Trollbeads inspiration: Leather

This has been the Summer of Leather… with more of our ladies falling for these unusual accessories than ever before.  It may not be the first thing in the Trollbeads line to seduce you, but after being a collector for a little time the appeal is irresistible.

It only takes a few well-chosen beads to create a complete composition, and one can play not only with the order of the beads, but also with the spacing.  For intense glass such as the Chakra beads, the eye needs a rest between the colours, so the negative spaces offered by the leather are ideal.

With a range of leather colours available, the palette possibilities are endless.  Dark brown, natural tan, rich red, basic black, and a fascinating soft, grey-blue round out the collection.  Of course, we find the grey-blue particularly beautiful, coming from the land of clouds as we do.  However, they all have their merits: the black is edgy and raw, the dark brown feels earthy and casual, the tan blends beautifully with other silver bracelets, and the red adds dramatic punch.

The best part, in my opinion, about the leather is that it is so flexible in its application.  I’ve worn mine most of this Summer as a necklace, layered with my 14″ Pyrrha necklace and my 36″ Fantasy Necklace with Pearl.  It looks a little bit west-coast boho and felt just right in our laid back village.  However, last year I wore it more as a bracelet, along with a couple of gold bangles and sometimes even a silver Trollbeads bracelet too.  If I added a silver Troll bracelet it most often held only one, special bead on which I wanted to focus.  On a few occasions I’ve attached a silver bracelet to the leather to lengthen it and add another design dimension, or one could attach a silver to it and wrap it around your wrist to add another detail to a bracelet.  There really are so many ways to be creative using the leather and silver in concert. We’ve got a few tips on how to make the leathers work well.  To begin, pick your size based on how you think you’re going to wear it the most.

Lise Aagaard wears her leather at the Las Vegas Convention

If it’s more likely to be a necklace, then select a size that is a little longer.  For a bracelet, it functions best if it fits snugly on the wrist.  To get the best fit it may be necessary to trim some of the leather off.  It’s designed to allow you to do so; there are a number of holes into which you can attach the clasp.  Wear it a little bit before trimming, to be sure you have the best fit.  Finally, pick your clasp with care, as some work better than others.  The recommended clasp is the “Lace Lock”, but we have found that individual examples of the “Small Flower Lock”, “Freja Lock” and “Plain Lock” also function beautifully, it’s just a matter of testing each one to be sure.

Once you have found the perfect fit & clasp, then it’s just a matter of picking a few beads to add to your new toy… perhaps it’s an inspired way to make use of a few beloved beads that don’t fit into your other current compositions?  Or maybe you’ll treat yourself with a couple of new beads?  Maybe even some of the upcoming Autumn 2012 collection?  (We simply can’t wait…!)  It’s not too difficult of a decision, after all it’s so easy to change!

See you in the village…

C

Amber: Simply Spectacular

I made up this necklace on a leather cord today… two stunning faceted ambers cradling a “frames”… so dramatic and simple, especially on the black leather.  (I was quite pleased with myself!)

I should know by now that whenever  I get that slightly smug feeling with Trollbeads that I’m due to be taken down a notch.

Just look at what the amazing MS brought into Tartooful this afternoon:

I am humbled.

Every single one of these beads is worthy of an individual photo…

The one thing that all of MS’s creations have in common is that she selects her individual beads very carefully.  That is to say, that her phenomenal designs are special, beginning right down with each and every bead.

This necklace is no exception.  Every one of these ambers is an outstanding example, either in colour, texture, sparkling inclusions, shape or size.  The range of colour displayed here is absolutely gorgeous, and the way she has graduated in size quite amazing.

I always learn something in chats with MS.  For example, she pointed out that the necklace is not as heavy as it might appear, as the amber is significantly lighter than the natural stones or glass beads.  Also, I had never considered that a full necklace would disperse the weight more evenly across the shoulders, making it more comfortable.

Today’s Trollbeads lesson for me?  There’s always something new to learn…

C.