Last week I was rather excited to get a delayed parcel through the post.
So much so I did a show and tell with my friends online, which was a bit delayed as I got sidetracked after showing them the boxes so they had to wait an hour to see the contents, oops - sorry guys!
I won't show you both boxes (nor leave you hanging for an hour) as today I want to show you Bronze X by Trollbeads. I'd already received (but not blogged) 2 bronze X links before Christmas and had incorporated them into one of my X bracelets below.
I love the look of Soundwave between 2 bronze links, I think it makes Soundwave's rather smaller size something of a feature; showcasing what I still maintain is one of the best single link X designs, but one unfortunately that gets a bit lost when sat between 2 rubber links.
Now I had enough Bronze to make proper use of it within a bracelet.
However the absolute first thing I wanted to do was to try an idea I'd had for a necklace instead... using the lock and a link as the focal point and attaching a pendant via the lock.
The heart pendant is a lovely glass lampworked piece from Lush Lampwork finished with copper and ever since I picked this up I've wondered if it would match Bronze X, up to now I've been wearing it on a black leather cord necklace.
I made a few bracelets out of my X stash... but I finally settled on the fairly simple bracelet below.
This I teamed with another I made up so I can wear them as a double stack...
I think the bronze makes X more interesting, although I've really enjoyed making and wearing my black and silver combos and stacking them with other brands, for wearing just X by itself the bronze adds that finishing touch.
I'm counting up my pennies to see when I can afford to buy some more bronze links to add to what I already have; although as I'm sat toasting my feet on a portable heater as I type this; it may be a bit longer than I'd like!