Favorite Project of the Week: Silver Sugar Skull Pendant
Happy Halloween! I do love this holiday. I love the costumes, I love the parties, I love the candy. (Particularly the candy.) But I especially love Halloween decorations. My favorite decorations are skeletons and skulls. I have several cool carved skulls on my desk, and I placed a bunch of skeletons on my front porch for the occasion. I really like the posable skeleton sitting in my porch chair, just chilling out. He’s a blast.
Sure, skulls are creepy and scary — and they make great props for Shakespearean dramas. But they can also be beautiful and make awesome jewelry.
Lexi Erickson’s Silver Sugar Skull pendant from the September/October 2015 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is a great example of taking a theme that could be considered scary and turning it into something stunning. (And the great thing about that particular issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is that it has a Halloween theme. In addition to Lexi’s skull, it includes Roger Halas’s Alien Vs. Predator Ear Cuff, a demo on making Whimsical Carved Skull Jewelry, and a feature article on “Jewelry on the Dark Side.” Plus, the Smokin’ Stone for the issue is a combination of carnelian and black onyx, the classical Halloween color combination.)
The Sugar Skull pendant takes sterling silver and copper sheet, sterling wire, and delightful little silver Bali beads and makes a thing of beauty. Somewhat spooky, yes. But gorgeous nonetheless.
- It’s a great Halloween or Day of the Dead piece, but it’s elegant enough to be worn any time.
- While the design looks very complicated, it can be done fairly easily with basic metalworking techniques.
- The tiny Bali beads give the pendant its unique texture — and an awesome 3D look.
- While this particular design is a skull, you can use the same materials and techniques to create whatever design you’d like — for Halloween, another holiday, or a fantastic everyday piece of jewelry.
- Have a spooky day!
- 20-gauge sterling sheet
- 20-gauge copper sheet
- 20-gauge twisted sterling wire
- A variety of sterling Bali beads
- Tracing paper
- Fine-tip Sharpie
- Glue stick
- Double-stick tape (optional)
- Required Tools:
- jeweler’s saw and 4/0 sawblade
- bench block
- #2 and #4 hand files
- needle (or smaller) files
- sharply pointed burnisher
- center punch
- flex shaft or dremel
- small drill bits
- round-nose pliers
- bail-making pliers
- soldering set up
- double A tweezers
- 1-inch hard felt wheel on a mandrel
- red rouge
- 3M ultrafine sanding sponges
- Dawn detergent
- Liver of Sulfur
Required skills: Basic metalsmithing
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