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Emergency repairs for your strung jewelry

Broken clasps or busted beads? No problem!
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We've all had it happen. You have been working on a necklace, it's almost finished, and you catch a mistake in your pattern. Or you have actually finished a piece, and a spacer bead (or a clasp) just snaps! It's a terrible feeling, but not a cause for despair. Here are some tricks to help you repair your piece without needing to take it apart and start over. 
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A BEAD BREAKS IN YOUR FINISHED PIECE

A bead breaks in a prominent place in your necklace (or bracelet). How can you cover it up?

Believe it or not, by breaking another bead! But first, get your chainnose pliers and some crimp covers.

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1. Use chainnose pliers to carefully close a crimp cover over the space created by the broken bead. Depending on the pattern, more beads may have to be sacrificed. Break them carefully with the pliers and put an additional crimp cover in their place.

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2. Repeat the crimp cover pattern on the opposite side of the necklace to create a balanced design.

YOU CATCH A MISTAKE IN A REPEATING PATTERN

Didn't see your mistake until you're almost finished? 

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This is one of the only times when two wrongs make a right. Repeat a mistake to make it look like a design choice. If you accidentally skip a bead in the front of your necklace, repeat the mistake on the other side near the back of the necklace. This creates an asymmetrical balance.

YOU'VE GOT A BROKEN CLASP (OR NEED AN EMERGENCY REPLACEMENT)

You're finished a piece (or you've been wearing it for a while) and the clasp breaks. How do you attempt a repair without taking apart the entire piece of jewelry?

SEE? IT CAN BE DONE!

Of course, in some instances, restringing a project that went awry is the only option. But there’s often a less labor-intensive solution. And sometimes, a "mistake" can actually improve the look of your piece!

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