Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy Hauntings! Day of the Dead Blog Hop

Halloween is my favorite holiday!  I love dressing up (big surprise, right?) I have been known to have large, fabulous halloween parties in my day, hang out on South Street in Philly, dress up in costumes that others may find ridiculous or have multiple costume changes in a single evening.  I have been known to tell people if they weren't going to dress up they might as well not come to my parties. Well, they wouldn't have had any fun anyway.  So when the opportunity came up to participate in a blog hop celebrating my favorite holiday and jewelry, well, I couldn't say no!

My story starts with my inspiration -
I love everything about the day, and honoring the dead is a part of the holiday.  So it's no surprise that this year I was very influenced by Dias de los Muertos or "Day of the Dead."  You can learn more about this Mexican holiday which is actually celebrated November 1-2 at Day of the Dead - Wikipedia. I bought some of this bright fabric to make myself a dress for an event in New Jersey "Chiller Theater." In my last post you saw the jewelry I made to go with this outfit - but oh there's more!!

  First I'd like to share e a necklace with this amazing sugar skull focal by Staci Louise. I was so inspired by her style that I have to say the whole necklace is inspired by her. The crosspiece component in between the stick pearls is made by her too - both focal pieces are polymer clay brass. I added some pearl drops and some Swarovski crystals on some antique brass chain and some beaded connectors as well.  This is MINE! But I have another smaller focal  that will be made into jewelry for sale, later - ;)

Next up we have a piece I made for Philly Comic con this year - a collar with components made by me.  The bat focal was completely hand made, cut out of brass, filed, sanded, etched and textured by me, and all by hand.  The clockwork focal on the collar was also made by me and functions as a separate pin which can be worn by itself.

All the keys to Gotham City
Removable pin centerpiece
Some close ups of the accents to this lovely piece.

And the matching earrings - etched and torched to make the interesting colors in brass, copper and stainless

And here a picture of the jewelry being worn by me at Comic Con -
 My eyes look a little crossed, but that's okay, lol!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little Halloween celebration here on my blog.  Look for new jewelry to be added to my shop at!

Now go on and check out all the other blogs in the blog hop for your Day of the Dead Jewelry inspiration!!
Kathleen Breeding
Lisa Liddy
Toltec Jewels
Laura Medeiros
Veralynne Malone
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Stephanie LaRosa
Nicole Valentine Rimmer
Sarajo Wentling
Dawn M. Gallop


Dawn Gallop said... the BATS!!!! This has been so fun seeing everyone creations....thanks so much for sharing. Have a beautiful day! Dawn

Loris Glassworks said...

I'm so glad you included a photo of you wearing the jewelry at Comic Con. I love the bat necklace and the texture of Staci's sugar skull is very interesting. Great pieces! Cheers!
Lori in Atlanta

Diana P. said...

I knew this would be the perfect blog hop for you! So glad you joined in!

Karen Totten said...

Very nice! Love all your creations - and the dress! :)

diane hawkey said...

steampunk bats are awesome

Shaiha said...

I just love your con jewelry! It has to be one of my favorite steampunk piece.

Maire of Thistledown said...

LOVE the dress, the necklace but especially the choker!!!! how wonderful!
I bet it was a hit at Comic Con!

Kristi Harrison said...

Wow, that collar is amazing! I love those little bat steampunk earrings too! Loved your post being full of pictures! Fun!

Skye said...

Love the costume & collar! Awesome work :)

Cornerstoregoddess said...

Love, love, love that bat necklace! Great combining of elements.

Kristen said...

How amazingly awesome your cos play outfit is! I love the steampunkery!!!!

Ann Schroeder said...

Love the dress (!) and the Staci Smith inspired necklace. Great job. But oh, that bat! I'm so impressed! What a beautiful piece of work.

Hippie Chick Jewelry & Design said...

Love the dress, love the jewelry, love it all!

Sarajo Wentling said...

Love all of your pieces. I've been enjoying all the very different variations/interpretations of sugar skulls (and the dress is super fabulous too!) and your bat necklace is impressive too.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Very cool pieces! I adore Staci's work as well. And the bat necklace...very very cool! Hope you didn't freeze in that awesome dress!

Lola said...

Beautiful designs! Love that first necklace!

Anonymous said...

Your two pieces are very different but equally stunning! I do love the batty steam punk collar, it's fabulous!

Karen O'Lone-Hahn said...

These are awesome Di! Wish we lived closer, I would love to go to these fun things with you! I would dress up, no problem! Lol

Meleenia said...

Thanks Karen! You are totally invited to anything I'll be at - would love it if you came to Steampunk unLimited at Strasburg or if you wanted to come to Gilded in Valley Forge. I'll try to keep you updated on my wherabouts!!! You would love Steampunk though.

Kathleen said...

OMG, I never thought to steampunk bats. What a great idea. So inspiring, I'll have to come back and take more looks.

LisaS said...

Awesome fun jewelry!

Trick or Treat!!

Jennifer said...

I like what you did with Stacis skull - so every day, and pretty. The bat collar is wild!

Stories They Tell said...

Wow, that collar!! So many amazing touches, Your work is very wonderful. Happy Hallowe'en!!