Trollbeads Inspiration: Sakura


sakura4This whole bracelet was inspired by an unlikely little bead.  See the white china style bead above and at left?  It is a long-retired “Christmas in Australia” Limited Edition.  Despite being retired, it has managed to stay humble, and a little “Under the Wire”.  However, looking at it closely, one appreciates the subtle lavender tone

sakura2hidden in its grey details, and it just begged to be placed on a blushing pink bracelet design.  I began with a powerful trio for the heart of the bracelet, placing the venerable “Diamond Bead Black” right in the middle and a pair of sparkling “Rose Quartz” to frame it.  I find that the center grouping of beads sets the tone for the whole

sakura7composition, so I try to take particular care in the choice of those beads.  Working out from the middle, I placed a pair of “Soft Heart” silvers to give the eye a spot to pause before moving on to the next groupings of beads on the bracelet.  Each

sakura3of the next sets of beads is composed of three beads – two pink and one grey and white.  looking across the circle they balance each other perfectly, and the overall impact is very harmonious.  Note that this “Grey Wolf” has a hint of plum or pink hiding among its stripes… it’s the same colour as in the “Christmas in Australia” limited edition.

sakura6This repetition of subtle colour gives me great satisfaction!  I’ve missed “Grey Wolf” since it retired, and have had fun playing with this one while it is in the gallery.  Finally, a playfil little floral design close to one end of the bracelet stops this pink and frothy design from feeling too terribly grownup and serious.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Small Flower Clasp”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Unique”, “Desert Rose”, “Sakura”, “Christmas in Australia Limited Edition”, “Unique”, “Snowflake Obsidian”, “Soft Heart”, “Rose Quartz”, “Diamond Bead, Black”, “Rose Quartz”, “Soft Heart”, “Grey Wolf”, “Rose Quartz, Round”, “The Eye Bead”, “Cherry Blossoms”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique”, “Unique”.




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