I love pairing my bracelets. I don’t consciously create designs planning to wear them together, but I am always delighted by the effect of pairing various designs. It’s a whole sub-area of composition!
Today I’m sharing a few snaps of two of my recently renovated bracelets, showing how they can play
Originally these two bracelet palettes were combined into one design that I affectionately called “Copper & Pomegranates”. It ranged from deep crimson to lightest rose pink, with a healthy dose of sparkle and some spicy undertones. I loved it and wore it a ton!
In fact, I loved those colours so very much that I slowly ended up adopting a number of similarly coloured beads that wound up being someone inappropriately sprinkled among other designs, in an attempt to justify their acquisition. (“I want I need I must have”… don’t judge me…) In the end I had to face facts…
My beloved bracelet had in fact expanded to become two. So, I sat down and considered… I could have simply created a second, very similar “Copper & Pomegranates”, but I decided that it was much more interesting to create two quite different, complementary bracelets. This gives me so many more options!
Now I can wear the two bracelets together or apart – or pair each of them with other designs for lots of new combinations. For example, I often wear the soft pink together with my other pastel blue or green compositions for a completely different look. The raspberry and chocolate bracelet is wonderful with other earth tones.
In the end, I’m delighted with the changes to what felt like an absolutely “sacred” composition. I have photos, I can always restore it to its former self… but right now I am loving the new mix!
Clockwise from clasp: “Double Lobster Clasp” (retired form), “Pink Prism”, “Silver Bead with Garnets” (retired), “Pink Desert”, “Unique Amber”, “Trollbeads Day 2014 Limited Edition”, “Artisan Stone”, “Goldstone” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Bead of Fortune part A”, “Golden Cave”, “Custom Bead by Georgina of Trollbeads Canada”, “Golden Cave”, “Bead of Fortune part B”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Kimono Bead Limited Edition”, “Anniversary Troll Limited Edition”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Tupilak” (retired), “Unique Amber”, “Rosa Pearl”.
Clockwise from clasp: “Double Lobster Clasp” (retired form), “Red Pink Prism” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Sparrow” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Zanzibar” (retired), “Brown Desert” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Ruby with silver core”, “Unique Glass”, “Azure Bubbles”, (I know – crazy, right?), “Van Gogh Netherlands World Tour Limited Edition”, “Unique Glass”, “Smoky Quartz”, “Unique Glass”, “Heart”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”.
Today’s bracelet was inspired by a recent visit from a dear friend and fellow Trollie. She brought her entire collection to Tartooful for a real play session, (so much fun!) and together we created some spectacular pieces, including a full necklace of ambers, a couple of silver bracelets and even a couple of leather ones.
Looking over her favorite bracelets I noticed that they all had one design element in common: a rich touch of garnet red. In some cases it was a particularly scarlet armadillo, in many others it was a rarely seen unique, such as a crimson “magic carpet” or a complex window pane pattern. Even on bracelets of a subtle, celadon palette there was
still one or two little notes of this distinctive, ruby red. Seen in only one or two bracelets it would be eye catching…But in a gorgeous mess of bracelets, spilling across the table… well it was a feast for the senses. This collection’s rich, pomegranate theme is absolutely a reflection of its fabulous owner’s personality and taste.
After she left I was so inspired, and went home with a play tray in tow, determined to play with my own collection and create a design that felt “KT”.
Clockwise from clasp: “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”, “Faces” (retired), “Red-Pink Prism” (retired), “Golden Cave”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac Rooster”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “World Tour Hong Kong Auspicious”, “Blue Desert”, “Ruby”, “Brown Desert”, “Jugend”, “Smoky Quartz”, “Custom Unique by Irina of Trollbeads Canada”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver Bead with Garnets”, “Tigers Eye”, “Petanque” (retired), “Artisan Bead by Scott Bouwens”, “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”.
It doesn’t take very much of this spectacular colour to make an impact on a design… in this case I built the entire bracelet around the crimson red, but the next time I play with it I’d like to see if I can integrate it into a bracelet as an unlikely “surprise” of colour, as KT so often does. It gives a wonderful energy to a composition, and prevents it from feeling too studied. So many bracelets…so little time!
In this colour composition experiment I played up the plum quality of the Ruby bead and paired it with some of my favorite golden and amber toned beads for a rich, juicy bracelet design.
clockwise from clasp: “Double Lobster Clasp”, “Planet, small”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Purple Prism”, “Brown Desert”, “Plait”, “Golden Quartz”, “Large Berry”, “Ruby with Gold Core”, “Wine Harvest”, “Translucent Flower”, “Royal”, “Black Gold”, “Purple Bud”, “Unique Amber with Runes”, “Lotus”.
There are several colour combinations in this design that I think are particularly successful: I love the interplay of the “Khaki Stripe”, “Purple Prism” and “Purple Bud” with the Ruby – they all share a warm reddish plum tone that sets them apart from the other, more blue, purples of the collection. I also appreciate the touch of coppery amber that appears deep in the “Purple Prism”, and how well it ties in with the copper sparkles in “Brown Desert” and the “Unique Amber”. Don’t miss the petite, Unique Amber right at the end – it’s truly a lovely chestnut colour with very unusual rune markings… and with the help of “Lotus”, it tapers the end of the bracelet so gracefully.