Trollbeads Challenge Day 13

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Today I’m tackling another design challenge that I have visited in past years.  I thought it would be interesting to see how the finished bracelet would look and feel with the recent updates to my collection.

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IMG_1913Over the past couple of years I have made a conscious effort to add certain shapes and sizes of silvers to my personal collection.  I’m very particular about each silver – it has to have a meaning that makes me happy, but it also has to function well for the way I like to build my bracelets.  I tend to make balanced compositions, so that means that pairs of silvers are useful.  However, with very few exceptions I tend not to actually buy duplicate designs, but rather prefer to find patterns that are complementary to each other in both theme and dimension.

IMG_1919Luckily for me, Trollbeads tends to have a few relatively standard size grades within which they produce a number of designs.  For example, “Jugend””Carved Flowers””” and even the “Rolling Troll” all have a similar form and size, so they work well to balance each other in a bracelet.  I often use “Ball of””Sweater” together for the same reason.  One bead that I simply had to twin in my collection was the “Bee on Hive”… it’s one of my favorite silvers, as it features the Bee image that I take as my personal emblem.  It’s soooo useful to have that one pair for bangles, necklaces and so on.

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IMG_1915I like to group silvers not only by appearance, but also to some extent by narrative theme.  For example, I usually place my “Ball of Yarn” and “Sweater” together on a bracelet along with my “Spider”.  I like to think that the spider is a crafty little knitter of webs.  Similarly, I place my “Frogs”, “Neither Fish Nor Bird” and two “Happy Fish” on a design together for a wetland sort of a theme.

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Perhaps the most relevant habit that I usually employ, however, is that I always…*nearly always* mix the glass or stones in with silver.  Occasionally I might make a bangle with only one metal bead.  From time to time I might make up an all-amber or all-glass bracelet.  But all-silver?  Nope.  Only for the challenge!  It’s a tough one for me, as it’s missing the colour elements that are my comfort zone.  It’s also very tricky to build all-silver while creating a sense of order to the design.    This year, with the addition of more size pairs, I think I’ve managed to design a bracelet that I would make and wear again.

It has a very comfortable amount of movement on the bracelet, which results in a very fluid feel in the hand.  It’s satisfyingly heavy and I am enjoying wearing it today!

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C.

 

One thought on “Trollbeads Challenge Day 13

  1. What a great bracelet, Cathy! I never would have thought of doing all metals…. Love how you’ve paired up the beads! It really must have a different feel because of the weight. Thanks for putting in all your time and creativity. I look forward to checking your blog each day!😉

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