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Quality of the new locks - Seahose and Dolphin

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Post by Nkara Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:42 pm

I went to my LD this weekend to "inspect" the new collection and she showed me the new locks compared to older ones. Sadly, the new ones look weak and scrawny. It's as if TB wants to save money on the raw material. Sad

Here's a picture of them next to each other:

Quality of the new locks - Seahose and Dolphin Locks01
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Post by aprilshack Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:56 pm

Nkara wrote:I went to my LD this weekend to "inspect" the new collection and she showed me the new locks compared to older ones. Sadly, the new ones look weak and scrawny. It's as if TB wants to save money on the raw material. Sad

Here's a picture of them next to each other:

Quality of the new locks - Seahose and Dolphin Locks01
Quality of the new locks - Seahose and Dolphin Locks02

Thanks for the pics.I was hoping for a irl pic of the seahorse lock.I am in two minds if i want one or not..
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Post by Fuzzyfeet Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:00 pm

I saw them yesterday and didn't think they looked too flimsy, but I didn't compare them, that is quite a difference Shocked

I think they are too cutesy for me anyway, but I think I'm gonna need a Toad/Chickenpox lock, no one could call that cute ! Laughing
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Post by Bluesybeads Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:03 pm

I am getting too old and shaky for smaller locks Laughing Laugh

No, seriously when trying out the new small locks at my LD, there is a problem for me, especially when using leather bracelets. Fastening would get more difficult for me.

Furthermore the dolphin, which I liked the most, bit my sensitive skin.

None of the new and smaller locks for me.

SO I have been enjoying my old locks and may buy some more before they retire.
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Post by Fleur Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:04 pm

When I saw them in a shop, even the shop-owner wondered, if they would hold a full bracelet.
I am sorry to say, that I don't like the new locks.
Having a seahorse lock could have been so great - but this design doesn't do it for me.
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Post by aprilshack Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:05 pm

Fuzzyfeet wrote:I saw them yesterday and didn't think they looked too flimsy, but I didn't compare them, that is quite a difference Shocked

I think they are too cutesy for me anyway, but I think I'm gonna need a Toad/Chickenpox lock, no one could call that cute ! Laughing

I still like the look of the pox clasp.Is it all really shiny or is it oxidized between the bumps?
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Post by Cloverbead Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:14 pm

I like the seahorse lock, but it is sad that they are shrinking....the new plain lock has shrunk too Sad
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Post by splinty Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:16 pm

I love my pox lock even more now I've seen these cute little things! Mine's really darkly oxidized and grungy aprilshack, only the little bobbles shine (and I oxidized it some more when I got it, I love it blacker than black Very Happy )
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Post by aprilshack Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:19 pm

splinty wrote:I love my pox lock even more now I've seen these cute little things! Mine's really darkly oxidized and grungy aprilshack, only the little bobbles shine (and I oxidized it some more when I got it, I love it blacker than black Very Happy )

Wonder it TB would consider doing an all over oxidized black looking clasp in the future?
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Post by Monique26 Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:32 pm

Thank you for doing this and for letting us know.
Very interesting.
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Post by TrollFantasy Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:31 pm

Thanks for showing. I still like the seahorse though. And I was wondering, aren't the new bicolour locks the same shape? Would those also look so flimsy next to the older locks?
Anyway, I really like the look and will buy the seahorse one day. I'm trying to stay confident that they still hold the weight, although they might look a little less secure, maybe we're just to critical *wishful thinking*
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Post by Brightonbelle Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:49 pm

I am waiting for an honest dealer to have a really good go at breaking one of the new locks and to tell me how easy or hard it is to do that.
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Post by Smaug Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:01 pm

Thickness may not always be conclusive.

For the Faerybeads dragon locks we apply special treatments to assure the tail is extremely strong despite its slender appearance. But it is jewelry, it may not withstand a forceful pull.

TFS Nkara! Very helpful to see them all together!


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Post by Brightonbelle Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:03 pm

Smaug wrote:Thickness may not always be conclusive.

For the Faerybeads dragon locks we apply special treatments to assure the tail is extremely strong despite its slender appearance. But it is jewelry, it may not withstand a forceful pull.

You took great care to test your locks and send examples out for users to try them too. I want to know if the same has been done with the Trollbeads locks.
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Post by trollfinder Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:07 pm

The new locks don't look secure at all. I would not take a chance with one of those No

Thank you for the comparison Nkara.
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Post by Michelle Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:21 pm

I feel the quality is not there of this locks Crying or Very sad . I look and they are very like baby locks to me

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Post by Brightonbelle Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:44 pm

I have asked a dealer who is also a goldsmith on Facebook and he insists that the locks are strong enough.
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Post by Treeinwind Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:39 am

I wish they had made the eye smaller on the Seahorse and the Seahorse bigger! I think it is just an okay lock, but I agree with Fuzzyfeet, I would rather have a Toad lock!

I have been wearing it and it seems strong. Being kind you could say it is delicate and feminine. But I would take ugly any day! I think a Toad lock would look great on a Sea themed bracelet with Conch. Damn, why didn't I think of that before???
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Post by Michelle Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:52 am

Treeinwind wrote:I wish they had made the eye smaller on the Seahorse and the Seahorse bigger! I think it is just an okay lock, but I agree with Fuzzyfeet, I would rather have a Toad lock!

I have been wearing it and it seems strong. Being kind you could say it is delicate and feminine. But I would take ugly any day! I think a Toad lock would look great on a Sea themed bracelet with Conch. Damn, why didn't I think of that before???

I have done this allready. My toad lock it is on my rock pool bracelet for textures.

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Post by Jules Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:56 am

Just don't do it for me regardless of strength...Happy meal locks..sorry Embarassed
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Post by Anita Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:40 am

Jules wrote:Just don't do it for me regardless of strength...Happy meal locks..sorry Embarassed

Agree They're too 'Disney' for me.
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Post by Joolz Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:17 pm

Anita wrote:

Agree They're too 'Disney' for me.
Agree
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Post by reltan Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:50 pm

Joolz wrote:
Anita wrote:

Agree They're too 'Disney' for me.
Agree
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Post by troll2011 Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:26 am

Thanks for the pics. No new locks for me. They are too cute and I love chunkier ones. Smile

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Post by ZAKLINZ Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:17 am

When I heard that the new plain lock was smaller my first thought was to get another larger one (even though I have two now) while I still could. One of my earliest attractions to TB was the size of the locks. I hope that this doesn't mean that we can forget about bigger locks altogether in the future. I initially planned on getting the new seahorse lock, and possibly the dolphin, but am not so enamored with them now that I can see the size difference. I don't know, maybe I would like them on leather bracelets.
Thanks for sharing the pics.
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