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.