Day of the Dead(head)
I’ve been trying for years to create a more colourful Halloween bracelet, but always end up falling back into using just a few colours. This year was no exception.
My two main goals for this year’s Halloween bracelet were to use the Ohm Beads Deadhead and the gorgeous Trollbeads Spooky Bats lock. I won Deadhead last December from Generous Gems and, although I didn’t want to wait until Halloween to use it, I couldn’t get it to fit into any other themes this year. Still, it has gotten lots of use this past month to make up for it!
The first attempt at a Halloween bracelet was the aforementioned “colourful” bracelet that combined both Deadhead and the lock. But, no matter what arrangement I tried, it just didn’t have that Halloween vibe that I wanted. I only wore it for a few days before breaking it apart. I figured that I needed more Halloween silvers (and definitely need more oranges!) to make this kind of combination work, so I set out to try a few other ideas.
Still wanting to highlight both Deadhead and the Spooky Bats lock, I pared back the colours, split it into two combinations, and started to like what I saw. The two oranges, although still not perfect matches, work much better together when there aren’t as many other competing colours. To set off the bat lock, I went with a bit of a vampire theme and picked out blacks and reds. I added more blacks to the bangle combination and thought that I was done!
A few days later I needed the reds for another combination, so I switched them out for the greens. A day after that I added my guilty purchase for the month: the Queenberry beads ghost. After splurging on Thomas Sabo in August and September, October was meant to be my bead-free month. But, near the end of the month I realized that the little trick-or-treating ghost had been my list for two years and so I decided to get him since he really wasn’t expensive. I was a bit hesitant to order him as I usually like to see live images rather than ordering from stock images, but the detail and finishing on him is great.
That combination that I mentioned I needed the reds for? That was my Halloween costume. I picked up the squid hat a few weeks ago and wore it (and a pair of red longjohns) to a costume party on the weekend. And what costume would be complete without a matching bracelet?!? I picked the redbalifrog Fern Leaf and Ohm Beads Bacon because they reminded me of tentacles and added my eye bead in because of the hat’s buggy eyes.
My final combo for the month came together on the last day. I would have liked to get it done sooner, but I had to wait for my drill bit to arrive! I finally found a drill bit that was the right size for the Thomas Sabo, but could only find it online. It arrived on the 31st and I drilled these four (plus one more) before the battery ran low. I also hoped to drill a few obsidian, but it seems to be a harder stone so I think that it might take a few passes to get through.