I was originally only going to create a Halloween bracelet with Pandora charms, but ever since I learned about Trollbeads’ Halloween collection, I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about these. It looks great in stock photos, but even better in person. The pumpkin is so menacing with its bat-shaped mouth and the bat on the back reminds me of Batman’s bat-signal; it’s hollow inside so not quite as heavy as I would have thought. The spider is so realistic, it creeps me out but I *needed* to complete this mini-collection. As pointed out in early reports of the spider, it’s top heavy so the charm ends up with its legs in the air most times, but I’m okay with that since I don’t have to look at its beady little eyes, lol. The charms are actually not as large as I expected from the pictures, they are definitely sizable and bigger than Pandora but not overwhelming chunky.
I was lucky to preorder the whole set from Trollbeads Boutique, one of my favorite places to shop and a Charms Addict featured store. They’re always so generous, and constantly have awesome promotions running: $25 off of $125 or more (code: gift25) OR free double lock and chain with $75 spend (specify your size in the comments), and GWP with every purchase along with free fast shipping. The current discount for the Halloween collection is: $5 off each Halloween bead (code HW5, can be used more than once) and $25 off if you purchase the 3 Halloween charms (code: HW25) which includes free domestic and international shipping! Trollbeads Boutique also lists uniques on their Facebook page and they’ve been posting some incredibly fun fall and Halloween inspired uniques! If you see something you like, you just have to comment on the picture.
The Inner Glow is really something else! The glow in the dark “frit” that is used in the glass can last up to 10 years with as little as 5% degradation if not overly exposed to sunlight. These beads are “charged” by shining light on them, and the charge time is proportional – one hour in strong sunlight will allow it to glow for hours in the dark. Since I got this collection at such a good price, I ended up getting 2 Inner Glows since they’re so unique and hard to match, I’m so glad I did. The Pumpkin is $53, Spider is $44, and Inner Glow is $43. These are production beads, but I’m not sure how quickly Trollbeads can restock their retailers as the holiday is coming up. If you really want these, I’d buy them sooner rather than later! 🙂
For my Trollbeads Halloween bracelet I had to get the Troll Tree Pendant – it has that ghoulish quality that is so perfect for Halloween. Normally this is hung on a necklace, but it has no problems being worn on a bracelet either. You just have be prepared to give up the adequate bracelet real estate ;). I didn’t realize this when I first came across the tree, but you can actually insert a bead into the top branches and it “rests” on another bead. How cool! I took apart some of my other bracelets and here is the result. I’ll be sporting this around for the rest of the month. 🙂
Bead index (from left to right): troll tree lock, inner glow, World Tour Lithuania iron wolf, green dillo, unique glitter blossom, pumpkin, black dillo, earth, troll tree pendant, inner glow, eye bead, bead of fortune, orange dillo (retired), black bubbles, spider, green shade, pumpkin (retired), World Tour Hong Kong dragon and phoenix, black and white stripes.