|Elfbeads bracelet & lock (view is of the bottom of the lock)|
4 beads duly ordered to qualify for the amazing promotional offer of a free bracelet, lock and Limited Edition Dragon bead and I was away.
Double helpings of Midnight Flames and Stardust Dunes were ordered and these have already featured in my Spirit in the Sky Bracelet and complementary bangle last month. However what you won't have seen yet is the middle bead below which was a gift from Great Lakes due to a longer than originally anticipated wait for the order.
|My first 4 Elbeads with an unexpected free bead!|
I really didn't mind waiting as both Great Lakes and Elfbeads had been very clear that if they opened up the promotion to those online (originally it was only ever intended to be an in store promotion) then the wait could be very long indeed as they promised they would honour all online orders by making extra beads, dragons, chains and locks, no matter how long it took... given how popular the promotion was I'm surprised they managed to meet all the demand before Christmas! Do you think they actually had to employ real Elves to achieve this?
|Midnight Flames and Stardust Dunes in use on my Spirit in the Sky Bangle and complementary bangle.|
My favourite use of them so far is in this Bracelet that was put together by Victoria over at Endangered Trolls using Alex Cramariuc's Octopus. I foresee there may be a few more blue bracelets in my future, and hopefully some of Alex's fabulous work too!
So what about the Dragon? Well as you know if you've read Curling Stones for any length of time, or followed my A to Z series, I'm rather fond of Dragons, so a dragon in glass curled around a bead as a body was definitely going to be a hard one to resist.
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my lovely glass dragon, now called Idris, but I never worry about where beads will ultimately end up... it generally all works out in the end!
Finally the lock and bracelet in more detail.
The Elfbeads system is similar to my Karma bracelet in that you have a hinged lock that closes around the bracelet end, but different in that the bracelet is completely free of the lock (like other modular jewellery systems) so that it's completely interchangeable with different locks, or will be once Elfbeads move on to their next design.
|Elfbeads bracelet - beads are loaded on the smaller end and the cap at the larger end stops them falling off.|
There is 1 lock design currently, the Elfbeads Treasure Chest. Mine is clearly in silver... but this has also seen a version in Gold that debuted at the Great Lakes launch.
The lock also has two separate sides to open, the trick is to remember which end the beads come off so you don't open that one first!! (A common issue for charm enthusiasts)
|Elfbeads Bracelet and Treasure Chest Silver Lock|
|Elfbead bracelet ends in detail|
What makes this bracelet and lock system interesting is that the lock completely sits on the bracelet as a bead in it's own right. I'm really looking forward to what lock they make next!
I'm hoping they'll make some stoppers as well... and I've definitely got my eye on some of their silver beads... but one thing at a time!
Have you discovered Elfbeads?
What do you think - have you indulged, want to, or will you pass?