Well. Here we are at Day 14, and the end of this year’s fast and furious Trollbeads Challenge at Tartooful. Normally I’d be just getting warmed up, with many days left to explore all the facets of my collection, but this year we shortened the challenge to encourage more of you to take the plunge and join in. Like every year, I feel as though I really am just getting started. Every day that I perform the ritual of creating a fresh design, I have more and more ideas for future designs. Like every year, I have ended the Challenge with more unexplored inspiration than when I began.
I’d like to thank so many of you for your support and participation. Having all of you playing along with me each day gives me a real sense of the extraordinary community of Trollbeads collectors that I’m privileged to know, both in the gallery and online. I’ve been delighted and inspired by so many of your creative and beautiful designs. Your daily encouragement and kind words for both my designs and the compositions of other collectors brings an element of joy to this exercise that goes far beyond the pure aesthetics of our designs. Thank you, my friends….
On countless occasions I’ve explained Trollbeads to neophytes as “Like Lego for Ladies”. In other words, Trollbeads are cleverly designed components that can be built and rebuilt as many times as you like, in endless combinations. To emphasize the versatility of Trollbeads, I’ve chosen to finish the Challenge by creating a “convertible” design that can easily be worn as either a bracelet or necklace. For this design you’ll need three bracelet chains, with two of them the same length. You’ll also need two decorative locks that are similar in form. They don’t have to be identical, here I’ve chosen two one-piece locks with different patterns. You’ll also need a third lock to close the necklace at the back of the neck. Place a simple but elegant group of beads, and center them on a bracelet chain with a pair of stoppers. On the other two bracelet chains add a handful of beads that are twins, so on each bracelet are a very similar group of beads, in the same order. connect these two chains to the bottom one with the centered grouping using the matched pair of locks, and voila! A necklace. Remove the center portion, and it can be worn alone as a bracelet.
There are endless variations on this – filling all the chains with beads, using a leather for the back of the neck and so on… but the basic concept that you can create a necklace – by combining your various Trollbeads components remains the same.
In the end, Trollbeads is simply a creative toolbox to design whatever jewellery you wish… and it just begs for play!
Thanks for playing along with me!