I chose the latter.
An object begging for some creative alteration was a bracelet I'd bought recently, but which I wasn't 100% happy with. The reason I'd bought it was that I really like bees (and not only since and because of recent debates). The piece had little bee-shaped charms on it; bees, beetles and flowers. Unfortunately, it did not truly suit my style because all the lovely charms were fastened to a thick golden chain - the type that can be found around necks and wrists of the stereotypical and often-portrayed Viennese vest-wearing, swearing, petulant, self-righteous, tendentially racist working-class male in his mid-50s. Or pimps. Not really people I either associate with or wish to be associated with.
So, I have a trauma connected to golden chains and I knew I was never going to wear it, unless I made some changes. I consequently searched my big box of spoils for some inspiration and found the clasp of a necklace which was once replaced by a simple leather strap and also little black beads, remnants of the same necklace. I, furthermore, found a spool of silver wire and a green leather strap. In short: all I needed to replace the horrid golden chain. (While I was at it, I also got rid of the three most tastless charms on it, only transferring the pretty ones onto my new bracelet.)
The result I was finally happy with is this:
I might start easing my workload now. Or I'll return to my book...