Trollbeads Inspiration: Rich Teal


IMG_7898Here’s a rich bracelet composition for the holiday season that feels festive enough to wear with your favorite little black dress, but simple enough to enjoy while schlepping about town in sweater and jeans.  The soft teal and deep mossy green are natural neutrals for us here on the coast.  We are are surrounded by every

IMG_7897possible shade of green all year round here and in a real way, it forms the backdrop for our life.  Perhaps it’s for this reason that I see myself wearing this bracelet with practically any colour, from clean blacks, greys or whites to pink, purple, blue, yellow and so on.  There are so many lovely beads on this bracelet, but the Golden Quartz surely steals the scene!


IMG_7900The Golden Quartz is so rich, so golden, so bright and so sparkly… it really is an exceptional example.  In this design I’ve paired it with a juicy, maple syrup toned unique amber that contains a few fascinating flecks that sparkle nicely in the light.

IMG_7895As green can be such a basic neutral for me, I wanted to give this bracelet design a little extra grandeur, and so selected silvers that offer lots of drama.  The new Spiritual collection for Autumn 2014 offers a gorgeous pair of silvers that fit the bill.  “Spiritual Ornament” and “Spiritual Adornment” are very similar in  size, and complementary in design, which makes them a popular choice to be used in tandem.


IMG_7899In addition, the gesture of using a pair “Lotus Top” to frame the central “Green Jasper” adds a touch of formality to the central core composition.  Aren’t the matched pair of teal and gold glitter uniques perfectly delightful?  They make me happy, just looking at them.  Finally, The simple, deep purple unique at left beautifully echoes the glitter theme.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Bow Lock”, “Unique Black Amber”, “Unique Swirl”, “Unique Black-Purple Glitter Flower”, “Snowballs”, “Oasis”, “Unique Maple Syrup Amber”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Unique Teal Glitter Floral”, “Lotus Top”, “Green Jasper”, “Lotus Top”, “Unique Teal Glitter Floral”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Golden Quartz”, “Mist Bubbles”, “Royal”, “Unique Black Glitter”, “Unique Teal dot”, “Turquoise Prism”.


Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 17


I really thought that by now I’d be having trouble coming up with something new every day, but so far so good!  Inspiration is still going strong, and I’m still excited to make something new every day!

IMG_1530Today I felt like playing with pink, but wanted something calm and a little cosy as we are still in the midst of this soggy June weather.  Basically this bracelet is meant to feel like a fisherman’s knit sweater with a pink silk scarf…

I took care only to include warm, apricot pinks as I didn’t want to repeat myself by drifting into a lavender and brown composition.  I always find the coppery, rose gold dust in “Brown Desert” and “Blue Desert” plays so nicely with honeyed pinks.  I also tried to branch out a little in my choice of silvers, as I’ve been using lots of sphere shapes.


Notice the two pearls that I’ve used to finish this design… one is a Limited Edition Peacock Pearl, with a warm hue.  The other is an exceptional Rosa Pearl that I’m so grateful to have received as a special birthday gift from a friend.  (She planned way ahead of time and bought it months ahead when she spotted it at one of our Trunk Shows… what a sweetie!)


The sun is bound to be back soon…



Trollbeads Inspiration: LD’s Unexpected & Beautiful Palettes

Orange Swirls Filmall photos courtesy of LD – thank you!

Today’s rich mine of inspiration comes courtesy of one of our lovely Tartoofulers from the USA… she sent me this amazing photo, along with a few words about how she came to collect Trollbeads:

” I started because my husband gave me a complete Pandora bracelet – I couldn’t get it on and off – broke my nails – etc.  I literally never wore it.   So I started hunting around for something else, and stumbled into Troll on-line.  I just never connected with Pandora, and don’t like it to this day….Definitely the beauty of the beads is what started me down this path.  But then I think it was the puzzle of the beads – how to create new things out of these disparate creations that might not be expected, that kept me going….”

Butterfly Glitter Garden“Butterfly Glitter Garden”

Having begun her collection in 2011, LD has since explored a few of the fabled retired beads, such as the Tibetan series, Russian Pink Amber and the Siberian Tiger.  Many more of the production beads and creative uniques that are are currently being produced by Trollbeads are now in her collection, and even a few gold designs grace her bracelets.  However, what really inspires us is her wonderful sense of colour, and the way she combines textures and unexpected palettes.

Buddha's Playground“Buddha’s Playground”

“I’m completely captivated by Troll – I love to photograph the bracelets, take them apart, start over.  Just endless fun for me.”

The above bracelet is a perfect example of a totally fresh colour combination – periwinkle and tangerine is not an intuitive palette, but here it is drop dead gorgeous and the best use of the “Royal Orange” that I’ve ever seen!

Powder Puffs“Powder Puffs”

LD doesn’t shy away from hard-to use beads, but artfully combines them with neutrals of golden yellow, ivory, vicuna and olive.  In the composition above, she creates a creamy bracelet with an edge of zesty lime…

Messenger and Crane“Messenger and Crane”

“Sometimes I take a bead I’m not wild about – and challenge myself to make something beautiful out of something that  may not start out that way to me.  The Messenger and Crane bracelet started out that way – the grey Jasper is really pretty awful – but in combination – a treasure.”

This soft, natural take on aqua is a palette that speaks to us at Tartooful, and what a beautiful example this is.  Note outstanding beads here such as the “Tourmalated Quartz”, retired “Crane” and some of the European release limited edition stones.  The dichroic glass accents in the “King and Queen” “troll with Big Feet” and “Trinity” are particularly effective in tying together the palette of various turquoises and greens.

Faerie Glen, SkyeFaerie Glen, Skye

Here is yet another example of an unexpected and lovely colour combination… with oxblood red, rich green, teal, caramel and lightest blue, it sounds unlikely – but what a successful experiment!  Here some hard-to-find beads shine, such as the “Green Lilac Armadillo”, “Noh Masks”, spectacular “Ornament Unique” and a petite “Small and Beautiful Unique”.

Jade Garden“Jade Garden”

What a fresh & delicious photo!  It’s like a snappy green apple, isn’t it?  This makes me want to go play with the new “Canadian Jades” on the display at Tartooful and experiment, combining them with clear lemony and butter yellow ambers right away…. This is such a wearable bracelet – dressed up or down, day or evening, summer or winter it would feel right with practically everything.

LD has one, last, wonderful photo for us, but you’ll just have to come back tomorrow to see it.  It’s so good, it deserves a post all to itself.  So Stay tuned…

A *huge* thank you to LD for trusting us with some of her recent acquisitions, and for sharing her lovely collection with all our readers!


Trollbeads Inspiration: Incomparable Amber

CF recently put the finishing touches on this unusual bracelet – with absolutely no silvers, and a warm blend of ambers, soft black and ivory, it is a strong and wearable statement piece.

The bracelet began when CF found this big beautiful black and ivory design… we knew as soon as we saw it that this bead would end up being the centerpiece of something special.  CF purchased it, and then took her time deciding what kind of composition to build around it.

Inspiration struck when she came across these oversized, blunt edged ambers.  She decided on the spot to create an amber bracelet, featuring her dramatic black and ivory bead.  There are so many gorgeous ambers to choose from – but ivory is harder to find…

Another stroke of luck came in the form of the amazing unique seen above.  It has an ivory background, with a delicate tendril of pure black, and tiny dots of metallic platinum.  The ivory plays perfectly with the other warm whites that CF has selected from the regular collection.  “Organic Stripe”, “Lucky Clover” and “Dewdrops” all add a light note, as do recently retired “Grey Squirrel” and “Beige Bubbles”.  New 2012 design, “Nougat Flower” plays a key role in tying together the various shades of ivory, from the warm yellow of the “Alabaster Amber” to the much more stark background of the Unique.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Clasp”, “Organic Bubble”, “Lucky Clover”, “Alabaster Amber”, “Golden Thread”, “Organic Stripe”, “Brown Desert (retired)”, “Limited Edition Agate”, “Golden Quartz”, “Universal Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Nougat Flower”, “Unique Amber”, “Universal Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Limited Edition Agate”, “Golden Cave”, “Grey Squirrel (retired)”, “Tigers Eye”, “Beige Bubbles (retired)”, “Chocolate Parrot (retired), “Dewdrops”, “Dark Leopard (retired)”.

I admire the way she has tapered the bracelet from quite tiny towards the clasp, to very generous sized beads in the middle of the composition.  One doesn’t really notice the change in size, as it is accomplished so gradually.  I also think it’s extraordinary that such a beautifully balanced design could be created without any silver beads.  Usually we find that at least a few silvers are required in order to allow the eye to really “see” each glass.  However, in this design CF has blended light and dark, as well as different textures and opacity, allowing each bead to stand on its own.

Very inspiring….