Skulls

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Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead

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Recently I created some pretty good silicon molds of skulls.  First I shaped a nice, realistic looking skull out of modeling clay, the non-drying kind, then placed it in a box and poured Oomoo 30 Smooth-On Silicone Mold Making Rubber molding goo over the skull face.  Success!  My first really good mold.  

 

In this warm California climate I can make 4 to 5 skull molds a day, so needless to say my winter month painting dance card is all filled up.  In addition to the large molds I created an space alien skull mask and several smaller skull masks for ornaments and refrigerator magnets.

  

Most of these skull masks are molded with paper mache' pulp pressed into a silicon mold and sun or oven dried.  Once dry they are sanded and hand painted with acrylic paints and gloss.  The larger masks have hangers attached for display on flat vertical surfaces walls, posts etc.  All paper mache masks and figurines are for inside display or placed in very protected outside areas.  The gloss finish helps make the masks water resistent but if the paper pulp gets damp or wet the pulp may expand and crack the paint.  Think of Karma Carriers as little gremlins...you don't ever want them to get wet.  

 

All the skulls will go eventually to the Blossoming Path in Fair Oaks for sale.  Use the pull-down menu above to peruse the skulls.

 

 

About Skull Masks

human skull paintedthBrief History About Skull Masks

Mexican skull masks were worn during ceremonial rituals thousands of years before the Spanish conquest. Many masks represented animal spirits and Gods for religious worship.

All Souls Day or Aztec and Latino Mexican crafts for fun child learning activity. Celebrations such as Día de los Muertos express the influence of the blending of pre-Hispanic deities with Christian saints brought to the Americas by Spanish priests who sought to convert the indigenous natives to Christianity. The mixture of cultures brought about completely new religious traditions over a period of several hundred years.

Skeletons and Skulls

November 2nd is Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) or All Souls´ Day when it is believed dead relatives return from their resting places to visit their loved ones. This celebration seems macabre and creepy but is in fact a happy and colorful celebration and Mexico's most important religious holiday. The holiday originated way back in Aztec times when they held festivals dedicated to the goddess  Mictecacihuatl who watches over the bones of the dead. This is the day when entire families visit cemeteries and churches bringing with them with flowers, candles, and prayer to reinforce the solidarity between living and dead persons.

Death head masks are usually decorated with bright colors and fantastic designs. Calaveras are colorfully decorated sugar skulls that are made both to adorn altars and to be eaten on the Day of the Dead.

Calaca skulls and skeletons wear festive clothing with flowery hats decorated with marigold flowers and foliage and are usually shown, dancing, and playing musical instruments.

 

These Karma Carrier versions of painted skulls are a sampling of the skulls I have painted. I finally taught myself how to make some pretty good molds that the Celluclay pulp into which will fairly quickly pop out a nice little skull. I will post a few more from time to time.