Bling for the Baby

January 10, 2010

My older son and his wife frequently give me a gift that allows me to “express” my creativity.  This year’s Christmas gift will be a kangaroo lead for little Holmes (I’ll bet his dad uses it as well).  Amanda at Muddy Feet Aussies makes custom kangaroo leads.  Since I’m the one with the access to natural turquoise, I’ve put together the brown matrix turquoise rondelles, silver puff beads, and pewter tube beads.  I’m sending her the beads Monday and she’ll put them on a black/whiskey kangaroo lead.

Here are the bead clusters as I’ve laid them out.  Amanda may come up with something more attractive.

Main ClusterMain Cluster

accent clusterAccent Cluster


  1. C-Myste says:

    I’m feeling a need for some green turquoise . . .

  2. Sharrie Brockhaus says:

    I should be so lucky as those “lucky dogs”!!!

  3. Now I just need to get that armband number holder mailed off, and you’ll be all dressed up!

    I love those stones, and the silver is perfect for little New Mexico doggies!

    • myeye says:

      Indeed, it would be nice to have the armband holder. Perhaps I’ll glue a tiny pebble of turquoise on it when it arrives!

  4. Sandy says:

    Pardon me…but is this for a show lead?

    Hmmm…I DO hope dog show folks are not going the route of the western horse show folks. They have so much bling (mostly totally guady and untasteful)on their saddles, bridles and show halters…you just don’t see the horses anymore. Only the bling is being judged.

    • myeye says:

      The clusters I posted are seriously enlarged to show the detail on the beads. The “bling” on show leads is generally elegant, but not overwhelming. When you place the silver and turquoise on a black/whiskey 1/8″ lead, it’s not as gaudy as it is on the computer monitor. The bead clusters actually have a purpose — they make the lead drape very nicely away from the dog’s face and body. I’ll let you be the judge when the work comes back from New Hampshire.