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Día de los Muertos Necklace

About this design:

I've been looking forward to designing something with these sugar skulls, so this week I created this Day of the Dead inspired necklace. To create this focal, I used a mix of Czech glass flowers to make a bouquet cluster that sits atop the sugar skull. Lastly, I decorated the chain with tiny bead charms. It's a simple design, but the combination of festive, bright colors really makes this necklace stand out!

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Czech Glass Sugar Skull
  • Czech Glass Bellflowers (assorted colors)
  • Gold Crystal Moonbeam Charm
  • Gold Headpins
  • Gold 22 Gauge Wire
  • Gold Chain
  • Gold Lobster Clasp
  • Gold Jump Rings

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

  Step 1:
Make a bead link with a piece of wire & the sugar skull.
  Step 2:
Make bead charms with the Czech glass bellflowers and the ball headpins.
Step 3:
Attach a small piece of chain to the top of the sugar skull link. Attach the bead charms to the chain with jump rings. I put 2 charms on each jump ring.
Step 4:
Attach another piece of chain to the bottom of the skull link. Cut the chain in the middle and attach a bead link. Use a jump ring to attach the harm to the bottom of the chain.
Step 5:
Attach two 9" pieces of chain to the top of the piece of chain from step 3. Make bead charms with the purple seed beads & blue Czech glass beads. attach to the chain with jump rings.

Buy Products from this Design

Satin Hamilton Gold (Plated) Rollo Satellite Chain
per foot: $1.90

↳ Also available as: 25 ft spool

4" strand $2.25
3 strand bundle $5.70

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Great necklace to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Love your use of the bell flowers as a headdress.

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    bluedog says:

    Elaina – just what we need to clear away the smoke – some beautiful color! The seed beads on the chain add so much to the chain, and love the chain at the bottom to balance it all

  3. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    This it’s super cool! Great design!

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  5. B Wong
    B Wong says:

    Love this necklace!!Great design Elaina!

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    The sugar skull looks great with its wreath of flowers. Fun necklace.

  7. baublesaremylife
    baublesaremylife says:

    This is spectacular!! Thank you for showing how to use the skullls in a pretty way. I am making my version of this unique piece. Thank you.

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