Trollbeads Inspiration: Hidden Garden Bracelet

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The arrival of this stunning “Glass Trolls” made me want to create a bracelet matched its dewy and light as air mood.

With delicious shades of apple green, to golden honey, to aqua and forget-me-not blue, the dichroic glass acts as an inspiration and focal point for the whole bracelet.

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This allows me to pull together a diverse set of blues and greens that include turquoise, teal, sage, birds egg blue and even this gorgeous Emerald that takes the center position in the composition.

A pair of newer design uniques come in handy for knitting together the palette as well… these swirled glass patterns hide every shade in the bracelet, with periwinkle to teal and all shades of blue between.  I love the dimension of pattern in these glass; they invite the eye to dive right into their cerulean depths.

I find that “Tropical Travels” is a good match for the size and lush mood of this “Glass Trolls”, and I’ve added a slightly smaller “Royal” and “Ornamental Flower” to complete the set of silvers.  To me, the overall mood of this bracelet is a Summers afternoon in a rich garden.  Perhaps this verdant place is in an exotic locale, like a Florentine Palazzo’s courtyard, adorned with vines and fountains….

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Small Fish Lock” (Summer 2016 Release), “Unique Glass”, “Ancient Palace”, “Royal”, “Blue Agate”, “Florence”, “Traces”, “Glass trolls”, “Unique Glass”, “Blue Agate’, “Emerald”, “Blue Agate”, “Unique Glass”, “Tropical Travels”, “Florence”, “Blue Agate”, “Silver Mountain”, “Ornamental Flower”, “Turquoise Ribbon”, “Unique Glass”.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Like Honey for the Eyes

IMG_8149Delicious!

IMG_8151I fell in love with a grouping of ooey gooey caramel sweet beads today… they were lit up in a shaft of sunshine, and cast little pools of golden light on the table.

IMG_8153Although there is a blend of amber, clear, metallic and even opaque glass,

somehow it all feels cohesive.  The repetition of the “Luminous” bead helps to give a pleasing rhythm to the design, and it’s so interesting to see the variation from one example to another.  With honey amber, cherry red glass, cinnamon sparkle and rich butterscotch, this is an utterly delicious bracelet!

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IMG_8151I wanted the attention to stay on the gorgeous blend of golden colour, so I kept the silvers very bold yet simple.  The lovely new “Path of Life” and “Large Berry” balance each other on either side of the bracelet design, and a pair of “Giant Lotus” frame the central grouping of beads.

IMG_8163I have found these big beautiful silvers most useful on bracelets, for framing centerpiece beads.  If the beads are very large one can put even just one bead between the silvers.  In a case such as this, where the beads are a more standard size, I spread the silvers a little wider, so one doesn’t drown the focal point beads.  I always prefer to cradle very clear beads in the “Giant Lotus”, to allow the light to go in and reflect back out again in a wonderfully glowing sort of a way…

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Swan Lock”, “Luminous”, “Golden Cave”, “Large Berry”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Golden Hemanite”, “Giant Lotus”, “Unique Amber”, “Luminous”, “Unique Amber”, “Luminous”, “Unique Amber”, “Giant Lotus”, “Goldstone” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Path of Life”, “Golden Cave”, “Luminous”.

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