Beau Dangles

Handcrafted Jewelry — Designed to be Different



What’s with all the skulls? They seem to be an odd fashion statement — not one I thought I’d ever work with. But then I saw some in a bead store this week and thought, What the heck. I bought two. (They had to be different colours — you wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing matching skulls.)

Dangling from ear wires they seemed rather lonely so I added a pair of matching hearts. Black. Of course.


P.S. If skulls don’t appeal, flip them upside down for a pair of plump puddy tats. 😉

Author: Sally

Beads? What can I say — they snuck up on me when I wasn't looking. Now I'm hooked.

12 thoughts on “Boo!

  1. I’m not one to wear skulls or design with them but I can understand that many cultures throughout history have used the skull motif. I do like the dangling black hearts you’ve added though.

    • I wasn’t a fan either until I saw these — they reminded me of some of Mexico’s Day of the Dead designs. I had them at the market last week and several people thought they were cute (I guess the ones who didn’t like them didn’t say anything!) Yesterday the earrings sold to a young woman who bought them as soon as she saw them. 😉

  2. I am at a loss as to what makes something “popular”, Sally. I see similar howlite components getting dolled up into Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skulls which are really quite beautiful. Thanks for the tip about turning them upside down… now cats I can live with LOL.

    • I agree Monique — “popular” is a moving target. I guess that’s why I don’t worry too much about what’s “in”. I enjoy making jewelry. Yes, I’d like to see everything that I make but I’m not gonna get bent if it doesn’t. I’ve had some pieces that I particularly liked that no one else ever expressed interest in. Then, just when I was about to donate them or take them apart of bury them under a rock, someone comes along, falls in love with them and buys them. Go figure. As for the cats, maybe I’ll buy another pair and follow up on the meow idea. 😉

  3. I bought some too (because they were cheap and I thought I’d make something kooky). I don’t know what to do with them now.

  4. Sorry hadn’t finished… and I love that they are not matching colours, much cooler.

    • I like asymmetrical pieces. Sometimes they are obviously different, as with these earrings, but not always. I once sold a necklace and earring set to a woman who didn’t notice that the coloured discs of the earrings weren’t aligned in the same order. I got a call later that day asking if I knew I’d made a mistake. I explained that I had done it on purpose — I then offered to redo them to make them line up in the “right order”. She paused, thought about it, and then said she actually liked that they were different. 😉

  5. I really like those actually! I always thought I hated the skull motif, but I think I approve of it so long as they’re brightly coloured and cute. I think the hearts really make it work too.

    • Hi R&R … some of the skulls I’ve seen are rather gruesome and don’t appeal to me at all. I liked them for the same reasons you mention. As for the hearts … I bought them some time ago with no idea what to do with them but the two seemed made for each other. 😉

  6. They are very cute and fun I think, and I love the black hearts too! Definitely my kind of beads to work with.

  7. Thanks, Catherine … and best wishes for your new almost-here baby! 😉

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