A beautiful new wave of uniques arrived at Tartooful today, and my goodness they are breathtaking. I quickly made up a selection of subtle blues, using my own silvers just to show off the array of patterns and colours that Trollbeads’ talented artisans have created for us. Here you’ll find delicate wisps of glittering glass, shimmering
bubbles, and impossibly sparkly cores peeking through complex swirls. These are beads for the detail oriented. They are petite, the same scale as the small and beautiful series from last year. I have read some criticism of the series for that reason, but I personally disagree. The production beads are for the most part of generous
proportions, so if large beads are desired they are certainly available, in abundance. I think it’s wonderful to have a range of sizes to choose from. In addition, having tried my hand at making lampwork beads myself, I know how very difficult it is to make tiny, detailed beads like these. Large beads are much more forgiving, with
lots of space and time to correct little issues. Tiny ones with so much detailed pattern are a tour de force of skill that leaves me awestruck at the talent of the Trollbeads glass artisans. To me, the petite scale of these beads is a big part of what makes them so very special. Of course, the sheer beauty of them is very compelling, too….
I will certainly be succumbing to one or two of these beauties for my own collection… the wispy spirographs are particularly tempting, with their subtle shade of blue, translucent glow, and rich sparkle among the strands of glass. They are truly magical. I can easily imagine using these to finish the ends of a bracelet, or possibly to
frame a Fantasy necklace composition that has been shortened to choker length. I’m also thinking ahead to my daughters’ birthdays, as the small scale of these beads would suit their little bracelets perfectly. (… and they fell in love with them at first sight!). I was a little surprised when I began to see this series emerging in Europe, that they were only
These little beauties are so newly arrived in the gallery that we have not had a chance in individually photograph them and put them into our online shop. If you are interested in one of the beads you see here, or are looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring the gallery at 604.924.0122 and we’d be delighted to hear from you.
All beads classic core uniques from Tartooful’s stock.
All silvers from Cathy’s personal collection.