Trollbeads Inspiration: Palette Hunting

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IMG_0581When you are mulling a new bracelet design, where do you find your inspiration?  Sometimes I find fresh palettes in photos, books or textiles… sometimes in a new blossom in the garden… and I often find a perfect palette encapsulated in one special bead.  The truth is, inspiring ideas can be found almost anywhere, one only has to look.

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IMG_0578Today I was craving something soft, comfortable and just a little cozy.  It’s raining for the first day in ages, and there’s a chill in the air to which we haven’t been accustomed in months.  I played with various combinations, but nothing caught my eye… so I opened up the Trollbeads coffee table nook, An Icon in Jewellery Design and flipped through the pages seeking a colour combination that felt just right.

IMG_0579I stumbled upon an image with warm, sage green and a lush lilac, which reminded me of the “Fireflies” bead that I had already placed upon the play tray.  I added various other lilacs and greens, and then mixed in some golden, earthy tones for a bit more warmth.  Finally, to make sure that it stayed feeling like Summer, I tossed in a handful of subtle blues.

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IMG_0582This lovely example of “Milan” helps to knit together the design, with a fascinating mix of sage green, vicuna and blue dotted across its black base.  I find that placing this series of beads, with their distinctive hits of electric blue, near another blue bead helps to enhance the range of colour.  The same is true of the “Aqua Edge Pumpkin” – place it near a blue bead to draw out the beautiful blue lines at the edge of each scallop.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Freya Lock”, “Unique Glass”, “Apple of Wisdom”, “Purple Bud” (retired), “Dewdrops”, “Etruscan” (retired), “Silver Mountain”, “Milan”, “Paradise Birds” (retired), “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Labradorite”, “Scarab”, “Fireflies”, “Tigers Eye”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Aqua Edge Pumpkin”, “traces”, “Moroccan Cushion”, “Unique Glass”, “Royal”, “Grey Prism”.

C.