Trollbeads Inspiration: The Butterfly Bracelet


Spring has officially “Sprung” at Tartooful… with fabulous new Universal Uniques just arrived in stock and brilliant sunshine streaming through the Village, we are all smiles.

butterflyToday’s bracelet is inspired by a photo that was recently sent to me by an email customer… the joyous combination of bright red, turquoise, purple, aqua and orange stayed in my head.  Perhaps even more inspiring was the fantastic blend of textures found in

butterfly-amazonitethe glass… just one more reason why we adore the new style of Universal Uniques.  With so many patterns, sizes, colours, textures and degrees of clarity to choose from there really is a bead for every possible creative project.

butterfly-pink&blueThis palette sounds like a bit of a jumble, and wouldn’t normally be “me” I love the very subtle, shifting and hard-to-describe colours.  However, this bracelet is even more than the sum of its parts.  It’s a wonderful example of the power of juxtaposition.

butterfly-frontBy placing complementary colours side by side – like the orange and brilliant aqua shown at right – each one of the colours appears more brilliant.  The eye is minutely fatigued by looking at any one colour, and so experiences the opposite tone more strongly.

Think of the effect it has if one looks for a long time at a green square… then look away and gaze at a white wall.  The eye deceives you into seeing a red square hovering there on the wall.  It’s compensating for the excess of green, with the complementary tone of red.  The same phenomenon is at work in pointillist paintings and even traffic lights.  Here, it allows us to feel the full brilliance of each colour.


Science is fun!  However…you don’t have to find colour theory as fascinating as I do, to enjoy this delightfully happy bracelet.

Thank you to BD for the inspiration…


Trollbeads Inpsiration: New Toys!


DSCN5235By now our Trollies will have unwrapped their holiday gifts from their families… and under many trees this year were Trollbeads, carefully picked by husbands and wives, mothers and fathers and of course, little clusters of excited children.  We always love to see the little ones come in, either with a parent or sometimes all on their own, ready to pick just the right thing for Mom.

DSCN5243  Perhaps you’re one of those fortunate ladies, who received new Troll toys for Christmas?  Have you started to play with the new pieces yet, and see what works with your collection, and how it will all fit in?  Your new beads bear a Christmas story of love.

DSCN5233Take your time and try lots of different combinations before you settle on an arrangement…. I always find that the addition of even one or two new beads requires rethinking the whole bracelet to ensure a nicely balanced composition.

DSCN5232The gorgeous bracelet that we are enjoying today belongs to one of our lovely, local Trollies, N.O..  It’s a stunning composition… rich, dramatic, beautiful, and totally luxe with lots of gold and hard-to-find raspberry uniques.

DSCN5234It feels as though it was painstakingly designed to look precisely like this… carefully planned from the beginning with this amazing design in mind.  However, the truth is that N.O. chooses her beads purely on whether she loves each bead.

DSCN5244The result is a fluid collection that has seen many different compositions, depending on the mood of the designer.  It’s a wonderful approach, as it keeps the process of acquiring new beads light and fun – and each bracelet is an inspired delight.


DSCN5229N.O.’s bracelets always feel fresh, as they only stay in the same arrangement for a few months at most… by that time she will have found a few more treasures and will be inspired to try something new, and create something beautiful using the newest arrivals in her jewellery box.

It’s a great reminder to the rest of us to actively enjoy our collections, redesign often and only pick beads that we love, knowing that if we do, they’ll all fit in beautifully.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Pearl Flower” clasp, “Gold Spacer” (retired), “Red-Pink Prism” (retired), “18k Lotus”, “Christmas Limited Edition”, “Heart Spacer” (retired), “Diamond Bead, Gold”, “Ruby with gold core”, “Stars, 18k and diamonds”, “Universal Unique”, “18k and diamonds Bougainvillea”, “Pink Bud”, “Unique Raspberry Armadillo”, “2+2 18k”, “Universal Unique Fern”, “18k Endless”, “Diamond Bead, Pink”, “Mountain Crystal” (world tour Switzerland), non-troll, “Christmas Limited Edition”, “18k initial N”, “Red-Pink Prism” (retired), “18k spacer” (retired).