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Video: How to Repair a Broken Necklace

May 10, 2010

If you’re anything like me, you have a “necklace graveyard” where you keep all of your broken necklaces in Ziploc baggies to be repaired someday. Well that day is today. I’m going to share with you exactly how to re-string your broken necklaces so you can bring them back to life.

Materials you’ll need:

*2 crimp beads

*A spool of nylon-coated jewelry wire (the thickness will depend on what type of beads your necklace is made of)

*A small pair of needle-nose pliers

*Your preferred clasp (there are many including lobster claw, spring ring, fish hook, and toggle)

*The original beads from your necklace (hopefully you have all of them!)

How to repair your necklace:

1. Gather all of the original beads from your broken necklace. Arrange them in the order you want to string them.

2. Snip a length of jewelry wire roughly 3 inches longer than the actual length of your necklace. Remember: measure twice and cut once. It’s better to have too much wire in this case than too little, so don’t be afraid to over-cut.

3. Slip one crimp bead onto your wire. Keep it about 1.5 inches from the end of your wire.

4. Slip one half of the clasp onto your wire. It doesn’t matter which half you put on first.

5. Feed the wire back through the crimp bead only.

6. Pull the crimp bead snugly up against the clasp and crimp it with your pliers. This secures the clasp in place.

7. Begin stringing your beads. As you bead, tuck any excess wire from the clasp through the beads.

8. Once all your beads are strung, slip the other crimp bead onto the end of your wire.

9. Slip the other half of your clasp on the wire.

10. Feed the wire back through the crimp bead only.

11. Shimmy the crimp bead snugly up against the clasp. Crimp the bead to secure the clasp in place.

12. Snip any excess wire that is longer than 1.5 inches.

13. Feed the wire back through the beads.

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Voilà! Your neclace is as good as new, and it took you a fraction of the time you would have spent taking it to a jewler to repair. Some necklaces are just too pretty to put out to pasture, so revive them yourself with these easy steps.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kaitlin permalink
    May 10, 2010 9:30 am

    Fantastic! Can I just send my broken jewelry to you?? I’ll pay 🙂

  2. May 13, 2010 4:31 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the tips Switchback! Tell Jake that he is the Tarantino of broken-necklace-repair-blog-video-camera-operators. Was that post actually a veiled comment on the closed and broken policies of the Arizona government and their trials with immigration? That’s what I got out of it.

    To be honest, you may have as well been explaining string theory to me, that’s how little I know about jewelry.

    Loving the blog though (hope you’re not posting any of this stuff while at work…)!

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