Trollbeads Challenge Day 11


After a few years of practicing the creative exercise of the Challenge, I’ve found a few composition themes to be particularly interesting… in some cases they are simply designs that I find difficult – such as all silvers, or asymmetrical.  Each year they become a little easier to achieve, and that’s very encouraging!  In other cases certain design challenged show me the changes that have occurred in the elements of my collection over the previous twelve months, which is a good measure of how my tastes shift from year to year.


This ombre design is one that I have explored in the past, and I find it interesting to see the changes that have taken place since last year.  This year’s version of my ombre bracelet gently transitions from softest golden peach, through pink and bronze into plum and finally completes at a delicious claret.


Some beads that were key in previous versions are no longer a part of the design.  Other beads have joined the collection since last May, and are now glowing here.  It’s different from last year, but I like it just as well.  It’s such an interesting exercise to see – really *see* the colours and how they relate to each other.






30 Day Challenge: Day 27


This was so much fun to build!  I *never* make up bracelets in this way… but I’m delighted with the result!


IMG_9807For once, I wasn’t able to build a bracelet from the middle out.  My objective today was to shake up not only the usual structure and layout of my bracelet designs, but even the approach that I usually take to building them.

IMG_9809In this case, there was no way around it, I simply had to start at one end, and work my way along.  It took a bit of staring time… looking with a slightly unfocused eye, to find the beads that were a little too dark or too light in their position.

IMG_9805Beads shuffled up or down the line by a position or two, but basically, this was built from very dark to very light in a straight line.  I expected the result to be somewhat conceptual – interesting, but not necessarily something I’d be dying to put on and wear.  This bracelet surprised me, because it was a delight to wear!  It didn’t matter how the bracelet turned on my wrist, there was always a visual treat.


It helped that every single one of these colours makes my heart sing… (I call them “Singapore Sling” colours..)


Clockwise from clasp:  “Limited Edition Chess Lock”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Kimono Bead”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Tibet Series Takma”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Golden Cave”, “Unique Amber”, Chocolate Parrot” (retired), “Unique Amber”, “Issey” (retired), “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Ruby”, “Unique Glass”.