Day Of The Dead Jewelry, Statement Necklaces, Earrings

Day of the Dead

Check out the latest handmade Day of the Dead, Dia De Los Muertos,  sugar skull jewelry from BluKatDesign on Etsy!

I love creating jewelry with color and I love skulls so this time of year is perfect for creating colorful,  festive  Day of the Dead jewelry and accessories! The following statement necklace was super fun to make, it includes four colorful skull beads, two vintage rose brooches, a vintage rose earrings and many other floral and fun beads all wired together ( no glue!) with a soft felt baking for comfort. You can find all of my  unique handmade Day of the Dead jewelry in my Etsy store (click on photos to take you to the items):

Handmade Day of the Dead Necklaces and Earrings:

statement necklace

Day of the Dead statement necklace with vintage roses

This new piece is one of my favorite necklaces; a vintage hot pink enameled butterfly with a sugar skull and gunmetal chain, it is a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else will have:

butterfly sugar skull necklace

butterfly sugar skull necklace

Most all of my necklaces are one-of-a-kind and can’t be duplicated so if you see something you really like you better get it while you can! This colorful necklace sold just after a few days:

Sold! Sugar skull flower necklace with daisies

SOLD! Sugar skull flower necklace with daisies

Day of the dead  sugar skull tassel earrings  are lightweight and so fun to wear:

Sugar skull earrings

Sugar skull earrings

See another article featuring BluKatDesign and Cobalt and Copper from Etsy:  Day of the Dead accessories and jewelry

Be sure to follow my Pinterest board, Day of the Dead Ideas  for more!

What do you think of Day of the Dead jewelry? Like all of the color and skulls? Comments welcomed!

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Jewelry, Accessories, Masks


Colorful Long Tassel Necklaces

Colorful Long Tassel Necklaces

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Jewelry, Accessories, Masks

Dia De Los Muertos

Colorful shop at the Pike Place Market, Seattle

Colorful shop at the Pike Place Market, Seattle

I have always loved the colorful and festive Day of the Dead Celebration even up here in Seattle.  I remember as a kid seeing fun dolls with skulls at the Pike Place Market.  I even had a Day of the Dead Christmas tree complete with tin skeletons!  I  enjoy making vibrant jewelry featuring howlite “sugar”skulls with colorful aluminum chain tassels.  My  fun and funky one-of-a-kind long tassel necklaces are made with upcycled glass knobs or buttons. I also make lightweight  tassel earrings and hair sticks with the colorful skulls:

Long tassel necklaces

Long tassel necklaces; each one I make is one-of-a-kind!

Purple sugar skull necklace with tassel

Purple sugar skull necklace with tassel and upcycled buttons!

Sugar skull tassel earrings

Lightweight sugar skull tassel earrings

Skull Hair Sticks

Skull hair sticks with angel wings

My friend  Cova from Cobalt and Copper on Etsy  makes these fabulous  beaded wire wrapped sugar skull masks:

sugar skull mask

Mask from Cobalt and Copper on Etsy

Mask from Cobalt and Copper on Etsy

Mask from Cobalt and Copper on Etsy

For more, please follow my Pinterest board, Day of the Dead ideas:

See more Day of the Dead necklaces and pendants!

Do you enjoy the festive Day of the Dead colors  and skulls as much as I do? Comments welcomed!

THE One Must-Have Accessory for This Fall: The Long Necklace

Abby from The Vintage Inspired Passionista Blog wearing a BKD Knob necklace!

Abby from The Vintage Inspired Passionista Blog wearing a BKD upcycled knob necklace!

THE One Must-Have Accessory for This Fall: The Long Necklace

The long necklace is the one must-have accessory for fall!  I love making these upcycled, one-of-a-kind long necklaces made from wood or glass knobs and a few with buttons! Some are tassel necklaces and others have charms or antique keys. Long necklaces are great over a fall or winter sweater, or I like to wear mine with a cardigan. Abby from The Vintage Inspired Passionista Blog  layers hers with a shorter necklace to make a totally unique statement:


Layer a short necklace with a long necklace to make a statement!

Layer a short necklace with a long necklace to make a statement!



A long necklaces looks great over a winter sweater.

Tassel necklaces or long necklaces look great over a  fall or winter sweater.



Day of the Dead tassel necklaces.

Colorful, fun Day of the Dead tassel necklaces



Pink tassel necklace

Pink tassel necklace with glass knob


Long key necklace in emerald green

Long key necklace in emerald green


Be sure to follow my Pinterest board to see my latest long necklace creations: Long Tassel Necklaces and other Long Necklace Pendants

Do you like to wear long necklaces or one of a kind items? Comments welcomed!

DIY Upcycled Jewelry: Simple Cuff Bracelet from a Brooch

Simple DIY Cuff Bracelet

Simple DIY Cuff Bracelet

DIY Upcycled Jewelry: Simple Cuff Bracelet From a Brooch

DIY simple cuff bracelet made from a brooch. I love quick and easy projects! All you need is some wide elastic, mine is 1 1/4″, you can find it in all sorts of great colors now but I had  some black, and a brooch:


DIY bracelet cuff


Simply wrap the elastic firmly  around your wrist and overlap about 1″ and cut. ( it will stretch and the weight of the brooch will make it flop around more so you want it tighter than you think!)  You can hand sew it but I did a zig zag back and forth several times with my machine on both ends:


DIY jewelry project


Trim all of the threads,  I pinned my brooch over the seams so they didn’t show.  You may want to stitch the brooch down in a couple spots if necessary. For the clasp, I like to use a dab of rubber cement to hold it closed more securely, later you can somewhat easily remove the cement if you want to use the brooch again. I am not a bracelet person but this may be cute for a special occasion, it reminds me of Christmas! These would be great for proms too!


DIY brooch bracelet


DIY bracelets

Brooch Bracelet Cuffs


I love to make upcycled necklaces and earrings also, be sure to check out my Etsy store, BluKatDesign and see my latest upcycled vintage brooch necklace:


upcycled vintage brooch necklace

Upcycled vintage brooch necklace on Etsy


For more jewelry DIY’s follow my Pinterest board, DIY Jewelry Tutorials:

Or keep up to date with my latest upcycled jewlery creations:


Are you a fan of vintage upcycled jewelry?  Think this would be an easy and fun project? Comments welcomed!

Upcycled Statement Necklaces, Safety Pin Jewelry

necklace earring set

Elegant crystal safety pin necklace earring set

Upcycled Statement Necklaces, Safety Pin Jewelry

One of my favorite things to do is to take an everyday object like a bobby pin, glass knob or safety pin and create unique jewelry that is stylish fun to wear!  Safety pins are super fun to use to create various styles of jewelry.  This statement necklace is made with steel safety pins, faux chainmaille and sparkly crystals; it can be worn with jeans and a t-shirt or with your little black dress for an evening out:


safety pin necklace

Glam punk safety pin necklace


safety pin necklace

Elegant safety pin necklace statement


Here is an edgier modern necklace (click on photos to take you to see more in my Etsy store) but still very elegant with gray pearls, I carefully arrange the safety pins in a manner so they look random but artistic :


pearl necklace

Edgy safety pin and gray pearl necklace


pearl necklace

Glam punk safety pin necklace


Here I combined colorful chain, vintage chain, light green and lavender crystals with safety pins for a totally unique statement necklace and below that is a cool gunmetal and rhinestone multi-chain statement necklace with large lobster claw clasps used in a unique way:


multi chain necklace

Colorful multi chain safety pin necklace



statement necklace in gunmetal

Multi chain necklace in gunmetal with safety pins


safety pin earrings

safety pin earrings in gunmetal


Here is a smaller necklace pendant with safety pins and pearls:


pearl necklace

Safety pin necklace pendant with gray pearls



neon necklace

Neon safety pin necklace


For more handmade upcycled jewelry, check out my Pinterest board: Handmade Upcycled Jewelry


What do you think of upcycled jewelry, would you wear a safety pin necklace? Comments welcomed! Stay tuned, I have more necklaces and earrings planned using gold safety pins!

Three Ways to Wear Thursday: BluKatDesign Upcycled Tie Necklace

STATEMENT NECKLACE: Upcycled jewelry, menswear inspired necktie necklace by BluKatDesign on Etsy

Repurposed Vintage Bead Dangle Earrings

bead dangle earrings

Repurposed Vintage Bead Dangle Earrings

I love collecting cool beads especially interesting vintage beads to make dangling earrings. The Vintage Inspired Passionista above is wearing retro style  baubles with vintage black Baroque beads and gunmetal chain. These beads have a fabulous, colorful iridescent sheen and are some my favorites. None of my unique handmade earrings are mass produced and since they are made from rare beads, they are limited in quantity so you shouldn’t see anyone else wearing them! That also means if you see something you like, you better get it while you can!

bead dangle earrings

Bauble earrings with vintage beads

dangling earrings

Vintage dangling earrings

vintage bead earrings

Vintage bead earrings in green or plum

lime green earrings

Vintage porcelain bead dangles in lime green

Chasidy says, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Love, love, love these earrings and this shop, and I love, love, love collecting BluKatDesign jewelry :)”

 ET says, ” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Beautiful earrings…one of my favorites and I have numerous earrings. Beautiful workmanship. Thank you. ”

So be sure to check out my Etsy store for unique earrings, also see my button jewelry section for button earrings!

Follow my Pinterest board to keep up to date with new designs: Handmade Earrings

Do you like vintage beads and earrings made with them? Comments welcomed!

Statement Earrings, Lightweight and Easy to Wear

statement earrings

Lightweight statement earrings

Statement Earrings, Lightweight and Easy to Wear

Statement earrings are hot for 2015, from tassel earrings to asymmetrical earrings, the bigger the earring, the better! Since I have sensitive ears, most of my earrings are lightweight and comfortable to wear. For super sensitive ears I can change most ear wires to surgical steel. I hand paint lightweight filigree discs for a splash of color above. Lightweight wood discs or beads are used in a lot of my earrings as in these larger bold animal print earrings :

statement earrings

Animal print statement earrings with chain fringe

statement earrings

Bold animal print earrings

Aluminum chain tassel keeps these skull earrings super light and fun for you to wear:

colorful earrings

Colorful statement earrings

You will feel these twirling on your ear but you wont get weighed down by these Mod statement chandelier earrings with vintage bead drops:

statement earrings

Mod statement earrings

You will make a statement wearing these asymmetrical button earrings or colorful tribal style bobby pin earrings below:

button earrings

Asymmetrical statement earrings made from buttons

upcycled earrings

Tribal statement earrings upcycled from bobby pins

For a super lightweight lacy feminine touch, these hand painted filigree discs make a sweet statement with some color:

filigree earrings

Lacy feminine filigree disc earrings

colorful statement earrings

Colorful filigree statement earrings

So here at BluKatDesign, statement earrings don’t have to be heavy and clunky, be sure to follow my Pinterest board: Handmade Earrings for more earring ideas!

Like the statement earring trend? Comments welcomed!

Pantone 2015 colors – Pendants by BluKatDesign on Etsy

pantone jewelry

Pantone 2015 Colors


This year the colors are softer and cooler. Some have just been renamed like the minty “Lucite Green” but there are new colors like “Marsala” which is a soft burgundy and is considered  the color of the year! I prefer more vibrant colors so this was a fun challenge working with this pallet.  I think I came up with some great color combos for my button pendants using upcycled buttons; I even made a pendant for myself!  I love the retro feel these colors have; perfect compliment to a vintage button. I added colorful ribbon cords to most of my new pendants but you can request stainless steel cords; my favorite and so comfortable to wear!  These cute pendants can go well with vintage or modern fashions and make a great gift! Click on the photos below to see all of my button necklaces!


panton button pendant

Button pendant in Pantone colors Strawberry Ice, Dusk Blue and Lucite Green


button pendant

Button Pendant in Pantone colors Lucite Green and Classic Blue


vintage button necklaces

Vintage button necklaces with shimmery “Glacier Gray” mother of pearl


button necklace

Button necklace with “Custard” rose and “strawberry Ice”

To see more unique styles of button jewelry follow my Pinterest board: Button Jewelry


Do you follow trends in colors or do you just wear the colors you like? Comments welcomed!