Danse Macabre blog Hop

Holy smokes where has the year gone? It's halfway through October already. 
That means it's time for the DANSE MACABRE blog hop. 
It's hosted by Lee Koopman of  Strega Jewellry

She has put together a group of artists that are making something to do with 
The Dance of Death (danse macabre)
I chose to interpret this in a friendly way not a dark and dangerous way
 as I am a chicken shit when it comes to scary things. 

I made some earrings for a monthly challenge and while designing them I decided to carry it a step further and make a co-ordinating necklace. 

But how to take a dark garnet swirl and make it macabre? 
I added a leather bat to it. 

 I just love my leather scraps stash . 
After sketching a bat I then had to transfer it onto the black leather.  
I cut out the pattern placed it on the reverse side and traced around it with a silver marker.
(It was the only thing that would show on the suede-like finish.)
Then I cut it out and punched holes in each wing end to attach it. 
Added some black chain, some dangles and it's done.  
I may just wear this for Halloween. 

Now, I was having such fun I decided to continue playing with my beads, and found some long forgotten "spooky" charms . 
I also had in my stash these adorable carved carnelian beads that remind me of pumpkins so I added them to long headpins and after making wrapped loops I used the excess wire to create tendrils. 
I often make non-symmetrical earrings -just to see if people notice - so I added a bat charm to one chain dangle and the wee ghost to the other. See, nothing scary about these. And I could remove the charms and wear them all autumn long, hmmmm ....something to consider. 
laying flat to show the pumpkins and tendrils better

here they are as would be worn.

Oh heck why stop now!

I seem to have an unusually large stash of charms , when did that happen?
so I made these.
Not really scary, but celestial, so why not include them
Again not symmetrical. but that's the way I roll sometimes. 

Well that's it for this girl. 
so to see more pop by the other blogs to see what they have to inspire you. 

Lee Koopman                           Strega Jewellry    our hostess 
Sam Waghorn                           Pale Moon Creations
Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes
Mowse Doyle                              Mouse Made This
Lori Blanchard                            Alainn Jewelry
Robin Showstack                        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Amy Jorgensen                           Hoarders Corner
Nan Smith                                    Wired Nan
Tammy Adams                             Paisley Lizard
Catherine King                              Catherine’s Musings
Michelle McCarthy                         Firefly Designs Studio
Betony Maiden                             Beadwenches Blog
Becca White                                  Morgana Fey Creations
Kim Dworak                                   Cianci Blue
Tami Norris                                   Tamis Creative Spot
Inge Von Roos                               Inge’s Blog
Terry Jeanette Carter                    Tapping Flamingo
Deb Fortin                                       Mhoti Studio     * you are here*
Melissa Trudinger                           Bead Recipes


  1. Great work. I love the dangly asymmetrical earrings. Your bat necklace is a great complement to the earrings. I bet you could whip up a fun bracelet too if you have more scraps. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by. More scraps? heck yeah! I bet I COULD whip up a bracelet, creative juices churning now.

  2. I love your pieces, especially the earrings. Where did you find the cute charms?

    1. where oh where did those charms come from ? Probably the bead store I used to work at. that's the problem with saving things for too long , one forgets where they came from.

  3. Wow! I am loving that leather bat and the spiral type theme that represents the spiral of life is just perfect. In Native American lore, bat is the symbol of death and rebirth and in that sense, he is just perfect for this challenge. I like the fact that you had so much fun with the challenge! You made some very cool pieces!

    1. thanks . I didn't know that about bat lore. who knew that making jewellery would make me smarter. I did have fun with this challenge. I see more leather bats in my future.

  4. You were one busy person! I love those orange earrings, especially the way you mismatched them with the ghost and bat. By the way, I am part of this blog, and sorry I did not get mine up yet. It is scheduled to go up tomorrow afternoon, due to technical difficulties....

  5. I adore your spooky charm earrings the tiny orange (pumpkin) beads look wonderful.The garnet swirls look great with the leather bat focal, great use of materials.

  6. They are all great, but the pumpkins with spooky charms are my favorites!

  7. Love all your designs, but the first pair of earrings and leather bat necklace are my favourites ! Such a ♥ lovely ♥ combination, and... ready to wear at Halloween! Have fun!


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