Well given that I was a student in Hull, albeit not as early as 1982, you'll perhaps forgive my title...
Today I thought I'd bring you up to speed with everything but the beads... and yes there are TWO chess locks in that photo. There are also two plain locks but you might have missed those in the excitement.
Whilst Victoria over at Endangered Trolls alerted everyone that the chess lock was about to make an appearance actually for sale through a retailer and kept us all up to date, later on Michael over at Mike's Trollbead Adventure! wrote a lovely piece on the history of this lock, supplemented by his insider knowledge of not only having worked with Trollbeads but also having visited Fable who are the UK distributors of Trollbeads. I would recommend a visit to those two blogs for a much more detailed account of this lovely lock and the story of how it all happened.
For me personally, the appeal is a lot about what the lock is not... it's not floral, an animal or particularly girly/cute. I like it because it is more plain, gender neutral, a bit abstract even though it's a pattern and I love the history of it. As an aside I anticipate that I may be switching over to Redbalifrog locks next time I want a new one as I love their detailing and designs.
There was quite a scrum, as first one, then two, then three, then four Danish retailers were able to sell a very small quantity of these locks, which flew out of the shops selling like proverbial hot cakes. Whilst I did manage to get my own lock on the second attempt (I found a retailer selling these before it had become common knowledge), the credit for my second lock goes to a very lovely troll friend who managed to source several for people who were unable or unsuccessful in buying any at all. I did make sure that everyone had had the chance of getting at least one before I felt confident in snagging a second... I didn't want anyone to miss out!
Just before the all the chess lock excitement/drama happened, I'd finally matched up the number of bracelets to locks to stoppers to safety chains, not that this matters but it was fun (in a nerdy kind of way) to have everything all equal. I'm sat here wondering if this is a good enough reason for more bracelets now I have 2 spare locks? In an even rarer Mars moment, all bracelets are actually made up right now and I have none spare for bead play (for all the spare beads) - and yes I did have to dismantle everything and store it with military precision to take all these photos and yes it very much was a complete pain in the ass to do so. That should remind me to plan ahead a bit more with photography for blog posts, or maybe not!
Tony Hart I am not!
Finally there was one more thing I was really in need of. If you read the blog on a regular basis you won't have failed to notice that my collection has increased quite substantially over the last 5 months in particular. I overcame the storage issue by buying another stacking case (I can't recommend these enough for being very useful) but I was hankering after something a bit more substantial.
Unbeknownst to even my Local Dealer, not only had they all sold out, but were no longer available from Fable either. I then turned my attention online and scoured the internet, lots of jewellers had them on their websites, but as an order in item; which you can't do if there are none left... I finally found one and ordered it and probably confused the shop by ringing them up to ask "You definitely have this actually in stock in the shop, one you can physically send out?" as I knew I was running out of time to find one... but yes they did have one actually in the shop and yes they did physically send it out the next day. I would show you this full of beads but given my title... you'll just have to wait.