Look What Is On My Table – Karen McGovern

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Karen is always having too much fun! This Dia De los Muertos inspired piece, currently on her workbench, is no exception! Thank you Karen  -Becky

I’ve always been a big fan of Halloween, ever since I was a little kid dressed up as a Fairy but mistaken for an Eskimo because I lived in Northern Michigan and it often snowed on Halloween.  Not good for a little girl dressed up in a silky sundress and wings.  Didn’t quite go with the hooded down jacket and mittens….

Anyway, as an adult, I am also very fascinated with the celebration of Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  This traditionally Mexican celebration focuses on honoring family members that have died.  One of the many figures created for this celebration is the Sugar Skull, a highly stylized skull usually decorated with all sorts of etchings, colors and flowers.

The necklace I created for Nunn Design features my first attempt at a Sugar Skull image.  I made it from etched copper, hand sawed into a skull shape.  I then adorned it with Nunn brass floral stampings and crosses. I used a combination of cold connecting with micro screws and soldering.  The skull is suspended from two Nunn silver branch connectors accented with a copper Virgin Mary charm (also by Nunn Designs).  Finished on Nunn’s black crystal chain, which reminds me of a Rosary chain, perfect for this design theme.

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