Third Annual Octoberfest Blog Hop


Rita of Toltec Jewels is hosting this blog hop to celebrate Autumn.

I had bought a calavera pendant from Hippie Chick Designs and decided to use it as the focal of a necklace. A calavera is a representation of a human skull made from sugar or clay, which is used in the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead on November 1 and 2. I also used small amber beads and lampwork beads I had made.



For more information on the Day of the Dead check out this site.

Please go to Toltec Jewels for a list of participants in this blog hop and do visit their sites.


About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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14 Responses to Third Annual Octoberfest Blog Hop

  1. Kim says:

    I love that pendant and the necklace you designed for it.

  2. Dana says:

    I love that you paired evil eyes with your sugar skull, it seems so fitting to ward off evil while honoring the dead.

  3. Love that pendant and the necklace. Great job.

  4. Great necklace! It is so perfect to both honor the ancestors and ward away the evil spirits that can try to cross when the veil is thin,

  5. Karin says:

    Great pendant and great design for this beautiful necklace.

  6. Fun necklace – love the pendant!!

  7. Super cool pendant, love the necklace!

  8. I can understand what inspired you… and love the idea behind it.

  9. Andrea says:

    This is such an inspiring piece. I personally love all the symbolic icons of the Day of the Dead celebration. This is beautiful, not only because of the image of the calvera, which has an element of fun to it, but stepped up notch with the beautiful beads. Very beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I love the necklace, very scary!!

  11. Renetha says:

    The design and sugar skull pendant are lovely.

  12. beadlove says:

    I love your necklace and that pendant is great!

  13. yangd17 says:

    Reblogged this on Fashion Beads and Accessories and commented:
    What a great necklace, the colors are so lovely! It is both sophisticated and mysterious. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Kari Asbury says:

    This is wonderful! I love the way you used the pendant, the beads are a perfect pairing 🙂

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