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Extract from The Sparkle Factory • By Tarina Tarantino • Published by Running Press

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The Sparkle Factory
One of my favorite holidays is Día de los Muer- tos, the Mexican Day of the Dead. My favorite place to get inspired for this special holiday
is Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. In Octo- ber and November, the tiled walkways of this vibrant street become a kaleidoscopic shrine to the afterlife and celebrations of loved ones departed and eternal love. Everywhere you look there are colorful Calav- eras, sugar skulls, and marigolds, all symbolic of this delightful holiday.

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  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, dress up the skull beads. Start by putting a small pearl drop of glue in the eye sockets of the large skull bead.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using the Magic Wand, place the oval Swarovski crystals into the skull’s eye sockets.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now make the skull a headband by dotting glue along the flat cording trim.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 4
    Step 4

    Press it over the crown of the skull to create the band.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add the mini embroidered rose embellishments.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 6
    Step 6

    Dot the headband with five of the SS9 crystals.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 7
    Step 7

    Finish embellishing the smaller skull beads with the rest of the SS9 crystals.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 8
    Step 8

    And the plastic flowers.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 9
    Step 9

    Thread the beads onto the jelly cord in a random but deliberate pattern. Nothing is an accident; even a random pattern has to be thought out so that the beads create a story. Make sure you fin- ish and knot the cord near the largest bead hole you can find so it can be tucked inside.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 10
    Step 10

    Knot the jelly cord no less than four times for security, trim the excess away, and pull the knot into the hole.

  • How to make a bracelet. Sugar Skull Stretch Bracelet - Step 11
    Step 11

    Finish with a micro pearl drop of E6000 glue.

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Rainbow Wyvern
Rainbow Wyvern · Erie, Pennsylvania, US
I absolutely adore these, they are so beautiful! and I love your inspiration. Wonderful, wonderful! <3
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cindy h.
cindy h.
Love the inspiration. Thank you for a fascinating tutorial.
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