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Iridescent Beetle Bracelet

About this design:

Anyone like Iridescent Beetles? I enjoy watching these colorful beetles in the summer, and am always amazed by their brilliant colors. I came across these glass beads and thought they would work well with the Green Girl Scarab button. So tell me everyone….how do you like these little fellows…..?


Green Girl Scarab button, Czech druks & melons, misc iridescent glass beads, glass crystals, ant brass rhinestone beads, waxed linen

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  1. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    Okay, this is really cool. It screams beetle without being creepy in any way. Those large iridescent beads, especially the corrugated(?) oval, look exactly like the green june beetles here.

  2. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    This is incredible. I love these beetles and the iridescence. So creative and original.

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    BarbK says:

    Alright so first thought is no don’t like beetles but this bracelet is cool!

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This bracelet is as shiny as the scarab beetle I several summers ago. It was basically turquoise, the green and golden color on your beads.

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    Melody F says:

    I’ve only seen one live iridescent beetle in my yard and it was a gorgeous magical green/golden. I caught it, but then I let it go. Your bracelet is beautiful, evocative.

  6. CAS
    CAS says:

    I used to make Halloween costumes for my nephews, and one year they wanted to be bugs – “a Glorious Beetle Aunt Chris!” A Glorious Beetle is all iridescent metallic green and black, and I made him a costume like that. Your bracelet really reminds me of that costume … GLORIOUS!

  7. kye
    kye says:

    I see a lot of iridescent beetles in my garden. Your bracelet captures their essence in such a beautiful and amazing way. It’s thrilling to see. Really fantastic work CC. My goodness. I’ll be drooling over this bracelet for a long time. Thank you so much for posting. :)

  8. Maggies Mom
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  9. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Ha! Crystal – this is so great. What imagination. Definitely a beetle. Wonderful design and iridescent colors.

  10. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    WOW!!! Great design Crystal…unique and beautiful and just absolutely gorgeous!!

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    MH says:


  12. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I don’t usually like bugs but this one is beautiful. You are another very skilled bead person.

  13. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thank you everyone! I appreciate all your comments. I do enjoy exploring all the beautiful aspects of the world around us; and it is a lot of fun trying to incorporate some of the concepts & ideas into my jewelry designs. I had some green iridescent beads that I was going to use, but after playing with all of them, I decided to keep this bracelet more on the neutral side. I’ve saved those other beads for another piece inspired by the photo below of some awesome green/yellow scarabs. Aren’t they amazing?…..


  14. Tanya m
    Tanya m says:

    Great bracelet CC. But the bug nerd in me would like to point out that your pic of the three insects above is actually not a pic of scarabs, in fact, not even of beetles. Those insects are actually juvenile (nymphs) true bugs. The true bugs belong to a large group of insects (Hemiptera) that includes stink bugs, assassin bugs, cicadas, aphids, etc. It is actually one of my favorite insect orders! So even though the photo isn’t of beetles, they are still really beautiful! Also, for a quick giggle, try googling the man face bug. Thanks for listening to a crazy entomologist who just can’t help herself!

  15. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Wow – I learn so much at LB. Love the man face bug. Thanks Tanya m – entomologist on a beading site – so fun.

    CC – your bug picture is so beautiful – love the iridescence – wish I had better vision. Sometimes I can see the green iridescence in my black hen. Your work is absolutely lovely.

  16. Fat Redhead Designs
    Fat Redhead Designs says:

    Very unique and creative! The beads absolutely remind me of an iridescent bug! Well done!

  17. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    We do learn so much here! Thanks again for the comments. :)

    Tanya, I appreciate the info! I actually found the picture on National Geographic photo gallery where people upload their photography, and it was stated that it was a scarab–so sorry for the mistake! I wish I could make a study of bugs & reptiles–but for now, I just pick up information along the way; thanks for your help!
    (Just found some awesome images of shield bugs! Thanks again!) :)

  18. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    Hahaha! Tanya, who has a “favorite” insect order??! An entomologist of course! I can just see you bringing all these weird bugs to show your mom when you were little. Tanya, get those bugs out of the house!

    Crystal, a design after my own heart! I am crazy for iridescence. It must make endorphins shoot off in my body! Your bracelet is gorgeous. And the silver bug doesn’t even gross me out:)

  19. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Just googled the man face bug … what a hoot!!! Nature is truly awesome!!! Thanks for suggesting!!!

  20. BevB
    BevB says:

    This is so unique and beautiful!

  21. Midge S
    Midge S says:

    Nice nice! Love it!

  22. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    All of you are so kind in taking time to comment–thank you very much! This was so fun to make…now, what other inspiration can I find in my stash?! :)

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