Trollbeads Inspiration: Glass like Water


IMG_8762Have you ever looked out across a calm stretch of water and been reminded of the clear smoothness of glass?  Well, today when I designed this bracelet I thought the reverse: that the glass looked as clear and liquid as water…


IMG_8758There’s something magical about glass… looking into it, touching it, photographing it – there’s a visceral reaction that one experiences when interacting with it.  Perhaps it’s simply the shimmering beauty… or maybe it’s the knowledge that it was born out of fire in a complex artistic and chemical process…

IMG_8761but I think that there’s at least a possibility that we subconsciously associate glass with water.  When you hold a glass bead up to the light, doesn’t it feel to you as though you are somehow, miraculously, holding a droplet of water?  The monkey part of my brain never fails to be delighted and gobsmacked just by the appearance of it.

IMG_8759Today’s bracelet is meant to evoke the tranquil mood of a calm, quiet, early morning ocean.  The soft blues and greys are the sky and water, meeting in an invisible line at the horizon.  The Dichroic glass dots of “Trinity” are the flashes of light that sparkle on the edge of the water’s waves as they rise and fall gently in the morning sun.

IMG_8760There are pebbles on the beach at the edge of the bay that shimmer wetly in the morning light and the sun’s rays are already warm on your face, despite the early hour… it feels like the break of what will become hot summer’s day.  Later, the blues may deepen to a blistering turquoise and the yellows may become citrus bright and sharp… but now, the light is still velvety soft.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Water Lock”, “Crown Chakra”, “Beach”, “Rolling Waves”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “Silver Trace, Beige Blue”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Trinity”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Chalcedony”, “Ocean”, “Honey Dawn”, “Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver Mountain”, “Gentle Waves”, “Scirocco”, “Unique”.


PS Don’t forget that this week we are participating in the Spring Bracelet Event! Select a decorative lock priced CAD$48-$72 and receive the sterling foxtail chain valued at CAD$48 at no charge.  Purchase your lock online at Tartoofultoo Online Shop and simply let us know in the notes which length of chain you prefer, or Email us at or ring us at 604-924-0122 for a personal touch.



Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 27


Today I’m showing off a quirky little piece of fabulousness… It’s a “FrankenTroll” – a Trollbead that has been toyed with and tinkered into something quite different!

IMG_5998This is a Fantasy Necklace that fell on hard times and lost its pearl… we replaced it, but not with another cultured pearl.  Rather, we applied a glass orb from the now-retired, “Autumn” dangle.  I knew I wanted to create something totally unique and different… and

IMG_5999I’ve always loved the swirling glass of “Autumn”.  So all the elements of the necklace are Troll, they’ve just been recombined in a fresh way.  Here I’ve created a composition that was inspired directly by the colours of the dangle, with rich gold, jade green, and a hit of cool teal.

IMG_6000The sunlight illuminates Trollbeads’ “Golden Quartz”


“FrankenTroll”…. fun, no?



Trollbeads Challenge: Day 6


Today I felt like a feminine, pretty composition, and happily played together a rose and gold design.


IMG_5306A large part of this bracelet’s inspiration comes from the “Golden Quartz” above… It was one of those beads that I had admired for ages but never quite got round to acquiring.  I had promised to add a few more golden yellows to my collection after the last challenge, so I finally chose one for myself a couple of months ago.

IMG_5309“Pink Desert”, with its rose pink and rich gold sparkle, makes it easy to pull together a pink and gold design.  My example is a little paler, but the Pink Deserts that have been coming though our stock this Spring have been spectacular.  If this is a bead that you’ve been mulling it’s a good time to go looking!  I love this little combination

IMG_5308of the apricot and butter yellow unique, “Pink Desert” and a limited edition, Russian Pink, mini amber at the end…  I like it opposite the “Rosa Pearl” as they are both so warm and golden, and well matched in shape as well.  The matte, Japanese glass of the apricot toned “Kimono Bead” nicely echoes the warm Rosa Pearl.


“Basic Double Lobster Clasp”, “Bee on Hive” (retired), “Unique Amber”, “Pink Desert”, “Unique”, “Etruscan” (retired), “Custom Made Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Rosa Quartz”, “Heart”, “Golden Quartz”, “Unique”, “Golden Cave”, “Pentanque” (retired), “Limited Edition Kimono Series”, “Unique Amber”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Bee on Hive” (retired).

IMG_5311Finally, a closer peek at the unique armadillo created for me at last Autumn’s Custom bead event at Tartooful by Georgina Black of Trollbeads Canada.  For the ladies who participated in the Spring event, we are expecting your custom treasures this week!  Stay tuned and we’ll let you know as soon as we see them… (We can’t wait!)









Trollbeads Inspiration: Painterly in Vogue


This utterly delicious concoction of raspberry, parchment, orange, green and violet absolutely fascinates me.  What an amazing palette to inspire a Trollbeads composition.


richThe overall golden hue of the photograph informed my decision to capture these images in warm incandescent light, the better to recreate that painterly feel…. so you’ll see that some of the beads sparkle differently than in

IMG_4017natural light that I usually use.  This is particularly notable in the dichroic glass of the “Purple Flower Mosaic”.   I chose to build a fantasy necklace with pearl for this design, as it seemed appropriate for the impressionistic and romantic feel of the flowing dress in the photo.


With a field of wildflowers for inspiration, flower designs were a must for this composition.  Autumn 2013’s “Amber Violets” could not be more perfect, both in mood and palette.

retired-pink-prismThe last bead on the necklace was this little “Retired Pink Prism”, whose milky and iridescent tone is gently antique.  It’s smaller size makes it a good way to taper the design from wider at the bottom, to narrower at the top – I always like to make a bit of a pyramid shape for Fantasy Necklace designs.

I’m particularly fond of this combination of colours and patterns… I may just have to give this a try with my own collection!


Trollbeads Inspiration: Radiant Earth


IMG_2022After more than a month of pure sunshine we are back to the wet here on the West Coast… it’s much needed for our astonished gardens, but a bit of a shock to have to slip on a cardigan this morning.

It’s the perfect time to show you this composition, a blend of warm, natural stones, and gleaming gold.

IMG_2024The release of the Limited Edition Summer Stones series gave us lots of textured, warm and earthy natural stones to play with… we’ve had such fun trying different combinations!  These beauties are gorgeous with lilac purples, slate blues, and crisp whites.  Today, however, we played with gold.  It only takes a few gleaming touches to take this bracelet from boho to luxe.  We selected beads such as the “Third Eye Chakra”, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Golden Cave”, and a “Golden Quartz”.

IMG_2021We chose an array of stones that display the beautiful range of colours and textures of these lovely stones.  Some are nearly all ivory, others very dark.  Some have golden undertones, others a bit more pink.  I love the shattered look of the one above – it reminds me of midcentury composite stone floors…

IMG_2025We have some lovely uniques at the moment, so we found perfect additions to this composition from that design group as well… A little clear unique with a shimmering gold “pinwheel” helps to keep the design light and airy, and a dramatic, golden “Magic

IMG_2023Carpet” nicely balances the “Golden Quartz” on the other side of the bracelet.  We found that our two in stock examples of “Golden Cave” were so different that we wanted to add both of them, so that we could display the huge range of expression in this beloved bead design.  From soft gold and lilac, to tangerine bronze they are fascinating.


We decided to feature just one, bold silver on this composition.  The barrel shaped silvers such as “Opposites” are challenging and very rewarding to use.  I love to see them on a Fantasy necklace, stacked richly on a bracelet, or, like here, as a dramatic focal point bead.


Well, now that the gardens are nicely watered perhaps we can get back to a little more sun?


Trollbeads Inspiration: MS’s Simple Luxe


It’s a simple formula, but oh so hard to achieve:  bold + simple = luxe.

DSCN5280In this case, MS was inspired by simple, yet bold elements.  The gorgeous Ruby with silver core, pictured at left, is a wonderful starting point for any bracelet.  How perfect to choose to place it in a minimalist composition.  In this case, one of Trollbeads’ new bangles is a simple setting where it’s powerful impact will be fully felt.

DSCN5283Next the eye delights in the glowing facets of this honey golden quartz.  It’s one of the lighter ones, which is deliciously golden in this design.  The shape and form mirror that of the Ruby, so the emphasis is on the complementary colour, rather than form.


The “Third Eye Chakra” in the center marries the two colours beautifully.


Beautifully simple, simply beautiful.

Totally luxe.



Trollbeads Inspiration: Citrine

This juicy bracelet features a simple citrus and black colour theme, where the brilliant yellow and orange beads can take centre stage.  For a touch of subtle interest I selected a very unusual unique as the feature bead – it has a rare combination of periwinkle and tangerine.  To settle the blue-grey into the bracelet nicely I used a “Khaki Stripe” with a very blue cast to it, and a “Milan”, where the blue is also very clear.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Freja Lock”, “Milan”, “Universal Unique – orange stripe”, “Flowers”, “Black Gold”, “Honeydew Amber”, “Two sides to Everything”, “Diamond Bead, Black”, “Universal Unique – periwinkle & tangerine”, “Orange Steel”, “Transformation”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Power Chakra”, “Chick”, “Limited Edition Diamond Flower – black & white”, “Universal Unique – orange, yellow & lilac”.