Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 26


Day 26 saw a very simple little leather combination….


I wanted to play together a few neutral greys and various tones of white in a very gender neutral approach.  I felt I hadn’t reached for my retired “Brown Dot” enough through the challenge, and this makes such a nice home for it.

IMG_5980This includes a few beads as “greys” that I hadn’t really thought of that way prior to the challenge… for example, the “Blue Desert” at left was firmly established as a Navy bead in my mind, but through this process I’ve come to use it as a slate grey, and even as a copper.  The Labradorite at left is often used as a grey, but the more slate blue one always lived with my blues prior to being laid out on a play tray with an objective eye.


This is a wonderfully wearable combination, that one could energize at will with  the odd brilliantly toned bead.  Drop a couple of persimmon orange, bright turquoise or clear yellow beads into this design for a completely different feel….



Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 13



IMG_5674Today I decided I wanted to attempt a more gender neutral bracelet design, using the black leather and a combination of coloured beads.  Generally, when designing a piece for a man I reach for simple, graphically bold silvers such

IMG_5671as “Smiling Cylinder”, “Frames”, or “Water”.  Alternatively, there are some wonderful silvers that evoke the magical side of Troll, such as “Thor’s Hammer” or “The Midgard Serpent”.  However, only rarely do I add a glass or stone bead to a man’s

IMG_5669design.  I was asked recently by a male trollfan how I would attempt this, while still keeping it satisfyingly masculine.  I’ve mulled the question for a few days and in the end created this bracelet.  I like the idea of

IMG_5672keeping the beads all within one colour family, and keeping them in a natural tone.  If I had Tartooful’s stock to play with, I probably would created something with more deep colour in the amber, and less of the bright golden tones… however, please forgive this with the fact that it is a ladies’ collection shown here, after all!

IMG_5667I left a faceted smoky quartz tassel on my “Plain Lock” as a little, feminine gesture – but this would be a simple edit for a more masculine owner.  I also took this opportunity to play with one of my X links on the leather, which in my opinion worked out beautifully!  This opens up a whole other world of truly great silvers for a man, such as the “Lovers knot”, “DNA”, and “Order in Chaos”.  The leather is perfect for the double links, holding them securely in an appropriate position and displaying them nicely against the dark cord.


“X By Trollbeads Harlequin”, Unique Ambers, “Golden Quartz”, “Tigers Eye” and a Unique Glass.



Trollbeads for Dad…

Just in time for Fathers’ Day, Trollbeads has just unveiled a series of design suggestions for leather bracelets for Men.  It’s a little touch of European luxury and style that is tough enough to wear everyday, in the shower, at the gym and through everything that life throws at him…

For more information about these bracelets, or other Trollbeads designs, contact us at Tartooful… 3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver BC 604.924.0122



Fathers’ Day Tartooful Gift Guide

“Trollbeads “Big Earth” is a great choice on a leather neckband.

We’ve had lots of ladies popping into the shop looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation for the special Dads in their lives,  so we thought we’d compile a few of our favorite suggestions…

Trollbeads always seem to be our go-to suggestion, but they really do offer something for everyone.  My top Trollbeads pick for Dad this year is a saddle brown leather neckband with a clean, simple silver accent.  I like “big Earth”, but there are so many that look great – pick the one that works best for your favorite Dad.

The smartest thing in the whole shop has to be the Timo Glass.  This brilliant, practical piece was created by legendary Finnish glass designer Timo Sarpaneva for Design House Stockholm.  He selected borosillicate glass for it’s clarity, toughness and amazing resistance to extremes of heat and cold.  This makes the glass perfect for any kind of beverage:  coffee, tea, water, wine, scotch, a whole can of beer or pop (ice cream!)  It also keeps the glass clear and glossy even after countless trips through the dishwasher.  He made the rim imperceptibly thicker to resist chipping, and just a little thicker in the middle as well, for comfortable hands even when holding a hot drink.  We’ve noticed in the shop that even the toughest guys stop and comment on this glass – it just feels good in the hand.  One customer bought a box of four one day, and was back for more the next day, having caught her tough-guy husband sheepishly taking one out of the dishwasher and rinsing it, because he preferred it over their old mugs for his morning coffee.  Truly, this is one, perfect glass.

A lot of the Dads who have been in Tartooful lately have admired the original art by Rob Zylstra that is currently on our walls.  The brightly colored, retro feeling robots and aliens feel like the cartoons we grew up with, and a great addition to any “man cave”

Now this is seriously cool:  the black, hypalon series of bags from Vancouver’s own RedFlag are not only cutting edge design, but also resistant to chemicals, extremes of heat and ultraviolet light.  Made from a high grade of rubber that is more commonly used in boat construction, these ultra tough bags are the perfect size for workout gear or short trips.  The sueded finish will slowly smooth to a satin, in a pattern that reflects how the owner wears it.  RedFlag also makes other alternative use material pieces, such as brass key hanks, recycled sailcloth wallets and super-functional shave kits.  These designs will please the pickiest Dad…

This list wouldn’t be complete without talking about Floorball equipment by Salming of Sweden.  These beautifully designed, affordable sticks and balls are for a brilliant form of off-ice hockey that is increasingly being played here on the North Shore.  The carbon graphite shafts are lightweight and strong, and the blades are curved for great ball control.  They’re a blast to play in the driveway with the neighbours, but are also great at the beach, at the park, at the cottage… programs will be running this summer at the North Shore Winter Club, West Van recreation, and the Olympic Oval..  For more information about programs, contact Modern Hockey at

For more smart Fathers’ Day solutions, come visit us in person at the shop!