Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Component of the Month - Sugar Skulls

It's my turn to host the AJE component of the month challenge for October. October might be my favorite month of the year because I just love the colors of autumn, Halloween is my favorite holiday, the brisk fresh air, starting up the fireplace again, roasting marshmallows in the fire pit outside, sweaters, doing the final yard clean-up and getting a break from weeding for several months....HA!

So when I was considering what I would offer as the COM, I considered several options. I have a new black kitten in my family to match the black cat we already have. So beads with 2 black cats...very Halloween-ish. I considered an autumn tree so I could kill two birds with one stone and use it for the tree challenge a couple days ago. However, ultimately, I decided I wanted to try my hand at making sugar skulls. There are some beadmakers who create masterpieces of extremely elaborate sugar skulls and they are AMAZING! I am not good at detail because my patience level is pretty low. So I went for a more "primitive" folk art style sugar skulls.


I will be selecting two readers to participate in the design challenge (READ DETAILS BELOW!!!) along with several members of the Art Jewelry Elements team. If you'd like the chance to play along with us here's what you need to know...

  • I will give away two sugar skull beads of my choice to two winners selected randomly from those who leave a comment on this post. Please noteyour comment must include your email and blog addresses so we can contact you should you win. Comments lacking this info will not be considered.
  • Please only leave a comment if you can can commit to creating a finished piece and blogging about it on the reveal date.
  • The names of the two winners will be announced on Tuesday October 4th.
  • the giveaway is open to participants from all countries but please be aware, components will be mailed from the US and international postage can take up to 3 weeks.
  • The blog reveal will take place on Sunday October 30th.
Good luck! And happy beading. 


  1. I would love to win one of your sugar skulls. They have such different personalities. I can't wait to see what everyone does on your reveal date.
    My blog is
    I can commit to this.

  2. I love your sugar skulls! Pick me! Pick me! (Melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com,

  3. Your sugar skulls are fun and fantastic, and I'd love to play along

  4. How lovely and fun your pieces are! Autumn is my favorite season, so I would be so happy to play with your beautiful sugar skull beads.
    Thank you!

  5. Oh... your sugar skulls are awesome, Jen! Love them! I'd love the chance to play along on this one. sjdesignsjewelry at gmail dot com,

  6. ooh so cute would love to play along. pick me please.
    deb4tin at gmail dot com

  7. These are great. I have the same problem with detailed work - lack of patience. Can't wait to see what everyone does with these little beauties.

  8. Oh I'd love to! I collect these!

    lori at lorianderson dot net

    Crossing fingers!

  9. If I don't win , how can these be purchased ?
    These are gorgeous , btw !

    1. I will be offering them for sale on my website after I announce the winners on Tuesday. Thanks for asking!

  10. Fun! I'd love to participate!

  11. I love the sugar skulls and I already have some design ideas floating around in my head Lol

  12. These are fabulous! I would love to play. Goodwin dot Tanya at gmail.
    I'll be watching your shop too, just in case. :)

  13. I have never done anything with sugar skulls so I am very intrigued to learn more and have a chance to create something outside my comfort zone... Who knows...maybe you will inspire me to make a few of my own.... Thanks for the chance to win and create with such a talented and artisticendeavors at windstream dot net.

  14. Your sugar skulls are beautiful! And could be added to the Skull-a-day blog posts that I do in the week leading up to Halloween.
    email: artsy.sciencey _at_ gmail

  15. well- you KNOW I would love to make something with one. they are awesome!

  16. Who doesn't love Sugar Skulls?! I think the rustic style would be charming for talismanic, tribal, or boho looks. I can't wait to see what everyone makes. and

  17. The skulls are so pretty! Renetha Stanziano,,

  18. I am hopeful!! Great beads!!!,


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