Monday 4 May 2015

May We Have A Quick Word - with HDH

Well according to the calendar it's the month of May. According to the weather ...... seems more like March! Begins with the same letter so I suppose there's some similarity. Cold, windy and wet in this corner, but we did see an hour or two of the sun, so blessings must be counted.

Being the first Monday in the month means it's the start of a new challenge over at Haunted Design House. This month the challenge is entitled

May We Have A Quick Word

This month we'd like you to either use some text somewhere on your creation OR make it a quick make - less than a day from start to finish. One stipulation it must be a twisted, dark, macabre or Gothic creation. No sweet and fluffy makes will be included in the voting. There are enough mainstream challenges to enter those projects in.

My make took less than a day to create and has one word on it. Another altered domino - one of the travel variety that are a bit smaller than the norm, being only 3 x 1.5cm.
 Just to prove it is a domino - the back view
 A close up of the central feature. A bead wrapped domino with the word "Nevermore" and grid pattern from the Smeared Ink "Quoth the Raven" set and a tiny raven from the Holy City set 1
Stamped onto paper and applied to the domino with and coated with glossy accents.
While this was drying, I started on the beadwork to surround the domino using another as a gauge for size. For those interested - the main body of peyote stitch using size 11 hex beads in a black AB colour. The curve inwards created by using smaller beads (size 11 delica) for a couple of rows before switching to size 15 seed bead for 1 row. The loop created used ladder stitch.
Attaching the pendants of bird skulls and domino - just simple bead loops.
To stop the skulls moving towards the centre - some simple thread whipping round the leather thong.

A simple hook and eye clasp glued to the thong ends. Finished. Drying time of the domino meant this project took longer than the hour it took to create everything else.

There we have it, a simple necklace with a difference.

I'd like to enter this necklace into the challenge at 
Dream In Darkness - Anything Goes
Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes


  1. Love the skull charms and the bead wrapping on your domino. I am amazed at how quick this was to make xx

  2. Now I am on the right track!! Love this so much of course it is Poe and wonderful! What is there not to love? Thanks for playing with us again at Dream in Darkness and come play again this month!! Nan, CTxx

  3. Gotta love those Smeared Ink stamps, you've really had fun with them, and love the beading explanation.

  4. I LOVE this. Looks cracking. xx

  5. Love it! The choker rocks, adore the skulls! The beading is fabulous....oooo you are gonna lure me back to addictive! Thanks so much for playing again at Dream in Darkness!~CT kim

  6. Hi Helen it has been a while since I have been here and for that I am so sorry..this gorgeous piece..I just had to pop in and say how beautiful I think this rock hun!hugs

  7. Amazing job with a beads - so tiny things, fabulously creepy necklace, domino looks like it's marble stone. Thank you so much for joining Dream In Darkness 1st challenge. hope to see you again ... and again ... and again... :=D

  8. Very creative.It looks great with the beads on...Thanks!

  9. Super cool skulls. Love the final piece.  Come back next month for some more Smudgy Antics darling.

  10. This is stunning in rel life...I know cos I wear it! Beatiful my dear friend.... thank you from the bottom of my stony heart... I love this so much. Thanks for entering it in our challenge at Smudgy antics this month...much love always BDx

  11. This is a fabulous piece Helen! Thank you for playing along with us at Smudgy Antics x