My ready-made pearl necklace has broken where the thread from the last pearl attached to the jumpring. It is knotted between each bead. How can I repair it without restringing the whole thing?
To maintain a professional look, as well as the integrity and length of the necklace, it's usually best to restring the pearl necklace. However, if you are willing to shorten the necklace by a few beads, here's a technique that allows you to avoid restringing.
If your necklace is a single-strand and terminates with a jumpring that attaches to a clasp, use an awl to loosen the knots between the pearls and remove enough pearls to give you a length of silk to work with, around 5- or 6-inches. Finish preparing the strand so it ends with a pearl, versus a knot. Place a twisted wire needle on the thread then string one pearl and the jumpring. Pass the needle back through the last pearl strung and tie an overhand knot around the thread between the final two pearls. Apply a dab of G-S Hypo fabric cement adhesive to secure the knot. Once the glue has dried, trim any excess thread.
If you decide to restring the entire necklace, refer to the "Using The Bead Knotter™" video and illustrated tutorial.
- Molly Schaller, Jewelry-Making Expert