Kathy Perras’ Mirror Dillos

perrasbeads-mirror-and-snakeskin-dillosContinuing our look at some of Kathy Perras’ most popular designs, this review features her Mirror Armadillos. Kathy makes incredible dillos and in the exclusive interview with her, I introduced one of her newest creations, the Snakeskin Armadillos. The Mirror Dillos are another design marvel; the glass is very shiny and highly reflective so their name is aptly given. It makes for a devil of time photographing but the effect is quite amazing and well-worth the effort.

It looks like the bead has a cream base and the overall effect is that of a more neutral tone, but the colors shining off the surface range between purple, blue, and burnt red. There is definitely a metallic sheen to the beads giving them a contemporary feel. There are similarities between these Mirror Dillos and the Snakeskin Dillos which both have the reflective coating but the Mirror Dillos lack the snakeskin pattern of course. These two designs complement each other beautifully and Kathy’s beads a pairs perfectly with Trollbeads glass as well.

Kathy’s designs can be ordered through her Etsy shop: PerrasBeads. These beads are lovingly made in her home studio in Portland, OR and each one is wonderfully unique. Do keep in mind that the charms are small cored which means that they can only fit on bracelets without threads, including Trollbeads, *redbalifrog*, and Novobeads. I also have a number of Kathy’s other dillo designs but I will save those for another day ;). What has been your favorite PerrasBeads design so far?


Bead index (starting from left): elephant lock, PerrasBeads mirror dillo, LE picasso jasper, cliffs, pig zodiac, blue desert, PerrasBeads mirror dillo, PAXSUZbeads prayer wheel, conch, PerrasBeads snakeskin dillo, giraffes, PerrasBeads snakeskin dillo, sandstone, Indian elephant, PerrasBeads snakeskin dillo, LE picasso jasper, *redbalifrog* Thai troll (retired), black onyx, sea urchin, azure bubbles.

  • Ashley

    I’ve never ordered beads from this beautifully talented woman, wow they get better and better each bead I look at! My favorite so far has got to be the snake-skin dillos. They are so unique and can think of so many ideas for my next bracelet concept. 🙂

    I’m sure pictures don’t even do it justice for how amazing the mirrored dillos are. It’s going to be super hard placing my first order!! 🙂

    Leann, you gotta tell me, who makes the giraffes charm, I love that particular one and haven’t seen it I don’t think before. 🙂 Thanks, girl. 😉

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      They are amazing! I can’t even fathom how to create such beautiful works of art. The giraffes is a Trollbeads charm, isn’t it fabulous? I just got it :).

  • Farah

    Woooow so beautiful!!!! But I only have pandora bracelets 🙁 I really wish she would make something that fits pandora too!!!

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Pandora do fit on Trollbeads bracelets… ;).

      • Farah

        I’m scared of getting into trollbeads because then it will really become an addiction 😀

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        It will definitely suck you in! 😉

  • Debbie

    I have my first order of Kathy’s beads on the way, and I am impatiently awaiting for them to arrive. Tigers, mirror and snakeskin dillo’s are my first order. I have a huge wish list of other designs, and I love all her beads.

    Kathy is really talented, and I am sure that when my beads arrive they will be even more wow in real life than your amazing photo’s of them 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Very cool! Let me know what you think of them when you receive your package. I’m always so impatient for beads to arrive especially if they’re international mail. 🙂

      • Debbie

        Hey Leann, my beads arrived today – slight delay as they got sucked into the UK Customs system 🙁

        They were so worth the wait 🙂 I have this OCD thing with glass where I am compelled to order in pairs! So I have a total of six of Kathy’s beads: 2 x Siberian Tigers, 2 green snakeskin ‘dillos, and 2 x gold mirror ‘dillos.

        They are sublime, and I am in awe of Kathy’s talent 🙂 Whatever amazing adjectives I write to describe these fabulous beads do not do them justice 🙂

        I feel privileged to wear them, and the bracelet I have created with them is beautiful. My plan is to be able to buy more of Kathy’s beads in the future so that I have at least one bracelet full of her wonderful work 🙂

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        That is awesome! So glad you like them :D, you picked some fantastic beads. What theme are you designing for your bracelet? I hope you didn’t have to pay customs?