Ohm Beads Gramophone Inspiration

This Ohm Beads blog brings a little inspiration starring the Ohm Beads Gramophone, Bead of the Month for December 2018.

Happy 2019! I’m still sat pondering where 2018 went but here with are with a whole new year of releases to look forward to. The Ohm Beads January 2019 collections launch on the 3rd and it’s a strong and varied release. The new Rawr glass has proven incredibly popular based on pre-orders alone. The Year of the Pig debuts as the Bead of the Month in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year and we have our second exclusive glass bead at Great Lakes Boutique. For anyone yet to pre-order Purple Rain you can do so right here.

Today I’m dipping back to the December releases again and specifically the Ohm Beads Gramophone. It was the Bead of the Month and limited to five hundred and fifty five (555 pieces) with a retail price of $95. You can find it at Great Lakes via the link below:-

Ohm Beads Gramophone

This was a weird bead for me. I never disliked it from the images. I just couldn’t work out how I would use it. It certainly has a nostalgic quality but that’s a personal thing and I’m too young to have memories of these. That said it’s also different and I have always (mostly) respected Ohm for their willingness to tackle designs no one else would. (I took exception to the Shitty Ohm release which crossed a line somewhat for me.)

This is a large bead. It’s bottom heavy so there’s no issue with it flipping and it has moving parts. To clarify the handle of the gramophone moves and the record rotates but these are independent of each other. Turning the handle won’t rotate the record. You’ll find the Ohm branding on the rear, detailed to be reminiscent of a manufacturer’s label. The base is decorative.

Ohm Beads Gramophone

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Ohm Beads Gramophone

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Ohm Beads Gramophone

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Ohm Beads Gramophone

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Before Christmas I shared live images of the Redbalifrog Holly Man and a lovely reader mentioned that it reminded her of the Ghost of Christmas Past from the Christmas Carol. I’d already been throwing around my own ideas for a Victorian themed bracelet to showcase the Gramophone and decided to combine the two for this. It’s a Christmas Carol inspired bracelet. The novel dates back to the very early Victoria era and I felt the Gramophone could be a nice focal piece to set the scene.

The glass used is the limited Ohm Beads Touch of Grey (we’re very low on stock of these but you can find them here) and the limited edition Ohm Beads Eerie Nights (available here.) I wanted to keep the bracelet monotone for a ghostly vibe and the swirls of grey from Eerie Nights contributed to a spirit feel.

The silver beads were all themed for this bracelet. The Ohm Beads Dirty Magic for an old Victorian cooking pot. The Redbalifrog Holly Man for the ghost of Christmas Past as suggested. OhmMyGod 3 is there for a similar reason and so is the Trollbeads Academy Lock. The Gramophone is the focal feature with The Feast also present for the festive setting. The retired Ohm Beads Hope is included as a reminder that it’s never too late.

Ohm Beads Gramophone

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Ohm Beads Gramophone

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Ohm Beads Gramophone

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Ohm Beads Gramophone Summary

This is another perfect example of why some beads need to be seen in person, (though I appreciate for most people it’s impossible to do so without purchasing.) From the stock images alone I had no interest in this design. I’m still not sure how I will use it on a frequent basis but I do like it! It’s well made, it’s a lovely size for a focal and it’s very unusual.

Do remember that the Ohm Beads Snow Globe Promotion ends on January the 3rd so if you were wanting to participate but have yet to do so, you’re running out of time.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Ohm Beads Gramophone? Hit the comments and let me know!

Bead Index

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  • 1 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads Touch of Grey (2018) (Available here)
  • 2 – Limited Ohm Beads Dirty Magic (2017) (Available here)
  • 3 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads Eerie Nights (2018) (Available here)
  • 4 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads OhmMyGod 3 (2018)
  • 5 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads Touch of Grey (2018)
  • 6 – Redbalifrog Holly Man (Available here)
  • 7 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads Eerie Nights (2018)
  • 8 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads Gramophone (2018) (Available here)
  • 9 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads Touch of Grey (2018)
  • 10 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads The Feast (2017) (Available here)
  • 11 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads Eerie Nights (2018)
  • 12 – Retired Ohm Beads Hope (Available here)
  • 13 – Limited Edition Ohm Beads Touch of Grey
  • 14 – Trollbeads Academy Lock
Comments
  1. MaLa SaHan

    the gramophone is very detailed, love it

  2. Mary

    I bought the gramophone. I love it, but it’s odd. A music theme is obvious, but does not interest me at all. I’m leaning retro. I have a couple of Trollbeads mint green Armadillos that look just like Jadeite (which you are no doubt too young to remember). Maybe a white pearl or two, to continue the classic 40’s, 50’s feel.

    I’d love it if Ohm made more beads in this old, vintage theme. I’d need at least one more. Outhouse is a turn-off. Something kitchen-y, a classic car, or possibly furniture, though nothing specific comes to mind.

    I’m really eager to read the responses from other folks.

    • endangeredtrolls

      What about the Hipster collection? It’s retired now of course but you should still be able to find them. There’s Landline too and that’s not retired!

      • Mary

        I think a Sound Circle would be great! I will see if I can find one someplace. I used to have a cassette player. Now CDs are obsolete too.

  3. Tracey J

    I totally agree with Mary about a vintage vibe. I really love the detailing on the gramophone particular the scroll effect on the underside. It reminds me of the fret work I have in my house.
    I’m going to team mine with “time flies” and the “telephone”. I would also like to include the typewriter but am not sure if it would look out of place size wise. I haven’t seen it in real life.
    I collect vintage wears from times past, and am loving this theme. Yes I really hope OHM continue on with it and keep the beads on the larger size to show off the detailing.
    I’d love a treadmill sewing machine and the vintage car idea is wonderful!
    And Victoria your bracelet theme and inspiration is gorgeous, the monochrome is perfect to complement the silver.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I think the typewriter is quite a lot smaller – more of Ohm’s old standard size. I also like the larger beads. Sometimes beads get so small that I just struggle with the detailing and that’s not just Ohm but with any brand.

      I’m glad you like the bracelet. I’ve always liked blacks and greys with silver. I think the whole thing can take on a very ethereal vibe 😀

    • Mary

      Time Flies! Of course! Perfect idea for the mood I’m going for. That will be my focal.

  4. Marie

    Love your bracelet! I have the Gramaphone and enjoy it’s size and detail. I have struggled a bit of how to incorporate it though other than a stand-alone, this is a great use! I do hope Ohm decides to expand this concept to include other Victorian or “antique” designs.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I think it could maybe look nice as a single bead on a copper bangle? Though it would feel maybe a little random? I know it would look lovely on a vintage Christmas bracelet with some reds and woods but I think I missed that window for that 😉

      • Marie

        Lol… I rarely use just a single bead, my concept of a stand-alone included a vine of dreams and a similarly shaded unique on either side. I used that shade of purple as it looks like a shade often associated with the era of the Gramaphone. A simple bracelet using the single silver bead as the highlight.

        Thinking about it, if Ohm does an “antique” bead theme, a Brown Betty-styled teapot or a larger kitchen staff service coffee pot (either holed in a manner to keep them upright and sized to best match the gramaphone) might be fun to add. Either design could also fit other themes too.

        • Mary

          Hi Marie. I didn’t know what a Brown Betty teapot was, so I googled it. Love it. Your coffee/teapot suggestion made me jump to an old percolator with a clear glass top. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

          • Marie

            Let’s hope Ohm is watching our comments. I know they are big on coffee, so a lot of different brewing options to theme or pick from.

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