Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo Review

Kathy Perras the designer behind the coveted and long retired Trollbeads Tiger has been reproducing her luscious cat beads for some time. Today’s Trollbeads article offers a review of a new line of animal print beads; the Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo.

The work of fabulous glass bead artisan Kathy Perras has featured here at Endangered Trolls before. Indeed I’m an enormous fan of her work. Regular readers will be aware that I harbour a deep rooted appreciation of animal prints. With this in mind it’s little wonder that the retired Trollbeads Tiger is one of my absolute favourite beads in the museum. It took me quite some time to source my own version of this coveted bead. It’s quite recently that Kathy Perras, original designer of the Trollbeads Tiger, began reproducing her famed beads. Due to the sheer scarcity of the retired Trollbeads Tiger, Kathy’s own printed cat beads have become enormously popular within the community.

For those unfamiliar with Kathy, her work is exquisite. The image below shows a comparison between my retired Trollbeads Tiger and Kathy’s newer versions. For reference, the original retired version is third from the left.

Kathy Perras Tigers

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While Kathy is famed for her Tiger beads, there are many other designs in her personal catalogue. Today I’m offering a review of one of her newer designs; her Snakeskin Armadilos.

Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo

As reference, I adore animal prints and snakeskin is no exception. When I first heard of Kathy’s new range of Snakeskin Armadillos, I was excited. I’ll start by saying that I’ve collected Trollbeads for many years and am fortunate enough to own some rarities. I consider myself picky when it comes to glass work, partly because I feel I’ve been spoiled by the work of Lise Aagaard. Trollbeads are a beacon of spectacular design when it comes to glass beads. When Kathy’s Snakeskin Armadillos arrived with me, I was not disappointed. The image below shows a selection of her current armadillos including both Mirrored and Snakeskin Armadillo designs.

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Rather than attempt to review all her armadillos together, this article will focus on my absolute favourite, the Snakeskin Armadillos. I received two particularly spectacular armadillos; one in an inky blue and lilac and the second in a mid green with blue undertones. Both boast beautiful neutral cream scales across the surface.

Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo

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Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo

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Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo

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For the showcase bracelets I was keen to emphasise my adoration for animal prints. With animal print back on trend for SS2013, these beads represent a vogue way to wear your beads. Animal print is incredibly eye catching and both for this reason and due to the fact I wanted the focus to remain on the glass, I opted to use the limited edition Trollbeads Chinese Silver beads. While these beads are intricately detailed, they offer a feeling of continuity within the silver that allows the glass work to truly be noticed.

The first bracelet is brimming with animal print glass with both tiger and snakeskin prints represented.

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For the second bracelet I made minor changes, switching in a couple of Trollbeads Azure Bubbles beads that beautifully compliment the tones of the Snakeskin Armadillos, from their inky blues to the organic stone hues.

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For the final bracelet, I wanted to mix in some of the Trollbeads spring 2013 glass beads, specifically the Rocky Beach Kit. This kit has a beautiful organic feeling and neutral undertones which compliment Kathy’s mirrored armadillos exceptionally well. I found myself reach for many of my favourite Redbalifrog silver beads to bring a touch of the fantastical to the arrangement.

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Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo Ordering Details

Obviously Kathy is an artisan meaning that she can not produce in the quantities associated with large companies. Due to the nature of her beads and particularly the snakeskin armadillos, replicating specific designs is incredibly difficult. With this in mind if you see a specific bead that you’re coveting, I’d advise ordering it sooner rather than later.

Clicking on the link below will open Kathy’s Etsy page in a new window:-

Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo Summary

Kathy is an amazing talent and the community would be a much duller place without her unusual and iconic work. While some artisans focus on pumping out very specific designs that are popular within the Trollbeads world, Kathy strives to create new, intriguing and downright exciting glass beads. I’ve ordered many beads over the years, primarily Tigers, and have never been disappointed with either the quality of the beads, nor with the service I’ve received.

For those of you who have coveted the retired Trollbeads Tiger, I’d urge you to consider Kathy’s work. If you’ve dabbled in her coveted Tigers, then definitely consider her new range of Snakeskin Armadillos. I adore the Tiger beads but the new designs feel fresh and contemporary and they’re absolutely different to anything I’ve seen before.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What do you think of the new range of Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillos? Do you already own any of Kathy’s designs? Are you perhaps coveting these slinky new snakes? Hit the comments and let me know!

Please note the product/s featured in this article were 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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  • 1 – Trollbeads Sand Beach
  • 2 – Redbalifrog Gothic Gargoyle
  • 3 – Kathy Perras Gold Mirrored Armadillo
  • 4 – Redbalifrog Dragon
  • 5 – Trollbeads Sandstone
  • 6 – Redbalifrog Tiger
  • 7 – Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo
  • 8 – Redbalifrog Baby Dragon Frankie
  • 9 – Trollbeads Stone Flower
  • 10 – Redbalifrog Ubaldus Unicorn
  • 11 – Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo
  • 12 – Redbalifrog Howling Wolf
  • 13 – Trollbeads Cliffs
  • 14 – Redbalifrog Elephant
  • 15 – Kathy Perras Snakeskin Armadillo
Comments
  1. Ashley

    The bracelets you created are truly magnificent, never have I seen snake-skin charms! I’ve never heard of this amazing artist Kathy Perras, I believe I will be a new fan of hers very soon! I’m in awe of this snake-skin armadillo charms, so uniquely different! And her charms look “fatter” compared to TB and other charm brands, which makes them stand out to me even more. Great review, Victoria!
    🙂

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Ashley 🙂

      I’m so glad that you like the bracelets 🙂 These charms were great fun to work with as they’re so different. Kathy is an incredible artisan and she’s been producing beads for around 15 years now (which is why she’s capable of featuring so many very special techniques ;)) Older Trollbeads collectors will know her from her amazing Tiger bead but those newer to Trollbeads will not.

      I’m aware that many people are always concerned with ordering artisan beads because pictures can be so different to the actual result and it’s always a little scary to not quite know what you’re receiving in terms of quality 😉 I’ve yet to have a disappointing bead from Kathy, they’re always beautiful 😀

      I know she’s experimenting with a new bead design at the moment so hopefully I’ll have some news on that in coming weeks. However I will feature another style of her armadillos in the next week or so and I think I may also revisit her Tigers 😉

      You must let me know if you ever decide to order – her prices are so reasonable and she’s based in the USA so fast postage for you lucky ladies!

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

      • Ashley

        Oh yea I will definitely let u know when I decide which ones to actually purchase! Do u think these snake-skin charms will work up against Ohm charms as well and on an Ohm bracelet?

        Can’t wait to hear what new design she’s working on, fun fun! 🙂

        • endangeredtrolls

          Hi Ashley,

          Most of Kathy’s beads are small cores meaning that they won’t fit on Pandora or Ohm Beads bracelets. She may be able to accommodate those wanting larger cores if you contacted her directly though 🙂

          I’ve had a sneak peek at some of her upcoming designs and they’re outstanding! 😀

          Kind Regards
          Victoria

  2. Jennifer Wr

    Thank you for featuring these, Victoria! They are absolutely beautiful. My favorite is the greenish hue. I think I need a snakeskin to go with my snake beads! 😀 I have one of Kathy’s artisan tiger beads, and I love it. It is a bit on the chunkier side, which I prefer in a glass bead.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Jennifer,

      My images don’t really do these beads justice as they challenged my photography skills but they are spectacular beads. The scale detailing on them is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and, as you mention, mine are quite chunky variations.

      I know if you email Kathy, she always tries to accommodate particular tastes in regards to size so I’m sure if you were to request a chunkier bead she’d be able to help 🙂

      They’re very slinky, sexy snake beads. You’d love them 😉

      /hugs

      • Jennifer Wr

        I’m sure I would love them, I was just looking at them on her site. 🙂

        /hugs

  3. Wendy

    Wow! What stunning beads. I love your bracelets. Yup, gonna add this to my list. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve actually started buying more beads from artisans lately and love them. I bought an incredible turtle bead, with details, that puts the TB ones to shame. In addition, it was much less expensive. For me, it’s a win-win situation.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Wendy 🙂

      I’m glad that you like the bracelets! 🙂 I love working with animal prints of any kind 😀 I’m plotting something equally exciting (I hope) for Kathy’s gold mirrored dillos 😀

      I like supporting artisans. They work incredibly hard, often for quite little recognition and considering the sheer amount of time and energy they pour into their products (not to mention the talent they have), they charge so little for their beautiful work.

      Trollbeads is an amazing brand but it is the product of all the artists involved (past, present and future).

      Oh and yes, I’ve seen some turtles around that are absolutely stunning! Who made yours out of interest?

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

      • Wendy

        Christa from Luccicare on Etsy made mine. I have several of her beads, they tend to be more my style than the expensive uniques from TB. Her shipments are always quick and she is always quick to respond to my emails.

        For what ever reason, many of the TB OOAK’s aren’t to my taste. In addition, I can never seem to get my hands on the beads I do like. I’m to slow for FB, Ebay gets to expensive, and my local dealer really doesn’t carry the uniques. I feel stuck drooling at everyone elses beads, especially those who can get to Tivoli. That leaves me with the artisans.

        Thanks for showing other options, when we can’t get what we want. 🙂

        • endangeredtrolls

          Ah yes, I know of Christa’s work and many of her beads are stunning. I have to admit though, I’ve never bought any 🙁

          Don’t even get me started on these Facebook sales! 😉

          Kind Regards
          Victoria

        • Bethany

          Thanks for the recommendation Wendy – I’ve just ordered a baby tortoise from Luccicare and can’t wait for it to arrive! Dark cream background and light grey/blue with darker brown details for the tortoise…

          A KP blue/purple snakeskin dillo may also have been purchased at the same time…I take no responsibility for the dip in the bead fund – it’s the artisans’ fault for making beads just too hard to resist. 😉

          My name is Bead-thany and I’m addicted to beads…

          • endangeredtrolls

            Luccicare’s glass work is rather famed and I’ve often found myself coveting something on her Etsy store 😀 I’m sure you won’t be disappointed at all 🙂

            Oh the blue and purple snakeskins are my favourite I think 😀 If she ever makes a pink version I’ll need it in the tens 😀

            Please keep me posted of your new arrivals as I’d love to hear what you think of both 😀

            Kind Regards
            Victoria

  4. Angela

    Victoria
    Nice bracelets even though I am not into reptile skins. Kathy has an amazing selection of Dillos that I would like,they and the tiger are on my list of future purchases.Also hope my question below and the answer from Wendy is ok.

    Wendy,
    I am also into the Trollbead Turtles. You mentioned that you bought ones better than Trolls, would you mind sharing the artist and contact information please?

    • endangeredtrolls

      It’s absolutely fine Angela 🙂 I’m curious to know who has made her turtles also 🙂

  5. rainey

    Those are some spectacular bracelets and pretty nifty new KP beads! I wouldn’t be disparaging those photographic skills as I think you do a fabulous job of working with those devilish things with the round, highly reflective surfaces. They don’t make it easy!!!

    I haven’t bought anything from Kathy since she began making her reptile beads but I’ve never bought anything from her that I’ve regretted. I particularly like her black glass with gold leaf. Can’t remember what she calls them but they have wonderful depth and nuance. Of course, all of the variations on her tiger beads are sensational. And her experimental beads are always unique and arresting. Additionally, and importantly, she’s a lovely lady.

    So glad you decided to profile her work. Just hope it doesn’t mean more competition to get her stuff… As you say, there’s just so much an individual artisan can do.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi rainey – that bead you refer to – the black with the gold leaf will feature briefly on Sunday 😉 Yes, I was very impressed with that particular bead!

      She is indeed lovely and so humble considering her amazing talent. I just love that her designs are unpredictable and that’s quite an achievement these days with so many brands and artisans working within the market.

      I have to be careful these days how many brands (or artisans) I commit to as my time is now desperately thin. Hopefully one more artisan will be making an appearance in the coming weeks though 😀

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

      • rainey

        Well, let me just say that I’m grateful for you spreading yourself so thin! You do a great job of covering the diverse choices available to us and I’m always amazed at the content you come up with.

        Perhaps one day you’ll do an entry on how you made all these connections and became the authority on cutting edge jewelry.

        • endangeredtrolls

          Thank you rainey 🙂 You always say the kindest things 🙂 I love my job so despite the fact my schedule is rather crazy at the moment, I don’t mind 🙂 Everything will ease up again once Jack is home from hospital and I don’t lose over three hours a day to visiting him.

          There are so many things I’d love to do with blog but I’m struggling with time! Perhaps in the future I’ll come up with a way to streamline the process more and free up more hours :>

          Kind Regards
          Victoria

          • rainey

            Oh no! I didn’t realize you had someone in the hospital! It’s so difficult to have that kind of anxiety and have to carry on in whatever way. I hope Jack is soon well and beginning the work of recuperating and coming back up to speed.

            Thanks so much, especially, for what you do in spite of that!

          • rainey

            Adding:

            I really don’t always say the kindest things. Sometimes I say harsh and critical things — just, I hope, about things and not about people.

            I am a sometimes passionate and generally a blunt person. I say what I think and I *deeply* appreciate that you respect your readers enough to allow a variety of opinions. You may not be equally free to be candid but you never make anyone here feel that they can’t be. Makes this a more genuine and vibrant place, in my opinion and less like a sales tool full of rules and manipulations.

            So, in the spirit of saying what I truly think, I repeat that you have done a sensational job of creating the most vibrant spot to discuss cutting edge jewelry that I know of. I’m delighted if it flatters but it’s really more a matter of saying what I’ve observed and appreciate. If it feels good to hear it, it also feels good to get to benefit from the information and perspectives you share. ;>

          • endangeredtrolls

            Hi rainey 🙂

            I’m so grateful that you took the time to say this. Obviously, any compliments to my blog mean the world to me because I pour a huge amount of time and effort into it.

            Endangered Trolls is a for profit blog and I don’t try to hide this from people. I work full time at my blog – though with the luxury of having reasonably flexible hours – and with this in mind I have to be able to make some money from it. The primary way that I can do this is by taking on retail advertisers. Obviously these retailers pay for exposure and I always recommend that people order from them. However I am selective over who I take. I’ve turned down advertisers in the past and I will do so again if I feel my readers would not benefit from them (people with poor customer service, brands that aren’t exceptionally relevant to us and so on.)

            It can be a tough balance for me. I don’t want my readers to ever feel that my blog is turning into one huge sales pitch. I’m honest in my reviews to the extent that I’ve declined brands and products in the past that I know won’t interest my readers or reach certain quality standards.

            I always declare if a link is affiliate – they are the links whereby I would potentially earn a small commission if a reader was to make a purchase after a referral from Endangered Trolls. The vast majority of links here are not affiliate links precisely because I don’t ever want to fall into the mindset of “OH PLEASE CLICK HERE AND BUY SOMETHING!”. In fact the main reason I agreed to an affiliate link (for The Jewel Hut) is that my US readers couldn’t source Lovelinks in their own region. Many bloggers need to make money and I don’t hold it against the writers that go that route but I don’t want readers *here* to feel that way.

            It’s always nice to hear that I’m managing to keep a reasonable balance from the perspective of my precious readers – and you lovely ladies and gents are precious as indirectly or directly you’re the people that enable me to keep running Endangered Trolls. I love to hear the feedback and opinions of everyone because I’m genuinely interested in what different collectors and fans like to see. I love hearing what promotions work for them, what designs and styles they like and so on. A number of brand representatives read this blog and you never know just who’s ears such comments can reach. Providing people keep a civil tone and try to keep comments constructive, I’m all for encouraging as much debate as is possible! Fortunately for me, I’ve rarely had people who have been deliberately nasty so it’s yet to be an issue 🙂

            Slightly long reply so in short – thank you, thank you, thank you!

            /hugs to you (and to all the lovely readers out there.)

    • Wendy

      Rainey, Christa from luccicare on etsy.com. She makes them periodically. Keep your eyes open. They fit beautifully on TB bracelets. My bead has a light blue, almost a robins egg blue, with a brownish amber color. He looks awesome with my dark ambers.

  6. Kim

    Those are truly stunning beads, and your bracelets are really fun and fabulous. I have several of Kathy’s beads and love them all. Her work is just amazing. I saw the snakeskins on her site a while back, but she only had the more neutral colored ones at the time. That blue one is really wild, and I think I may need one like it! 🙂

    • endangeredtrolls

      The blue is amazing isn’t it? I spotted another on her Etsy page and I was sorely tempted myself 😉

      I can definitely recommend the snakeskins. They’re difficult to photograph well and sadly my photography skills are lacking so they look much better “in the flesh” 🙂

  7. TrolldorA

    wow, how does she do that? the snakeskin Dillos are awesome!

    • endangeredtrolls

      I have no idea. I’ve seen nothing like these before so I suspect they’re rather hard to make 😉

      They’re beautiful though! 😀

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  8. Sam

    These are amazing!!! I love the snakeskin designs they’re soooo cool 🙂 These are definitely well worth taking the customs charges hit for lol 🙂

    • endangeredtrolls

      Fortunately Kathy keeps her prices very low (in my opinion) so even taking into account import taxes and handling fees, they’re reasonably priced.

      You may also get lucky if you’re ordering just one or two beads – sometimes they’ll sneak through unnoticed 😉

  9. Frede

    Victoria, thank you so much for featuring Kathy’s lovely beads again! I am one of her biggest admirers and have many of her fabulous beads. Her Siberian tigers are what reeled me in at first, but she just keeps designing such a diversified and wonderful line of beads, that I find myself enamored with them all. And her Snakeskin Armadillos are absolutely incredible! You have done a beautiful job incorporating them on your lovely bracelets. They look wonderful with the Redbalifrog silver beads as well.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Frede 🙂

      Welcome to my blog and thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂 I’m so pleased that you liked the bracelets! I agree with you wholly, Kathy is an incredible designer and these new Snakeskin Dillos are as exciting and iconic as her Tigers in my opinion. I spend a huge amount of time scouring out new brands and I’ve seen absolutely nothing like these. Admittedly there are other animal print beads out there but again, I’ve had the opportunity to compare many of them and Kathy’s are the most realistic.

      I’ll be featuring her work more in the future so keep checking back 😉

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

      • Frede

        Hi Victoria,
        I’ll be here and looking forward to your next article!
        Warm regards,
        Frede

  10. Debbie

    Fantastic bracelets and fabulous beads. I love both the tigers and the armadillo’s, they are amazing. Kathy’s work is breathtaking, thanks so much for sharing them with us 🙂

    /hugs

    • endangeredtrolls

      Kathy’s work is indeed amazing and I can’t recommend her designs enough. I’ll be featuring her gold mirror dillos soon – I just need to come up with a good bracelet first 😉 I’m sure I can fit some pink in there right? 😉

      /hugs

  11. Debbie

    Oh I am so excited, I just ordered from Kathy – 2 x tigers, 2 x snakeskin and 2 x gold mirror dillos 🙂 My Easter present to myself. I hope the import charges won’t be too horrendous, but they are such fabulous beads that I couldn’t resist 🙂

    /hugs

    • endangeredtrolls

      Oh you’ll love them Debbie!

      You might get lucky with Kathy. I’ve ordered from her a number of times and I don’t think any of them actually got snagged by customs – mainly because her packaging is quite discrete! I have examples of each type of those bead and they’re all wonderful 😀 Please keep me posted on their arrival as I’ll be so excited to hear what you think 😀

      /hugs

  12. Debbie

    Will do Victoria, I have been coveting the tiger’s for ages so it feels good to finally order them 🙂 I can’t seem to get over my obsession with ordering glass in pairs – makes it much more expensive to collect the beads I want 🙁 And of course much slower!

    By the way, reading through all the comments on this thread, just wanted to say I 1000% agree with everything Rainey said.

    You do an amazing job, and without your blog I wouldn’t have many of the charms and beads I now own and love 🙂 Not only does your blog keep me up to date on all the latest charm news, but I also value the comments and different views that your readers express.

    This is such a happy place to visit 🙂

    /hugs

    • endangeredtrolls

      I totally understand the issue of ordering glass beads in pairs as I do this too. I find one bead so difficult to ever work with 🙁 And yes, it makes things far more expensive. It’s also one of the reasons that I’m so annoyed by the Trollbeads Aurora issue!

      I’m so happy that you ladies find my blog helpful but a fun place to read 🙂 It definitely makes the work so worthwhile! 🙂 And it’s also nice considering I had months and months of receiving so few visitors when I first started 😀

      /hugs

  13. Debbie

    Hi Victoria,

    My beads from Kathy have arrived (slight delay as the meanies in Customs got their hands on them and I had to hand over £21.97 before they would let me have them 🙁 )

    I am stunned at how beautiful they are 🙂 The Tigers are fabulous and all I dreamed they would be. The ‘dillo’s, are amazing. I got two of the green snakeskin and two of the gold mirrors. I am in awe of Kathy’s work, what a talent 🙂 I love, love, love all six beads, awesome 🙂

    Not only is Kathy a stupendously talented designer, the friendly, personal service I received is the icing on the cake 🙂

    I can’t wait to order more 🙂

    /hugs

    • endangeredtrolls

      Aaaw Debbie 🙁

      I’ve been lucky with Kathy’s deliveries so far, none of them have been stopped by customs and usually, everything headed to me gets stopped, even stuff I don’t actually pay for 🙁

      I knew you’d love these beads as my photography really didn’t do them justice sadly. They’re just spectacular aren’t they? It’s so refreshing among all the artisans that tend to produce Trollbeads style replicas to find someone making truly staggering and different beads. I’ve never seen anything like these ‘dillos! 😀

      I’ve had some stunning beads arrive here last week, I’ll try and get them photographed in the next week

      /hugs

  14. Debbie

    Hi Victoria,

    I think the UK are pretty hot on catching everything, as they went via a customs centre in Berkshire:-( It was actually quite funny as when I went to collect them the Postal chap looked on the customs declaration and said “Six glass beads” in a questioning tone of voice, and when I showed him a bracelet I was wearing he looked at me with a “you’re a strange person” expression and wanted to know if after paying the additional charges I thought it was worth buying them! Cheeky monkey!

    Because the Tiger’s are so iconic they were the ones that I drooled over first. I have wanted them for a long time, so actually holding them in my hands was such a wonderful experience. They look fabulous with Amanda’s Tiger, which by the way is fantastic. How wonderful to have a bracelet containing work from two such immensely talented women 🙂

    Then when I looked at the ‘dillo’s I was stunned. I cannot get my head around how Kathy makes them. The snakeskin dillo’s are so delicately made and the detail is amazing. The gold mirror ‘dillo’s are sublime, the skill that must be involved in getting the mirror surface on such tiny pieces of glass just blows my mind 🙂

    /hugs

    • endangeredtrolls

      Denmark are the same and I feel like anything addressed to me just automatically gets stopped for the fun of it ;p I’ve had so many conversations with the tax people trying to explain to them that some packages aren’t purchases, they’re samples but here we have no allowances for that.

      They treat me like I’m stupid when they ask me to estimate the value of the contents and I reply that I have no idea what is even in the box – from some brands, I don’t have any contents list in advance…

      I agree with you entirely regarding Kathy’s glass work. I can’t even begin to image how she possibly achieves the effects she does. I’ve looked at glass working courses in the past and been terribly tempted. Then I look at Kathy’s work and decide to leave it to the professionals 😉

      /hugs

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