Kathy Perras Opalescent Armadillo Review

This jewellery blog article offers an in depth review of a Kathy Perras Opalescent Armadillo.

I’ve long since admired the work of glass bead artisan Kathy Perras, perhaps most famed for her iconic tiger beads. Most recently I reviewed some stunning Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillos that I’m loving for the summer period. Today I’m reviewing another of Kathy’s designs; an opalescent armadillo.

Kathy Perras Opalescent Armadillo

I have always loved the armadillo pattern. With so many of Trollbeads unique glass being floral, I’ve repeatedly found myself drawn to the armadillo. Considering this I was keen to take a look at more of Kathy’s armadillo range, particularly in light of my enthusiasm for her snakeskin armadillos.

I received a large batch of varying ‘dillos, many of which are mirrored and dichroic. One opalescent armadillo was also contained and it instantly appealed to me. Undoubtedly part of this was the colour scheme; a beautiful soft pink and cream mix. It also has a brilliant sheen that makes it radiate in light and gives it a somewhat opulent feel.

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It makes a striking focal bead due to how unusual it is and I’ve worn it a considerable amount on a bangle as a low key option. As mentioned it’s a beautiful mix of a soft rose pink and cream glass.

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For the first featured bracelet, I was keen to embrace it’s beautiful colouring and mixed it with other pink and cream glass in addition to floral and nature themed silver beads. Even among some of my favourite pink glass (the retired Trollbeads Rose Bud and Lilac Dot,) the bead draws the eye and commands attention.

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For the second bracelet I wanted to showcase this bead alongside more of Kathy’s armadillos as they are simply breathtaking beads.

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I’m loving the Trollbeads bangle as a more comfortable and low key option for the warmer months. I find wearing a full silver bracelet quite uncomfortable at the best of times, particularly considering my time spent writing. What follows is a bangle creation I’ve been wearing quite frequently. It’s succinct enough to be comfortable in the heat and due to the dichroic nature of the two burgundy armadillos, it positively glitters in the sunlight.

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Kathy Perras Opalescent Armadillo Ordering Details

Kathy has both a website and an Etsy store, the latter offering a large number of her beads for sale (and it’s always beautiful browsing.) Clicking on the links below will open the corresponding pages in a new window:-

Kathy Perras Opalescent Armadillo Summary

When it comes to artisan glass bead makers the work of Kathy Perras is, in my opinion, unrivaled. She’s been working with glass for many years and this is reflected in the sheer quality of her glass beads. Further to that, rather than producing designs seen so commonly among both brands and artisans, she’s releasing beads with designs and patterns unique to her. (I also suspect this is due to the skill level required!)

The opalescent armadillo has a simplicity I adore. It’s not as sparkling and glittery as some of the dichroic armadillos (and I’ll featured those more soon,) but it’s subtle and shimmering.

Thanks to recent browsing of her Etsy store, I’ve also stumbled across some beautiful red dichroic armadillos that I’m pondering for my upcoming Wizard of Oz themed bracelet. A perfect representation of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers perhaps?

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For reference you can find the above bead at the link below:-

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on this Kathy Perras Opalescent Armadillo? Does the colour appeal to you or do you prefer darker shades? Have you indulged in any purchases from Kathy recently? Hit the comments and let me know!

Please note the product featured in this article was provided free of charge for consideration and review. This does not influence the opinions expressed here.

Bead Index

What follows is an index of the beads and charms used to create the featured bracelets.

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Comments
  1. Bethany

    Gorgeous!! I love the combination of colours you’ve used in the second bracelet particularly – and suspect it would look good with the TB Rocky Beach set too…

    Funnily enough I’ve got my bangle on today with a Raku Twist bead from Kathy in the most beautiful range of colours – it looks like five sunsets all happening at once 😀 And I love love love my purple/blue snakeskin armadillo from Kathy too – both of which I ordered after seeing your last review about her 😀

    I will definitely be getting more of Kathy’s beads (I think a couple of White Tigers would look perfect with the TB Grey Wolf in the middle…) and highly recommend them – and the delivery from the US to the UK was nice and quick too!

    Bethany x

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Bethany 🙂

      I love the White Tigers 😀 I have two now and they’re some of my favourite glass beads. I keep saying that I’m going to feature Kathy’s Tigers again over summer and I will – I just need to find some photography time. Hopefully my skills with the camera have improved a little since the last time I featured those beads 🙂

      I’m so happy to hear that you were pleased with your Snakeskin Armadillo – I can’t wait for Halloween to try and whip up something spooky with those 😉

      I must admit, I’ve been very lucky with delivery from the USA to Denmark also – they’ve always travelled incredibly quickly 🙂

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  2. Carolyn Simpson

    I too have become enamored of the KP armadillos. They are subtly beautiful and so rich looking. I’m a big fan!

    • endangeredtrolls

      I love armadillos to begin with but it’s so refreshing to see such unusual varieties I think. These are just spectacular 😀

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  3. Mars

    Oh my word that dichroic armadillo is lush!

    Love, love, love!

    • endangeredtrolls

      The red one at the end? Amazing isn’t it! I can’t believe no one has bought it. Every time I see it, it just makes me think of ruby slippers 😀 Imagine how it looks “in the flesh” too – oh my lord! 😀

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

      • Mars

        Argh, just had another look, good job I’m going away for a long weekend, would struggle to hold out, plus I’ve just seen even more of Kathy’s beads that I want.

        I know what I could be spending my money on from my troll date if I can’t find what I want on the day… they are all gorgeous and I’ve just seen at least a bracelets worth that I could give a very loving home to!

        • endangeredtrolls

          Seems our opinion is quite similar. “Prefer CC but if the bead is pretty…;)”

          I would have also loved to have a play in the sale but I’m still not spending. Actually I lie a little, I want some of the Pandora summer release so the little I do have available at the moment needs to go there. More importantly, we’ve just abandoned our dining room at home in favour of having a photographic studio and office for my blogging as things were just getting out of control in the designated area. Alas, no bead sales for me!

          I hope you find something truly spectacular on your Troll date that makes up for the saving 😉

  4. Amanda

    I love those “ruby slippers” too – amazing!!!

    • endangeredtrolls

      I’m hoping someone buys it soon because it’s really tempting me!

  5. Alexandra

    Hello, Victoria.
    I love your bead review, every time you bring something new. I love your bracelet design. Your bead combination are always stunning.
    Kathy Perras’ beads are the statement, like red high hills. It’s essential to be brave to wear them, unfortunately I’m not.
    Maybe Blue on Blue Dillo will match my Blue Galaxy.
    I found the beads from etsy are more attractive then “native” TB.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Alexandra 🙂

      I’m so glad that you liked my review 🙂 I do love a certain Christian Louboutin’s shoe designs so perhaps that’s why I also love the red Kathy Perras Dichroic Armadillo I linked at the end of the article. (Thank you to whoever bought it!)

      I’m sure Kathy has an armadillo that would suit you perfectly 🙂

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  6. rainey

    That is really lovely! I could look at that bead for hours and hours so I think it’s something that will never go out of style or fight with another bead.

    I wonder how she gets that effect?

    • endangeredtrolls

      I couldn’t even begin to guess how she gains the effect. I think she’s an incredibly talented lady. Certainly when you compare her work to other artisans there is a marked difference. I’m not criticising other artisans but it’s just the styles Kathy produces that are so different.

      Consider also that these beads are very hard to photograph and my images don’t really do them justice, you can imagine how spectacular it is “in the flesh”.

      I hope you’re well rainey 🙂

      • rainey

        Thank you, I am doing very well, Victoria. How about you and, more importantly, how about your husband/boyfriend who was recovering from a long illness last I checked in here?

        Spring is keeping me out in the garden and busy. I hope you’ll soon be saying the same. ;>

        • endangeredtrolls

          Hi rainey,

          Jack was my horse of many many years (and my best friend as sad as it may sound.) Unfortunately I lost him last month and I’m still struggling to come to terms with that. Life feels very empty at the moment without him 🙁

          Spring is definitely here and unfortunately for my poor other half, he has the lawn to mow shortly – a task I refuse to do 😉 It’s finally feeling warmer though 🙂

          Kind Regards
          Victoria

          • rainey

            Oh, Victoria, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.

            I’m not a horse person but I know how my equestrian friends feel about their horses. I hope you will have many happy memories to fill in the void over time.

  7. Debbie

    Beautiful, Kathy is so talented 🙂

    I love both the opalescent and the dichroic dillos. The burgundy beads on your bangle are gorgeous, and the opalescent bead is divine and so unusual.

    I have a huge wish list of Kathy’s beads, and having taken my first delivery of her beads in April I am so impressed with her skill and creativity. I cannot begin to imagine how she manages to make such fantastic glasswork 🙂

    Also the service I received from Kathy was brilliant, so not only beautiful beads but great customer service as well. What more could a collector ask for 🙂

    /hugs

    • endangeredtrolls

      Kathy is lovely and such a humble lady when it comes to her work. I love being able to support the work of smaller artisans as they give so much of themselves in their pieces. In my eyes if Kathy even gains a few extra sales or a little extra notice via these reviews then it’s all worth it.

      I’m just so happy someone bought that red dichroic dillo as it was causing me some serious distraction 😉

      /hugs

  8. janey

    Hi Victoria
    l have just checked in on this Kathy Perras feature and what a beautiful bead this is!
    A while back l joined etsy and found all sorts of glass artisan beads on there including
    Kathy and Suzanne Hopping’s creations which are just stunning. 🙂

    l did manage to buy a Tibet lilac/turquoise armadillo and a seagrass glass bead
    for less than £40 for both! And they are as high quality as the branded ones so l have
    more money for bybiehl and RBF- there is method in my madness.

    So looking forward to next Thursday night and the new RBF releases!

    Also Victoria l was so sorry to hear about Jack – l know how hard it is when you lose
    a dear animal.

    Kind regards
    Janey 🙂

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