“O Untimely” Death’s Head Ring

Good ideas tend to crop up when I can’t sleep. After too many sleepless nights in a row, I decided it was time for a new jewelry project. Inspired Creations By Christina (who creates her own glass beads with a blow torch — my kind of gal!).

Death’s head bead with drill hole
14 gauge aluminum wire
Ring mandrel
Wire cutters
Wire-wrap pliers

The death’s head bead was part of my haul from Beadology in Iowa City last year. I’ve been with tinkering with a project for it for a long time — unsure of what to do. The aluminum wire is lightweight, malleable, won’t corrode, and is ideal for wire wrapping projects like jewelry.

Totenkopf are an old international symbol for death, danger, melancholy, poison, piracy, and non-conformity. In Elizabethan England, the death’s head was “was emblematic of bawds, rakes, Sexual Adventurers and prostitutes” and often worn as a ring that could be worn to advertise a person’s station, then easily concealed when in the presence of more conservative company. It was used heavily in military regimental insignia throughout Europe in the 18th through 20th centuries and has since been adopted by numerous counterculture groups including biker gangs, punk rock culture, and Edwardian-inspired gothic culture.

Because of the pliancy of the aluminum wire, this ring is adjustable. I’m currently wearing it on the ring finger of my right hand, next to my cosmic spiral. What do you guys think?


~ by blackmoodcraft on November 25, 2014.

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