Trollbeads Inspiration: Summer Naturals

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We seem to have had a series of exceptional beads at Tartooful recently… from retired treasures, to fabulous unique ambers, to hard-to-find current uniques, we continue to find great inspiration in Trollbeads’ creations…

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IMG_1999Cristi has artfully combined claret and rose for an unusual and pretty bracelet composition.  It includes the coveted “Brown Desert” at left, which seems to have vanished immediately upon its retirement earlier this year!  Note how its red undertones work with the auburn of the “Golden Cave” and the large amber…

IMG_2000This very pale “Pink Desert” feels ethereal with “Rose Quartz” and a shimmering, honeyed-pink universal unique.  This softest shade of pink allows this bracelet, with all its warm naturals, to stay feeling light, airy and summery.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Clasp”, “Universal Unique”, “Fur Animal” (retired), “Ladybug”, “Pink Desert”, “Golden Cave”, “Heart Print”, “Classic Core Unique Turtle”, “Unique Amber”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Mountain Flower”, “Brown Desert” (retired), “Rose Quartz”, “Small Planet”, “Red Mud Jasper” (Summer Stones Limited Edition 2013), “Unique Dice”.

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Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 24

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Today I decided to return to the approach that I originally took, way back in the very beginning of my collection.

now5Essentially I just wanted to reach for beads that I loved and compose something that was simply an expression of what I felt like that day.  It turns out that today, what I felt like was mostly golden bronze and lilac.

now3A quick glance over the photos from the past month let me know that I had fortunately hit on a palette that hadn’t been explored yet, so off I went… this is an easy group of shades for me experiment with… They are naturally complementary on the colour wheel and so enhance each other through proximity.  Together, they are so rich and beautiful.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Basic Double Lobster clasp, retired version”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Silver Bead with Garnets” (retired), “Chalcedony” (retired), “Waves”, “Unique Amber”, “Auspicious – Hong Kong World Tour”, “Unique”, “King & Queen” (retired), “Unique”, “Carved Flowers” (retired), “Amethyst – Summer Stones Limited Edition”, “Trinity”, “Unique”, “Jugend”, “Lilac Jade – Chinese Limited Edition”, “Zanzibar”, “Golden Cave”, “Mushrooms – Lithuania World Tour”, “Unique”, “Peacock Pearl – Limited Edition”.

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