Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 13

 

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IMG_5674Today I decided I wanted to attempt a more gender neutral bracelet design, using the black leather and a combination of coloured beads.  Generally, when designing a piece for a man I reach for simple, graphically bold silvers such

IMG_5671as “Smiling Cylinder”, “Frames”, or “Water”.  Alternatively, there are some wonderful silvers that evoke the magical side of Troll, such as “Thor’s Hammer” or “The Midgard Serpent”.  However, only rarely do I add a glass or stone bead to a man’s

IMG_5669design.  I was asked recently by a male trollfan how I would attempt this, while still keeping it satisfyingly masculine.  I’ve mulled the question for a few days and in the end created this bracelet.  I like the idea of

IMG_5672keeping the beads all within one colour family, and keeping them in a natural tone.  If I had Tartooful’s stock to play with, I probably would created something with more deep colour in the amber, and less of the bright golden tones… however, please forgive this with the fact that it is a ladies’ collection shown here, after all!

IMG_5667I left a faceted smoky quartz tassel on my “Plain Lock” as a little, feminine gesture – but this would be a simple edit for a more masculine owner.  I also took this opportunity to play with one of my X links on the leather, which in my opinion worked out beautifully!  This opens up a whole other world of truly great silvers for a man, such as the “Lovers knot”, “DNA”, and “Order in Chaos”.  The leather is perfect for the double links, holding them securely in an appropriate position and displaying them nicely against the dark cord.

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“X By Trollbeads Harlequin”, Unique Ambers, “Golden Quartz”, “Tigers Eye” and a Unique Glass.

C.

 

5 thoughts on “Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 13

  1. When I read the first sentence and saw the dangle in the first picture I thought….”Well, we’d have to lose the tassel for a guy I think…”. But then you said it yourself 😉
    I love the way you’ve woven an X link into the design! The zodiac doubles would look great too I believe. Will have to try that on my brown leather Trollbeads necklace! Adding beads that are or closely represent the respective birthstones…Oh man, I wish I didn’t have to work today…I have trollbeading to do 😉

  2. I never thought of using the X links on leather! I love the Poppy link that came out this spring, but don’t have any X at all. May have to think about it….

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