Many years ago, Trollbeads co-founder/designer, Lise Aagaard, had a life-changing moment when she read an article that said: “If you really want to help people in developing countries, you must teach them what it is that you are successfully doing.” An idea suddenly came to Lise: “We can do that. At Trollbeads, we know how to make glass beads. We can teach them.” And this is exactly what she did.
The first workshop in Dharamsala, India, was a huge success and inspired the creation of the one-of-a-kind glass beads called “UNIQUES”! Each glass bead is individually handmade in a red-hot open flame, and quite often, 100 steps are involved in creating each of the UNIQUES.
In this short video, you can see exactly how the Trollbeads glass beads are made and how much there is to learn before artisans are able to create their own glass beads...
There are now workshops in Tibet, India, Malawi and Lithuania, which are 100% owned by the artisans. Each workshop infuses the UNIQUES beads with their own style, culture and aesthetics, bringing them to life as miniature pieces of art!
If you'd like to read more about how Trollbeads Glass Beads are made, please see our blog post: Every Bead is a Miniature Piece of Art!
The one-of-a-kind UNIQUES glass beads offered here at Suzie Q Studio also include a colour-coordinated Trollbeads leather bracelet, plus a booklet about the UNIQUES story, which is only available while quantities last. Click here to see all our gorgeous Uniques>>> Uniques Collection.
Which one(s) will you choose?… They look totally FAB layered up on your wrist, and make a wonderful gift for any special occasion!