“Sugar” Skulls & Silver

October 10, 2012 

It’s been 10 days since I posted anything primarily because it’s been 10 days since I did anything with silver… that’s not exactly the way things should be going. However, the reason for not working silver is that I’ve been working “sugar” skulls for Dia de los Muertos.

The Reaper "Sugar" Skull

“The Reaper”

My “sugar” skulls aren’t actually made of sugar & royal frosting like they are in Mexico, but are paper maché skulls to which I’ve added white paint, flowers and bling.

Originally I had planned to just create 2 this year, but without even trying (they were tucked away on a window sill behind me) on Cottonwood Friday, I sold 2 from last year and received an order for another one — The Reaper. Normally, I don’t do black “sugar” skulls because it’s contrary to the basic idea of a sugar skull.

“Taking Flight” & “Wistful”

Keeping with the true spirit of Day of the Dead, sugar skulls are not creepy or morbid. Instead, they are happy, vibrant candies that are often smiling or laughing. The bright colors and sparkly decorations on the sugar skulls are cheerful enough to clear away any fear or concern about what they stand for.

There is a lot of room for creativity when it comes to making and decorating sugar skulls. To start with, designs and patterns are added with icing made of eye-popping colors like bright yellow, hot pink, neon blue, vivid orange and glowing green in various combinations.

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I’ve got 3 skulls completed and the other 7 are just about done. I just need to add a little more of the glaze to finish those last few.

So why am I posting if I’ve been working on paper maché skulls? Well, I actually cut some silver today. I’m going to be working on sterling skull charms (pendants). I’ll be making them as overlays. I’ve got the backing for 3 pendants as well as the skull & jaws for 4 cut out and awaiting to have the surface stamped with designs. That’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow. I’ll have some images to post as well.

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