New Obsession: Trollbeads Rings!

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I’ve got a new obsession…. The collection of ring designs by Trollbeads.

Strictly speaking I can’t say that rings are a new area of interest for me.  I have happily collected rings for years, from fabulous vintage auction items, to antique family heirlooms and a huge array of fun contemporary pieces found in my travels.  I love to juxtapose modern designs of humble materials with pieces composed of precious metals and stones for an irreverent and fresh look.  Of course I have received some rings from my husband that are very dear to me – but rings make a great gift between friends as well!  I have a dear girlfriend with whom I have a longstanding tradition of exchanging affordably priced and ridiculous rings that we each find when we travel.

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Recently we decided to stock up on some of the various Trollbeads rings… and we fell in love with so many of the pieces that arrived.  Most of their designs stack beautifully – which is a huge advantage for a ring addict like myself.  I only allow myself to wear rings on one finger on each hand, so in order to indulge in a couple of different styles they simply have to get along!  All of their rings with glass accents stack to form a gorgeous cocktail “bubble” ring, that can be collected over time.  The “Eye of Aphrodite” has been in the collection for some time, but the new “aurora” ring is a shimmering, subtle and softer toned newcomer that has more recently stolen our hearts.

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Isn’t it pretty here with the “Baby’s Breath eternity ring?  The “Strength Courage and Wisdom” ring shown at top is also a Tartooful favorite…we love the thick, generously heavy links of this knot work design, and its’ meaning makes it such a moving gift as well.  Our surprise favorite of the most recent ring designs is the “Neverending” ring… this deceptively simple ring is an absolute pleasure to slip on one’s finger, as it’s gently rounded on the inside surfaces to be incredibly comfortable.  It’s a brilliant little modern jewellery design.

The best part about all these underappreciated Trollbeads designs?  Their prices.  Most rings run around CAD$100, and many of them are much less!  Hand made, Danish sterling silver, modern design for under CAD$100.  Amazing.

Drop by the Village and have a play!

C.

 

 

 

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: Ombre Raspberry

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Ombre beadplay is always a fun little design project…

9Casting an eye over our selection of uniques today I noticed that we have an absolutely marvelous collection of raspberry pinks in stock at the moment.  I decided to have a bit of a play with them, but thought I’d give the design a little twist and try my hand at a crimson-to-pale pink ombre composition….

This collection of beads are wonderful, rich shades of soft blush pink through raspberry and down into a deep, satisfying crimson.  Add an absolutely dazzling array of pattern and texture, and no matter how this composition came

5together it was bound to be a fantastic bracelet.  I really think that with these beads it would be impossible to make the bracelet look anything but gorgeous.

The most essential tool when designing this sort of bracelet is definitely a play tray… I string the beads onto the rod to find just the right placement for each bead.  Often I’ll think I know just where a bead “belongs” in the ombre gradation – and then when I slot it in, it becomes apparent that it really looks better a little to the right or left.

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8At the two extreme ends of this bracelet design you’ll find some of the opaque unique beads that are such a delight to true collectors.  The rich red and glittery one shown above has actually been tempting me for my own collection!  So luxe and utterly delicious.  At the other end of the bracelet be sure to note the beads that have elegantly formed flowers traced on milk glass backgrounds.  These have been such a lovely fresh addition to the design oeuvre of glass Trollbeads uniques.  I’d love to see an entire bracelet made up of these delicate beauties.

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I knew that I wouldn’t allow many silvers to find their way onto this bracelet design…. partly because the fun of an ombre is to see how the colours relate to each other, gently transitioning from one shade to the next.  It was also in large part because there were simply too many gorgeous beads that I wished to include in the composition!  However, the overall effect is much more effective with a little silver to break up the colour blocks and allow the eye a spot to pause and rest.  In the end I selected a few highly ornate silvers that were up to the task of matching the drama of their glass companions.

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Both the silver and the glass elements in this composition are like a confection for the eye…

1Clockwise from clasp:  “Lace Lock”, All Glass beads uniques.  Silvers:  “Spiritual Ornament”, “Elderflowers”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Wine Harvest”.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Citrus

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It’s the orange time of year…

7The time of year when we all dust off our best pumpkin, citrus and cinnamon coloured beads and create combinations to honour Thanksgiving, Fall Equinox, Back to School, Harvest Moon, Halloween and the warm low light of Autumn.  Every season has its colour mood, and no question that no matter how you like to celebrate Autumn, with subtle earthy browns or stark ghostly black and white – orange is the queen of the Fall palette.

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5The arrival of a group of spectacular yellow glitter uniques, as well as a punchy new olive glass colour had me eagerly anticipating this annual ritual even more than usual.  Olive has traditionally been a bit of a tricky colour to find in the Trollbeads collection… there have been a few beads with cool, blue-olives, but very few with a true, acid soaked sort of an olive green.  I was delighted when we received a few precious uniques with this very fresh colour and immediately resolved to combine them with rich golden yellows and tangy oranges for a fantastic, citrus take on Autumnal orange.

6A bracelet with this much texture, rich colour and visual energy needs a few places designed for the weary eye to rest, so I showed restraint, and kept silvers minimal and calm.  The silvers in this combination create colour groupings that are meant to be viewed as a whole… then suggest a pause to the eye before moving on to the next group.  For that reason I selected simple, abstract silvers of a similar size and shape that would quietly fulfill their role and not demand too much of one’s attention when viewing the bracelet.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Troll tree lock”, “Green Prism”, “Summer Ltd Edition”, “River of Life Facet”, “Glass Unique”, “Nomad”, “Glass Unique”, “Glass Unique”, “Glass Unique”, “Soul Artichoke”, “Glass Unique”, “Masala Facet”, “Glass Unique”, “Moroccan Cushion”, Glass Unique”, “Glass Unique”, “Glass Unique”, “Etruscan” (retired), “Glass Unique”, “Glass Unique”, “Luminous Facet”, “Glass Unique”.

All beads shown currently in stock at Tartooful.

C.

 

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Autumn Pinks

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Have you begun to transition your Summer bracelets for the new season?  Even if you’re the sort of terribly organized and decisive person who creates forever bracelet designs, there’s always room for a seasonal “tweak”….

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In some cases, to “winterize’ a pink bracelet design I’ve played with chocolate browns, rich cinnamon tones or greys.  They’re all great solutions, depending on what sort of pink you have to begin with.  In today’s project I’ve utilized some of the beautiful new designs from the Autumn Trollbeads collection.  They’re a subtle blend of hues, with soft buff tones, glittering copper and hints of pink, purple and blue.

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They demand similarly subtle companions, and are the perfect way to create a soft pink bracelet that transitions gracefully from late Summer to Autumn.  Try layering this type of bracelet with an all amber bracelet, or a copper bangle to give it even more of an Autumnal feel.

When creating this design, I began with Fragile Purity, as I liked the way it set the palette of soft pink, with just a touch of light mossy green.  That unabashedly pretty bead is framed by two of the new collection additions, “Soul of Sunshine” and “Nature Unity”, which right away take the edge off the “pretty pink” and make the design so much more subtle and interesting!  Note the way that the pink brings out all the hints of pink, green and blue that are hiding in these fascinating beads…

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This Rainbow Bridge just begged to be a part of this design.  It possesses the perfect blend of green, apricot, plum and even hints at blue around the edges.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Carolina Jessamine Clasp”, “Unique Glass”, “Freedom Feather”, “Desert Rose”, “Nature Unity”, “Pink Conch”, “Ornamental Flower”, “Unique Glass”, “Soul of Sunshine”, “Fragile Purity”, “Nature Unity”, “Unique Glass”, “Wisdom Weed”, “Rainbow Bridge”, “Blossom Shade”, “Soul of Sunshine”, “Royal”, “Unique Glass”, “Rosa Pearl”.

How do you transition your bracelets through the seasons?

C.

Trollbeads News: Collectors’ Amber Event at Tartooful!

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Back by popular demand!

Trollbeads Amber Event:  17-21 September 2016

amberscurveWe’re delighted to present a very special Event for Collectors of Trollbeads Amber… kicking off this Saturday, the 17th of September, until Wednesday the 21st.  Come enjoy an extraordinary selection of these unique Baltic jewels, and be amazed and the endless variations in colour, tone, cut and texture.

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To view examples of these amber beauties online during the event, be sure to check our facebook page, or ask for images in you email by contacting us at tartooful@gmail.com

See you there!

C

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: Transition

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IMG_2063Have you felt it in your part of the world?  Here on the West coast of Canada, there’s been a subtle shift in the light these last few days.  Even until last week, I felt as though I was in the middle of an everlasting Summer.  The days were long and warm, with bocce games that stretched into the evening.  The light was bright and clear, and the skies were blindingly blue.  One day recently there was a little wind winding through the garden that played a scattering of pale, dry leaves off our dogwood tree, and suddenly I could see the first signs of Autumn.

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IMG_2053It wasn’t really the leaves on the pathway, that alerted me to the upcoming change in the seasons… there other clues as well.  There has been a shift in the angle and colour of the light that unmistakably whispers “Autumn”.  The light is still bright, but it’s just a bit more golden and mellow.  The sky is still brilliant blue, but there’s a bit of a haze in the morning and evening.  Night falls much earlier now, and after dinner we are more likely to be having a sunset stroll than struggling to spot our bocce marker in the dusk.

IMG_2060IMG_2064As always, seasonal change suggests a change in the way we dress, the colours we wear, the textures we enjoy in our homes… and of course, a change in the way we wear our Trollbeads.  I set out to design a bracelet that felt just right for this time of year, when we are still enjoying lots of Summer warmth, but are looking ahead to the Autumnal months that are just around the corner.

I began by reaching for my very favorite, aqua tones that feel like the beach glass of Summer.

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IMG_2055I blended those watery blue greens with a selection of inky blacks, most of which have an element of earthy texture or glitter.  That little touch of warmth helps to keep the feel natural and not too terribly stark.  Many of the aqua beads also have an earthy element that I enjoy… for example, the ribbon of stone texture that wraps around the “Traces” bead, or the marvellous green and stone textured unique at left.

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I was delighted to find this generously sized, black and taupe unique to place right at the heart of the bracelet.  It’s colours and pattern are the perfect inspiration to lead all the other black elements in the bracelet, and it matches the drama offered by the Emerald and Amazonite that are on either side.

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There’s a feeling right now of being in the calm before the storm.  Perhaps it’s simply because my young family will be returning to a new school year, and all the frantic scheduling that accompanies that change… but I am savouring the quiet last days of Summer.  I wanted the silvers to also reflect the mood of the season, so I looked for ones that were simple and fluid in appearance.  “Path of Life” and “Starry Night” have a near meditative calm about them, and I repeated each design twice for optimum impact without complexity.

If you are contemplating the season to come, and mulling how to update your favorite Summer design for Fall, why not drop by the gallery one day, (or drop us a note with a photo of your bracelet) and let us have a little play?  We can find a couple of inspired additions that will give a whole new twist to your bracelet and have you freshly designed for Autumn.  This is the perfect time to do so, as our “End of Summer Sale” is now on until 31 August, and you will enjoy 15% off all our Trollbeads!  Drop by and pay us a visit, or shop online using promo code friend15 to claim your discount.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Soft Wind of Change Lock”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique “Dirty” Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Starry Night”, “Unique Glass”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Traces”, “Path of Life”, “Emerald”, “Unique Glass”, “Amazonite”, “Path of Life”, “Traces”, “Milan”, “Unique Glass”, “Starry Night”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”.

 

 

TrollFriends Sale Now On!


Starting today until the end of the month we are delighted to offer 15% off on everything Trollbeads!  You can shop online at http://www.tartooful.goodsie.com using the code friend15 or shop our extraordinary in store array.  Want more personal service but just can’t get out if the house?  No worries!  Ring us at 604-924-0122 and we’d be happy to help you pick just the right things by phone.  

Ready set shop!

C.

Trollbeads Inspiration: Simplicity

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Today at the gallery we are playing with a simple design of pure, Trollbeads silver…

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I decided today to create a leather necklace that felt sleek, sophisticated and modern.  I carefully combed through the Trollbeads silvers, finding and selecting  all the boldest, simplest, heaviest designs.  These are geometric forms that give me such joy.  Their naturally balanced symmetrical forms are satisfying to work with, as they easily stand alone, or combine nearly effortlessly with similar companions.  Each one feels like a tiny, modern art sculpture – can’t you imagine them placed on nicely lit, miniature plinths in an art gallery for mice?

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6I began by placing “Victory” in the center of the necklace composition.  This marvelously large and dramatic piece melds organic, round forms with angular, chevron forms.  This was a fit choice, as it happily accommodates both rounded designs such as “Three siblings”, “Transformation” and “Trefoil Knot”, as well as more angular items such as “Smiling Cylinder” and “Two Sides to Everything”.  As I built outwards in the composition I occasionally added a matched pair of beads.  This gives a sense of balance and rhythm to the design, without the rigidity – not to mention predictability – of a perfectly matched set of paired beads.

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From left to right:  “Water”,   “Neverending”, “Two Sides to Everything”, “Three Siblings”, “Transformation”, “Endless”, “Soft Heart”, “Victory”, “Frames”, “Endless”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Love Within”, “Water”.

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Uniques Event Begins!

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It’s happening again!  Trollbeads has sent us a HUGE array of unique kits to share with you.  Not only have they sent us all these yummy glass, but even added a tempting group of amber!  So quick – hustle on in to Tartooful to pick your very favorites and find all the newest and most exciting glass and amber designs…

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Not close to the gallery this weekend?  No worries, you can find all the kits displayed on our facebook page, for convenient, pajama clad shopping.  Just comment on the kit that interests you and let us know… even if you only want some of the beads in a given kit, be sure to hit it up with a comment so that if there are other ladies who would like to split, we can help to figure it all out.

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Trollbeads Kit Event Now On!


Troll dreams are coming true at Tartooful at the moment, with a huge array of luscious glass unique kits now in stock – but only for one more day and then back they go to Denmark!  

If you haven’t yet had a chance to see these beauties do drop in.  We’ll be open on Monday the 11th of July for special hours:  Noon to Five pm pacific time.  Too tricky to schedule a visit in person?  No problem you can browse the photos that we posted on our Facebook page and pick your favourites  there…

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