Trollbeads recently released their much anticipated People’s Bead Contest collection – Traditional Sayings. One of the most popular designs made it to the end and really speaks to me. The Night Owl was a fantastic design concept and superbly drawn by Kevin Powell submitted back when the contest began in March 2013. After making it as one of the 100 finalists for the collection, Night Owl generated lots of buzz and even more so after it was revealed as a winner!
Of course there are some adaptations from Kevin’s original drawing and Trollbeads interpretation of the design, mainly the addition of pupils to the eyes and enlargement of the beak. Otherwise, I thought that the Night Owl pendant is very faithful to the original depiction of the animal. It’s a really interesting design, and like most of Trollbeads fantasy pendants, incorporates a bead in its aesthetic. Therefore, the Night Owl is a two-part piece, with the owl being halved and the addition of the glass bead to the middle of the pendant. The owl is exquisitely crafted with the feathers detailed and outlined by oxidation.
It can mainly be worn on a fantasy necklace but can also be used on a bracelet. With the theme that it embraces, I explored a number of nighttime and nature color schemes, my favorite being the dark midnight blue that represents the nocturnal settings that this little guy is usually found in. This is definitely the standout of the collection for me both for its presence and the meaning behind the piece. I’ve always been a night owl, which has led to some very sleepy mornings but it’s just part of my nature. Are you a night owl? What do you think of this pendant?
Bead index (starting from left, Trollbeads unless otherwise stated): swan lock, LE 2012 blue christmas ornament, unique blue eye of horus, unique blue ornament, decorative bird, WT Hong Kong skyline, unique blue ornament, PAXSUZbeads eagle, unique blue swag, unique blue python, night owl, blue diamond, unique blue glitter petals, unique blue buttons, PAXSUZbeads pax, throat chakra, LE blue tinsel, Redbalifrog nest, milky way, LE blue tinsel, griffin/phoenix.