The Art of Darkness

Spice Skulls

February 23rd, 2011 by Cobwebs

Spice SkullArtist Helen Altman coats little skulls with glue, then covers them with various spices. The results are really quite charming.

This kind of thing should be reasonably simple to DIY, and several skulls made from different spices would be a cute decoration for a gothy kitchen. Covered with sweet spices like cloves and bits of cinnamon, they might also make unusual Christmas ornaments.

I’m also wondering if it would be possible to make edible versions as gifts. A molded sugar skull covered with dried orange peel, cloves, and cinnamon could be presented with a bottle of red wine as a mulled-wine kit.

Savory skulls would probably be a bit more perishable: A mixture of butter and flour could be molded into a skull and coated with ground herbs, then used to thicken sauces. Skulls made of plain butter could be covered with chopped fresh herbs and spread on bread or used to top fish.

A selection of skulls molded from soft cheese (like goat cheese) and then coated with chopped herbs, cracked pepper, or chopped nuts would make an arresting cheese plate for a party.

This is an easy idea with a lot of potential. I’m going to have to dig out my sugar skull molds and experiment.

(via CRAFT)

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