2011 was an unexpectedly busy year for my bracelet. Up until the beginning of this year I had one bracelet to which I made subtle changes with the season or my mood – a little more cranberry, or a little more aqua… A neutral base palette allowed me the freedom to redesign my bracelet by changing only two or three beads. Looking back, it’s amazing that I was able to resist expanding my little collection for as long as I did…
But seeing so many gorgeous compositions at Tartooful started to make me rethink my neutrals… and then the clincher was the release of the Autumn 2011 collection. A very special “Blue Goldstone” came along with an endearing dimple on one side and extra sparkle, and I was hooked on the idea of a beautiful blue and grey bracelet. I already had most of the beads, so with the addition of only the “Blue Goldstone”, an “Azure Bubbles”, “Black Flower Mosaic” and a “Moon Ocean” a whole new bracelet was born. (Of course, since that time, there have already been changes: “Beach” and “Moon Ocean” went home with customers who really loved them…)
So this left me with a common Trollbeads design dilemma: what to do with my little bowl of “leftovers”? They were all beads I loved, I just needed a palette that would pull them all together. Once again, inspiration came from my customers’ creations. Beautiful works by NO and MS earlier in the year came to mind, and I started putting together my “Copper & Pomegranates” bracelet. This bracelet makes me smile every time I look at it!
Old habits die hard: in December I was craving a little “redesign”, so I decided to see what all the new beads could create if blended together on one bracelet, et voila! The sunshine & ice bracelet, pictured above. It was perfect for those clear, cold, blue-sky days that we had that month. It was fun to try something new, but my two bracelets are safely back together again now.
That’s the wonderful thing about Troll: complete creative freedom to redesign on a whim… It’s endlessly fascinating.