Following on from my ‘Native Spring’ inspiration article, now is a good time to review the Trollbeads Native Elements kit from the Trollbeads Autumn 2013 collection.
When this kit was first released, it wasn’t initially a ‘must-have’ for me. My focus at the time was on the Purple Heaven kit, which was more to my taste. However, there was something that continued to draw me to this kit. It is different to any beads I have seen, and has a quirky edge to it that made me intrigued enough to reconsider my initial opinion and try it out.
When my kit arrived, I was captured by the Pod beads. The ‘leaves’ combined with the plant like look remind me a little of the lips of ‘Audrey’ from the film ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. For those of you not familiar with Audrey or the film, here are some Broadway replications…
However, I was actually very enchanted with these little beads. When worn in combination with the Birth Month Flowers (also from the Autumn 2013 collection) the result is very pretty and actually quite delicate. In fact, the combination is proving to be one of my favourites!
Here are the individual beads in more detail …
This bead reminds me a bit of a Ladybird, and is my favourite of the Pods. As you can see, the colour is concentrated around the core, with clear glass surrounding it. The black spots are at the surface of the glass, concentrated on one side, and the raised green ‘leaves’ are formed into the surface of the glass placed more to the other side.
The size, number and position of the spots vary between beads, but I am very happy with all my Pod beads designs.
The Orange Pod has orange colour concentrated around the core with a light olive green glass surrounding it. Although named ‘Orange’, the colour appears more yellow to me, though this is likely to be down to the effect of the green tone in the glass. The olive green leaves and black spot detailing are in a similar manner to the Red Pod. My Orange Pod has more smaller black dots, and this looks just as nice as fewer larger ones.
The Green Pod has olive green colouring concentrated around the core, surrounded by clear glass which has slight grey tint to it. It is this pod where the leaves remind me more of lips in the style of Audrey! The orange raised leaves, or possibly petals, are in the same style as the other Pods, as too are the black spots.
Aqua Edge Pumpkin
Another interesting bead from the kit, the olive toned Aqua Edge Pumpkin looks different from each side. One side has the appearance of the inside of a pumpkin, the other has the appearance of petals / leaves which have an ‘aqua edge’, hence the name. The ‘pumpkin’ part of the bead creates the illusion of depth as you look into the bead. As well as working well with the other beads from the Native Elements Kit, this bead complements the Purple Heaven kit, and indeed a whole host of other beads, beautifully too.
Aqua Edge Petals
As per its name, this bead has the appearance of petals (which have aqua edges) that envelope the bead. With the same olive and aqua tones as the Aqua Edge Pumpkin, this bead also works well with the other beads from the Autumn 2013 collection.
Aqua Edge Triangle
The final bead of this kit is the Aqua Edge Triangle, which again lies up to its namesake. This bead is the only triangular bead in the current collection, or indeed past collections as far as I am aware (please someone correct me if I am wrong on this!). Again, this bead has the same olive green and aqua colouration as the other Aqua Edge beads, and of course also complements the rest of the collection. I wonder if we will see more different shaped beads emerge in future releases??
Here are a couple of photos from the inspirational bracelet I created:
In conclusion, this is a stunning kit. Anyone who initially dismissed this kit, as I did, should definitely reconsider. Although an Autumn release, the beads in this kit definitely have a ‘Spring’ feel to them. I have combined mine with a couple of Uniques, including a Ladybird Critter bead. The resulting bracelet is, in my opinion, stunning. The variety of shapes, textures and colours cannot fail to capture your attention.