Trollbeads Inspiration: Misty Greys

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foggy-day2This is a bracelet that I composed using my own personal collection, to reflect the misty days of early Spring here in Vancouver… when I look out my window sometimes it feels like everything is in this range of colour!  I exaggerate, of course…

foggy-day3… we are fortunate to have rich greens all winter, courtesy of the many cedars, firs, pines, bamboo and grasses.  We truly do have a “green” winter here.  However, the softest bone whites, calm greys and touches of iridescent blue are very Vancouver.  Labradorite is always our favorite stone at Tartooful, and it takes pride of place on this composition, right in the center.  It is framed by a pair of artisan beads that I selected for their outstanding size and warm ivory tone.  You’ll find lots of ivory notes on this design.

foggy-day-meteorI’m particularly fond of this unique “Cream Meteor”, both for its subtle beauty, and for the meaning in it as it is a treasured gift from a friend.  I placed it at the end, as its tiny size tapers the bracelet nicely, and I find that I see it often there when the bracelet turns.

artisan-tasselsI’ve enhanced my lock on this design with a pair of artisan made tassels, one in Smoky Quartz and the other in glowing Labradorite.  These tassels are made by Tartooful’s own Melanie Matthews, and we use them to add a personal touch to many different jewellery pieces, but particularly our Trollbeads and Pyrrha talismans.  I like to see them attached to the small end of the Trollbeads clasp, layered on before the bracelet chain.  That way when the bracelet naturally turns there is a little more interest at the clasp, and they don’t dangle all over the place, but rather stay tidily arrayed at one spot.

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I’ve even put a whole cluster of them on a fantasy necklace, for the effect of a giant tassel of stones!  The pearl blends in and becomes just one more of many.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Double Lobster Clasp” (retired form) “Artisan tassel:  Smoky Quartz Briolette”, Artisan Tassel:  Cabochon Labradorite”, “Unique Cream Meteor”, “Bee On Hive” (retired), “Light Blue Shadows” (retired), “Unique Alabaster Amber Barrel”, “Chinese Zodiac Limited Edition Rooster”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Smoky Quartz”, “Mountain Crystal” (World Tour Switzerland), “Jugend”, “Artisan”, “Labradorite”, “Artisan by Scot Bouwens”, “Frogs”, “Limited Edition Picasso Jasper”, “Dark Brown Dot” (retired), “Custom Trollbead by Georgina Black of Trollbeads Canada”, “Happy Fish” (retired), “Artisan Bead by Scot Bouwens”, “Bee on Hove” (retired), “Cream Armadllo” (retired).

C.

Trollbeads inspiration: Fade to purple

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purple-unique-2So much of our inspiration comes from our lovely Trollbeads collectors… take this bracelet, for example.  A few days ago, one of our ladies remarked that she was mulling a purple and cream design.  The idea took hold with me as well, and right away I started playing with  purples, various creamy glass options, and different styles of layout.

purple-unique-windowpaneI favoured the warmer range of purples, as they seemed to complement the creamy,  tones better than their more blue cousins.  These shades of purple are often accompanied by tiny touches of gold or flecks of yellow that make them suit the warmer ivory glass well.  I always like to design using as many uniques as possible, but ivory uniques

purple-uniquewere scarce on our display at the moment so I made good use of several production designs, including “White Paper Fold” and “Cream Armadillo”.

For the layout of the bracelet I tried various arrangements, but settled on an ombre effect, fading from a very rich Amethyst at

purple-linethe heart of the bracelet, to softest white at the ends of the bracelet.  This allowed me to bring many lovely soft purples into the composition to fade between the two extremes.

purple-frontAmethyst makes a dazzling centerpiece…

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Freja Lock”, “Cream Armadillo”, “Faces”, “Unique”, “White Stripe”, “Unique”, “Porcupine” (Hedgehog!) “Unique”, “Unique”, “Amethyst”, “Purple Armadillo”, “Unique”, “Sweater”, “Unique”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Unique”, “Heart Print”, “White Paper Fold”.

C.

Trollbeads Update: Road Trip!

Today I am leaving for my first, official Trollbeads Road Trip… a journey to the place where the magic happens: Copenhagen, Denmark.  I plan to take long walks through the streets, soak in the atmosphere of the town, and try to scratch the surface of this fascinating place.

Of course, no trip to Copenhagen would be complete for a dedicated Trollbeads collector without a visit to the already-fabled Trollbeads shop at Tivoli Gardens.  This pleasure garden in the heart of the city features the only shops owned by Trollbeads themselves, and are well known for offering uniques, ambers and even stones that are simply unavailable elsewhere.  I’ll be making the pilgrimage with a little list in hand of very special beads that our dearest Trollies have been wishing for.  Hopefully I’ll return with hard-to-find treasures!

However, we don’t have to go that far for inspiration:  every day I’m astonished by the beautiful compositions that our local collectors have created… and they inspire me to constantly re-design my own bracelets and necklace.  After seeing EO’s “Jade & Fresh Cream” bracelet I decided to shuffle my beads and see if I could build something similar:

This is the brilliance of Troll:  even when I’m consciously trying to create something similar to EO’s latest bracelet, I still end up giving it my own personal twist.  While my version may *feel* the same, or have the same aesthetic mood, it’s nevertheless distinctly my bracelet.  The beads that are strung on this chain each have a meaning that is personal to me… a story of who gave it to me, or when I picked it out… on which occasion, or to mark what tiny battle or celebration.  So while I enjoy the new colour combination and feel like I have a fresh piece of jewellery – I still can savour having my dear and familiar companion beads on my wrist.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Unique Green Prism”,  “Brown Dot (retired)”, “Green Jade – limited Edition Chinese Series”, “Etruscan (retired)”, “Organic Bubble”, “Unique Amber”, “Labradorite”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “White Paper Fold”, “Sparrow”, “Picasso Jasper – limited Edition Stone”, “Grey Armadillo”, “Wildcat”, “Bee on Hive (retired)”, “Blue Desert”, “Green Dot (retired)”, “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”.

Wish me good luck on my Trollhunting Road Trip – and see you soon!

C.

Trollbeads Inspiration: Jade & Fresh Cream

I love a girl who loves a challenge!  The lovely EO popped in recently with her equally lovely, cuddly baby boy to share her latest creation with us… and it occurred to me that her collection of beads would offer all the material needed to compose a gorgeous green and cream bracelet.  As you can see from the photographs,  she rose to the challenge beautifully.

I’m borderline obsessed with “Azure” and “Organic Bubbles” at the moment… and photographs like this one show exactly why.  Each one is so very distinctive, so unique and so beautiful.  They range dramatically from delicate, watercolour tones to deep jewel box colours.

Fascinating, isn’t it?  Here I’ve photographed the two sides of the same bead, and even from one half to the other there is a huge difference.  I’ve placed an order for early May of a large group of these beads, so that we can luxuriate in the diversity of their designs.  (stay tuned!)

“Nougat Flower”, one of the new introductions for Spring of 2012 has become a a  most useful design for marrying all different shades of white.  Here it makes all of the whites and creams play nicely together, from the buttery amber to the much lighter “Brown Dot”

This “Blue Desert” really isn’t blue at all… but rather a soft aqua, very nearly green.  It’s a perfect match for EO’s “Labradorite” and “Green Jade”, helping to set the colour tone in this subtle composition.  The rose gold shimmer offers a touch of warmth that ties in nicely with the warm creams.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Fish Clasp”, “Brown Dot (retired)”, “Silver Initial R”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Double Heart”, “Conch”, “Green Jade”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Amber Unique”, “Labradorite”, “Baby (retired)”, “Nougat Flower”, “Blue Desert”, “Initial B”, “Fireflies”.

Thanks for taking up the “challenge”, EO…

C.