These SANTA SKULLS earrings are definitely not your ordinary Christmas holiday wear and are a "must have" for anyone who adores skull jewelry! They are, to me, a kinder, gentler, more handsome version of Jack Skellington in "A Nightmare Before Christmas". The unique beaded earrings were created with natural magnesite skulls, sparkling "Siam" red Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. Carefully designed and handcrafted by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the SANTA SKULLS earrings will become your favorite pair of holiday earrings because of their eye catching appeal. I checked the internet and there are not another pair of Christmas skull earrings like this!
+ Magnesite skulls: app. 10 mm x 9 mm x 8 mm
+ Swarovski crystal hats: silver plated rondelles with faceted "Siam" red crystals; 4 mm faceted "Siam" Swarovski rounds
+ Swarovski crystal clusters: 4 mm faceted "SIam" bicones
+ Metal: silver plate (rondelles) and sterling silver
+ Earwires: sterling silver French hooks
+ Length: app. 1.75" / 4.4 cm long from the top curve of the earwires
The SANTA SKULLS earrings were inspired by a recent visit to a Dia de los Muertos celebration in La Mesilla, NM. After being immersed in many types of colorful skulls, I suddenly hit on the idea of creating a pair of skull earrings based on the more traditional Santa Claus. After playing around with many different combinations, this pair of holiday skull earrings is what was created.
The main focus of the SANTA SKULLS earrings are, of course, the skulls. They were individually carved from natural color magnesite and were enhanced by medium brown dye in the eye sockets, mouth and matrix, the thin lines you see running through the skulls. The carved detail is amazing - you can even see ach individual tooth in the grinnin mouth.
To add major sparkle to the SANTA SKULLS earring, I added Swarovski crystals above and below the magnesite skulls. Every well dressed Santa must have a hat! The hats the skulls are wearing were created from silver plated Swarovski rondelles and faceted crystal rounds. The rondelles are set with six faceted "Siam" Swarovski crystals, adding cheerful Christmas red to the skulls. A faceted "Siam" Swarovski round was placed on top of each rondelle for the crown of the hats. As you can see from the photos, the color is a deep red - I just wish the photos would show the amazing sparkle!
Below the earrings, I added a cluster of three Swarovski crystal bicones, again in the "Siam" red color. Each crystal was placed on a sterling silver headpin and individually wire wrapped. They were then connected to a wire wrapped loop under the skulls. As your head moves, the crystals dance and glitter. So much fun!
Sterling silver wire was used to string the earrings components in their correct order. As was mentioned just above, a loop was formed at the bottom onto which the bicones were wire wrapped. The top of the wire was also formed into a wire wrapped loop and then connected to sterling silver French hook earwires. A perfect finish for a fun pair of Christmas holiday skull earrings!
For a better understanding of the relative size of the SANTA SKULLS Christmas earrings, please be sure to check out photo #9 for a size comparison with a dime.
Skulls are used to insure protection and well-being; they also represent surviving through a difficult time and mortality beyond death. Magnesite is said to help turn dreams into realities; it instills peace during meditation. Manmade crystal (glass) carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.
The SANTA SKULLS earrings will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!
***Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.
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