Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is This Art?

Yep. I think it IS art. Beautiful art. Just not my art which, sadly, seems to be on hiatus. But before I wail about artist's block, I should report I am having a great, creative time over on my other blog. My vintage doll play is taking up my free time of late, and seriously cutting into my reading, painting, jewelry-making and everything else-time.
However, I did have time to finally get bitten by the Troll bead bug--probably the last person on the planet to experience that, or so it feels.
It started a month or so ago with the three glass beads in the middle of the brown bracelet. There are a couple silver Troll fillers there also. Actually, it started earlier that same week when I discovered a bead store at my local mall which sells lampwork Troll knock-offs on the cheap. I didn't plan to go All Troll when I bought them; I planned to make something with them. But, as a victim of a classic successful cross-over retail strategy, I happened on to authentic Troll beads and chains and clasps at my local greenhouse, when I went in for crossover Vera Bradley.

Like a sensible (crazy?) shopper, I left the Vera there and came home with the start of my first Troll bracelet. While at the greenhouse, I discovered they also had already-strung Troll knock-off bracelets, too. Knowing I could cut that bracelet apart with my jewelry tools at home. I bought a brown knock-off to fill up the brown bracelet I had just (seconds ago) started. It is in the top photo.

Since I still had knock-off beads and parts leftover, and came across some more imposters at the local Jo-Ann's, I now had the beginnings of both a pink and a beach-y themed bracelet. Conveniently, said smart greenhouse was having a Troll bead trunk show, and there I got one turquoise with lime dots Troll bead as well as a silver crab, and another knock-off (beach-y theme) bracelet to take apart.

Throw in a trip to Brighton in the mall, where their beads are just as cute and some definitely cuter and cheaper, and here I am with my mini-collection of three very different Troll bracelets. I wear one nearly everyday. Do you have a Troll bracelet? Or Pandora, Camellia (sp?), Brighton or? Is it a work of art?


Marydon said...

Love your bracelet creation, Gina. Very pretty ...
Have a lovely eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Abigail said...

I LOVE your bracelets!!!!!

PeregrineBlue said...

thought i'd check in to see how you are. artists block, me too. drop me an email and i'll tell you all about my 8 months away.

vivian said...

I love the troll beads too.. and the pandoras and theres another very expensive kind as well that I cant come up with the name at the moment.. and then there is the Joann fabrics knock offs, which are pretty too.. and which I have bought a bunch of!
happy Day Gina!

Marva said...

I love your bracelets! Troll beads? I've never heard of them, so don't feel bad. I've just recently, in the last year, heard of Blythe and am totally obsessed with her! Now I'm going to have to Google Troll beads.... :D Marva

irslan2u said...

Thank You gives me the knowledge about beads. I will take some more pictures soon ....But my son has to help me make a little video when I make a bracelet. I promise...... soon
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