Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DIY Quick Broken Necklace Fix

Wow! What an incredible response we had to last week's blog hop, sponsored by Quiltmaker Magazine! The winner of the free issue, chosen at random, was Lea from Indiana! Her copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 7 is on its way.

The new website and blog are almost done... please stick with me as we get it launched. I am hoping for next week... I'm not sure, but this may be the last post you see on this "old" blog!

In the meantime, I wanted to show you a really quick fix for costume jewelry chains. I always have fishing line in a couple of different weights in my craft cupboard. Because it's clear and very strong, I find it comes in handy for lots of stuff.... this week I found out that you can use it to fix jewelry!

My daughter had this inexpensive necklace that broke. And when I say inexpensive, I mean really cheap, like it cost just a few dollars at the accessory store at the mall. But she still liked it and wore it a lot.

The links were too small to try to fix with the pliers that I had at home. I removed the broken link. If you can't remove the broken link because it's too small, just leave it there. I took a piece of fine fishing line, several inches long, and threaded it into the 2 links.

I carefully tied it off, several times, being careful that the necklace chain stayed flat and didn't bunch up from pulling the fishing line too tight.

Then I threaded the fishing line up the necklace through several more of the links. You don't want to cut the fishing line off right at the knot because it may become untied later on.

After I had threaded both ends through the necklace chain, I cut off the excess fishing line.

You can't even see where the repair is!

Now obviously I don't recommend this fix for your good jewelry- but for cheap costume jewelry it really does the trick!


  1. Replies
    1. Well, I don't know about brilliant.... but it did work well :)

  2. What a great idea!! I never thought of that.

    1. Fishing line is pretty useful stuff... you should always make sure you have some around!

  3. Wouldn't clear plastic sewing thread be even finer & more invisible?

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