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Día de Muertos Necklace and Bracelet set

Updated on June 5, 2014
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Nightcat is a practicing witch who loves to write about Wicca and many of the Gods and Goddesses she’s had the pleasure to encounter.

Day of the Dead Crafting

The festival that honors the dead is a national holiday in Mexico, complete with celebrations that celebrate the dead who are always with us, visiting and taking care of the graves of family members and more. Everywhere you look there are bright festival colors in about every color of the rainbow, and of course plenty of skulls and skeletons.

For over three thousands years festivals and rituals connected to the dead have given comfort and hope to the living in Mexicana culture. So why not join in on the celebration with a craft that was inspired by the new queen of the holiday (to those who of us love her) Santa Muerte?

The skeleton saint has been rapidly growing in popularity the last decade and it isn't unusual to see her with a rosary or cross clutched in her hands while she also has her more familiar symbols of the scythe, world, hourglass and owl.

You are free of course to use a skull pendant, change the beads, whatever. As always this how-to is more of a suggestion than a set of rules, so please feel free to make changes. All photos are of my own project, so if you copy please give a link back and credit where credit is due, thanks!

Learn about this wonderful holiday

Fun Fact

An earlier version of this necklace using pony beads mysteriously exploded, sending beads everywhere. This one was dropped repeatedly during the photography session and is just fine...

You'll Need:

Nylon String

Findings

Colorful skull beads

Three large skull beads

cross pendant

Accent beads

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10x12mm multicolor turquoise carved skull beads 16 strand by eBeadsBay
10x12mm multicolor turquoise carved skull beads 16 strand by eBeadsBay

Made of howlite or other materials, carved stone skulls work best for this project. I used howlite beads since they have a calming property and mimic turquoise exactly in looks that fool even jewelers. But any stone you choose will work just fine.

 
Cocoa's Accessories Glass Pearls Lamp Work Colorful Bead Mix 100 total of 4mm, 6mm,& 8mm,,
Cocoa's Accessories Glass Pearls Lamp Work Colorful Bead Mix 100 total of 4mm, 6mm,& 8mm,,

Glass beads for your accent beads would give this project a whole new looks, since they simulate using real pearls, and what lady doesn't love pearls?

 
Silver Plated Pewter Dia De Los Muertos Talavera Cross Pendant Charm 30mm (1)
Silver Plated Pewter Dia De Los Muertos Talavera Cross Pendant Charm 30mm (1)

Consider adding a cross to a smaller version of this necklace that has Day of the Dead accents built right in.

 

Images of the holiday - Truly lovely!

Step One: Tie off your finding

To make the necklace after measuring out enough nylon string (I just measure out way too much and cut after I'm done) tie off your finding, and it doesn't matter which one you start with. If you later find these knots slipping you might need a dab of E6000 on your knots and let the jewelry then dry for several days before wearing.

Step Two: Bead!

To replicate this necklace start with your chosen accent bead, then seven skull beads putting them on from the top of the skull and repeat three times. Then add a giant skull bead, an accent bead and seven more skull beads.

Add your cross, then seven more skull beads, now adding them jaw first, and replicate the pattern until you've completed both sides.

Step Three: Tie off Finding, trim, enjoy!

Once your beading is complete tie off your finding and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your pattern of the bracelet will be about the same, with an accent bead, seven skull beads, then a big skull bead. Add seven more skull beads and another accent bead, your other finding and you're done.

My Brag Book!

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Isn't it lovely?  I'm rather proud of this one.Pretty!The set,, simply lovely. You bet this became my offering for this year.
Isn't it lovely?  I'm rather proud of this one.
Isn't it lovely? I'm rather proud of this one.
Pretty!
Pretty!
The set,, simply lovely. You bet this became my offering for this year.
The set,, simply lovely. You bet this became my offering for this year.

Too cute for words...

Alternate Design

The set I made for myself to match the gift set shown above.

How do you celebrate?

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