Trollbeads Inspiration: Dream Away

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IMG_0866Today I’m playing with “Beautiful Blue”.  This hard-to-describe shade of blue is one that appears in a number of unexpected spots in the Trollbeads collection.  You’ll find it, peeking out from among the sandy speckles of “Milan”… or hiding right at the edge of the light stripes in “Khaki Stripe”.  There’s even a hint of it in the petals of “Flowers on Indigo”.

IMG_0867Two of the most delicious bead designs from the Autumn 2015 collection also feature this “Beautiful Blue”.  “Dream Away”, with its distinctive raised and textured glass dots is an intstant scene stealer of a bead… Often oversized, it  demands the spotlight, and we find ourselves centering it an many bracelet designs.  Here I’ve given the center spot to a lovely “Blue Tigers Eye” and

IMG_0869gave it further emphasis by framing it with a pair of “Lotus Tops” and then a pair of “Dream Away”.  It makes for a strong, symmetrical heart for the bracelet design, and firmly sets the colour palette.  Next the challenge was to find more “Beautiful Blue” to build out the rest of the composition.  I reached for “Black Flower Mosiac”, and the new “Pure Heart”.

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Additional hits of blue are provided by “Traces” and “Ancient Palace”, while navy to black grounding is given by “Black Silk” and an exceptionally deep “Azure Bubbles”.

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“Pure Heart” was the first bead from the Autumn Collection to find its way onto my personal bracelets, simply for its uncanny ability to play with “Milan” and “Black Flower Mosaic”, two very beloved patterns.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Lock”, “Pure Heart”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Rolling Waves”, “Flowers on Indigo”, “Traces”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Compass”, “Dream Away”, “Lotus Top”, “Blue Tigers Eye”, “Lotus Top”, “Dream Away”, “Hong Kong Junk – Limited Edition”, “Milan”, “Ancient Palace”, “Flowers on Indigo”, “Sea Urchin”, “Black Silk”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Purity”.

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Finally, when selecting the silvers for this design I imagined a little story… a sailing trip across a moonlit sea, with ripples of “Beautiful Blue” dappling the surface of the water as the little shop bobs along… so you’ll find a tiny boat, waves and even a compass to guide your way.

C.

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: The Calm Between Storms…

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IMG_0855Well, here we are in the very busiest time of year… the gallery is hopping with holiday shoppers, the streets are bustling, and the sound of live music can be heard drifting through the Village.  Most of us are dashing from one errand to another, busily preparing our homes for the upcoming gatherings, and attending various holiday celebrations that are already underway.  It can all be a little overwhelming… but it’s part of the rhythm of the seasons and what fun to have a such a joyful time as this in the very darkest time of year.

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The key to maintaining sanity seems to be to take little breaks, and enjoy those moments of calm between the storms…

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…So enjoy dressing up, designing and wearing your most extravagant bracelets ever – but today, on this quiet Sunday before Christmas, take a moment with a cup of tea and savour this calming bracelet…How fitting that it features a number of beads from the “Balance of Nature” kit.

IMG_0856This Autumn 2015 series has intrigued, delighted and, at times baffled us at Tartooful.  On the one hand the designs are absolutely gorgeous – exactly the sort of subtle, natural tones with which we love to play.  On the other hand, we are, at times, hard pressed to determine which bead is which – many of the designs can mimic each other in their extreme forms!  Rainbow of luck, Power of Hope and Shades of peace are close relations.  No matter – we love them, whatever their names are…. (“A bead by any other name would look as sweet…”)

IMG_0860 (1)Today I teased together a soft and pretty plum, grey and celadon composition that is designed to be that moment of calm… While it could be seen as hinting at the Spring to come, the subtly earthy tone of the plum, makes me think that this could be an all season bracelet.  I’ve included “Pink Conch” in the crew, as it is surely a cousin to the “Balance” family.  Recently the “Pink Conch” examples that we have been receiving have a lovely olive tone to the stripes that open up new possibilities for that already lovely design.

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IMG_0857I’ve included generous helpings of sparkle in this bracelet – nearly half of the beads in the design are ones that dance with gold.  For me, a large part of the appeal of this bracelet is the way these subtle colours play with each other.  On the other hand, I think that without the contrast of the deeply patterned silvers, the distinctive texture of the natural stones, and the brilliant light of the “Dichroic Ice”… it might be too homogenous and fall a little flat.  I’ve found that before when trying to design with all deserts or all azures – they are lovely but they benefit from the addition of contrast.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Lace Lock”, “Purple Prism”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Mothers Bouquet”, “Shades of Peace”, “Unique Glass”, “Pink Conch”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Power of Hope”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Rainbow of Luck”, “Tropical Travels”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Ruby Rock”, “Purity”, “Eidelweiss (Switzerland World Tour)”, “White Petals”, “Grey Prism”.

Savour the calm – and then dive into the glorious chaos!

C.