Trollbead designer to present workshop

With a name like Trollbeads, you'd expect the tiny bits of jewelry to be ugly.

But each of the handmade, Italian glass baubles is a unique work of art made by the 50-plus designers taught by the owner of Trollbeads, Lise Aagaard of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Today, Sarah Johnston, one of the few Trollbead designers in the United States, will be at Heritage Home Accents & Floral in Kennewick, 1350 N. Louisiana St., across from Costco.

She'll be making the colorful trinkets, using rods of colored glass and a blow torch, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge to drop by the store and watch her work.

"Each one takes about 10 minutes to make," said Kay Lusk of Heritage Home Accents & Floral. "I personally saw this at a recent trade show in Las Vegas and it was fascinating to see these made from start to finish."

Trollbeads, made of colorful glass, semi-precious stones and pearls, are made to easily thread on and off bracelets and necklaces. There are also miniature shapes, like flowers, animals and fish in sterling silver and 18-carat gold plate charms to thread among the beads.

"They're the ultimate in interchangeable jewelry," Lusk said. "You can change the beads out as your collection grows, or switch them to match your outfit of the day."

"They're really good for traveling. You can take extra beads to make different necklaces and bracelets. It's very easy to do, just a matter of seconds and you have a new look," she said.

The beads are sold separately and range in cost from $28 each for sterling to more than $1,000 for the gold. Glass and semi-precious beads average $31 each.

And, yes, Lusk said, safety chains are available for the bracelets and necklaces.

Johnston also will be available for photos and book signings.

"We have some beautiful coffee table books on Trollbeads in stock that would make a great gift for someone who collects them," Lusk said.