This pendant necklace was inspired by the incredible Mexican tradition that is the Day of the Dead. I was watching the new Bond movie "Spectre" the other day and it starts during the Dia De Muertos festival in Mexico City. I was so fascinated by the costumes and the skulls that I decided to learn more about it and it was when I discovered the Calavera or the sugar skull!
This necklace was completely handmade down to painting the little dots and blackening the skull where needed. I used black crystals in the chain so that it gives it a cleaner and more deadly look.
The skull is about 36 milimeters in length.
"Traditional production methods have been in use since roughly the 17th century CE. The process involves using molds to cast the calaveras. Production can be a lengthy process. A creator will usually spend roughly four to six months producing the skulls for a season. Traditionally-made sugar skulls are considered folk art and are not meant to be consumed.
The production process is more focused on the aesthetic appeal of the skull than on the taste or food safety of the product. Furthermore, many calaveras feature inedible decorations, such as beads, feathers, and foil. Some skulls were formerly decorated with sombreros, though these designs have mostly disappeared since the 1970s. The calaveras are then traditionally sold at outdoor market stalls beginning two weeks before the Day of the Dead.
Other calaveras are produced to be edible. Most are cast as one piece from cane sugar (which can either be left unflavored or flavored with vanilla). Other calaveras may be made from chocolate. The calaveras are typically colored with vegetable dyes. Like the more decorative calaveras, these will sometimes have names written on the foreheads as well. Calaveras may be eaten, or kept for a few days and then thrown away." - source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calavera
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