Focus on Life is: Saints, Souls, Sugar Skulls or Scares. This is what Sally had to say for the week's picture focus:
Whether "trick or treating", celebrating the spirits and souls of loved ones that have passed, or having a scream from a scare, this week take a moment to capture a spirit, spider or any other spectacle of the season.
For this week's photo I wanted to focus on Sugar Skulls. Mom and I have made only three Sugar Skull pieces and I loved each one of them. It was so hard to let two of the pieces go when someone bought them and the other piece is still up for sale (though I have a friend who really, really, really wants that piece).
This first piece is a Sugar Skull pendant that actually turned out to be pretty darn big for a pendant. We still sold it as a pendant but a woman bought it for her daughter for an ornament/window hanging. The daughter loves collecting skulls and the mother thought it was perfect for her.
This is a "Day of the Dead" necklace I made back in 2010. The pendant is the first sugar skull we ever made. At first I didn't like the pendant but once I put the pendant into a necklace - I LOVED IT!!!! The lampwork beads are our "sugar beads" that we made, added chain and ribbon (our first time ever using ribbon in a piece). It took everything I had to sell that piece and then when it sold (at the first show we had it in) I about chased down the woman asking for the necklace back :)
We still have this piece for sell - though it is now in a shadow box to display it better. I love all the fun colors and the different designs mom sawed out in the plate.
The last of our skull pieces - this one sold the first show we displayed it. I think it actually sold in the first 15 minutes. A couple bought it for a friend of theirs who was getting married in a few months. The couple who were getting married was going to have a skeleton themed wedding so the customers thought this piece would be a perfect wedding gift.
When mom first sawed out the piece I seriously hated it - it wigged me out - don't ask me why. But once I enameled the plate I loved it too! I think mom had some serious sawing skills going on with this piece!
So, this is our skull and sugar skulls for this week's Focus on Life. I can't wait to see what everyone else has for us to see!