Sep 13, 2010

Dia De Los Muertos Festivities

When the Autumn leaves begin to fall, I just get so darn excited and happy. It's just such a beautiful time of year, and that also means that Hallowe'en is just around the bend. Of course Hallowe'en isn't as fun as it used to be - I can't go out and trick or treat, but there are other things to look forward to, as well.

Dia De Los Muertos is definitely one of the things I look forward to. I don't have many people to celebrate it with, but I know a lot of people far away who do celebrate to the fullest extent, and it's always so wonderful to hear about the festivities. I think it's wonderful.

Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of The Dead, as bleek as the name may sound, is actually a very uplifting time of year. On November 1st and 2nd, folks gather in cemetaries and decorate the graves of their passed love ones. They light candles, sing, pray, and offer the deceased things like Pan De Los Muertos (Bread of the Dead) and create sugar skulls in their honour.

I definitely want to make some Pan De Los Muertos, this year. It's a lovely bread spiked with anise and orange - it sounds divine! Of course, I also create sugar skulls, but not from sugar... from polymer clay!

I've already made two sugar skulls - one of them is black and white, and one of them is in colour as well as bold black. I made them from a white-translucent-pearl mix and then hand painted them with acrylic paint. I finished their eyes off with rhinestones, too! I feel like I am back in grade school, because I just stocked up on things I haven't used before like rhinestones, glitter, dimensional fabric paint, and sequins. It's a really fun mix!

I plan on making more, though, just in different styles. I want to make one that is a wrought iron in colour with rust, as well as one with polymer clay details as opposed to paint to make it look like it's been piped with royal icing, as well as an Industrial one.

The next sugar skull I plan on making, though, is going to be named "The Devils Eye" and have the tattoo-inspired blue gems in their eyes. I haven't thought of much more yet, but it will definitely be inspired by the general look of Dia De Los Muertos tattoos and their vibrant colours with bold outlines.

I've done a lot of new stuff, lately!

Sep 1, 2010

Steampunk Arthropods? Oh yes.

I made a decision to stop taking custom orders for Industrial Hearts, and I think it's the best decision I have made in a long time. It's going to give me a lot more time to think of new and exciting things, such as this lovely beetle brooch I made, last night. Here is a quote from my Etsy Shop:

"If you're looking for a lovely brooch as the focal point to those ivory white victorian ruffles, it's easy to finish it off with that brooch your grandmother gave you featuring a lady silhouette and bordered by gold, but why not go a different route?

This beautiful beetle resembles the egyptian scarab beetle but also takes inspiration from the japanese beetle and cicada. It's back is striped with rich gold, green emerald, and glimmering black. It features rivets, a single rust toned gear and few teeny tiny rusty gears holding the shell to it's back. It has been carefully textured in places, antiqued with black, and glazed with a satin sheen.

Brass antenae and six delicate legs finish off the entire piece.

This piece will definitely gain curious looks from envious onlookers, and makes a delightful focal point on ivory/cream coloured victorian ruffles or velvet collar."

It can be bought here:

Golden Emerald Beetle Brooch - Steampunk Arthropod - Specimen No.1

I am definitely going to be making more!