This year is off to a friendly start as Art Blocks‘ free-to-mint Friendship Bracelets have reached the top spot on OpenSea. The 38,413-piece collection features images of friendship bracelets and has proven to be a hit with fans, recording the highest 24-hour trading volumes for January 10, 2023. The Art of FriendshipThe spike in volume for the Art Blocks Friendship Bracelets NFTs may be attributed to the recent closing of the minting window. These NFTs were available for anyone who already held one of the Art Blocks assets, who were able to mint a maximum of two free assets since October 2022. Conceptualized by Art Blocks founder Erick Calderon and designed by artist Alexis André, the collection features animated images of friendship bracelets.OMG! 🤯Just discovered that EVERY @artblocks_io Friendship Bracelet comes with an instruction on how to make it IRL.So cute! @MacTuitui @ArtOnBlockchain 🥰 pic.twitter.com/wN2W9m9J1j— nederob.eth – Ro₿ert Hoogendoorn (@Nederob) January 10, 2023Besides the digital art itself, users will eventually be able to create a physical item soon. The purpose of this friendship collection, Art Blocks says, is to reward those who have supported its efforts since the beginning. “The project is a token of our appreciation to the creators, makers, builders and collectors who have all contributed to making the Art Blocks community what it is today. Participating in this project is a signal, both online and IRL, that you’re a participant in this evolution of art and community,” the project’s OpenSea page says.Want more? Connect with NFT PlazasJoin the Weekly NewsletterJoin our DiscordFollow us on TwitterLike us on FacebookFollow us on Instagram*All investment/financial opinions expressed by NFT Plazas are from the personal research and experience of our site moderators and are intended as educational material only. Individuals are required to fully research any product prior to making any kind of investment.Tokoni Uti has written extensively on blockchain and cryptocurrency for years. Her work has appeared on sites like BTCmanager and Blockchain Reporter. She has a degree in Corporate Communications.