As soon as I saw Julia’s True Beadz True Touch Dragon Green glass beads, I knew I wanted to try to make a bracelet inspired by the Beng Mealea Temple in Cambodia. Everyone who visits Cambodia goes to Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple and they are really awesome. But Beng Mealea, a Hindu Temple from about the 12th C, has not been restored and it’s a bit far from Siem Reap so fewer tourists visit. There is lots of vegetation growing all over it and many piles of large stones lying in heaps. It is absolutely magical to walk through it. It was my favourite site in Cambodia and I shall always treasure the experience of exploring it!
Here are a few photos that I took.
Here’s the bracelet I made, using True Beadz glass and Redbalifrog silver.
I used the pineapple because one day I had some rice in a pineapple boat during lunch with the boys while Wayne was out at a cooking class. And I had to use the monkey as there were quite a few monkeys amongst the ruins.
I couldn’t find any photos of the monkeys (it was hotter than the surface of the sun and I might have been too lazy to take a photo of them), but here’s Scaredy Squirrel instead. And this might be Ta Prohm, not Beng Mealea. Which is why I’m not a travel guide. 🙄
The bracelet again…
Left to right below are True Touch Castle Stone, the Redbalifrog Pineapple, True Touch Dragon Green, True Touch Marmor, Dragon Green again, the Redbalifrog Magic Monkey and True Blossom Castle Stone.
At first I had this arrangement, with the darker beads in the middle area. In the front left below are True Touch Linen, Redbalifrog’s Fern Leaf and True Air Linen.
Here’s a last look. I think I prefer the arrangement in the first couple of photos, with the darker beads spread out and not clustered together but that’s just my preference.
So, has anyone else been to Cambodia or is it a place you’d like to visit?
As always, when featuring True Beadz I like to show the whole range of colours.
Row 1 Stormy Heavens/Royal Viola/Purple Dream/Lilac/Taiga/Blue Mist
Row 2 Eastern Sea/And Quiet Flows the Don/Sky Blue/Baby Blue/Marmor/Princess Kiss
Row 3 Baby Pink/Strawberry/Terracotta/Pumpkin/Sunflower/Sunlight Spot
Row 4 Castle Stone/Dragon Green/Gooseberry/Linen/Siberia