    • jenny says:

      Well – I was ready to share the results good or bad. Honestly – I planned the flowers, stitched them on… then filled in the spaces between with tiny drop shaped beads. Great filler volume. I am ready to start a new one!


  4. Dawn M. Gallop says:

    Oh Jenny as always YOU ROCK!!!! LOVE love the skulls…the display of pics and how amazing….the seed beads and the beading embroidery…yikes scares me. I once was in a class where all I saw was seed beads and I said “what is this” thinking oh no we are using those….lol! I had a blast and now have used them many times over. Gorgeous work my friend! Have an most excellent time at Faeriecon…Thanks for sharing! Happy Halloween!!!


    • jenny says:

      Thanks Dawn! My ace in the hole – Mom taught my sisters and I to do embroidery stitches when we were little. Pillowcases, tea towels that stuff. SO the sewing aspect doesnt seem so intimidating.. 


  5. LeAnn says:

    All those pretty czech glass flowers work so very well in this piece. I’m surprised you are new to seed beads because this looks awesome to me.


    • jenny says:

      I stab my fingers a lot. And am a pro at threading the needle since I often have to pick out a stitch or two. But its really pretty forgiving. Unless you cut a thread you can keep adding and fixing… 


    • jenny says:

      Thanks Jen! I am more of a necklace person – and plan to wear it to FaerieCon, with my witch attire. After that – who knows. I would love to sell it off my neck, to be honest!


  6. Sarajo Wentling says:

    I never would have known that you are new to bead embroidery…it looks fabulous! I love what you did and that you can wear it as a necklace or a pin.


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