Trollbeads design Challenge: Day 15


IMG_5775Today’s bracelet was inspired by a recent visit from a dear friend and fellow Trollie.  She brought her entire collection to Tartooful for a real play session, (so much fun!) and together we created some spectacular pieces, including a full necklace of ambers, a couple of silver bracelets and even a couple of leather ones.

IMG_5774 Looking over her favorite bracelets I noticed that they all had one design element in common:  a rich touch of garnet red.  In some cases it was a particularly scarlet armadillo, in many others it was a rarely seen unique, such as a crimson “magic carpet” or a complex window pane pattern.  Even on bracelets of a subtle, celadon palette there was

IMG_5773still one or two little notes of this distinctive, ruby red.  Seen in only one or two bracelets it would be eye catching…But in a gorgeous mess of bracelets, spilling across the table… well it was a feast for the senses.  This collection’s rich, pomegranate theme is absolutely a reflection of its fabulous owner’s personality and taste.


After she left I was so inspired, and went home with a play tray in tow, determined to play with my own collection and create a design that felt “KT”.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”, “Faces” (retired), “Red-Pink Prism” (retired), “Golden Cave”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac Rooster”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “World Tour Hong Kong Auspicious”, “Blue Desert”, “Ruby”, “Brown Desert”, “Jugend”, “Smoky Quartz”, “Custom Unique by Irina of Trollbeads Canada”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver Bead with Garnets”, “Tigers Eye”, “Petanque” (retired), “Artisan Bead by Scott Bouwens”, “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”.

It doesn’t take very much of this spectacular colour to make an impact on a design… in this case I built the entire bracelet around the crimson red, but the next time I play with it I’d like to see if I can integrate it into a bracelet as an unlikely “surprise” of colour, as KT so often does.  It gives a wonderful energy to a composition, and prevents it from feeling too studied.  So many bracelets…so little time!



6 thoughts on “Trollbeads design Challenge: Day 15

  1. Love it! Gosh, I love the way that Golden Cave photographed…I had to zoom to the bottom to see what that gorgeous bead was, and thought “of course it’s a GC Michelle…you HAVE accumulated a generous bracelet’s worth over the years”. They and the Deserts do so sing to me endlessly 🙂
    And the Ruby, the Peacock Pearls, the Azure Bubbles…so many beauties represented!

  2. Oh Cathy…! This is lovely and you in fact inspired me from day one of collecting. I love this entry of our play day together. You are the gem and my beads are a bonus of delightful memories shared together over lots of laughs and even a few tears too here and there. Hugs to you and how extremely special you are xx KT

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