Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Love My Art Jewelry Dia De Los Muertos Challenge

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye

I decided to participate in the Love My Art Jewelry's Dia De Los Muertos challenge and make a few jewelry pieces. I'm so glad I did! This holiday was a mystery to me, so I did some research and learned so much! I think what I love most about this holiday is how they come together, not only as a family, but as a community and honor their loved ones who have passed. I plan to celebrate every year!
Below are my jewelry pieces that I made for the challenge.
For this necklace, I first drew the sugar skull. I had fun filling in the empty spaces with different flowers and doodles.
I then made the skull into a porcelain pendant and painted it with different color under glazes. I finished it by wire-wrapping different sterling silver flower and leaf charms with gemstone and glass faceted beads. The two larger beads are porcelain and handmade by my husband Ronnie.


The next necklace was quite the challenge! I first made a porcelain cabochon with a manganese wash glaze. The back of the pendant is copper, so it was difficult to get all the sterling silver roses to solder in place. The little buggers kept popping off! I must have soldered this piece seven times. Also, I learned my lesson with the little bezel cups. Next time I won't place them so close to the bezel wall because the sides soldered together. Hopefully its not too noticeable!
I'm very  happy with how they both turned out. I've decided to keep the last necklace and wear it every year on Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos!
Some of the above pendants are listed here in our Etsy shop.
Thank you for stopping by!

8 comments:

  1. they both turned out amazing! I especially love the second one of course, a little more antique looking ;) right up my alley. soldering silver to a piece of copper that big is always challenging. it is a heat suck- hard to get the solder to flow properly!!!

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  2. Thank you Staci! I knew it was gonna be tough using a copper backplate, but the amount of silver sheet would have been crazy! I just lacquered the heck out of it.

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  3. I love how you threw yourself into this challenge and came up with two very different takes on it - both gorgeous!

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  4. Thank you Sherri! I was inspired by your shrinky dinks and hand painted shoes!!!

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  5. Absolutely love your skulls! Beautiful finish work!!

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  6. Thanks Karen! I had so much fun making them, and now I have skull designs I can use every year for Dia De Los Muertos. Thank you for having the challenge, I learned so much about this holiday!

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