This Trollbeads blog post brings a review of the ‘Missing Bead’ from Trollbeads Peoples Bead contest 2014.
The winner was ‘Perfect Balance‘, designed by Mirjam Seling.
Below are some live pictures of the bead ….
I tried to put this bead with other black and white beads, however I think this detracts from the beauty and simplicity of the bead. In my opinion this bead looks at its best on its own on a bangle.
There was some concern initially on how neat the lines would be between black and white. The black side of my bead is perfect, and the white side has just one slight area of imperfection, though this is not really noticeable when wearing it.
The cubic zirconias are set in what I can only describe as a bubble within the glass. This is not really noticeable at all on the black side, but you can see it slightly on the white side, as in the photos above.
The only criticism I have of the bead that I have received is that the cubic zirconia in the white half is set slightly higher than the cubic zirconia in the black half. Being a perfectionist I think this is something that may bug me over time. Having said that though, it is a lovely bead that would finish off any black or white outfit, and is ideal for the upcoming party season!
Today sees the unveiling of ‘Perfect Balance‘ for the bead voted as ‘The Missing Bead‘ for Trollbeads People’s Bead 2014 contest.
This stunning bead featuring the Yin Yang symbol with two zirconias, is said to have really challenged Trollbeads glass bead makers as this symbol has never before been created in glass this way. Perfect Balance will be officially released on 10th October with a retail price of £35 / €42 / $46.
Designed by Mirjam Selling, she has quoted “The inspiration for my contribution to People’s Bead 2014, Perfect Balance, was to create a bead with basic colors that fits with various combinations.
The reason I like Yin & Yang so much is the story and meaning behind it.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, the interaction of these two opposite but complementary forces makes up all aspects and phenomena of life: night and day, man and woman, life and death, hot and cold, and so on. Their balance maintains the harmony within the universe. “
The classic colours and contemporary yet striking design of this bead make it a collection must-have for me. The design is striking enough to be worn on a bracelet or bangle on its own, however its design and colours make it super versatile among any other black or white bead combinations. I think it would look fabulous on a simple bracelet with perhaps just the White Diamond Bead, Black Onyx and a few silvers.
Here are a few more images for you:
No one can deny that this is definitely a well deserved winner of the contest!
Here it is … Trollbeads People’s Bead 2014! …. The Missing Bead!
HOW TO ENTER
GET DESIGNING (now until 22nd April): Trollbeads want you to show them which bead you feel is missing from the Trollbeads collection. Design ‘The Missing Bead’. Your design can be a sketch, a clay model, a wax model or however you want to create it!
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE (April 29th to May 4th):this is your chance to vote for your favourite from the top 100 designs.
WINNER ANNOUNCED (September 19th): The winning designer gets his/her own bead in 18 carat gold and a $5000 designer fee. The winning bead will join the collection to purchase on October 10th.
RULES: The design must be your own original design, It must show the bead on a chain. You must say why your entry is The Missing Bead.
* Please note that for some reason the ‘Entry Terms and Conditions’ would not allow me to view them?
I have already entered. Sadly I forgot to crop my images before attaching them to my submission, so in the submissions gallery they don’t stand out as I wanted them to. Here are my designs – ‘Fallen Angel’ and ‘Cerapter’:
‘Fallen Angel’: A fallen angel is said to represent ‘a person jaded by life but who has not let it destroy their inner beauty or compassion’. Why is this bead missing from the collection? Trollbeads effortlessly combines magical, mystical and modern day. This bead and the meaning behind it encompass all of that. A magical being, from a mystical place, living in todays world. We are all beautiful and all equal, whatever path our life takes us. This bead would sit upright on a bracelet, with the chain passing through the wings on the back, then under the angels arms and through the knees before passing back out through the other side of the wings. I initially envisaged this bead being smaller than the pictures depict in comparison to the size of the chain, however without making it in a 3D version I could not tell how it would pass through the body. Unfortunately, whilst I am able to sketch I do not having any experience of sculpting!
‘Cerapter’ or ‘Flight of Fantasy’: This bead is intended to represent a winged unicorn. A mix of a unicorn and pegasus, this mythical beauty is referred to by a number of names including unipeg, alicorn, pegacorn and cerapter, though there does not seem to be a definitive answer as to its correct name. ‘Cerapter’ is the greek name for a flying unicorn, originating from the greek ceros (meaning horn) and pteros (meaning wing). An alternative more magical name to the bead may be something along the lines of ‘Flight of Fantasy’. On this bead, the chain would go through the underside of the horse, pass through the middle of the body and come out inbetween the wings (which I have tried to depict as two separate indentical wings as opposed to them being joined closed together). Why is this bead missing in the collection? I love the magical, mythical Trollbeads designs, and would like to see more of these. I think a unicorn or a pegasus would make a stunning addition to the collection. With Trollbeads, possibilities are endless and the only limit is your imagination, so why not have a unicorn and pegasus in one bead!