How to Repair Jewellery

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How to Repair Jewellery

It seems to happen at the most inopportune time. Owners take out a piece of jewellery that coordinates so well with the evening dress or work suit to discover damage, a missing a gem, or a loose or lost jump ring. Before tossing a favourite jewellery piece into the dust bin or taking it to a jeweller, consider fixing it at home. Many repairs are easy and most consumers can accomplish them at home. The tools and material needed to repair jewellery are not complicated to use or find and may save the cost of an expensive repair. Owners can find items to repair jewellery at a jewellery store, online on eBay, or in eBay deals in Fashion and Beauty.

Jewellery Repair Tools and Materials

Gathering the tools and materials needed before beginning the repairs ensure that owners have everything needed at hand.

Tool or Material

Use

Magnifying glass

Examining jewellery and locating small parts

Needle nose and flat nose pliers

Bending wires and metal parts

Fine grit sandpaper

Cleaning debris or roughing surfaces

Glue gun, nail glue, or epoxy

Attaching parts

Wooden matches or toothpicks

Spreading adhesives

Eye protection or goggles

Preventing eye damage

Buffing cloth

Restoring shine

Assorted jewellery parts, gems, and jump rings

Replacement parts

Silk thread

Re-stringing pearls

Glue guns, nail glue, or bonding adhesives can transfer from the work at hand to clothing and once on clothing owners can find it impossible to remove them.

How to Replace Jump Rings

The jump ring is the circle of metal that connects a necklace or bracelet to the clasp. Once the jump ring pulls open, owners typically need to replace it. When opening a new jump ring to attach to a piece of jewellery, use needle nose pliers to gently pull one end to the side, rather like putting keys on a keyring. Attach the jump ring to the jewellery and gently close it.

How to Glue Pearls

If a pearl in an earring or broach, owners can safely attach it using an epoxy resin. Clean the setting, removing dirt, debris, or any old glue using fine-grit sandpaper. Mix the epoxy according to the manufacturer's directions and apply it to the setting using a wooden match stick or toothpick. Holding the pearl with tweezers, gently place the pearl back in the setting.

How to String Pearls

If the string breaks, owners can replace the string using silk thread. Remove the pearl strand from the jump ring and clasp by cutting the knot or loop that holds them. Lay the pearls out in the order they were in before the break and restring them one at a time, handling them gently.

How to Repair Lever Back Earrings

Examine the damaged earring carefully with the magnifying glass to determine the problem. Open and close the lever back to understand how it is working and how it should be working.

Repairing a Bent Closure

Usually the problem with lever back earring is that it is not closing properly due to a bent closure. Use flat nose pliers to hold the earring and needle nosed pliers to bend the closure back into place.

Replacing a Lever Back

If the lever back is broken or badly damage, owners can replace it. Clip off the old back with pliers. With a fine grit sandpaper, remove any old solder or glue. Install the new back by placing a drop of glue on the earring and holding the new part in place.

How to Replace a Missing Stone or Gem

If the gemstone has fallen out and the owner has the stone on hand, the owner can glue it back into place. If the owner cannot find the missing stone, the best option is to remove the stone from the matching earring and replace both. Clean the stone or gem by removing any glue or solder on the earring using fine grit sandpaper, then buff the area with a soft cloth. Apply a small drop of glue to the base and attach the stone using tweezers.

How to Buy Jewellery Repair Products on eBay

To locate and purchase jump rings, tweezers, or any other jewellery repair items, just go to any eBay page. Type a keyword like "glue gun" into the Search box. The results list can be extensive, so be sure to read each item of interest carefully to be sure it is exactly what you are looking for.

Repairing jewellery at home can save time and money, while rescuing a piece of jewellery or an earring from the recycle bin. The tools and supplies needed are not complicated to use or hard to find, and completing the steps needed to repair jewellery is something most owners can do.

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