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Post by Smaug on Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:14 pm

Faerybeads Memento Mori silver bead - skull, rose, and hourglass, three vanitas symbols: reminders of the brevity of mortal life and the fleeting nature of time.

Coming soon ~ designed after Jenny Lundqvist's drawings...
See: https://www.beadthrilled.com/t14917-feras-skull-design

"Halloween or Hallowe'en a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

The modern imagery of Halloween comes from many sources, including Christian eschatology, national customs, works of Gothic and horror literature (such as the novels Frankenstein and Dracula) and classic horror films (such as Frankenstein and The Mummy). Imagery of the skull, a reference to Golgotha, in the Christian tradition, serves as "a reminder of death and the transitory quality of human life" and is consequently found in Memento Mori and Vanitas compositions; skulls have therefore been commonplace in Halloween, which touches on this theme.

In the arts, Vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods.

Vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary art, with most surviving examples in sculpture. By the 15th century these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars Moriendi, Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento Mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect, and as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there. Paintings executed in the Vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. They also provided a moral justification for many paintings of attractive objects."

More about origins of Halloween:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/sunday/the-dead-have-something-to-tell-you.html

Returning to some of the origins of All Hallows' Eve...
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Faerybeads silver, gold beads: Ruff, Lily, Baret, Parrot Tulip, Memento Mori, Rose, Trompe l'Oeil, Peacock, Vertebrae, Tulip lock. All glass by Christa.

On a 'modern' Halloween bracelet...
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Silver beads from left to right: Ohm Gnome, Trollbeads Spider, Trollbeads Rolling Troll, Ohm Jack-O-Lantern, Trollbeads Iron Wolf, Faerybeads Memento Mori, Trollbeads Big Cat, Ohm Fairy Castle, Pandora Witch; all glass Trollbeads.

Unfortunately it won't be available in time for Halloween as I'm awaiting new rubber for the molds, the 'old' stash of rubber rendered me untidy casts.
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Post by vicky_jb on Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:59 pm

Just saw this on facebook, the amazing detail has me totally awestruck. Wow 
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Post by Cloverbead on Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:08 pm

Looks very well made Smile
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Post by Brightonbelle on Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:21 pm

Wonderful dramatic effect - from the new bead - and the bracelet.
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Post by Reive on Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:23 pm

Lovely - looks like a hefty bit of silver!
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Post by minty on Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:27 pm

ha... this bead looks really good Smile
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Post by darkangel07760 on Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:25 pm

love it! i am defintiely getting the pan bead, but this one also needs to be in my collection... ahhh!!!!
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