Harvest Festival Inspiration with Trollbeads Jumbo Uniques

This Trollbeads blog brings a little harvest inspiration with Trollbeads Jumbo Uniques.

Alongside the Trollbeads Summer 2017 collection we were promised new classic uniques. I’ve yet to see many but there have been some amazing jumbo unique designs around this season. These have only really been available via select US stores but I’ve recently been playing with stock from Great Lakes Boutique and it’s the first opportunity I’ve had to design bracelets featuring the larger uniques.

With harvest time in full flow for many areas and some beautiful jumbo uniques in an array of golden colours on hand, I decided to create a harvest festival inspired bracelet.

Trollbeads Jumbo Uniques

I wanted to mix the jumbo uniques with standard sized glass though actually I ultimately chose to use amber as the colours blended better. I’m usually someone who likes consistently in my bracelets, both in terms of glass size and colours so I was eager to see how a mix of sizes would look. None of these are the ridiculously popular current designs that fly off the virtual shelves in moments so all should be easy enough to obtain. The silver beads were all selected for their autumnal flair. Notable inclusions are the Redbalifrog Fox in a Log (remember Woodlands launches on Friday,) and the Trollbeads Trunk of Treasures which is a great bead for the fall season.

Trollbeads Jumbos Uniques

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Trollbeads Jumbo Uniques Ordering Details

When it comes to sourcing jumbo uniques, Blooming Boutique post new designs most days. Trollbeads Gallery have a lovely assortment available right now, some of which are very close to these designs. Finally the designs featured here will be available via Great Lakes Boutique next week.

For those of you keen to order any of the other beads featured here, you’ll find a list of my Trollbeads retail partners below:-

Trollbeads Jumbo Uniques Summary

I always assumed I’d dislike the jumbo uniques. I’ve always preferred smaller, chubbier glass beads when choosing for myself so the notion of jumbos never really held much appeal. I’m actually having a lot of fun with them! I’ve decided I prefer them integrated into a bracelet rather than as a focal feature. Though I do wish some of the recent jumbo unique designs would be repeated in the classic style unique.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Trollbeads jumbo uniques? Are you for or against the larger size? Hit the comments and let me know!

Bead Index

What follows is an index of the beads and charms used to create the featured bracelet.

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Comments
  1. Gene

    I don’t have any Jumbo Uniques…actually I don’t have any Uniques at all. But I would like to get one of the Dragonfly beads, I just wish it wasn’t in a set. The timing so far hasn’t been right, though. I like how they look on your bracelet… surprisingly for me, I think the different size beads look really good together. I don’t think I knew that you had any of the Uniques at Great Lakes Boutique until I saw them last night. I’m still finding things there that I didn’t know about.

    • endangeredtrolls

      We do have them! But I’m doing a lot of work on GLB’s website right now and new live images is a big thing for us. The ones featured on this bracelet will be listed early next week to coincide with something else we’re doing :> But if you need any help you know where you can find me πŸ™‚ (Though we don’t have any dragonflies :> )

      xoxo

  2. Beth

    I love how this bracelet looks. I’ve been wishing I had the money to buy a bunch of uniques — Jumbo and classic ones — because I’ve seen so many I like. My fantasy is to have an entire handful of them to play with, and, of course, wear. I have seen a few new designs in the classic size, and in colors that would coordinate with these Jumbos. I’ve had my eye peeled for ones in the color way you’ve used here, as autumn shades are pretty much my favorites all year round. I also like how you’ve mixed different sized glass and amber; to my eye, it’s a lovely effect.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Aaaw thank you! I actually assumed I’d hate mixing the sizes but I really like the effect πŸ˜€ Some of the recent jumbo uniques have been amazing I think :O You need to head to an autumn event! There’ll be lots of uniques to play with there πŸ˜€

      xoxo

  3. Brigitt J

    I have used a Jumbo on my Fantasy necklace, and really love it, though I’m not usually a fan of bigger beads. The one Jumbo I’d really like is the black/gold Dragonfly on the white background. Seems highly unlikely. I’m finding the new Jumbos and uniques just too scarce. Without the ability to go to a live event or have an LD nearby that regularly gets new stock, it’s pretty much impossible for me to get these beads now…Too discouraging. πŸ™

    • endangeredtrolls

      I hear ya πŸ™ Retailers in Europe just don’t seem to bother buying uniques at all these days. Actually I should clarify.. the Danish retailers *can’t* and I’m not sure if other regions is a retailer decision or distribution decision. Until they stop forcing retailers to buy kits of beads when a portion are undesirable, I don’t see the situation changing. It takes a pretty huge retailer to be okay with being stuck with excess stock. The small ones just can’t mitigate that πŸ™

      xoxo

  4. Samantha Cardimon

    This is gorgeous and so up my alley. I adore these colors to begin with, and you’ve chosen some truly pretty beads. (I’ve said it before, but you’re really in your element with these nature bracelets!) I don’t have any jumbos and assumed they would look silly with regular-sized beads, but here they look great and add a lot of visual appeal. This is really making me excited to play with autumnal beads!

    • endangeredtrolls

      I assumed the same! This is literally the first chance I’ve had to actually play with any. (I don’t count the Great Lakes events as I’m always so busy I never actually get a chance to look at anything :()

      I thought the size difference would drive me crazy but I really really like them πŸ˜€

      xoxo

  5. Kim

    This is a lovely bracelet and I can see that you’re enjoying gearing up for fall! I haven’t paid attention to Troll uniques for a long time, for a variety of reasons. The price increases, the frustration of trying to hunt down the designs you really wanted, the price gouging on the secondary market… I could go on, but anyone who’s been around Troll for a while knows the list. It just got to be frustrating, not fun. That being said, the jumbo designs that have been coming out recently caught my eye, and I did finally give in and order a couple last week. I’m definitely looking forward to getting them. But browsing the listings definitely brought on mixed feelings – partially enjoyment at seeing so many lovely beads, and a little bit of the old frustration mixed in when I saw one bead that I thought was really cool, which naturally wasn’t available. So I don’t think I’m going to let myself get sucked back in to regularly looking, as much as I did like seeing some of the new designs. How’s that for a rambling post?

    • endangeredtrolls

      It’s not a rambling post. I think it expresses what a lot of people feel πŸ™ (Sadly. I really wish it wasn’t this way.)

      I so so wish they’d change the way uniques are dealt with. For as long as I’ve been blogging the complaints have been almost the same.. retailers are stuck with ugly beads because they have to buy in entire kits. Thus small stores just won’t touch them. Collectors get angry when they can’t track down designs they want and angrier still if they’re forced to buy a kit to get one bead or see them at inflated prices on the secondary market.

      I’ve voiced many *many* times over the years that I would like to see uniques kept limited but in terms of duration. Make them seasonal. Produce them in good numbers for three months and then stop. Hopefully if the quantities were sufficient then most collectors who wanted a particular design would have a chance to acquire one. It’s pretty obvious right now which are the popular designs. We all know the Dragonflies and Peacock Feathers go flying off the shelves. So stop limiting kits to one of those each. All it does is sting the retailers an deter them from buying at all (which in turn frustrates the collectors event more.) The whole system needs a revamp.

      Uniques are iconic to Trollbeads but they’re leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of collectors. I hate directly comparing brands but let’s do it anyway. Kim you were at the April event. How many Ohmniques and True Treasures do you think were left at the end of the weekend? How many Trollbeads uniques do you reckon were left?

      xoxoxo

      • Kim

        Yes, the distribution is a huge problem and always has been. The retailers would be stuck with so many undesirable beads, and were forbidden from putting them on sale to move them out.

        And I saw the trays at the event, certainly, so the answer was not many, not many, and a lot. I didn’t spend a lot of time looking at the Troll uniques at the event, but from what I did see, there weren’t many new and exciting designs. A friend went through all of them, and only found a few she liked. As you say, perhaps it’s not entirely an exact comparison. True Beadz is a small artisan company and Julia is the only glass artist. There’s only so much one person can make, so the Treasures are naturally rare, and what’s scarce is coveted. But still…at an event like that, where people come willing and able to buy, if something isn’t selling, well, there’s got to be a reason why.

        • Elise

          I so agree with you ladies…I really love uniques, but why do Trollbeads produce so few of the desireable patterns? I wish TB did more focused feedback or gauging of demand to know which uniques are in higher demand/ more desired.

          • endangeredtrolls

            There must be reasoning behind it. The people in charge at Trollbeads will have been hearing all of this from both collectors and retailers for years so clearly they disagree with us on some level. I’m not sure why… but they must πŸ˜€

            xoxo

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