Trollbeads Inspiration: The Unicorn Bracelet

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unicorn3I made up this bracelet a couple of days ago, wanting to create a whisper-soft design with touches of cool grey, warm pink and white.  I wanted it to glow, with shimmering dichroic glass, sparkling natural stones and lots of transparent glass.  Not glamorous, or shiny – but that delicate and subtle beauty that in which Trollbeads excels.

unicorn5Naturally, one of the first beads that comes to mind for this type of design is “Dichroic Ice’, and we were happy to find two very different examples on our display, one very large and round, and the other decidedly petite.

unicorn7The large one found it’s place closer to the center of the bracelet, with larger silver and glass neighbours.  The tiny one fit perfectly at the end of the design, tapering it neatly to the lock.  I really couldn’t believe how tiny this dichroic ice was…

unicorn2I let one of our collectors who prefers small beads know that we had come across this unusual example, and she delightedly called it the “Unicorn Bead”: a magical something that one simply never expects to find.  I love this description!

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Clockwise from clasp:  “small flower clasp”, “Pearl”, “Three Flowers”, “Blizzard”, “Pale Rose Flower” (retired), “Dichroic Ice”, “Zanzibar” (retired), “Unique”, “White Steel”, “Rose Quartz”, “Trinity”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Rose Quartz, round”, “White Paper Fold”, “Forget-me-not”, “Crown Chakra”, “Pastel Shadow” (retired), “Organic Hearts”, “Dichroic Ice” (sold).

C.

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: Blue Velvet

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DSCN6111When I was a girl I had a traditional jewellery box that must have already been gently aged when I was given it.  Its parchment coloured, gilded exterior promised magic within, and when opened it revealed the most lovely, delicate shade of blue velvet lining.  It was soft, a little worn, and paler in some spots from the years, but I loved everything about it.  Can you imagine the places that jewellery box took me in my imagination?  I carefully stored my very best treasures in it.

DSCN6112The shade of blue that is featured in this bracelet reminds me of that soft velvet lining… it’s not a definite shade, it changes subtly from bead to bead and even within each piece, but as a whole it’s soft, subtle, and feels gently natural.

DSCN6110I’ve admired this type of blue before, I called it “Beautiful Blue“.  It’s a rich, medium tone that is sparse in the regular collection, so to design an entire bracelet takes patience and a generous does of Uniques.  I like it best paired with other very natural neutrals.

DSCN6115The new “Dendritic Agate” is a good companion in this composition, with its cool slate mood.  I particularly like the contrast of its flecked stone against the transparent and shimmering glass of “Trinity”.  Note the lovely Unique above, with its ivory background, touches of sage green and pops of “Beautiful Blue”… its a treat!

DSCN6112For metal beads I added several dichroic glass designs, including “Trinity”, “Carved Flowers” and a pair of “Three Flowers”.   I also decided to play off the delightful, lemon-yellow base of this unique bead, and added a couple of touches of 18k gold.  “Cells” 18k is at left, and at the very top photo one can see the dramatic “2+2 silver and gold”, which is just recently retired.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Swan Lock”, “Sand Beach”, “White Paper Fold”, “Three Flowers”, “Universal Unique”, “Cells, 18k”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Universal Unique”, “Trinity”, “Dendritic Agate”, “2+2 silver and gold”, “Moon Ocean”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Carved Flowers”, “Universal Unique”, “Three Flowers”, “Conch”, “Sand Beach”.

This is the type of composition that I love to wear everyday… soft, neutral, so pleasing to the eye, with lots of interesting little design treats…

C.

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