Today I decided to create a bracelet that featured my two “Kimono Series” beads, from the popular limited edition that was released in 2011. According to the Trollbeads Museum,
“This delicate collection of six beads in matte colours is not only designed by a Japanese designer, it is also made from Japanese glass. It is inspired by the patterns and colours of a Japanese silk kimono”.
I find the colours and subtle patterns of this entire series very calm and pleasing to the eye. The velvety Japanese glass is very soft, without the glossy hardness of the Italian glass. I find the colours very easy in integrate into so many compositions, and often wish that I had purchased the whole kit when I had the chance…
I am particularly grateful that I have the apricot pink design – I have a weakness for apricot and peach tones and it really does have the perfect shade of soft, warm pink.
However, as much as I enjoy the two beads that I do have, I rarely seem to put them both in the same design. This time I wanted to create a fresh composition, simply around them, with the two of them at center stage.
clockwise from clasp: “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”, “Pink Prism”, “Silver Mountain”, “Bee on Hive” (retired), “Rose Quartz”, “Blue Desert”, “Sparrow” (retired), “Custom Bead by Georgina of Trollbeads Canada”, “Limited Edition Kimono Bead”, “”Zanzibar”(retired), “Limited Edition Kimono Bead”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Heart”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Bee on Hive” (retired), “Pink Desert”, “Pale Blue Shadow”, “Rosa Pearl”.
One final note on Nozomi Kaji, the Kimono Series’ designer… she says:
“I am influenced a lot by Traditional Japanese designs, and always try to portray this in glass beads. My designs mostly represent Japanese senses of silence”
What a wonderful phrase that is – “senses of silence”… Now I like the beads even better….
I’m really scouring my collection now.. with only a few days left in the design challenge I am trying to ensure that I’ve explored every bead! Looking over the playtray this morning I realized with a shock that I had not made very good use of my blue and white Kimono Series bead.
I love everything about this bead… starting with its semi matte, yet velvety finish… to it’s subtle colours and unique pattern. It has found its way onto lots of my designs and I’m surprised to realize that I haven’t included it in many bracelets over the past month. I didn’t want to make a simple blue and white themed bracelet…
So I decided to take inspiration from this bead – “Sandstone” by Scott Bouwens for Trollbeads’ Spring 2013 collection. It includes a range of blues, from very soft to a subtle denim shade, as well as creamy sand and richer chestnut browns. This natural palette feels very “West Coast Summer” and is easy to play with.
I began with three natural stones at the heart of the bracelet, that together set the palette for the bracelet. Labradorite, Chalcedony and Smoky Quartz shimmer, glow and sparkle without being showy.
I’ve used this bead in so many ways over the past month, but it feels perfect here as well… this “Christmas in Australia” limited edition is placed opposite the Kimono Bead on the bracelet. With a similar overall intensity, and partnered with other soft blue beads it “weighs” the same and keeps the design balanced.
I’ve chosen to use mostly my slender silvers on this design, as there were so many glass and stone that I wanted to integrate! I particularly like how the retired “Blue Dot” echoes the dichroic glass inserts of the retired “Carved Flowers” on the opposite side… and I also like the matched “Bee on Hive” (one of my early and favorite silvers), near the ends of the bracelet.
…Only four days left! I have too many more ideas…
Remember this bracelet from a few months ago? It’s just one of the dramatic pieces designed by one of the loveliest of Tartooful’s ladies. I called this her “Sexy” black & pink bracelet… She’s made some changes and additions, and sent me some snaps to show off the beautiful results:
A raspberry OOAK, a soft toned Kimono bead, a Chalcedony and a few of the new releases, including a fantastic “Shadow Flower” entirely change the feel of the bracelet. If feels as though it has come into bloom for Spring!
Word is that she’s working on a new composition… can’t wait to see how it turns out!
The Kimono Collection
It’s all good news from Trollbeads this week, with the arrival of the new Kimono series and major price changes.
Usually when I as a consumer hear “Price Changes”, I brace myself and get ready to pay more… However, in the wake of recent administrative changes in Trollbeads, we are now pleased to be able to charge substantially less for a huge portion of the collection. Some examples of the new pricing structure:
- Group One Glass (basic glass): were $40, now $31
- Group Two Glass (chakras, Silver Mountain etc): were $51 now $43
- Faceted Precious Stones: were $85 now $63
- Amber: were $67 now $43
- Prisms: were $52 now $31
- Most Silver with Glass and Silver with Stones have also dropped, such as the Wisdom Bead, Silver which was $135, now $117.
With the rise in commodity prices for Silver & Gold it was expected that those beads would have a substantial price increase, and indeed there has been a change, but only in very small amounts. For example, group one Silver used to be $29, and now are priced at $31. At the top of the scale, group 5 used to sell for $59 and now are priced at $65. Altogether, the price reductions far outweigh the increases, both in number of beads affected, and in overall dollar value.
This is great news for collectors, as now Trollbeads are even more accessible, with no change in their reknowned high quality of production or design. Adding to your bracelet or necklace is now easier than ever…
The other wonderful news this week is that the Kimono Beads arrived at Tartooful yesterday, to a warm welcome from the lucky ladies who happened to be there when they arrived. Most of them were quickly snapped up but there are still some beauties in stock, and more on the way. The Kimono series is made of velvety soft, matte Japanese glass and created by Japanese designer Nozomi Kaji. The recent and ongoing tragic events in Japan, make these beads particularly poignant & timely.
Just look at what Trollbeads has created for us for Spring: a limited edition inspired by the delicate beauty of a Japanese Kimono… We hope to have these at tartooful very soon…
“This spring a very special and exquisitely beautiful limited edition comes from Trollbeads – Kimono Kit is designed by Japanese designer Nozomi Kaji.
This delicate collection of six beads in matte colours is not only designed by a Japanese designer, it is also made from Japanese glass, and is inspired by the colors and patterns of a Japanese silk kimono”