Isn’t it funny how just one bead can change the way one sees an entire category of the collection?
A couple of months ago I made the jump and tracked down a retired bead that I had always admired on Cristi’s light blue bracelet: the “Grey Armadillo”. I had been thinking that it would be pretty to split my blue and grey bracelet into lighter and darker tones, and that the “Grey Armadillo” would be the perfect addition to really set the palette for the light blue composition. (I’ll share photos of the results in another post…)
This opened the door for me to the world of Armadillos. Of course, I was aware of the passion for these beads before…(You may recall RT’s incredible armadillo collection, a portion of which is shown above…) However, despite having admired many beautiful examples, I had never succumbed to the lure.
The next devastating blow to my resistance came in the form of an offer to trade for another bead that I had long admired: the legendary “Green Lilac Armadillo”. When it arrived I wasn’t committed to adding it to my personal collection, but it only took placing it on my deep blue bracelet to confirm that I couldn’t let it go. It glows. It’s so unexpectedly perfect on the bracelet, it gives me joy every time I glance at it. (pictures to come in another post… promise.)
So then there were two… With the door now wide open I decided that it was really time I found a “Unique Raspberry Armadillo” for myself, to add to my “Pomegranates and Copper” bracelet. (Let the rationalization begin…) But really, isn’t it perfect?!
So then there were three. With an armadillo prominently featured on each one of my bracelets I am now a confirmed fan. I find myself playing with the armadillos on the display at Tartooful, trying them all together on a bracelet, or on my fantasy necklace… thinking about the impact of different colour combinations, and considering which silvers and clasps work best with these sleek designs.
For the record, I like to pair Armadillos with equally sleek silvers: “Two Sides to Everything”, “Water”, “V for Victory”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Three Siblings”, “Three in One”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Hearts Within”, “Endless”, “Frames” and “Double Heart” are my top few modern and sculptural silver designs.
I think it could be very effective to plan an armadillo bracelet with only knot work themed silvers as well: “Trefoil Knot”, “Three in One”, “Three Siblings”, “2+2”, “Lucky Knot”, and of course a “Freya Knot” clasp. I would probably use the “Lucky Knot” to frame the design, putting one on each end for emphasis.
It’s a wonderfully dangerous thing to have an entire bracelet designed in one’s head… At that point, it’s only a matter of time until it happens!
Meanwhile, I’ll hope that Anne Lilleby’s bead is among the new Spiritual Collection (Don’t forget to vote for her entry at TrollbeadsUniverse.com) I’d love to be able to add her design to my maybe bracelet…
If you’re finding yourself tempted by the idea of a delicious, Raspberry Armadillo of your own, please stop by our online shop, or pop by the Village and visit us in person…. we have a couple of these rare beauties in stock!