Skulls, skulls, skulls, I just love the holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and all of the symbolism surrounding it. What a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a loved one that has passed and to honor the history of one’s family. I’m Irish and Russian; we have wakes and what I adoringly call dirge music. The music is royally depressing but I try to keep an open mind about it. Personally, I think we should all create an altar and adorn it with sugar skulls, yellow mums, photos, and all of the necessary accouterments. Then continue to celebrate at the cemetery once a year, no matter what your ancestry. If it’s good system, it’s a good system.
Since I love the imagery, aside from historical pageantry of it all, I regularly create glass sugar skulls. They are fun to make and each one seems to come out with a personality all its’ own. Maybe it’s meant to be that way. I reason if it weren’t then I’d be able to cookie cutter them out like when you use a mold and they’d all look reasonably the same.
Quite a few people have caught the craze for skulls. One of my customers, Cherie Smith of Glitterbug Originals, has special ordered many custom skulls and made some great earrings from them. If you follow the link (clique on her business name) it will take you there. And by the way, she makes some great earrings so you should browse around and consider doing some shopping. The photos today are an example of some of the small earring sized skulls I’ve been doing for Cherie and a photo of the first set she put together and posted. I think she did a great job pulling in the skull colors and making them festive . Now why didn’t I think of that! Ah, because I’m not her!