Featured bead: “Russ troll” bead

April 29, 2009

I’ll be occasionally presenting a Featured Bead in this blog, and to start off this series, what could be better than…

Featured bead: "Russ Troll"

Featured bead: the "Russ Troll" from Rings & Things

A Rings & Things exclusive!  Our “Russ Troll” beads commemorate our iconic founder & owner, Russ Nobbs.  (He’ll probably ask me to remove those words once he reads this.) 🙂

These are handmade Peruvian ceramic beads, with a hole large enough (2.5-3mm) for just about any cording you’re going to string them on.  On narrower stringing materials, you might keep Russ in his place with Bead Bumpers.

Russ stands about 32 millimeters tall, which is approximately an inch and a quarter.  That makes him the Littlest Troll.  He has a varied wardrobe, as you can see in the picture above, so order a bunch.  Collect ’em all!

Want to nominate a featured bead?  Leave a comment below, or tweet me: @Rings_Things on Twitter.

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* You enter by leaving comments under the March 31 giveaway announcement
* At the end of April, 2 winners will receive coveted Rings & Things goodie packs!
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  • Reply Dawno April 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    That’s too cute! Interested why the moniker troll was chosen, though…

  • Reply Dave April 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I think it has much more to do with those kitschy Russ Berrie trolls than with the trolls of folklore!

  • Reply oldguy April 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Founder seems about right for a guy that old.
    But why a troll? Does he live under an iconic bridge?

  • Reply Dave April 30, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Or over a rainbow? Is it a pot of gold thing?

  • Reply Dawno April 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I get it now that you mention the troll dolls. I guess after being a moderator on a very large forum (over 20k members) the word troll just took on a totally new meaning and I’d forgotten all about those cute little things. Did you also know they had an alternate name? Dammit Dolls – that’s what they were called when I was little, but of course I wasn’t allowed to call them that! Their inventor’s name was Thomas Dam. I always thought they were called that because it’s what parents would say when they stepped on one while walking down the hall barefoot in the dark…

  • Reply Dave May 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I saw an Etsy shop selling “Dammit dolls” too, handmade gremlins that you chuck when you’re made 🙂

  • Reply Nancy Levine June 17, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I’m really glad to be introduced to this blog via the “Russ Troll” beads. I love the beads and I love the idea that the founder of “Rings and Things” is held in such affection that an iconic bead celebrates him.

  • Reply troll beads October 4, 2009 at 11:45 am

    too cute,
    like the dwarf from snow white story

  • Reply Dave Robertson October 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    You should see some of the photos we have of this bead hanging out with garden gnomes 🙂

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