DIY Project Week 15: Fixing a Multi-Strand Necklace

I don't know about you, but when a favorite piece of jewelry breaks, I have a little memorial service in my heart. There's nothing worse than the feeling of your favorite necklace sliding down your neck in what feels like movie theater slow motion as the clasp breaks.

Such was the case with this little beauty. I bought this necklace from Heart of the Bride, an organization similar to Back to Africa, that helps empower women in Africa by giving them a trade. I absolutely love the color of these beads, and what's neat is that women in Africa not only made the necklace, but the beads themselves--and out of paper, no less.

For months and months now, this necklace has been lying in my projects-needing-help pile. Do you have jewelry like this? You aren't quite willing to give it up, but you can't wear it anymore?

Here's an easy way to fix a broken clasp on a multi-strand necklace.

First, you want to clip off the old clasp. Try to retain as much of the string as possible, because you may be able to use the string/nylon it was originally strung on, making your job much easier in the end. That's what I was able to do.

You may have to take off a few beads from the ends of the strands so you have enough string to work with.

Now that you've clipped the old clasp off, slide on a crimper bead. You'll also need a crimper tool in order to do this correctly.

Continue crimping each strand onto the new clasp, one at a time, until you've finished all the strands. This can get tedious, but I promise the end result will be worth it!


And tada! You're finished! Now you can remember what you loved about your necklace in the first place. :)

Have you ever had a necklace break on you? Hopefully this will help you know how to fix it!

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