Kathy Perras’ Siberian Tigers

kathy-perras-tigersFollowing up on my interview with Kathy Perras regarding her inspiration and background, this article focuses at perhaps Kathy’s most famous creations – the Siberian Tiger beads.  As I mentioned previously, the original Siberian Tiger released by Trollbeads was designed by Kathy Perras and was only available for a short period in 2003.  Later, Lise Aagaard designed another Tiger bead in 2005 that was also retired shortly thereafter.  My understanding is that these designs were difficult to make which caused them to be pulled out of production so quickly.

It was only in 2011 that Kathy began making her iconic Tiger beads again at her studio in Portland, OR. These have been in high demand since they came out because it’s the perfect alternative to having an original (and incredibly rare) Siberian Tiger. Coupled with the fact that animal print patterns are back in the fashion spotlight, it’s not surprising that Kathy can hardly keep up with her customers. There is currently a wait list for these beauties, so contact Kathy through her Etsy shop PerrasBeads.

Interestingly, Kathy has mentioned that the stock photo listed as her Siberian Tiger in the Trollbeads Universe Museum is actually not the correct picture of her design. The reproduction Siberian Tigers sport amber glass over the tiger print design wrapped around the core and the original was exactly the same. Extending the her tiger series, Kathy also has a number of Tiger Tail beads which feature colored glass and a ribbon of tiger print around the bead and the White Tiger designs. Although, the Tiger Tails and White Tigers are not currently available for sale, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a lime green tiger tail a little while ago and it is incredible! Paired with the Siberian Tiger and it’s a dynamic combination.

Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger

I never thought I would become such a fan of animal print designs, when before I wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing anything with tiger, leopard, python, etc. prints on it, but the reemergence of this fashion trend and its update to a classier elegance has made me a fan! I heartily embraced the release of Pandora’s Tame the Wild animal print Muranos last year, but their Bengal Tiger pales in comparison with Kathy’s. The color is such an odd shade in between orange and yellow that I’ve found it virtually impossible to match it to any other beads in the brand. Also, the murky black stripes does not make it readily apparent that this is a tiger print. In contrast, Kathy’s Siberian Tiger brings the feral big cat immediately to mind and there is no question what this bead is representing.

Of course, I could not resist pairing my new Siberian Tiger (along with my Tiger Tail) with the *redbalifrog* Tiger, which is an exceptional depiction of this creature, and a few other animals in the wild. Have you had an opportunity to see Kathy’s designs in person?


Bead index (starting from left): elephant lock, unique green spotty, angles tip (retired), grey wolf (retired), unique amber polka dot, bead of fortune, zebra, unique lime green feather, redbalifrog tiger, black dillo, PerrasBeads siberian tiger, pig zodiac, unique lime green polka dot, PerrasBeads ebony gold leaf, Indian elephant, black bubbles, PerrasBeads lime green tiger tail, nightingale, eye bead, unique amber stripes.

  • Debbie

    Love Kathy’s beads, and the tiger tail is beautiful 🙂 I also like the ebony gold leaf.

    Nice bracelet Leann, the colour combination is great, and the touch of lime green with the orange and black really works well 🙂 The RBF tiger is so beautiful, he’s at the top of my wishlist, and Kathy’s tigers certainly go well with him.

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Debbie! I’m really proud of this one; I’m really digging the color combination! The lime green works well with the amber and black. 🙂

  • http://victoriadfn@yahoo.com Victoria Ramirez

    Hello Leann,

    I love your blog!… I’m an addict to your blog!! 🙂

    After reading this post, I went to Kathy’s shop and bought some beads… but I only have Pandora… and now I was wondering if my Pandora bracelet will actually fit into Kathy’s beads…



    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Hi Victoria, Kathy’s beads are small core and only fit Trollbeads bracelets :(. She has lots of disclaimers on her listings so she states clearly that her beads fits Trollbeads only. You should get a try the Trollbeads bracelets out, they fit all brands! 😉

  • http://victoriadfn@yahoo.com Victoria Ramirez

    Thanks Leann,

    I guess that’s what I’ll do, I’ll get a Troll bracelet cause I really love some of her beads 🙂 she is a great artist,; her beads talk to me, if you know what I mean.


    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      I’m so glad you like them! Kathy is a wonderful artist and her beads are brilliant. Enjoy your purchases! 🙂

  • Jeanne

    Hi Leann, I love the color combination in your bracelet. That tiger tail is awesome! I have never seen any of Kathy’s beads in person, so maybe someday I’ll order one from her Etsy shop. I need to prioritize my wish list somehow. Maybe a random drawing?

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thank you! I quite like how it turned out. The tiger tail is fantastic and of course goes so well with the Siberian Tiger. Boy, do I understand about prioritizing! Random drawing is a great idea, let me know how that works out ;).

  • Bara

    Hi Leann,
    your bracelet looks gorgeous! I love it! The color combination is great, the lime green fits so perfectly to the tiger design.
    When I saw Kathys tiger glassbeads, my wishlist changed immediatly and these beads and the new “RBF” Tiger went straight on the top of my list, especially the lime green tiger tail (WOW). I contacted Kathy to get my fingers on these beauties and I was very pleased when I heard that she offers also “big” versions of her beads (15mm in diameter) and that there is no waiting list for these! 🙂 I ordered them yesterday and can’t wait to see them in person.
    Kind regards from Germany

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      I’m so happy you’re able to get the bead you like! Thank you so much for the compliment, I really like this color combo too. I think I will keep it like this for a while ;).

  • Frede

    I love Kathy’s beads…and I love Amanda’s beads. What a lovely pairing they make! And your bracelet, Leann, shows them off beautifully! Thanks for all of your great interviews and postings!

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Aww, thanks Frede! I think their beads are awesome as well. So fun :).