Today’s project is a little bit morbid. No, I would have to say for some people it is extremely morbid! As a matter of fact this has to be the strangest thing I have done to date!
It all started with the crow hat I made a few years ago. I absolutely love this hat! I wish I didn’t have to wait till Halloween to wear it. If I wasn’t so worried that people would lock me away for the rest of my life, I would wear it every single day.
This hat has all the perfect elements for many costumes. It has spiders with spider webs. It has skulls plus a great assortment of charms and dangling pieces. The crow up top has five eyes and four wings. The veil on the front was made from a mesh onion bag.
This hat can be used for any number of witch costumes. I want to do a serious Voodoo Woman costume to go with it also. Heck you could even add it to a strange female pirate costume. I can just picture it to be on one of The Pirates of the Caribbean characters.
Now getting back to the morbid stuff. I love birds. I also love taking photos of birds. One day there was a big racket of crows outside the house. I grabbed the camera and went to check it out.
Well it turns out a crow fledgling had flew the coop, only to realize he couldn’t fly. Mom and dad were frantic. A couple days later I was sitting on the bench waiting for the bus and that same fledgling was still hopping around with one of the adults keeping an eye on him. Damn, he almost got hit by a car while I was sitting there. Nothing bad happened to him and he did look quite healthy. On the bus I kept worrying about him, but in the back of my sick mind I kept thinking, “if he dies that baby is mine”. I know, I know, I am sick. Ever since I made that crow hat I have wanted a crow skull. But they are way to expensive to buy on E-bay.
Now the very next day after I saw the little guy hopping around, I woke up quite early in the morning and looked out the window. To my astonishment right there on my neighbors front lawn, was a full grown dead crow!
I did not do it, nor did I wish anything bad to happen to any of my fine feathered friends!
But there it was! I went rushing out with a towel and a box. I made sure it was dead. Well I kinda pushed it a little with my toe. It didn’t move and it was all stiff with rigor. He was a fresh dead crow. I think someone shot it with a BB gun as there was a small puncture wound in the center of it’s chest. I then wrapped it up and put it in the box.
For the next 24 hours I was in total anguish. Did I really have what it takes to cut the head off a dead bird? Well apparently I did as the next day was my day off work and there I was sitting next to this dead bird with a butcher knife in my hand and wearing a big pair of rubber gloves. Not only did I take the head off I grabbed his claws also!
The whole ordeal was quite strange. I kept looking around thinking someone was watching me. I also kept thinking this would be a prime time for a reenactment of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds”. A movie that scared me half to death!
I won’t go into all the gory details of the beheading and I did not take pictures. Hell I barely made it through the ordeal with my sanity intact. But here is a photo of the skull after all the disgusting things that needed to be done, were, in fact done!
Next I needed to do something spectacular with these pieces to try and pay homage to the poor crow that died, also to make me feel less guilty for my morbid act of butchery. At first I had planned to put it on the Crow Hat, but that already has enough things on it. I needed to create something better.
Some sort of jewelry piece came to mind. A necklace that would stand out.
I then set about to add some color. Just a hint so it would not look like I cleaned a skull and just stuck it on something to wear it. I wanted art as well as skull. I tried to keep it simple yet elegant.
Here is what I came up with.
I painted the beak black and added a touch of gold to the edges and to the tip of the beak. Of course I had to add the gold to his talons on the claws. I used nail polish to do this as it will last forever and you can get such a variety of colors for doing small projects like this. After all, nail polish is an enamel based color. I also added some teal color to the inside of the eye cavity then quickly with a Q-tip soaked with nail polish remover, took most of the lacquer off. I just wanted a hint of color in the cracks and crevices.
I then added a ruby stoned flower to the top of the skull and added two ruby colored beads on a chain through the eye cavity area.
I tried several different ways to mount these pieces. I had a difficult time trying to find a way that would showcase the skull, but so many of them just did not work. I tried it on lace. I tried it on some leather. All of my attempts just took away from the beauty of this skull. In the end I settled for it to be mounted on a simple gold colored wire to wear as a loose type of choker necklace.
I have to admit that I do know for a fact that I am weird and have quite an eclectic taste and style. But I seriously almost peed my pants with excitement as I twisted on the final bead to this necklace. It just took my breath away at how beautiful this is! I stood back and just said WOW!