Evelien Pauw – Caterpillars

evelien-pauw-caterpillars-coverOne 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.

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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? 

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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.

  • Faye

    I’ve always admired this shop’s caterpillar beads but have been hesitant to purchase Made-to-Order beads. I got burned once by a different artisan on a few beads that looked nothing like their photos. This is a pretty bracelet you put together. Pinks and greens of a garden!! Makes me think of the Secret Garden.

    • Leann

      Thanks, Faye! It’s always a bit iffy getting a custom order, but I’ve been really pleased with Evelien’s work. The lime-green cat was a custom order (I just love that color!), and it turned out perfectly. Her bead sizes are also very consistent which is vitally important to me – I’ve got a bit of OCD when it comes to bead size. 🙂

      • Faye

        I have ordered from Evelien recently and those beads are on their way. I will definitely look into a cat bead seeing your Lime was custom. Evelien offered to send a photo before making the purchase final. Thanks, Leann.

      • Evelien Pauw

        Hope you will recieve them soon Faye! I never had any complains about the made to order beads……they Always look exactly like the photo! Enjoy your beads!

      • Faye

        Thanks Evelien! I did receive them and they are lovely! I am wearing them now in fact.

      • Evelien Pauw

        🙂 thanks!

  • Rebecca

    I bought the “Anniversary” caterpillar bead from Evelien and love it. The bead was perfect and Evelien was great with communication and the bead arrived beautifully packaged. It was a wonderful shopping experience! Evelien even caught my mistake of ordering the Pandora sized Caterpillar when I mentioned it was for my Trollbeads bracelet. She checked with me to see if I wanted the larger core bead or the smaller. So far I only collect Trollbeads so I was glad she asked.

    • Leann

      That’s great! That’s how I got sucked into her shop too; love love love the Anniversary caterpillar! It feels much better than paying $200 for a TB one, lol. Her silver cores are really well done too, complements TB’s perfectly :).

    • Evelien Pauw

      Thank you Rebecca, I Always try to make the best beads…..believe it or now, but a lot of beads are not “perfect” enough for me to sell…..so only the really got ones are there 🙂

  • Dale

    Love Evelien Pauw!! Have some of her beads….beautiful!

    • Leann

      Me too! I’ve got a bunch of her beads :).

    • Evelien Pauw

      Thanks Dale!

  • Angela

    Leann,
    Absolutely love this bracelet.The Cat beads are gorgeous and the price is fantastic.Was this the original Artist for the Caterpillar design and are the silver cores stamped?Any idea on shipping charges

    • Leann

      Hi Angela, long time no talk! Thanks so much, it’s always so fun to play with beads ;). Evelien wasn’t a Trollbeads designer, but it’s a spot-on reproduction. The silver cores are not stamped but they are silver. Shipping is about $3 and she combines shipping.

      What color are you looking at?

      • Angela

        Want them all isn’t that pathetic. LoL.Wish the independent artists would stamp their work, such a pain down the road to have to worry if item is real or not.Troll started out not marking beads and now we are scared and nervous to buy when we encounter an unmarked bead.

      • Evelien Pauw

        Would love to stamp my work, but I think it’s not possible 🙁 We will break the beads as we stamp on the silvercore…..

  • Julia Trubitsyna

    Wow! They looklovely! And you madejust an adorable bracelet with these beads!!!

    • Leann

      Thanks, Julia :). I like the bracelet too ;), the colors came nicely together.

  • Cilia

    Wow I like these! Normally I am not a fan of artisan beads but this one is amazing!

    • Leann

      They’re really quite nice, Cilia. 🙂 I have a hard time getting over the whole “name brand” thing too, but paying *that* much more just because it was TB was starting to get ridiculous (but sometimes the urge is still overwhelming!). 😉

  • Debra

    WOW!! I love these, especially the hot pink and I saw she has a smiley face too. I will have to place an order soon.

    Thanks for sharing, I have been wanting the Anniversary caterpillar and the hot pink is on my list. I think I’m going have to get these in pairs.

    • Leann

      You’re welcome, Debra! Evelien should take all the credit though ;). You won’t be disappointed with your beads!

    • Evelien Pauw

      Please let me know if I can help you with any of these, I removed them from my website, because I do not spent much time at my torch at the moment 🙁 just sent me a message at my etsy!

  • Guest

    Here is my bracelet made with Evelien’s caterpillar and flower beads. It is my favorite bracelet!

    • Leann

      Photo must not have uploaded. Could you try again, I’d love to see it! 🙂

  • Evelien Pauw

    Dear all, my made to orders are back online! If you need a cat in a special color please contact me! http://DutchBeadsNPoppers.etsy.com

  • Evelien Pauw

    Will list some new caterpillars this weekend!

  • Joyce Hulings

    Evelien makes the most exquisite beads! She is wonderful to deal with. Here is a bracelet that I made with her anniversary caterpillars and green flower beads.

    • Leann

      So pretty!! They’re fabulous, aren’t they :).