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)

Posted in Paint It Black | 3 Comments »

3 Responses

  1. ysha Says:

    OMG! Now I’m thinking of taking the weird skeletal fish ice molds someone gave me and making personal molded herbed butter pats for my guests! That would be awesome possums!

  2. xJane Says:

    I bet they smell great—and they look so much better than those potpourri bags you can get at Michael’s. I say: hie yourself to your local herb store to stalk up (*ahem* a typo, but I’m leaving it) on things that smell like you like and then toss your wee smelly skulls into a centerpiece bowl. I like the effect of all one herb on each skull but think that complementary herbs on different skulls would create an interesting effect.

    Also, put me on your craft-xmas list, for the love of all that’s unholy. Skull-shaped homemade roux-mixes? That’s just way too Martha Stewart for me.

  3. xJane Says:

    ::snark:: the Murders in the Roux Morgue! /cracking myself up

Leave a Reply