Trollbeads Inspiration: Graphic Silver

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Today I thought I’d play with some of the fresh new silver designs that are intriguing so many of our collectors.

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IMG_8385Three new designs of considerable size and unusual shape were released as part of the Spring 2015 collection.  “Flying Free”, “Wisest of Souls” and “Guardian of Sea” all have a flared, tubular form that feels clean, modern and yet somehow tribal.  At an accessible CAD$59 price point, these pieces may easily be combined to create a fresh composition with a strong silver element.

IMG_8386In this design I’ve selected “Flying Free” and “Guardian of Sea” for their complementary, flowing patterning.  I added two of our favorite silvers from the Autumn collection for a pleasing rhythm of spherical and tubular forms.  When playing the bracelet together I was happy to note that the round silvers fit beautifully into the flared ends of the tubular designs, and it would be very simple to build an all silver design that was based purely on that combination.

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IMG_8383For colour I reached for some delightful uniques that recently arrived, and took the cue for my palette from them.  The result is a pleasing combination of slate blue, grey, oxblood, butterscotch and deep coral.  I so often find fabulous new colour combinations that I never would have imagined just by looking closely at a fantastic unique.  Even after years of composing bracelets, they still have surprises to offer me.

IMG_8384For grey elements I picked “Neptune’s Promise”, a lovely “Sapphire”, “Blue Desert” and a very colour saturated “Khaki Stripe”.

In the end, to create this design only took a few, well-chosen glass, so my only real challenge in creating this bracelet was winnowing down the possible choices and picking the beads that would create the most pleasing palette.

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Clockwise from Clasp:  “Fish Lock”, “Lotus Top”, “Unique Amber”, “Blue Desert”, “Golden Cave”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Sapphire”, “Flying Free”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Guardian of Sea”, “Neptune’s Promise”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “red Tigers Eye”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Golden Cave”, “Lotus Top”.

C.

 

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: RT’s rare golds & greens

The second, remarkable bracelet designed by tartooful customer RT is  made up of a palette of unusual, warm greens and yellows.  It showcases a wonderful group of rare and one-of-a-kind beads that together form a powerful composition.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Mexico Lock” (retired), “Lotus”, “Three Monkeys”, “OOAK Amber”, “Limited Edition Chinese Jade”, “Bead of Fortune”, “OOAK Glass”, “Heart Chakra”, “Sparrow” (retired), “Golden Cave”, “Frog King, Limited Edition Germany”, “Crown Chakra”, “Lucky Dragon”…(sorry he slipped upside down!), “Banana” (retired), “OOAK Glass”, “The Midgard Serpent”, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Earth”, “Power Chakra”, “King & Queen” (retired), “Happy Fish Gold & Silver”, “Lotus”.

In this composition I like the way the buttery yellows are artfully married with the more brilliant tones in the “Power Chakra” and in particular “Banana”, which can be very tricky to integrate into a design.  The range of greens, from the soft “Chinese Jade” to the intense “Earth” all work well together, in part because of the fun, dotty green glass OOAK, and also perhaps because of the range of greens and golds found in the dichroic glass.  It’s wonderful to watch RT as she selects a bead for one of her complex bracelets, as she makes it look so effortless, but her choices show such artistic flair.

Thank you again, RT for letting me photograph your collection, and share them on this forum…

C.