Our Story

About Us – Creating Powerful and Lasting Connections Between People with Amazing Animals

Welcome to Wild Things at Beadopotamus! Our journey began with a love for crafting and a deep connection to the natural world. The name “Beadopotamus” emerged from our early focus on crafting exquisite jewelry pieces using a wide variety of beads – gemstones, glass, metal, plastic, and seed beads. While the origin of the name remains a mystery, it symbolizes the eclectic and creative spirit that fuels our creations.

Our Founder’s Journey:

Wild Things at Beadopotamus was founded by Kat Lamke, an artist with a passion for crafting and a heart for animals. Kat’s journey started with childhood memories of exploring her mother’s jewelry box, marveling at the beauty of gemstones and costume jewelry. A serendipitous encounter with a local jewelry supply company in Albuquerque sparked the flame of creativity, leading her to experiment and craft her own unique pieces.

Forging Connections with Nature:

As Kat’s craft evolved, so did her vision. The focus shifted from traditional jewelry to crafting unique metal claw replica pendants and hand-tooled leather pawprint keychains that encapsulate the essence of the animals she loves and works with. These pieces serve as tangible connections to the animal kingdom, providing comfort, grounding, and strength. Every piece becomes a meaningful talisman, a symbol of the deep bond between humans and wildlife.

Signature Creations:

One of our proudest achievements is the exquisite Sadie Lioness claw replica pendant. Crafted in solid bronze, this piece captures the elegance, power, and grace of the matriarch of the Animal Park at the Conservators Center, where Kat still gathers inspiration. This pendant embodies the spirit of the animals we hold dear and symbolizes the beauty of the animal kingdom.

Craftsmanship and Individuality:

Each piece at Wild Things at Beadopotamus is a testament to our dedication to craftsmanship. Crafted individually using metal clay, our pendants showcase the artistry and passion poured into their creation. While there may be variations between items, these imperfections only enhance their unique charm. All pieces bear our maker’s mark, a seal of quality and authenticity.

Supporting Conservation:

Our commitment to animals extends beyond our creations. We are proud to donate 10% of each sale to the Animal Park at the Conservators Center. This facility is a place of care and conservation, dedicated to protecting and preserving the incredible wildlife that inspires our work.

Connect with Us:

We invite you to explore our online shop at Beadopotamus.com, where you can discover a range of tooth and claw replica pendants made from materials such as bronze, silver, white copper, and polymer clay. You’ll also find tooled leather footprint keychains, each bearing the imprint of animals we admire. For updates, inspiration, and community engagement, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

For inquiries and orders, reach out to us by email or connect with us on WhatsApp

Thank you for joining us on this journey of creativity, connection, and conservation.

The Wild Things at Beadopotamus Team