Trollbeads Inspiration: Spring 2015 Collection – Glowing Pinks

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IMG_8098Spring officially sprang today at Tartooful!   (Never mind the stubborn rain clouds, they’ll come around…)  The gorgeous new collection by Trollbeads for Spring of 2015 feels like a ray of warm sunshine, and has us dreaming of cloudless skies, flowers and beaches.

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IMG_8093With soft pinks, handy neutrals, juicy aquas, a handful of sparkle, and lots of super detailed silvers, this collection has a beautiful little something for everyone.  Today I was able to make up a half a dozen bracelets, each one with a radically different feel, and each one mostly composed of new designs.  The first one I’d like to share is inspired by one of the showstopping beads of the new series, the “Pink Conch”.  This pink and warm grey, striped bead is sprinkled with gold sparkle… (see center, above.)

IMG_8092This pink, grey and gold bracelet was so simple to create, it practically built itself!  It was such fun to see how this bead integrates with some of our favorites from the existing collection… “Honey Dawn, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Pink Gold” and “Desert Rose” are all natural companions for the peachy new “Pink Petals” and “Pink Conch”.

Pink and gold has long been one of our favorite palettes at Tartooful, but the addition of a hint of grey gives it a whole new, fully grownup appeal.  These warm grey designs will be so useful blended with everything  – teal, emerald green, turquoise, hot pink, red, sapphire blue…

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A few observations on various of these new designs:  “Seven Chakras” is satisfyingly heavy and symmetrical, despite its’ smaller size.  I think that its abstract, compact shape will make it a favorite for me to divide groupings of glass towards the end of bracelets, close to the clasp.  The new Cherry Blossom Lock is really beautiful.  It’s a little trickier to open the small end, so I recommend it for bracelets that aren’t redesigned every single day – but sooo worth the tiny bit of extra care, as it is stunning. Finally, I wasn’t certain about “Guardian of Nature” from the stock images, but now that I have seen it in person I very much like it… it’s nicely rounded and weighted, and I love the quizzical little faces that peek out between the foliage.  Classic Troll!

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Cherry Blossom Clasp”, “Unique”, “Seven Chakras”, “Unique Amber”, “Engraved Romance”, “The Positive No”, “Pink Gold”, “Tropical Conch”, “Desert Rose”, “Compass”, “Honey Dawn”, “Rose Quartz”, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Wild Cherry”, “Pink Petals”, “Neptune’s Promise”, “Desert Rose”, “Guardian of Nature”, “Pink Conch”, “Unique Amber”, “Seven Chakras”, “Unique”.

Welcome, Spring!

C.

 

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: Sakura

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sakura4This whole bracelet was inspired by an unlikely little bead.  See the white china style bead above and at left?  It is a long-retired “Christmas in Australia” Limited Edition.  Despite being retired, it has managed to stay humble, and a little “Under the Wire”.  However, looking at it closely, one appreciates the subtle lavender tone

sakura2hidden in its grey details, and it just begged to be placed on a blushing pink bracelet design.  I began with a powerful trio for the heart of the bracelet, placing the venerable “Diamond Bead Black” right in the middle and a pair of sparkling “Rose Quartz” to frame it.  I find that the center grouping of beads sets the tone for the whole

sakura7composition, so I try to take particular care in the choice of those beads.  Working out from the middle, I placed a pair of “Soft Heart” silvers to give the eye a spot to pause before moving on to the next groupings of beads on the bracelet.  Each

sakura3of the next sets of beads is composed of three beads – two pink and one grey and white.  looking across the circle they balance each other perfectly, and the overall impact is very harmonious.  Note that this “Grey Wolf” has a hint of plum or pink hiding among its stripes… it’s the same colour as in the “Christmas in Australia” limited edition.

sakura6This repetition of subtle colour gives me great satisfaction!  I’ve missed “Grey Wolf” since it retired, and have had fun playing with this one while it is in the gallery.  Finally, a playfil little floral design close to one end of the bracelet stops this pink and frothy design from feeling too terribly grownup and serious.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Small Flower Clasp”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Unique”, “Desert Rose”, “Sakura”, “Christmas in Australia Limited Edition”, “Unique”, “Snowflake Obsidian”, “Soft Heart”, “Rose Quartz”, “Diamond Bead, Black”, “Rose Quartz”, “Soft Heart”, “Grey Wolf”, “Rose Quartz, Round”, “The Eye Bead”, “Cherry Blossoms”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique”, “Unique”.

C.