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Grave Hands Pendant: Day 13 of 31 Days of Halloween

Ok. By now you should all now just how damn talented the Wicked Bloggers of 31 Days are. Sick. Everyday I get a ton of creep-tastic inspiration, and it’s hard to decided which idea to do first. Well, I am always extremely inspired by Black Dragon, who I am proud to say, is now on 2 Design Teams with me! Not just Smeared & Smudged, but StampInsanity as well. And the inspiration never fails to come when I am looking at her blog. Well, guess who inspired this piece???


On Monday, Black Dragon showed us an incredible piece of art jewelry that she created using a domino and a digi image of Frankenstein from Strange Skin. Well, The piece blew my mind! And, being a silversmith/beader….that’s pretty damn good!

It’s been a few days since I used a Strange Skin image (and let’s be realistic, I wanna show off my sister and her boyfriend’s amazing digis as much as I can!), so I knew it was time to play with one. If you recall, I had made a Zombie Box (which Jorge named the Zombox) using this image. I had printed it out a few times to see which size I liked best for the box. This was one of my rejects.

So I colored it in using my colored pencils and then I cut it out. I grabbed a domino (given to me by Kathi!), and inked it with 3 colors of alcohol ink, to kind of give it a dirty, zombie-esq look. Grave-Hands-Pendant-2

I Mod Podged the hell out of it, but in a matte finish. Not glossy. Then was the tough part. How was I going to attach it to a necklace? Now again, I AM a silversmith. I have a degree in it. I have been an avid beader my entire life. But, I am way out of practice. So, I dusted off my box of Wild Wire (copper wire that has been coated in asst. colors), grabbed some of my beloved pliers, and started to play. I wanted to give it that sort of plate hanger look (you know what I mean right?)…which I did, but I still needed a loop at the top.


So after screwing around with it for a little while, and looking through some really old coils I had made, I came up with what you see in the top photo. Please feel free to click on any of the pics to see them bigger. It’s kinda messy (which I like), and kinda haphazard (which I also like). Now all I need to do is make a necklace for it. And tonight is not that night. But as soon as I do (And I truly hope I can do it really soon…like this week.), I will photograph it for you to see.

As it stands now, I think it’s pretty rad. And I think Pam and Jorge will like it too. Black Dragon, since you were the inspiration behind this piece, I am itching to know what YOU think! And of course, the rest of you out there! Make sure you check out the rest of the Wicked Bloggers…posted on my sidebar. I hope I inspired you today! ;}

PS: Today is another hidden image day!!! We are thrilled to be sponsored by Wild Flower Kids! Please visit Terra’s Blog for all of the info!


Moving Along with the Times: Anything But a Card

Aly’s Sunday Challenge: Halloween

Baby Bud Designs: Fall/ Halloween


~Lady B~ said…
Awesome! Great work, my sinister sister!
AnItA mArIe said…
wow that is so awesome,loooove it...
Your gorgeous projects fit this week's Papercraft Star challenge blog Halloween Inspiration challenge and it is also not too late to sign up to win a $25.00 gift certificate too!
DonnaMundinger said…
So totally cool Alison! I gotta find me some dominos. Really clever how you attached it too. LOVe it! xxD
Sugar said…
that is amazing!! keep playing, i cant wait to see what else you come up with!!
Jennifer said…
Really cool, Allison. You are so creative.
SuzieQ said…
Awesome inking on that domino!! Can't wait to see it hanging on a chain.
Jane said…
Awesome just love it
Luv Jane xxx
Danielle said…
Kathi sent me dominoes too!! I've yet to do anything with them, but you are inspiring me!! Very awesome! I love the plate holder look, and the wire!1 SWEET!
ldfdesign said…
so very, very, cool!!! i love this domino!!!! faboulous job!!! (very impressed that you have a degree in silversmithing)!
Lynette said…
Too cool, I've got to make something with a domino, you and Black dragon along with all of these Wicked bloggers are just oozing with inspiration.
CraftyMomOf2 said…
Gorgeous!!! Love this!!! Such an awesome piece of art to wear!!!


ps - i left u a little something on my blog! come check it out when u can! ;)
Stitchinwitch said…
Wow, you know I have been so inspired by everything I have seen on this blog hop, now I need to mess up a domino :)
What a wonderful way of promoting the stamp set. The domino looks really good inked this way and the method of attaching the hanging method is inspired. Love it
Helen xx
Steph said…
This is AMAZING! I love the colors and the copper wire totally FAB! You should sell these.
KC said…
I had no idea you were a silversmith...that is so cool! this is an amazing necklace! I love the colors and wires and all!!!
blackdragon said…
(blushing!!!!!) I am very proud that you took inspiration from my domino necklace as your beautiful work inspires me all the time.Thank you.
I adore this and your sisters images are just fantastic.... the copper coloured wire sets the domino off brilliantly.... and has inspired me to be more creative with my attaching methods.
This is wearable art at its best.
love lynx
Mary Anne said…
how cool is that? love it, love your design and making jewellery is brilliant!! thank you for joining our 1st challenge at babybuddesigns
Mary Anne
Kelli said…
That is totally freakin awesomely fantastic!!! I want one!!! It's just awesome!
Brenda Brown said…
Fab piece, really Halloween inspired. I am glad you could enter our challenge at MAWTT this week.
Luv Brenda xxx
Hazel (Didos) said…
Ah this is so spooky and totally cool, thanks for joining in with us on MAWTT this week Hazelxoxo

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