I wanted to make a bracelet using the new Redbalifrog Ouroboros Bali Style bead and when researching what an Ouroboros is, I learned that the symbol of a dragon eating its own tail originated in ancient Egypt. Since I already had the Tutankhamen bead I thought I’d make an Egypt inspired bracelet. We spent three weeks travelling around Egypt many years ago.
Here is the Valley of the Kings, which contains 63 tombs and chambers. There isn’t anything in them anymore, of course, but it’s still fun to see. When walking around amazing historical sites like this I always like to imagine what it must have been like back then.
We spent 4 days on a felucca, the traditional Egyptian sailboat. Traveling down the Nile in the summer when it was a gazillion degrees out was not very much fun, to tell the truth. We all ended soaking scarves in water and wrapping them around our heads to help deal with the heat. I’m m-e-l-t-i-n-g!!!!
We took an extended trip west into the White Desert. These are massive chalk formations.
While camping out in the desert, pita bread was made for us by cooking it in the sand, under the coals. Yes, it was a bit gritty.
Now for some beads! The Tutankhamen ($33 USD) is really cute. I keep it on my keychain so it’s a bit beat up.
The Ouroboros Bali Style ($33 USD) is quite slender but has some incredible detail. There are green crystals in the eyes!
Another new bead is Surya the Sun ($37 USD), which has Hindu origins. Each side is different.
While in Egypt we bought a little glass container full of sand which has a picture of a camel layered in it. You can get these all over the place there. The best colour matching was actually using True Beadz with the Redbalifrog Volcanic Fossil ($33 USD) in the middle. That is True Touch Sand to the left and True Touch Sunset on the right. On either end are Treasures.
Next I made up a bigger bracelet using all Redbalifrog silvers and Trollbeads glass.
Below left to right are Hawaiian Floral Stopper, Pink Prism, Suriya the Sun, Scirocco, Sunflower and Daylight Brilliance.
Below left to right after the Daylight Brilliance is Tutankhamen, Feldspar Moonstone, Pomegranate and Blossom Shade.
Below left to right after Blossom Shade are Lotus Flower, Scirocco, Ouroboros Bali Style, Pink Prism and Hawaiian Floral Stopper.
I’m going to keep together the big bracelet for a while as I really like the peach shades with the silver. 😍 I’m not sure that I would travel to Egypt these days, but has anyone been or is it on the bucket list? When we were there we had to travel by convoy with all the other tourist buses and there were guys with machine guns stationed at the front and back of the convoys. Much easier to stay at home and play with beads! 😬
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