I wanted to make a special necklace for a friend for her birthday. We are not really close and so I don't know a lot about her. I do know that she is a writer. I couldn't think of anything that would reflect that. A quill pen charm would have been nice. I also know that she likes penguins, but I couldn't find any of those either. And, I think she writes about ghosts. That is what gave me the inspiration.
My idea was to make a necklace with skulls. I was hoping to find some crystal skulls or something "steampunk", I'm not even sure I understand steampunk! But, finding skulls was proving impossible. I was about to give up and just make a generic necklace, when after visiting all my favorite bead supply stores, I found THEM! SKULLS! Not crystal, but very pretty silver.
My hope was that the skulls would be a secret surprise that you would have to look close to even notice. I think it turned out.