As Summer starts to fade away and Autumn peaks around the corner, I get busy creating sugar skulls for the upcoming Dia De Los Muertos. Ever since I first heard of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) so many years ago, I have been taken over by the beauty of these lovely little sugar skulls, and I make them every single year!
What exactly is Dia De Los Muertos? Well, it's a holiday traditionally celebrated in Mexico (and by people all over the world) on November 1st and 2nd - just after Hallowe'en. Contrary to the name, the celebrations held are actually quite beautiful and happy.
People often adorn their loved ones graves with their favourite possessions, foods, and flowers. Altars are also created in their honour, full of photos, candles, and sugar skulls.
A sugar skull is actually white sugar that has been pressed into a skull shape and dried until it is hardened. It is then decorated with vibrant royal icing and lovely findings such as feathers, rhinestones, sequins, glitter, and coloured foils.
Of course this brooch isn't made from sugar, but I would still consider it to be a sugar skull themed piece. Details and swirls have been hand-carved into the clay, as well as a few industrial inspired rivets. It has been painted in lovely brass and then a black patina is added to antique it, making it look worn. Throughout the design are vibrant splashes of metallic hues - especially in the many flowers and leaves adorning the top of the sugar skull.
I don't tend to use a lot of molds in my work, but this is one of those exceptions. I have some really pretty flower molds that I have been holding onto for about a year now, and I used some of them to make a few of the flowers that you see on the sugar skulls head. I love them! They were too pretty not to use.
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