I didn’t intend for Ohm Beads’ Love Hurts to end up on my zombie bracelet*, but when it arrived it told me that’s where it wanted it be. And it was right: it fit in so perfectly that it hasn’t had a chance to grace any other combinations in the two months since I got it and I don’t foresee it going anywhere else in the upcoming months either. The patchwork of cracks and scars on it blends in wonderfully with the feel of the two tupilak beads, and it inspired me to add the This Too bead to this bracelet as a fun nod to the fact that zombies have, of course, passed away.
I’m quite pleased with how the bracelet is turning out! It isn’t finished yet but has grown nicely over the last few months despite the fact that I’m not actively seeking out beads for it. The latest bead to be added to it is the pale green and brown python at the centre, a bead that originally acted as the focal bead on my woodland bracelet before being ousted by the redbalifrog Tomte bead. In that case, the python was bumped off the bracelet entirely as I didn’t have another glass bead to pair it with, and it has mostly languished in my bead box since then, loved but seldom worn. I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it on this bracelet, but I was happy when it found a home here, even if it bumped the Love Hurts bead out of the centre spot that it had occupied since its arrival. To balance out the silvers in this new configuration, I’ve temporarily added the Endless bead (another nod towards the undying nature of zombies), but hope to find something else that works a bit better in the future. If Ohm Beads comes out with a zombie or brain bead, I might be set ;)
I’m still finding the colour scheme of this bracelet to be a bit of a challenge since I don’t want it to be gory, but want it to have a zombie feel. The last few beads have been a bit more brown, but I’m enjoying the paler greens/muddy yellows that are at the front so I think it will grow in that direction in the future. I do keep wondering if it needs at least one bead with red on it since zombies are undeniably linked with bloodlust. I guess I’ll just have to see if the right one comes my way! And in the meantime, I’l continue to enjoy my little homage to the undead. :D
* I actually broke my “figure out where you’ll use it before you buy it” rule for the Love Hurts bead since I had no clue where it was going to go before it showed up, but I’m glad that I did!