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Trollbeads: Creating my First Bracelet and Beyond Too

Updated on November 4, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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How It All Began:

For those of you who read my Trollbeads articles and wondered how exactly it all started for me with these beautiful beads, here is the story.

I collected Pandora Charm Bracelets for about 9 months or so and one day one of my good friends who also collected Pandora with me decided she was bored and needed to switch it up.

The conversation actually switched to Mother's Day and what we were getting from our husbands and kids. Any holiday for the past few months, I would get some sort of Pandora from them and she from her family. We both were at a loss as to what to get this time though.

She proceeded to tell me she started to look at Trollbeads and was thinking of doing the Mother's Day special, which consisted of a starter kit with the bracelet, clasp and 6 beads in a kit for $167.

My first reaction was "No thank you, I will stick with Pandora and that is that." Well, she ordered and was wearing it, when we were going out for the day to New York City for a Pandora Meet and Greet. Believe it or not, I took one look at her newly started Trollbeads Bracelet and fell in love.

We left the Meet and Greet and ended up googling a local Trollbeads Store in NYC. We found it and I bought my very, first Trollbeads Bracelet and Clasp. The special was get a Bracelet free if you purchased a clasp. The clasp, I purchased, was $69. I also purchased five production beads, which varied in price either $31 a bead or $43 as well, which is shown in the photo to the right.

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An Addiction Was Born!!

After purchasing these 5 production beads, I of course craved more and starting to speak to another one of my friends that I made from collecting Pandora. She had collected Trollbeads for some time. Her first advice to me was hunt down and collect what are called unique Trollbeads, not the production Trollbeads if you can, because the unique beads are just that unique and each one is slightly different unlike the production beads which are mass produced and not really vary.

Part of the fun according to my friend was hunting down or trolling down these uniques to build your bracelet around them. So I bought a few right after that and you can see them in the pictures below. By the way, each unique bead costs at least $43.

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Summer Vs. Fall (Seasonal Bracelets):

And of course this was just the beginning, because I bought a few more and then yet a few more after that. I decided that this first bracelet would be for the summertime and include bright, fun summer-like colors, like hot pink, purple, green and turquoise. Below will show my bracelet undergoing the various change ups over the course of a month's time.

Now as the summer is dying down and we are heading into the fall season, I have toned down the bright colors and begun slowly to add more neutrals and even some blue tones to balance it out a bit. Again this will probably change slightly as the weeks go by and I find more beads I may like. My bracelet is constantly evolving. I also don't believe in buying more than one bracelet, when I can just switch beads on and off easily. To help me do just that, I recently bought myself a Dritz Looper Turner, which can be bought on Amazon and are really for sewing. But this little tool can be clipped onto the end of the bracelet and then you can slide all the beads off onto the metal rod, so if you want to change a bead at the far end, its is just that easy.

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Production or Unique Beads??

As I have changed up the beads on my bracelet, I have also tried to phase out some of my production beads, but still own a handful, but then again also just bought two more production beads from the Fall Collection (because they were absolutely gorgeous and I hand picked them) and believe me when I tell you I am never really done, but just keep evolving with what I like and don't like.

I truly love both the unique and production beads too, both are beautiful in their own right. Keep in mind though that no two people probably have the same taste and there are so many different bracelet combinations that can be made from production beads, unique beads and both. I have to be quite honest and tell you that I have seen some beautiful bracelets that some others would say aren't so beautiful. And then have also seen some bracelets that others think are just stunning and I am not so convinced. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder here and thankfully Trollbeads has some many different beads available that there really is something for everyone.

What one needs to keep in mind, when starting this venture is to have fun and as my one friend so eloquently put it most of the fun is in the hunt for these beads. I have ordered online many beads, but have also made sure to ask for pictures (plural), because if I can't be there in person to hand pick them out at least the pictures do help. However, hand picking these beads when you can is truly the best and most fun to me. And once again, as was said to me in the beginning of my adventure, 'Happy Trolling!'

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About the Author:

Janine is a freelance writer, a stay at home mom of two little girls and an avid collector of Pandora and Trollbeads. One of my favorite past times is to buy, sell and trade Pandora and Trollbeads. You can checkout her profile and more of her Pandora/Trollbeads related articles here.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh so happy to see you back Rema. It is so easy to become addicted to these charm bracelets. And I know, because trust me I have been there. And I recently found Origami Owl Jewelry, which is more a necklace with a locket that you can add charms and such, too. I even published a Hub article on it. Se what I mean about my love of all things jewelry! but seriously, happy to have you back and look forward to sharing with you again!!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Janine,

      Long time since I cam here to HP. I am sort of back now and the first thing to do was to see if you have anything new here. Of course, when I saw the troll beads picture, I couldn't help coming here though this is one of your older hubs.

      I am so happy to be back and plan to a little bit here. I am also happy to be starting again with one of your hubs that is simply awesome. My son and daughter-in-law sent my daughter a Pandora bracelet from Dubai for her seventeenth birthday and she has already fallen in love with it and wants to start collecting more of them. Now I showed her the troll beads and she is going crazy looking at the pictures.

      Thanks for a wonderful hub.

      Cheers, Rema

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Marco, I do pretty much agree with you on this. When I buy Pandora, I mostly buy the silver and two-tone charms, because I love the different meaning behind them, but for glass I pretty much stick to Trollbeads, because they truly are the nicest and prettiest I have seen. Thank you for comment and very much appreciate your kindness here.

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      Marco Piazzalunga 4 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

      Hello Janine,

      In my humble opinion, as I am an Italian manufacturer of glass beads of this type and I know very well what are Murano glass beads, the Trollbeads are the best ever because they are particularly evident in the creativity that it took the artist.

      On the contrary, the Pandora ones do not show personality, and in them appears in all evidence the production in series. Not to mention also that most of their models are made in China.

      Beautiful hub, thank you!

      Marco

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ignugent17, thank you so much, so happy you enjoyed and very much appreciate the share too!!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      They are so lovely Janine. I enjoyed looking at the different designs of the beads. They are unique.

      Thanks for sharing and have a great day! :-)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Eddy. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful party too :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      You are so welcome Janine and enjoy your nephews first birthday party.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Eddy for coming here today. Been a very busy Saturday morning and will be an even busy afternoon with my nephew's first birthday, but trying to catch up a bit before I have to run out. Thank you so much again and hope you too are having a great day!!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      This must be one of your first hubs and I love it.

      You are so inspiring and put your all into each hub .

      I will be scouring through many more of your early hubs.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Phyllis, my pleasure to share this with you and happy to find someone else who loves beads and possibility passed on my love for Trollbeads to someone else too :) Thank you for stopping by here and commenting too!!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Awesome hub, Janine. I have a passion for beads and you have me very interested now in Trollbeads. Thank you for writing this hub.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Docmo, thank you so much for saying that about me and my article as well. So very appreciated and thanks for the votes too :)

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      The company should retain you as the Trollbeads ambassador.. you've probably done more for their sales than their own hefty advertising budget. Awesome as usual... voted up!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Teresa, thank you so much for sharing that site with me and have just bookmarked to take a better look at it. I honestly didn't think of making my own, because I didn't even know where to begin there. Thank you for your input and again for the website. Very much appreciated.

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      Teresa Davis 5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      Very interesting hub. I also make my own jewelry and love to make bracelets. Have you checked out http://www.firemountaingems.com/

      They offer many many wonderful glass beads and they are much cheaper.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, thank you for saying that such lovely things about my hub article and me too. I do understand about liking on the phone being a bit harder, but seriously thank you for reading, commenting, voting and sharing too!!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Janine, you are a creative wonder, not only with your lessons, food but with crafts and trinkets like troll beads as well. I"m quite a fan too, I like these on my phone...but I have the iPhone,so it's a bit harder for that!! Thanks for sharing!! Voted up and shared!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Happy Tuesday to you too HubTub!!!

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      Happy Tuesday, my friend!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      HubTub, thank you also for pinning this. I can't say thank you enough here :)

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      My pleasure, and you are most welcome. I found the bracelet to be a nice addition to my Pinterest board (smile).

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      HubTub, glad you enjoyed how I first started with Trollbeads and if I convert just one person my job is done!! Seriously thank you for your kindness here and do hope you too will enjoy these bracelets and charms as much as I do. Thank you again!!!

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      These bracelets are beautiful! I can see why you became so easily addicted. I think it's time to look into Trollbeads myself!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Keith, thank you so much and if I have to be queen of anything, happy to be of Trollbeads!! Thank you also for the share too!!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      I'm with Linda on this: you are def a queen of Trollbeads! Great stuff and shared :)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Stephanie, I am glad u too enjoyed this article on how I started collecting Trollbeads. I do hope you too get to see them in person soon and possibly start your very own bracelet. If you need any help, please feel free to ask me :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Troll beads are certainly pretty and unique - I'd love to have a bracelet! Enjoyed your photographs, and hope to see some in person real soon!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Mary. I remember when I first started to collect, I wanted learn as much as possible (maybe it is the teacher in me), but that wasn't a lot out there. I asked my friend who gave me a quick background, but still wanted to know more about these beautiful beads, so I do hope I am helping others who who would be interested and want to know more too!! Thank you also for the votes too!!!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You have educated me about Trollbeads! I think they are quite beautiful.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Lol, seriously Linda thank you for putting a smile on my face this afternoon. That made my day :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I hereby dub you Queen of the Trollbeads :)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Kris Heeter. I too remember when I had never heard of them, but look at me now!! Seriously, thank you for stopping by and commenting too :)

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      These are very pretty. I had never heard of Trollbeads before today!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Bill, thank you for thinking of me with these beautiful beads that does put a smile on my face. No worries about missing it, this was one of my early ones, but am starting to revamp a few here and there from the beginning and did just that to this one today. Thank you for stopping by now though and giving this one some love, very much appreciated!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How in the world did I miss this one? You are the Queen of Trollbeads, Janine, and for the rest of my life I will think of you whenever I see or hear of them. :)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Elle64, thank you for stopping by and do hope that you too will be able to have your own Trollbeads bracelet in the future. The beads and bracelets put together are amazingly stunning and truly gorgeous too!!

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      elle64 5 years ago from Scandinavia

      What a beautiful hub- Thanks .I hope one day I will have a bracelett- with troll beads they are absolutly georgous.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you for comment and support teaches12345. These beads are so pretty and I totally agree with you on that. Many seem to wear them and never truly noticed them until I started to collect myself, but more people seem to wear and have them then I ever could have imagined.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I saw a lady wearing a similar beaded bracelet just yesterday and noticed how pretty they were. They are so pretty. I had not heard of these before and I will have to look into this soon.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you for your comment ChristyWrites. I only discovered Trollbeads recently myself, but they are just so beautiful I couldn't resist.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I had not heard of Trollbeads before, a new discovery for me here. They look beautiful!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank u so much Lady Summerset. When you do look into these beads and bracelets, I can promise you will not be disappointed.

      davenmidtown, I found this short historic brief in some of my Trollbeads literature about the company's inception that may explain why they are called Trollbeads. for you. Here it is:

      The fantastic story about the original and unique Trollbeads started in 1976 in Denmark, when Søren Sølvsmed (Silver-smith) created the very first Trollbeads, at a time when it was fashionable to have a ball of silver on a leather thong around your neck.

      The very first Trollbead was a silver bead with six different troll faces all the way around it. This bead is still in the collection. Within a short time, Søren had designed several new beads so that the customers had different beads to choose from. But it was not really until Lise Aagaard in 1987, opened her store that people discovered Trollbeads. Lise made sure that every customer felt, they where a part of the Trollbeads universe.

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      How did they get that name...trollbeads?

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      Lady Summerset 5 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Beautiful bracelets and something that I will be looking into at a LATER date! ;0

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Dave for your inspiration in writing this article and for all your kind words. I do love these beads. They are really so colorful and fun to play around with to create a bracelet.

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      This is a good hub. those beads are beautiful. They remind me of the jewels from the Russian Monarchs. I think your friend was right... the fun would be in finding the unique beads... nicely done!