Yes, that’s right: Skull Flowers. Or, sort of, . . . Skull Cabbages, I suppose. Like Cabbage Patch Dolls, but really, really not at all like that.
They aren’t yet Skull Flower Rings, or Skull Flower Brooches, or Skull Flower Pendants, because I think they could easily be all three of those things.
Now, many people would say skull jewelry was a Halloween thing, but I say tosh, and pish, and puhh (that last one is more of a incredulous exhalation than an actual word).
“But why would you make such a thing?“, I hear you say. Frankly, you say that a lot, and maybe you could be a bit more supportive.
I bought a string of these beads:
I thought they were neat and oddly a bit cute, and figured I would think of something to do with them. However, they’ve been hanging around for a while and I was a bit stumped.
Stringing a lot of them together seemed a bit extreme, and I don’t feel comfortable in a super chunky necklace. Plus I don’t really have any clothes that go with that color.
While I like a skull, I’m no “Sons of Anarchy” kind-of-girl, and didn’t want something that implied I was. I’m not Goth (or at least I haven’t been for a long long time, but does one every really stop being goth???).
Also I’m into contrasts at the moment. Thanks to the glorious Betty Jackson, I’d seen a few skulls with bows or flowers on. They looked cute, but a bit cartoony. I thought, “why not have them in the flowers?” I’m like that, just devil-may-care / “why not” kind of a person (which is why I’ve moved jobs and countries, perhaps more than I should—but hey, why not?).
So I painted them colors with acrylic paint. Skull Painting Tip #1: You need to stick them on something. Luckily, these ones came with little holes already in them. Toothpicks could have worked, but what I had were little bits of twig. I actually was quite taken with this bit & thought about leaving them like this:
Skull Painting Tip #2: You need acrylic sealant. With just the paint, a heavy breath would make the paint come off. But with the acrylic sealant, I could fling them against the wall and they’d bounce back nice and shiny. Ok, no, I didn’t actually try that but I’m guessing I’m right.
The flower part was harder than I thought . . .
I thought I’d just cut off the bottom and then stick the skulls inside. Hell no, no way Jose, fat chance: if you cut off the bottoms, the flower falls all flat like a pancake. If you keep the stem bit at the bottom that gives them their shape, then you can’t stick them to anything flat like a brooch back or ring. So I had to cut the stem bit super close, then build up to a flat surface with layers of paper flowers on the back.
The insides weren’t that easy, either. The plastic bit in the middle is rounded and uneven: you have to carve it out. Even then, it’s not a flat surface suitable for gluing. I had to nest the skulls in the flower petals.
However, all of this was worth it, for no other reason than I could type the phrase “Skull Painting Tip 1 & 2″.
Anyway, I kind of love these. They are so odd and truly unusual, I didn’t even know I had something like this in my head. Go ahead, give it a go, see if you can beat me in the odd stakes. Think of it as a permanent challenge . . .
Also, if you like the look of these:
a) You’re weird & I like you,
b) Now you know how to make one yourself, but—
c) If you don’t fancy the hassle, you can get your very own much more easily. . .
We’ve opened an Etsy shop & these bad boys are in there. Check us out at etsy.com/shop/crapatcrafts.