Trollbeads Inspiration: JR’s Red Hot Bracelet

Here’s another tantalizing glimpse into JR’s Trollbeads Treasure box… this time we’re showcasing a “Red Hot” composition that features an inspiring array of retired designs, combined into a powerful bracelet that feels like a celebration!

Hints of gold add a touch of luxe to this composition.  Amber, the “Root Chakra”, a most unusual, retired “Trollstone” and this lovely “Golden Cave” all give a golden glow that beautifully complements the rich reds and raspberries of the principal beads.

However, it is the contrast between the pinks and orange-reds that give this bracelet design its simmering energy.  This composition feels like a heat wave… think bougainvillea trailing across a terracotta wall… think hibiscus blossoming in the tropics…

The variety of red tones in Retired “Berries” bridges the wide range of reds in this design, from the brilliant “Red Armadillo” to the deep claret of the “Garnet Bead”.  Beads such as this one, and its multi toned neighbour,  retired “Lilac Edge” are keystones for giving cohesion to the overall design.

Another lovely retired red bead, “Dolce” was introduced as part of the designer series, honouring various Fashion Industry icons.  Its leopard print pattern on hunter red is classic, but very couture.

Clockwise from clasp:  Basic Double Lobster Clasp, “Red Armadillo” (retired), “Golden Cave”, “Zodiac Star” (retired), “Summer Bud” (retired), “Wine Harvest”, “Lilac Edge” (retired), “Red Berries” (retired), “Unique Raspberry Armadillo”, “Circus Elephant” (retired), “Trollstone” (retired), “Silver Trace, Pink”, “Root Chakra”, “Wine Harvest”, “Unique”, “Garnet Bead”, “Maple Syrup Amber”, “Dolce” (retired).

A great many of the Trollbeads reds have been retired over the past three years, leaving only a very few in the current collection… the reason has less to do with demand or trends than it does with the technical challenges of producing red glass.

Most red glass that one encounters is actually clear glass that has been coated with red.  True red glass of the type seen in Trollbeads is very costly to produce, as it requires the addition of gold to give its warm glow.  In addition, it is far more unstable during the cooling process than other colours, which causes more breakage before the beads may be shipped to market.  The same challenges arise for another legendary glass producer that you may find at Tartooful:  iittala of Finland makes gorgeous glass vessels in a huge range of colours, but unfortunately must price their red pieces much higher than other cool toned colours, to compensate for the extra expense and difficulty of producing them.

At the moment, the best way to add to a collection of Red Trollbeads is by keeping a watchful eye out for uniques or special editions in just the right colour…


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