Well, the reviews are beginning to come in from our own group of Trollbeads fans, and for the most part our ladies are loving Trollbeads X. I’ve had a number of questions about X: “How big are the links?”, “Will they slip apart by accident?” and the big one, “How do I make a start?”.
The single links are just a little over half an inch long, with the double links roughly twice as long. There is variation in length between the various decorative links, especially in the Zodiac collection.
How many links you will require to make a bracelet will depend on your size, how you like to wear your bracelets, and which links you’d like to incorporate. Our ladies have for the most part chosen to start with mostly black X links with a
clasp and perhaps one accent link in silver or bronze. That’s the route I’ve chosen myself… I’m looking forward to building my new bracelet slowly, just as I did with my very first Trollbead bracelet. I’m going to add links as little rewards to myself on a regular basis and choose the accent ones only as I fall in love with them.
On my bracelet I have 18 single links and one clasp, and I would normally take a 7.9″ Trollbeads bracelet worn full. I could wear a 7.5, and occasionally do if the bracelet only has a handful of beads, but I prefer it to fit on the loose side.
Here’s the plan…
My bracelet today is pictured at top left… and I’d like to transform is into a classic bronze chain that I can wear every day with my gold bangle and Trollbeads. I’ve played with the bronze links, and they feel velvety, smooth, and satisfyingly heavy. I’d love to wear one all the time. If I add a couple of double links each month I’ll have a gorgeous, all-bronze chain bracelet by Christmas – just in time for my family to pick me a silver accent piece as a special treat. (I’ll have to be very good…)
That’s my plan, but there are lots of creative approaches to making a beautiful beginning. Melanie had a great idea for integrating little touches of one’s classic Trollbeads to add zest to a simple bracelet…
Loop two rows of black rubber X for double the drama – and then add one of the Trollbeads tassels to the clasp. This is perfect with the Black Spinel, but would be equally pretty with any of the tassel designs. This brilliant design has tons of presence and the flexibility to transform into a necklace in seconds flat.
Finally, The X link is beautifully engineered and absolutely won’t slip apart while you are wearing it. It’s a pleasure to use, and every time I connect two links I still marvel at its elegant simplicity.
To really understand how nicely the X works one has to feel it for oneself, so do pop in and play!