We’ve had lots of questions this Spring about Trollbeads Leathers… how do they work? What do they feel like? How to size? What colours are available and so much more. I think perhaps some of our collectors are mulling leathers as they offer a completely different
way to design with, and enjoy the beads we all love. Today I thought I’d play with one of the newer leather colour combinations: Cyan & key. This teal and navy leather really pops, whether you compose a simple, neutral coloured design with mostly silver, choose beads with just as much oomph as the leather itself!
I was inspired by the arrival of the new Limited Edition Italian bead, “Party Time”. This lovely glass has a light glitter base layer, with a thick of clear glass and a blue harlequin pattern. Hints of aqua green and blue soften the overall look and make it a cinch to combine with all the new, green and turquoise Spring bead designs.
This dotted unique is one of my all time favorite beads… I can’t begin to describe how perfect it is… the blue isn’t quite turquoise, which makes it so much more interesting! The dots are all just a little bit off kilter too – plum, not purple… vicuna, not yellow, teal, not navy… I just seems to have it’s own quirky little personality, and manages to go with a
ton of colours! It goes particularly nicely with this yummy butterfly, with it’s cool batik wings. I was also delighted to be able to place a kite patterned bead on this design that beautifully echoes the Italian Party Beads… such similar colours, just a twist on the same motif. Note how the blues and greens just glow in the dichroic glass dots of the silvers? Delicious.
When I composed this piece I intended that it be able to be worn two different ways… I put the Trinity all by itself on one strand of the leather, thinking that it would hang separately if the leather was being worn as a necklace. Isn’t it perfect how the beads pull the lower strand down just enough for it to create that graduated look? Of course, one could also wear this piece as a bracelet, simply by twisting the two strands together messily and wrapping the whole thing around the wrist twice.