Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 4

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IMG_5329Today I’m reaching back to a concept from a few years ago that I called “Icy Sunshine” at the time… these are super soft, subtle, pastels that feel like some of the first pale days of Spring, when it’s absolutely beautiful but still very cool and fresh.  It’s fun to go back and revisit a colour palette with some of the newer additions to my

IMG_5328personal collection to play with!  I was fortunate to acquire one of this season’s “it” beads – the petite, iridescent patterned bead shown above.  I spotted it in a shipment of new uniques, and had never seen anything even remotely like it.

IMG_5327At that time they hadn’t started appearing in the forums online, but as soon as I saw it I knew that it would become one of those hard-to-find unqiues.  It’s too perfect for my collection, with my favorite celadon aqua colour… and all those swirls of fascinating, subtle colour.  It was love at first sight.  The very unusual “Blue Desert”

IMG_5331was a lucky find at another Trollbeads shop, which I was delighted to find as it works so beautifully with the tiny oyster unique.  The Unique Pink Armadillo was custom made for me by Georgina Black of Trollbeads Canada at a glass making demonstration at Tartooful last Autumn… (SO much fun…)  With its generous size and

IMG_5330distinctive shade of pink, it can jump out a bit on my usual “Copper and Pomegranate” bracelet – but here it is right in sync with its neighbours and can stand out all it likes!  I chose some silvers that feature dichroic glass elements to add to the icy, iridescent feel, and then picked “Zanzibar” for its delicately floral design theme.

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clockwise from clasp:  “Basic Double Lobster Clasp”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Small & Beautiful Unique Glass”, “Small & Beautiful Unique Glass”, “Rose Quartz”, “Ball of Yarn”, “Light Blue Shadow” (retired), “Unique Amber”, “Custom Made Unique”, “Trinity”, “Lavender Jade” (Limited Edition Chinese Series), “King & Queen” (retired), “Blue Desert”, “Unique Glass”, “Silver Mountain”, “Grey Armadillo” (retired), “Zanzibar’, (retired), “Mountain Crystal” (World Tour Switzerland), “Chalcedony” (retired), “Limited Edition Kimono Series”.

C.