Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Calavera Earrings

Three years ago, I was lucky enough to be in Oaxaca, Mexico for the Day Of The Dead celebrations.  It was magical. Words fail me when I try to convey the beauty, solemnity, humor and faith that filled the city that week.
People create altars all over the city and in their shops and homes.  The altars are decorated with flowers, usually marigolds, special breads made for the Day Of The Dead and brightly decorated sugar skulls or clay skulls, called calavera.

Skulls represent those who have passed away and sometimes have the name of the departed written on the forehead.

I made two pairs of skull earrings to share with you today.  I bought these fun skull beads at Bead Fest in October last year.  But I was so exhausted after vending at Bead Fest that I never made anything with them in time for Day Of The Dead. I didn't want to neglect them another year! This is the first pair I made.
The bright colors are typical of most Mexican celebrations and the flowers above the skulls represent the flowers on the altars that welcome the departed spirits back home.
I made the second pair of skull earrings using gunmetal finish wires and slinky chain tassels.
Follow the link below, if you would like to learn more about Mexico's Day Of The Dead celebrations.  
Both pairs of earrings are available in my shop now.


  1. How fun! I love the combo of the yellow with the blue. Would love to go to Mexico to experience that festival. Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. Thanks Erin. My 3 months in Oaxaca was probably the most memorable trip I've ever taken.

  3. You're very privileged to be able to experience such a culture Linda. And wonderful earrings x

  4. That indeed sounds like a magical experience Linda. Love your earrings. The color combo is magical as well.

  5. Linda, thank you for sharing a bit of your firsthand experience. It sounds like a special time. Love the colors and the idea of the flowers is perfect!

  6. Great earrings Linda, your trip is on my bucket list!