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My new favorite toy by Kolton Babych

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Meet my new favorite toy!  It’s a charm chain, designed by Kolton Babych and exquisitely made of Sterling silver.  This ingenious little jewellery component is going to change the way I wear so many of my favorite pieces.

Ingeniously simple, it’s a oxidized sterling silver chain with one of his lovely talismans on one end, and a lobster clasp on the other.  The chain is satisfyingly round and juicy, and the signature Kolton Babych tag is a nice extra touch.

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The uses for this simple little device are many… it may be used to cluster together a number of other pieces, such as multiple bracelets, or even necklaces.  If you have a stack of bangles, try pulling them together with this little chain, and it not only gives a whole different look, but also prevents any that are a little too large from slipping off.  A series of necklaces are instantly updated with one of these cinching them on one side.  Want one of your favorite necklaces to be just a little longer?  No worries, just clip this on at the back and add a few precious inches of length, as well as a pretty charm at the back of your neck.

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Finally, just think how well this would work as an accent on your Trollbeads bracelets…  The charm adds a modern, artisan touch to the classic foxtail chain, and it’s just the right length to be an extra layer of security, and act as a safety chain.  Try using it to cluster together a group of your favorite bracelets to create an ultra luxe design, or to link your bracelet to other artisan bangles or chains.

I’m going to need a few of these little toys, I think!  Simply brilliant, don’t you think?

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New Designs by Kolton Babych

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“Living Dead” Charm. Sterling Silver, CAD$259

Brilliant local jewellery designer, Kolton Babych has just released his most recent series of designs… and they are stunning.  Each beautifully detailed and finished piece is sold separately, so they can be added to chains that are already in your collection.  Conversely, he offers a selection of lengths and styles of chains that can easily accommodate these and other charms, to create one’s own, personal piece of everyday adornment.

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“Stella” Charm. Sterling Silver, CAD$169

Each design bears its own interpretation, which gives so much more depth of meaning for the wearer. Fore example, the “Stella” charm offers: “This charm features a five-pointed  star, which can only be seen when it is surrounded by darkness.”

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“Protection” Charm.  Sterling Silver, CAD$215.

The “Protection” charm features a decorated shield, which is a universal symbol of protection.  Simple, but simple….

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“Stag Beetle” Charm.  Sterling Silver, CAD$169.

This charm features a Stag Beetle, which is a symbol of underestimated strength and perseverance.

Kolton’s full series of limited edition charms and chains are now in stock at Tartooful…

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Icelandic Poppies

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IMG_0524Have you ever come across Icelandic Poppies?  They are charming little flowers, a subtle and delicate variety of the Papaver family.  They grow best in sub polar, boral regions and originally grew in Asia and Europe – but not Iceland.  They naturally occur in shades of white and buttery yellow, but varieties have been developed in a gorgeous, juicy array of

IMG_0523colours that include every shade of orange, pink and coral.  Despite the tropical feel of they colours available, they have no taste for heat, preferring gentle climates with cool winters and mild Summers.  They are a short lived perennial which will last longest in the garden if your Summers are cool.  Some people simply grown them as biennals, making the assumption that they will last about that long.

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IMG_0522I’ve always loved these delicate little flowers, and in past years, when I have had them in the garden, I’ve often picked them to enjoy in vases.  They are such paper thin, transparent flowers that one would think that they’d wilt immediately – but unlike most poppies they do quite well, happily lasting several days.

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Today’s confection of delicate, transparent colours such as coral, buttery yellow and pink is inspired by these lovely flowers…

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“Dragon Lock”, “Unique Glass”, “Baltic Gold”, “Unique Glass”, “Moroccan Cushion”, “Pebbles”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Orange Agate”, “Scarab”, “Limited Edition Carnelian”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Carnelian”, “Scarab”, “Limited Edition Orange Agate”, “Unique Glass”, “Coral Bubbles”(retired), “Art Deco” (retired), “Golden Cave”, “Unique Glass”, “Copper Bead”.

All beads taken from current Tartooful stock.

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30 Day Challenge – Day 13

IMG_9592“…and now for something completely different…”

IMG_9591Today I decided it was time to kick myself a little out of my comfort zone, and try to design from a different approach.  Usually I am very much colour based in my compositions.  The silvers basically offer me a framework around which I hang all my chunks of colour.  Today I decided to be much more flexible about colour.

IMG_9590Instead, today I sorted out my beads into size categories, and committed to work only with my very tiniest silver and glass beads.  Of course, in the wake of the “Small and Beautiful” series, we all have some smaller beads bouncing around in our bead boxes.  I usually try to use their smaller size to advantage, and place them

IMG_9588close to the end of the bracelet for an attractive tapered effect.  They can also be quite handy to ensure that certain silvers are not obscured.  For instance, “Happy Fish” is even happier when placed next to a Small & Beautiful, so that all its glorious detail can be seen.  However, I don’t think that I’ve ever built an entire bracelet of

IMG_9589“mini beads”, and I have to say I’m surprised and delighted with the result.  Firstly, I am shocked at just how many minis there are, hiding in my collection!  I guess that one on each end of seven or eight bracelets does really add up to about a whole bracelet’s worth.  The next thing I noticed was how amazing this bracelet *feels*. 

IMG_9593Teeny Tiny “Sandi” feels like a giant…

Rolling this bracelet around in the palm of my hand, it feels wonderful.  It’s so soft, so fluid and so unexpectedly petite… it’s a treat!  If you have never tried this approach, do give it a whirl it is so much fun.

IMG_9587This Armadillo never gets the coveted center spot…

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Dichroic Flower Clasp” (retired), “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”, “Art Deco” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Grey Armadillo” (retired), “Cells” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Plait” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Happy Fish” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Happy Fish” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Van Gogh” (World Tour Series Netherlands), “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Family of Mushrooms” (World Tour Series Lithuania), “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Sandi” (retired), “Rosa Pearl”.

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