Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 14


IMG_5768Isn’t it odd?  I don’t think of myself as a “Purple Person” or as a “Brown Person”… but I am in love with this bracelet!  This is definitely my favorite creation thus far this year.  It’s a subtle palette of soft, warm lilac, pale, icy blue and rich, light filled honey that gives me joy.  Many of the beads that are on this design are ones that I have used countless

IMG_5769times, but in this particular combination I feel as though I have discovered their beauty all over again.  Through the Autumn I enjoyed my little grouping of “Azure Bubbles” and paired them with the icy blues of “Light Blue Shadow” and “Silver Mountain”.  I’ve also combined those same cool blues with my various lilacs…

IMG_5765I’ve even combined my purples with golden ambers.  However, for some reason I hadn’t thought to combine all three together on one design.  Perhaps it was the recent acquisition of a nice, warm “Pastel Agate” to position opposite my Limited Edition, Lavender Chinese Jade that made me want to play together some new combinations with my

IMG_5766purples… (there is nothing like a new bead to inspire some serious beadplay).  I’m particularly delighted to have such a good vehicle for the “Faceted Aurora” and love the way it plays with the olive, slightly vicuna tone of the retired “Deep Bubbles”.  That bead always had a complementary blush at the heart of its huge bubbles, and my example

IMG_5767has a rich plum hue that helps to bring out the best in its purple neighbours.  I kept silvers to a minimum, but made them really count.  I used them strategically to create smaller groupings of colour, and give the eye a place to pause as it travels along the length of the composition.  I like the size, solidity and weight of the two silvers the

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 8.58.33 PMmark the middle of the bracelet.  The other two silver designs are set with Trollbeads’ mesmerizing dichroic glass.  The Trinity is a  regular collection design whose simple lines I have always loved, and the retired “King and Queen” offers drama, with its large pieces of shimmering glass.  These precious dichroic glass designs pick up on the full range of colours on the bracelet and echo them wonderfully.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Basic Double Lobster Clasp”, “Unique”, “Faceted Aurora”, “Deep Bubbles”, “Trinity”, “Light Blue Shadow”, “Limited Edition Chinese Jade”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Ball of Yarn”, “Unique”, “Chalcedony”, “Unique”, “Zanzibar” (retired), “Azure Bubbles”, “Limited Edition Pastel Agate”, “Silver Mountain”, “King and Queen”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Limited Edition Violet Petals”, “Azure Bubbles”.

As an aside, for those of you who are admiring the linen textile in the first photo, it’s an infinity scarf made by Melanie of Tartooful of pure linen, with hand stenciled gold and silver accents and contrast piping… Gorgeous!  Her first series features soft chambray blue, natural ecru and a deeper denim blue.  Each one is one of a kind, generously proportioned, and well priced at $89.00.




Trollbeads Inspiration: Sunshine On My Wrist


sunny-whopperIt’s a cool, and foggy day here on the West Coast… quiet, beautiful and eerie.  I do love days like this, where we feel like the mountains are wearing the clouds like a blanket, and the sky and the ocean blend seamlessly in the distance.  The clouds muffle the noises a little, but I can still hear the fog horns down on the harbour.  With the rest of the continent still

sunny-endlessrecovering from recent ice and snow storms, this calm and benign kind of winter is something for which I am deeply grateful.  Clouds or no clouds, I know that the first Spring flowers are only a matter of days away.

However.  Every now and again a girl – even a devout West Coastie like me – needs a little light.

sunny-front(Cue the triumphant yet ethereal music)

sunny-smileToday I’ll wear my sunshine on my wrist, as a personal and portable antidote to the dark days of winter.  It’s  a budget busting way to enjoy a little tropical sunshine – think of all the bead money you’ll save by not jetting off to a tropical getaway!  Even better, the beads are forever, and will be patiently wait for you, nestled in your jewel box,

sunnyfor the next time you need a little sunshine…

To create today’s warm and vibrant composition we combined golden yellows of various types with brilliant blue and a touch of clean white.  The blues range from a “Light Blue Gold”, to

cross-shaped-ambera very intense “Light Turquoise Prism”, with a classic core unique and “Turquoise Ribbon” to fill in the range of tones.  It doesn’t take much of such a distinct colour to create a strong palette for this bracelet design.  In fact, one could remove all blues from this bracelet – there are only four – and replace them with pinks, greens or lavenders to create an equally lovely design.  The golden yellow and white elements are a neutral base on which one could create endless variations.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Plain Lock”, “White Pearl”, “Unique Amber”, “Light Turquoise Prism”, “Endless”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Blizzard”, “Unique Cross Shaped Amber”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Light Blue Gold”, “Unique Oversized & Faceted Amber” (It’s a whopper!), “Classic Core Unique”, “Three Siblings”, “Unique Amber”, “Crown Chakra”, “Unique Amber”, “Three in One”, “Turquoise Ribbon”, “Classic Core Unique”, “White Pearl”.