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Dia de los Muertos. or Day of the Dead, is a wonderful, colorful celebration of life. In the days of celebrating, people groom the gravestones of loved ones, hold candle light vigils, break bread and share memories.
The skull is a symbol of loved ones passed and is loved, not feared. It can be a super fun decorated sugar skull that is made even more exciting if it has your name on it! It can be part of a vignette with whimsical skeletons portraying loved ones' occupations and family gatherings.
My shrink plastic sugar skull sits atop a piece of polymer clay mounted on a cardboard pendant.
Cardboard - a cereal box or something similar will work
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
Die cutting machine
Sizzix Frame and Flower die
Inka Gold metallic paste - Copper
Shrink plastic - white
Martha Stewart Skull Punch
Permanent markers - fuchsia, purple, blue, orange, lime green and black
Polymer clay - a small amount of black
Clear gloss sealer
|I used Sizzix Frame and Sculpted Flower die to cut 3 frame pieces from cardboard.|
|Glue all 3 pieces together and allow them to dry.
Paint the cardboard with black acrylic paint and allowed it to dry.
I used my fingers to apply a thin layer of the copper paste so that some black showed through.
|Condition a small amount of black clay.|
|Click here to see how I made the sugar skulls
The skull had a hole in the top to put a jump ring in.
I chose to cover it with a tiny gem.
Form the clay into an oval that fits inside of your frame and is big enough to put the sugar skull on. Bake the clay as directed.
|Cover the black backing with clear glossy sealer and set the skull in it.
Add a bit more sealer on the skull. I can't wait to make this into a necklace!