Trollbeads Inspiration: less is more…

Sometimes we fall in love with a bead, or a new colour palette – but can’t quite commit to it for a whole bracelet.  That’s when we reach for a necklace and happily create a complete composition with only a handful of beads…

For example, in the photo above “Triple Pearl, Black” sings with “Purple Wave” and “Purple Bubbles”.  This stunning necklace could effortlessly carry one through the most formal of occasions…

Or in this photo, “Earth” and “Silver Trace, Pink” are wonderful with “Trinity” on a Fantasy Necklace with Pearl… This “Trinity” has rich, emerald coloured glass that echoes the green of “Earth”, and the juicy pink offers a perfect complementary note.  Bright, crisp and fresh – this necklace is a welcome hit of colour as we head into the dark months of the year.  Imagine this shining on the simplest of black dresses with a classic pair of pearl earrings…

For a more laid back and casual feel, try combining a “Drifting Seeds” with a pair of ambers for a warm and glowing look.  As a bonus the amber beads feel wonderful!  So warm, smooth and tactile, they become a talisman for the hands as well as the eyes.

What odd beads do you have kicking about loose in your jewellery box?  Perhaps they could become an inspired necklace…

C.

Trollbeads Fantasy Necklace

 

This morning Trollbeads.com posted a wonderful how-to guide on how to wrangle the fantasy necklace into lots of beautiful new styles… It’s perfect timing, as we begin casual summer dressing, and are looking for fresh ways to enjoy our beads.  We’re inspired and wanted to share some of the ideas with you.

The simplest method is still one of our favorites:  simply slide the beads down the chain, and allow them to rest on the pendant at the bottom… stack as many or as few as you like, and be creative about new colour and texture combinations!

The possibilities, even just for this simple method are endless:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely love the new “Shadow Flower” bead, and it’s perfect at the bottom of a pearl fantasy necklace… the two combine to create a lovely bell-like flower, which even softly chimes.

A new idea (and I can’t believe we never thought of this!) is to use the necklace as a lariat:

Essentially in this design, you take the basic method, and then hook it round on itself to create the lariat, without using any clasp at all.  So simple and brilliant!  In their illustration they have used a ballerina at the base, but it doesn’t require any special fantasy beads for this method at all, you can make use of what you already have in your collection…

For even more Fantasy Necklace inspiration, check trollbead’s posting

C.