David McIntosh
David McIntosh
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  • Huntersville, NC

Repair a Broken Pearl Necklace String

1 Material
$4
1 Hour
Easy

My wife was so sad when her favorite necklace broke. I never back away from a challenge... so I started researching solutions and here is what I came up with.

Sure a professional could have done a much better job... but for $3.49 - I think my fix is pretty good. Important thing is the wife is happy!
repair a broken pearl necklace string
Sad face necklace! String broke at the clasp.
repair a broken pearl necklace string
I bout 0.60 mm Silk Thread meant for pearl necklaces. The cord comes with an already thread on needle... built right in!
Here is the needle. It is a small flexible metal mesh string that has the cord embedded in it. This means I do not have to use a normal needle doubling up the cord to loop it through.

repair a broken pearl necklace string
Here is the needle. It is a small flexible metal mesh string that has the cord embedded in it. This means I do not have to use a normal needle doubling up the cord to loop it through.

repair a broken pearl necklace string
The old necklace had a knot between each pearl... and I initially added them in... but the spacing between the pearls just did not look good with the knots. After a dozen knots I decided to cut the pearls free and start over without any knots between.
repair a broken pearl necklace string
I started by putting a double knot on one side. I gave myself enough slack to eventually tie the end to the clasps.. but that is later.
repair a broken pearl necklace string
Threading the pearl is very easy with this built in needle. JUST enough room to pass through. I fed ALL the pearls together with no knots.
repair a broken pearl necklace string
When I got to the other end... I used a needle to help bring the knot close to the end. I then double knotted it just to make sure it did not slip.
repair a broken pearl necklace string
Here you can see me using a needle to pull the knot close. Then I would just pull the needle out.
repair a broken pearl necklace string
With the beads secure... on to the clasp on each side.
repair a broken pearl necklace string
Each side received several knots to secure the claps ends to the cord.
repair a broken pearl necklace string
All Finished! Happy wife!
repair a broken pearl necklace string
I even have extra for the next emergency. Make sure you leave the needle attached.

Hope this inspires you in your projects.

Suggested materials:

  • Silk Cord and Needle

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