Thanks to a generous Trollbeads sale, I purchased the Trollbeads Chinese Snake and Chinese Goat.
My friend picked up the Chinese Dragon from the same series.
They look very cohesive together but their designs are distinct enough that you wouldn’t confuse one for the other.
Here are some pictures of the Chinese Snake.
It has a little tongue sticking out and the round shape is well suited for showing off all its scales.
This design reminds me of a Ball Python, which has a tendency to turn into a ball to protect itself.
Here is the Chinese Goat.
The details on the hooves and horns are excellent.
Granted, a Goat doesn’t look as natural as a ball shaped Snake but the Goat’s hair is nicely textured.
Here are some bracelet arrangements using both beads.
In the center is a People’s Bead design called Perfect Balance.
I added two beads from the Kimono Kit for some earthy tones.
With this next bracelet, I used some gemstone beads and a pair of Rooster beads from the 2012 Hidden Zodiac series.
The Hidden Zodiac beads are shaped more like spacers and there are subtle symbols in each of them like certain flowers/plants that correspond to the animal sign.
With this last look, I placed one of my favorite glass beads between the two animals.
I’m a big fan of the size, shape and oxidized details.
If I get the chance, I’ll collect the other animals in the same series and wear them all together without any other beads.
Only ten more to go! (My wallet is crying.)
Traditionally, the Chinese Zodiac calendar begins with the Rat.
“The Great Race” folk story tells that this is the order in which the animals reached the finish line.
Since the Chinese Zodiac is based on the Lunar Calendar, the New Year is celebrated on a different date each year (when converted to the standard solar-based Gregorian calendar).
If you’d like to know your animal sign, you can refer to this chart on Wikipedia.