I think its all happens to us, you wear jewelry, then on accident or do to age a piece of jewelry breaks. Most will:
Throw it away
Put it aside to fix it(Which Never Happens)
Ask someone else to fix it
Just buys another piece
Now, have you ever thought to make something else out of it if it seems to be beyond repair? I mean it might be as simple as you pulled too hard and a metal ring was bent… Which brings me to tools for a moment, if you ever have this happen to your jewelry, its the simplest fix possible! You find where the jump ring was bent and disconnected from, if its a chain with little chains there most likely will be a bigger jump ring where it clasps, if its missing, you can either buy another at your local craft store, or even take one off another piece of jewelry of matching metals, here are the most common tools:
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Pliers- there are many different kinds, but I find if you have 2 pairs, you can have each in one hand and use them both to bend open the metal jump rings, and bend it back so its linked back onto the chain it broke from. Fast easy fix. But there are also:
Flat Nosed Pliers
Round Nosed Pliers
Wire Cutting Pliers(staple for jewelry makers)
Split Ring Pliers
Nylon Jaw Pliers
There are also many more, but I find, Flat Nosed, Round Nosed, & Wire cutting Pliers can fix any broken jewelry due to bent, detached or stretched jump rings.
But getting back to broken jewelry beyond that kind of repair. You can take it apart completely. You might not be a jewelry maker and not have pieces from the store to make jewelry from scratch… Or do you? If you have a bunch of broken jewelry, you basically have a jewelry making kit right in front of you, it just takes some imagination, lets say you have different kinds of metals or charms, beads, chains, there are endless possibilities you could do. I found a cool idea online from Salttree.net, it was a necklace made from numerous chains that were all different and using only one of the clasps, and a couple charms left over.
Photo from Salttree.net
Thats cool isn’t it! I mean I always make new pieces of jewelry out of old jewelry but never really thought about using the chains to make a contrasting piece. From an ankle bracelet to thick necklace, thin necklace, to chains, its a cool feel thats very much in style right now. This all can be achieved by using the pliers, just bend open the jump rings where you want to link them and close them onto another chains links, you can remove links to make a chain shorter, or add to make them longer. Its a fun start to making jewelry, takes just a little strength, patience, and steady hands.
So now when you have that pile of broken jewelry you can now look at it in a whole new way and if its something you don’t really miss so much(since you forgot about it in the first place) then make it into something new, add something to it to change it up, no one has to know it was the same necklace from last year. The possibilities are endless and you can customize it to your taste!