Sugar Skull Theme for Halloween

When I got the MDF Skull to decorate for Halloween, I thought I needed to spice up the skull a bit, so bringing in a little Mexican theme was on my mind as I like the Sugar Skulls they make, garish in colour and just frighteningly beautiful at the same time.

A little fact on the sugar skull or calavera:

A calavera is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to edible or decorative skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls' Day. The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as coloured foil, icing, beads, and feathers


Step 1. Gather your supplies & ideas:   - Powertex Bronze  - Easy Coat Glossy  - Powertex Colours: Red, Yellow, Orange, Lime Green, Light Blue, Rose, Titanium White  - Colourtrix Colours: Rich Gold, Magic Orange & Terra Violet (Will not all be used, but handy to have just in case you fancy a colour)  - Powertex Easy Structure for Stencil work  - Stone Art  - Stencil pattern of choice  - Small piece of Styro foam  - 2 x Tea lights (optional)  - Gloves  - Brushes  - Skewer Stick  - Bowls  - Plastic table covering

Step 1. Gather your supplies & ideas:

- Powertex Bronze

- Easy Coat Glossy

- Powertex Colours: Red, Yellow, Orange, Lime Green, Light Blue, Rose, Titanium White

- Colourtrix Colours: Rich Gold, Magic Orange & Terra Violet (Will not all be used, but handy to have just in case you fancy a colour)

- Powertex Easy Structure for Stencil work

- Stone Art

- Stencil pattern of choice

- Small piece of Styro foam

- 2 x Tea lights (optional)

- Gloves

- Brushes

- Skewer Stick

- Bowls

- Plastic table covering

Step 2. Bronze up & stencil   - I planned to put the lights in for the eyes, so I first marked out where I would be cutting the holes in the back piece to slide the tealights in from the back  - Make sure you stir your Powertex Bronze Liquid well  - Stencil your preferred pattern on the skull face  - Paint all the bits back & front, leaving to dry each side before doing the other side  - I also cut 4 rounds of styro foam to place between the back & front to have a gap to fit the tea lights in. Bronze them up too.

Step 2. Bronze up & stencil

- I planned to put the lights in for the eyes, so I first marked out where I would be cutting the holes in the back piece to slide the tealights in from the back

- Make sure you stir your Powertex Bronze Liquid well

- Stencil your preferred pattern on the skull face

- Paint all the bits back & front, leaving to dry each side before doing the other side

- I also cut 4 rounds of styro foam to place between the back & front to have a gap to fit the tea lights in. Bronze them up too.

Step3. Decide where to place bits and colouring of pieces:   - Place the bite on more or less where you want to put them, decide on what to colour each one, I usually just go for it in the moment and see how I feel.  - Colour the back & front, highlighting the stencilled area with contrasting colours.  - I coloured the base in one colour as I wanted it just to show through subtly.  -  - Colour all the pieces by pouring a little Easy coat onto Al foil, add small amounts of each pigment in different sections.  - Blend the Powertex colour with a little Easy coat & Titanium White to  - make it pop even more. Do not soak the brush in Easy coat, you require it wet not soaked to make the blends.  - Stick the front and back together using the styro foam as spacers.

Step3. Decide where to place bits and colouring of pieces:

- Place the bite on more or less where you want to put them, decide on what to colour each one, I usually just go for it in the moment and see how I feel.

- Colour the back & front, highlighting the stencilled area with contrasting colours.

- I coloured the base in one colour as I wanted it just to show through subtly.

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- Colour all the pieces by pouring a little Easy coat onto Al foil, add small amounts of each pigment in different sections.

- Blend the Powertex colour with a little Easy coat & Titanium White to

- make it pop even more. Do not soak the brush in Easy coat, you require it wet not soaked to make the blends.

- Stick the front and back together using the styro foam as spacers.

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Step 4. Bring it all together   - Mix a little Stone Art with Powertex to form a ball of clay, you do not need a large amount.  - Once all the pieces are dry, carefully place small balls of clay to each pieces, dab a bit of Easy coat on and stick in the desired place.  - Remember to trust that the Powertex products will adhere to each other.  - Once you have all the bits & pices in their desired positions, it is tme to highlight your project with a bit of shine, I used Terraviolet in the eye sockets on the Styro Foam  - I used Magic Orange on the rest of the pieces to lift out the textures

Step 4. Bring it all together

- Mix a little Stone Art with Powertex to form a ball of clay, you do not need a large amount.

- Once all the pieces are dry, carefully place small balls of clay to each pieces, dab a bit of Easy coat on and stick in the desired place.

- Remember to trust that the Powertex products will adhere to each other.

- Once you have all the bits & pices in their desired positions, it is tme to highlight your project with a bit of shine, I used Terraviolet in the eye sockets on the Styro Foam

- I used Magic Orange on the rest of the pieces to lift out the textures

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Charmaine Webb