Limitless imagination in troll beads

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Troll beads are an entire world in a piece of jewelery.
They are sun & shadow, fire & water, Yin & Yang, black & white; each other’s opposites and symbiosis. They are a tribute to the world’s diversity. No two of the 400 different Troll beads are alike, that is what makes them so unique. What they do have in common, though, is that they all can be strung on a chain of gold or silver, that every single one is an original and that they consist of the highest quality materials available – but here is where the similarity ends. Read the rest of this entry »

Creating Troll beads

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‘Ancient technique in a brand new package’ is a way of describing the latest production methods employed at ‘Lise Aagaard Copenhagen’.

The road from idea to finished product can be paved with many difficulties, but the technique is the constant that makes otherwise unthinkable combinations of design, material and detail in the Trollbeads possible.

The Trollbeads are handmade in nature’s own materials – silver, gold, pearls, jewels and glass. Some of the designs are instruments.

When the original model is in place, a ‘master’ is cast. This is the basis for all the future Trollbeads of this model that will eventually end up on the customer’s arm. For this process an exceptional technique is used – the so-called ‘cire perdu’ or ‘lost

wax’ method. With this you can make copies from wax to precious metals so precise that even the smallest crack is reproduced.

This technique is 3,000 years old and has been used by Indian goldsmiths travelling from town to town with their crucible, by Chinese smiths casting tea-pots and by our own smiths casting the famous lures. This was quite a feat in those days when you consider the difficulty and importance of keeping a steady temperature in order to get a good result. A problem that has been overcome by today’s smiths – well, almost!

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Beaded necklace-Irish eye

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beaded necklace IRISH EYE

MATERIALS    :

2 x Greek Springs with Hook , Memory Wire , 1 x Parrot Clasp , 1 x Coil of Necklace , 1 x Extension Chain  , 5 x 50mm Headpins   , 12 x 50mm Eye pins  , 2 x 30 to 40cm lengths of  round leather    , 16 x 6mm Round Beads , 33 x Size 8 Silver Lined Seed , 4 x Greek Metal Spacer Beads , Filler Beads .

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Making a beaded tree on your own

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This post is for those who areinterested in creating unique beaded trees on their own.
So if you deside to create such a beaded tree, you will need the following materials: Beads of green color (some shades we will preliminary mix), wire, Floristic tape of brown color,  Scotch tape,  glue,  colored stones,  slides (or any other decorative elements).
Lets begin to create our own unique  beaded tree! The work is very long but the result will be amazing.

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Collecting Troll Beads.

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Troll Beads are some of the most popular forms of telling your own personal story and expressing your fashion statement using troll bead jewelry. Jewelry can tell you a personal stories of those who wore them since the time of the ancients. From the simplest form of bracelets,necklaces, rings, earrings and more to the high fashions in jewelry today.

Troll beads are some of the most popular forms of jewelry types that are used to express your own story.  One of the most useful things about troll beads is that they are customizable for any season.

Troll beads were established within the last twenty-five years. These beads take their inspiration from various sources from plants,flowers, animals, mythology to precious metals and gemstone crystals and other unique materials. The colours of these originally designed and fashioned decorative jewelry beads are more vast than the colours of the rainbow.

Whether you are celebrating  birthdays, anniversaries, friendship tokens or any other reason, troll beads are the right choise to express own story.

These beads are truly sculptured, functional art and are recognized as such while being exhibited at various locations. They are genuine collectors items in limited series yet growing and fluctuating as their value increases.

Collecting troll beads is very exciting hobby. Not that long ago, there were smiley face troll beads left in particular places by the anonymous giver to whomever found the smiley face bead. Truly these beads are fun to give and to receive, regardless of their subject matter. From fiery dragons to guardian angels of silver, gold and all sorts of magnificent gemstone crystals and glass. Fantasy motifs rule the wonderful world of toll beads. They make wonderful gifts for anyone on your gift giving list. Whether the beaded story includes anything from basic geometric shapes to dancing ballerinas, elves and fairy folk, kings, queens, princesses and even troll trees. Create your own personal story using the unique and collectible beads today or make a gift to someone else. This is the spirit of troll beads to share the fantasy.

Troll Beads are truly a jewelry type phenomenon that has been and is ever growing it seems. There are various troll bead jewelry designers creating these beads every day. there are special series that include the expressions of various countries. These types of beads along with all the others are ever popular in the world of troll beads lovers and collectors. Interestingly, one of the most essential accessories for troll beads collections is keeping them safe in their own special bead jewelry box.

Venetian beads

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History of  Venetian beads.
The aggressive Romans who have subdued Egypt, borrowed glass know-how from the Egyptian masters.
And since VI century Byzantium became the centre of glass art. Byzantines widely used examples of glass production that used romans. This way,the first glass beads were made in Venice.According to the The first documents testifying
the processing of glass in venice began in the 10th century. In X century the present blossoming
of beaded manufacture has begun.
In 1221, according to the decision of the council, all glass workshops have been transferred from a city on nearby island Murano because of frequent fires.

For the Long time it was a unique place in Europe where beads were made. Venetians carefully preserved secrets
of creation of a glass. those glass masters,who have told anyone the secret of glass making were threatened with death, and to its relatives -to a dungeon.
In XIII in the number of workshops on glass manufacture increases, many of which used to make beads.
In the end of XIII century art of bead making has so extended in Venice that in 1284 the Corporation of
manufacturers of crystal supervised production of glaziers, being afraid of fakes of glass beads.
The Venetian beads and beads of the highest quality, various colors and shades were carried by merchants
across all Europe. Masters and skilled workers decorated clothes, footwear, handbags, blankets and
other graceful bagatelles. The European travelers and colonizers took with themselves beads in the foreign
countries.
Venetian BeadsInhabitants of Africa,used to give gold, spices, furs for the beads.
Long time nobody could put a competition to Venetian glassmakers. In many European
countries attempts to base manufacture of a glass beads and beads were undertaken, but these products competed in quality with Venetian ones.

Only in XVIII century numerous attempts of masters of Thuringia to gain secret of
Venetians have led them to the invention of an easy exaggerated glass beads.
And then the Czech talented bohemian masters have mastered manufacture of high-quality beads.

Moreover, they have learnt to granite it and to cover with enamels. Bohemia beads and beads differed by
the big variety of colors, the sizes, forms and a facet. Now The turn came to Czech masters who have started to hide the techniques of bead pruduction.
In 1445 the Senate of Venice has  published the special decree providing strict punishment for a fake bead productors, and not only for manufacturers, but also for distributors of false ornaments. So have appeared masters who in 1604 have united with manufacturers of crystal in Corporation of masters-manufacturers of beads and color beads.

In the beginning of XVI century a new way of processing of the glass was invented,and received the name “over fire”, or “over a lamp”.
The Venetian beads were very highly appreciated and have got world popularity. In XVII and XVIII centuries with the help of the special technique and usage of some materials (presumably wax, silver and the fish scales) it was possible to create glass beads which simulated the well-known beads made by masters from the Muslim countries. And then the
government of Venice has published again the strict laws forbidding to masters to open the secrets.
This is the history of glass beads invention in the Venice.

History of beads. Troll beads

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According to historicans, beads were known since ancient times. It is also known that beads has different functions in different places.

-It was  an amulet
-Sometimes is was used like modern passport- The owner of the most unique beads were confirmed as a wealthy people;
-Used as a form of dialogus. For example some ancient people wrote letters with the help of beads to their lovers;
-Played a role of money (as payment );
-It was applied by ancient shamans and mediums as the tool for  their work.

ancient beads

Originally the beads in the ancient times looked not like our modern beads: People used teeth, kernels, small bones (as beads)which masters turned to original ornaments acted. For the same purpose were used even small slices of stalactites from gloomy caves .
These slices of stalactites  were combined with beads of different size, a teeth of the animals killed while hunting, multi-coloured feathers of birds.

Besides, the most primitive drill  has appeared at the beginning of a civilisation that   allowed to successfully to use successfully decorative stones (for example:agate). In Egypt and Mesopotamia lazurite was processed in beads,they had round and cylindrical  forms.
At the same time (approximately three thousands years B.C.)people  have learnt to make beads (faience) of the burnt sand with small additives of fat clay. With development of trade and glass craft, the beads become very demanded and profitable business. Since 13 century,Venice becomes a monopolist in the field of producting beads. For a long time they stored craft secrets, exercising the power, reprisals, secret services.

But soon Egyptian glaziers started to compete Venice in art of making beads, there also appeared  Phoenician, Danish, Dutch beads. People developed new know-hows in production different types of beads.Thats why beads received popularity. Beads manufacture has passed to an industrial basis. Now beaded art has not stopped in the development, it develops and surprises us every day.

Nowadays, we have a lot of different types of beads. Beads differs from each other by colour, shape and size. Today, one of the most populat types of beads are troll beads.

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Troll beads is the unique  jewelry line.  For over three decades the people at have been creating troll beads that have history, beads that tell a story.  Troll beads are affected by mythology, astrology, fairy tales, fauna, flora, cultural diversity and familiar themes from everyday life. For many  years collectors have found many different   troll beads and continue to collect and find meaning in each bead, telling their story.  Every  Troll beads  have it’s  own history and just like the person created it, troll beads continues to advance and encrease populariry.

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