Trollbeads News: Canadian Designers in The Peoples Bead Contest

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As passionate collectors know, Trollbeads hosts an annual design competition named the “Peoples Bead”, in which we are invited to submit our original bead designs on a theme.  This year’s theme is “Favorite Sayings”, a wonderful way to explore our cultural commonalities and differences.  Hundreds of thousands of entries are received, and then Trollbeads has the difficult task of narrowing the choices to just a few for our consideration.  At that point, voting opens, and Trollbeads fans from all over the world may view the finalists and vote for which ones they would like to see join the collection.

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It’s an exciting process, and all the more so if one has a personal connection with any of the final designs….  This year we are thrilled to congratulate the seven (!!!) Canadian designers that have made it to the final round, and we ask that you take a little time to go to to review and vote for their fine work.  Voting is now open – and we only have a few days to show our support, as the voting closes May 4th!

Here are our Canadian Finalists:

LawrenceWilton1.180612You are part of your home and your home is part of you.
Home is where the Heart Is.

Designer: Lawrence Wilton


This design represents the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side”. greendiamond3Meaning that from your perspective, other peoples possessions, job, and life in general may seem better than your own when in fact your just experiencing the feeling of never being satisfied. So in short, be happy with what you have.  It’s similar to the White Diamond bead, but one side would be a deep green and the other would be a dull tint of green to signify the two sides of grass. With the diamonds acting as dew I was thinking it could be called either “Morning Grass”, “Spring Dew” or simply “Green Diamond”. Designer: Kevin Powell  (Savvy Trollies will recognize Kevin’s name as one of last year’s winners, and a local resident and Tartooful customer… congratulations Kevin!)

363e36393d_1“Blood is Thicker Than Water”
The expression that family bonds are closer than those of outsiders…

rob-picks-2croppedDesigner: Rob Zylstra (Note:  Rob is a lovely guy, a North Shore resident, and a fine artist who shows at Tartooful!  Congratulations, Rob on your design accomplishment, we love this bead!  Cristi, don’t you think that you & your Mum both need this one?!)


owl2This design represents the saying “like a night owl” which is normally used to refer to someone who tends to be more active at night rather than in the day.  This saying definitely applies to me. I’ve always been a night owl since I can remember. It’s a two part fantasy necklace bead, much like the retired Little Princess.  The top bead makes up the owls head and shoulders. While the bottom is the lower torso, tail, and feet. The mid torso is left out so the owner can be as creative as she wants and fit a glass bead in between. My original idea was to have a single piece owl bead with an empty space to allow for a glass bead to be encapsulated within the torso in some fashion. However I felt it would restrict people from being able to fit in larger sized beads like Midnight Flower. Simply by making it into two smaller beads, it frees you to use any size bead of your choice.  I personally think this would even look great on the regular bracelet. I’d like to call this one Night Owl. Designer: Kevin Powell
363d3d3b3c_4“Variety is the spice of life.”
This saying means that life can be more interesting if we experience different things.
The star anise is a very pretty looking spice and that’s why I chose it to represent interesting things. I made it in various sizes to represent variety. I decided to make the star anise growing on it’s branches with leaves to represent life. I made this bead as a reminder to try new things and that life can be as interesting as we chose to make it. Designer: Tracey Pitz

“Don’t count your chicken before they hatch.”  This is a phrase that I have heard 363a3e3f38_1numerous times growing up and find myself repeating to my own children. The meaning to me is simply not to make plans based on things that you think may happen. Things are not always as they seem and may not work out the way you expect. I tried to think of a way to represent this saying without doing several chickens and one unhatched egg. I thought about other things that hatch and came up with the idea to do an alligator. I tried to make the bead originally with several chicks hatching out at different stages but found that detail was lost by doing more chicks and opted to do just one chick. Designer: Tracey Pitz


363b3a3a36_1” The best things in life are free.”

The inspiration for this bead is family, friendship and the beauty that life holds that doesn’t cost any thing.

I chose daisies linked in a daisy chain that wrap around the bead. The daisy is a symbol of both friendship and love. It makes me think of the many carefree hours I have spent as a child sitting in the grass with friends stringing daisy chains. I think of the sunny afternoons I have sat and made daisy chains with my own children. Flowers, sunshine, love and friendship, just a few of the best things in life that are free. Designer: Tracey Pitz

Every year we’re astonished at the huge amount of talent, time and care that goes into the design submissions…. this year is no exception, with a uniformly high level of accompishment from all designs, and a very tough competition ahead.  Please take a few moments to show your appreciation for their talent and care, and vote for your favorites online!  The winning entries will become part of the regular collection, and will be announced in October of this year.


Time to Vote for the Peoples’ Bead

The Finalists have been announced in the Peoples’ Bead design competition, and Trollbeads fans can now vote online at Trollbeads Universe to pick which bead will join the collection in the Autumn.  Given the diverse nature of Troll’s own designs, it’s appropriate that the group includes a wide range of styles and subjects…

Mother Duck

“Mother Duck and her ducklings are swimming across the lake. Their little webbed feet paddle as quickly as possible to ensure they keep up with her.  This Bead represents family and how important it is to keep the family together. The inner circle of the bead represents water and the circle of the ducklings following Mother Duck represents the circle of life.”

The Piggy Bank

“The most classic piggy loves us is dedicated to saving or at least tries to.”


“During a trip to India I saw two puppies sleeping together, snuggled together, their heads resting on each other’s neck. This intimate posture moved me, peaceful and trusting, nothing could disturb them in their little universe.”


“Piecing together the many pieces of life – just like a jigsaw puzzle.”

Rolling Wave

“These rolling waves remind us of the mighty power of nature.  This bead is inspired by the tsunami that swept the east coast of Japan and left devastating damages on 11 March 2011.
The two silver wave discs are connected by a separate silver core piece (not show in model), which doesn’t bind the discs together too tightly.  This allows the wave discs to roll freely.  In sync, the discs make three large waves; out of sync, six smaller waves are created.”

Double Heart

“Double hearts, one in bright silver and the other in matte silver.”


“They say that there are only six degrees of separation between our selves and any other person on the planet.  Our lives are made up of intricate connections in the form of relationships and/or acquaintances.  Some of these connections are very fragile whilst others are surprisingly strong.  We are all connected by webs in one form or another, and they are frequent sources of comfort and support in our times of need. The message carried by this bead is that ‘You’re not alone’.”

Rosa dei Venti

“To always follow the right direction”

Be sure to visit the Trollbeads Universe site to see other designs that were submitted, and log in to vote on the finalist that you like best…



Trollbeads announces The Peoples Bead 2011

Trollbeads receives thousands of suggestions for new bead designs from it’s fans, ranging from the inspired and truly creative to the downright bizarre.  Therefore, for the last couple of years they have hosted an annual design competition:  “The Peoples’ Bead”.  In 2010 they received over 6000 entries, winnowed it down to 10 finalists, and allowed Trollbeads fans around the world to vote online to choose the new addition to the collection.  Here’s the announcement that just came out:

“Dear Trollbeads Friends,
Now it is time for one of our big and exciting events to take place:  Peoples’ Bead!
This is your chance to get a design added to the Trollbeads collection.  We invite you to upload a design you have created yourself to the Trollbeads Universe site.
If Trollbeads Friends vote your design the winner, we will add your design to the permanent collection this Autumn 2011.  The semi-finalists will each receive a copy of the winning bead, and the finalists will receive an extra, special gift.

What?  This is totally up to you and your imagination.  Share your great idea with us!

When?  Before April 26, 2011

How?  Upload your design to

We are sure you have absolutely amazing ideas.  Happy Designing!
Good Luck,
The Trollbeads Team.”

I’m pulling out my sketchbook and sharpening my pencil… determined that this is the year I get my brilliant idea in before the deadline!