Ohm Beads have taken me one step closer to utter jewellery perfection, forget human or bird skulls... Ohm have given us all Dinosaur Skulls!
I'm so fond of these that I've actually swapped* my car for them!
T-Rex first appeared a year ago as a one off bead (at the time), he's absolutely delicious and I wanted him immediately. However, as often happens, other beads rose to the top of the wishlist instead - I wasn't sure I was ready for just one big dinosaur skull... secretly I always hoped there would be more!
When the Rawr Collection was announced with a further THREE skulls released ready for January 2015, I knew I was always going to find a way to fund these, it's not often I get massively excited by a new release that I have to have it ALL at once as soon as it's available.
Well not technically all as I didn't pick up any of the glass beads from the Rawr Collection, they do match the skulls beautifully if you want to go take a peek over at Ohm's website, and I do really like the design.
Aside from budget limitations, I tend to avoid glass that is branded with the name visible on the core but that's just my personal preference. I think one day I might want a glass Ohm Bead more than I care about visible branding.
Try saying that when you've had a few! Actually I can't say, or spell it when I'm sober either! Checks spelling of it for 7th time...
It's a true likeness of the actual skull, as are all of these which is another reason why I love this collection. It looks very striking on my bracelet and I've positioned it so it sits on the side curve to make the best use of it's shape.
I always feel this skull looks so happy! It has great detailing and I adore the horns on the top.
Like Parasaurolophus it can sit a bit quirky if you want the collar to neatly hug the bead it's next to, but I really like that Ohm have stuck to anatomically correct rather than changing the design to make it cutesy or overly bead friendly. On the bracelet I've placed it next to a bead that I feel complements this part of the design.
The Velociraptor Skull is a long bead, it's the only one where if you pinch the nose together there is a slight movement that can be felt. I don't think this would cause any issues as it doesn't feel too fragile for normal wear and tear.
Although designed to fit the bracelet lengthwise, will also fit a Trollbeads bracelet vertically as the eyes are large enough for the bracelet to pass through.
I'd always wanted an organic feel to this bracelet - originally I included more colours, still earthy tones, but it detracted from the skulls too much so I simplified the colours even further.
It can be quite hard to accommodate FOUR big centre pieces all on one 17cm bracelet.
Finally I must mention the lock as my ultimate plan is to use Redbalifrog's Dragon Lock, which will be perfect for this bracelet... but, er, I don't actually own that one right now - so you'll need to use your imagination when you see Trollbeads Elephant Lock instead!
*sadly it was time for my lovely old car to go to the scrapyard and be (responsibly) scrapped... as anyone who has done this recently will know, you really don't get a lot of money for scrap these days. However I couldn't bear to put the paltry sum back into my bank account, so I decided to wear it on my wrist instead as the proceeds went to help fund my Dinosaur Skulls. As they, and now my car, are extinct it seemed a fair swap!
What do you think to Ohm's Rawr Collection?
Will you be wearing Dinosaur Skulls this season?