If you are like most women (myself included) then you spend a lot of
money on jewelry. Even if you don't spend a ton of money, the money you
do spend is worth something and it can be very sad to end up with
broken jewelry pieces. Depending on what happens you can either fix the
piece that you have or come up with a whole new piece from the existing
parts. With a few simple tools and the know how you can save your
Tips To Make Fixing Your Jewelry Easier.
While fixing your jewelry doesn't always have to be hard, there are times that it is. If you are careful you can make it easier for yourself.
- Collect the parts-
While it isn't always easy to do collecting all the parts will make it
easier for you to put it back together. It will also help you figure
out why the piece broke so that you can make it better. This should
include clasps, stones, beads, dangles, and anything else that might
have come off.
- Figure Out what is missing- If you weren't able to collect everything then carefully figure out what is missing so that you can decide what you want to do about it.
- Deciding What your options are- If
you have missing pieces (which is so easy to do) then you need to
decide how to handle the situation. You can take the piece to a jewelry
supply or craft store and try to match the missing piece up with
something similar or you can remove all the pieces that match the
missing one(s). This is often something necessary for beads and missing
Many types of jewelry contain attachments. These often come in the form of gemstones, crystals, and even in acrylic or enameling. They are often glued down to the jewelry and can easily come off. When they do gather the broken pieces and make sure they are clean. Carefully add a drop of glue to the location where they need to be glued back down. I recommend Bead Fix for gluing jewelry back together. Press down and hold for 30 seconds. Give the piece 24 hours to cure and then wear as normal. If there is a prong setting as is common with gemstones then glue it back together and carefully bend the prongs back into place. This will help keep it secure.
If there are pieces missing you can try to find something that is similar enough that it matches. Make sure you take the piece with you when hunting for something that will work. If you are successful and find something then carefully glue it down in the same way you would the originals. If you can't find anything that will work you can carefully try to remove all matching pieces. This can often be difficult, but if success will mean that you can then replace all of the pieces with something else that you like. Once all of the pieces are removed then glue down your choice of material in the same way you would the originals.
Repairing Broken Findings.
Findings often break. This can include clasps, ear wires, and pins that hold pieces together. To repair them you will need a pair of pliers, wire cutters, and replacement parts. Round nose pliers or combination pliers often work best and two are better then one for this project. Look around for something that works well with the piece. It doesn't have to be exactly the same as what was on there before, especially if it is a broken clasp that needs replacing. It is best to find fine silver, sterling silver, and gold online. Often times brick and mortar stores don't carry the finer metal options.
Using the wire cutters carefully cut the jump ring that holds the broken part in place. Grab each side of the cut with a pair of pliers and twist by pulling one side toward you and one side away from you. Remove the broken pieces. Replace them with the new by opening a jump ring (in the same manner that you just removed the old one) and attaching it to one end of the piece. Then add the clasp and close the jump ring by twisting it back into place.
Sometimes head and eye pins also break. You will want to cut these off to remove them. Carefully replace them in a similar manner with something of similar quality. You can make loops carefully by bending the eye or head pin.
Repairing Broken Chains.
A common element of jewelry that breaks are the chains. However there are tons of options available for replacing broken chains. You will want to go online to find something that you like. If the chain is too small to hook a jump ring into you will also want to get a crimp end for your chain. This will allow you to insert your chain, add a dab of glue for extra security, and then crush the end (also called crimping) around the chain to hold it in place. You can then add your clasp to the crimp end using a jump ring. If they chain has large enough hoops you can connect the clasp with jump rings with no additional equipment. You can either choose to keep the clasp from the broken chain or replace it with something else.
Repairing Broken Beaded Pieces.
Beaded jewelry can often be the easiest to fix. If it breaks you will want to collect the beads and restring them. To do so you will want nylon coated beading wire, crimp beads or tubes, a clasp of your choice (often the original can be used), a pair of crimp pliers, and scissors. Cut your nylon coated beading wire about four inches longer then the piece that you will need to make. Start by adding your clasp and folding over about 1.5" of wire. Add a crimp bead or tube over both wires and press close to the clasp. Using the crimp pliers, crimp the bead. (For directions on how to crimp a crimp bead or tube see How to Crimp a Crimp Bead). Next add your beads until you reach the desired length. Add another crimp bead or tube and then your clasp. Run the remaining wire back through the crimp bead and the beads before it. Pull tight (sometimes it works best if you grab the end with the pliers and then pull it tight). Carefully crimp the bead. You now have a piece like new!
While knowing these tips won't let you repair every broken piece of jewelry, it will let you repair most. You can carefully make a difference and continue to enjoy pieces that would other wise need to be thrown out or left in your jewelry box. This can be fun, worth while, and definitely cost effective.