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Do you have an old chain bracelet or necklace that broke, but you still want to keep? Old accessories can always be restored to its original functionality. This guide will provide you with a step-by-step process for fixing broken chains.

Image 1/1: This way the chain will not get tangled up.
  • Lay your chain necklace flat on the table from one end to another.

  • This way the chain will not get tangled up.

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Image 1/1: Be very careful that you do not hurt yourself with the pliers or the end of the metal chain.
  • Grab one end of your chain necklace and place the pliers on the right of the small opening on the chain.

  • Be very careful that you do not hurt yourself with the pliers or the end of the metal chain.

  • Keep your hand a few centimeters lower than the opening of the chain.

"Identify the smaller and wider hole on the soda tab. Make a small cut along the edge towards the center of the hole."

Specify which hole you're cutting.

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Image 1/1: This opens up the chain allowing you to work with it easily.
  • Using your pliers, pull down slightly as to make the gap in the chain larger.

  • This opens up the chain allowing you to work with it easily.

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  • Do the same thing with the chain on the opposite side.

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  • Grab both ends of the chain and hook them together.

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Image 1/2: Using the pliers, push the chain back to its original position. Image 2/2: Using the pliers, push the chain back to its original position.
  • Once they're hooked together, grab the pliers and place them on the right side of one of the chains.

  • Using the pliers, push the chain back to its original position.

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  • Do the same thing on the other chain to close it all together.

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  • The jewelry piece should now be good as new.

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Conclusion

With this easy guide, any individual can restore his or her own accessory. This creative guide can be used for all accessories whether big or small, wide or thin. Now you can always save those old, broken, accessories that still have a special place in your heart.

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Always great to be able to repair and reuse broken jewelry. A tip on how to add a bright, metal jump ring or chain to an older, more tarnished necklace is to use the flame of a wooden match to burn the newer metal. It will give it an antique look. Try doing it on just one bit of metal to see how it reacts. And, always hold the metal with your pliers, not your hands, when you're burning it. Allow it to cool. Wipe off excess tarnish with a tissue. Note: this needs a wooden match, not a lighter.

Also, to polish sterling chains, you can use a q-tip with fireplace ashes. They work great!

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