One of the first artisans I purchased from when I began expanding my Trollbeads collection was Evelien Pauw of DutchBeadsNPoppers. Of the styles that Evelien has perfected, the caterpillar is undoubtedly one of her best. The caterpillar unique is an older Trollbeads design, rare for its day and I’m told they’re not being made anymore either. Named caterpillar or “cat” for the protruding bumps along the bead and its striation effect, the pattern resembles the caterpillar bug, similar to how the armadillo takes after that animal’s shell.
Evelien’s version is as close to the original as you can get, without spending $200 on the Trollbeads one. The best thing is that she creates these in all different colors as well, and I got an Anniversary-color caterpillar (looks like the Trollbeads caterpillar on the Anniversary Bracelet), lime-green, and purple. The core is silver tubing and is very durable but they are small diameter, which means that they will only fit on Trollbeads chains or those without threading. The size of the bead is consistent and matches any other glass bead perfectly so they’re a wonderful complement to any bracelet.
If there’s a specific color you’re looking for to match your bracelet, this is the perfect place to get that custom bead. Evelien ships quickly from her studio in the Netherlands through her online Etsy shop, DutchBeadsNPoppers. The prices are great and the caterpillars only cost $24USD and just a bit more for the “Anniversary” caterpillar. I love the colors that I got and they pair really well on a bracelet too. Are you a fan of this design?
Bead index (all silvers are Novobeads, glass are TB unless otherwise indicated): butterfly clasp, ruby rock, DutchBeadsNPoppers anniversary caterpillar, LE 2013 purple Easter egg, orchids, LE Tibet green lilac dillo (retired), unique lime green feather, lily of the valley, unique lime green fern, unique green braid, morning glory, pink prism (retired), DutchBeadsNPoppers lime green caterpillar, cherry blossoms, unique green python, unique small and beautiful purple galaxy, magnolias, unique lime green braid, unique emerald dillo, wonderland, LE 2012 lime green Easter egg, DutchBeadsNPoppers purple caterpillar, unique purple/green pumpkin.