What do you do...
When you lose one of your favourite earrings?
Or your best beaded bracelet snags on a zip and rips it apart?
What about when your beloved child grabs the necklace your best friend gave you and breaks the clasp?
Or, the wire snaps on your treasured necklace and all the beads fall to the floor?
Well, you scoop up all those beads, contact me and I’ll see what I can do to fix it for you! 😁
Over time I have repaired a huge variety of costume jewellery – and even a glass chandelier (just fixing the fittings, not the glass itself!)
One of the first repairs I did was for a wire flower necklace where one of the petals was bent out of shape.
Unfortunately I can’t show you a “before” photo, as I didn’t think to take one! 🤦♀️ However, I did manage to fix the bent petal and after the repair, the necklace looked like this:
Another early repair was of this beaded necklace. The tigertail wire had broken, so the whole necklace needed to be re-created with a new piece of tigertail wire.
Once fixed, it looked like this:
Another repair was of this broken rice pearl bracelet:
Unfortunately the tigertail wire had broken in a place where I couldn’t just re-loop it, so the whole bracelet needed to be re-created on a new piece of wire.
Then I was given a bag of beads with the broken elasticated nylon.
However, I had no idea of the original design! So I got to be the creator again, and re-designed the bracelet to look like this:
Later, some earrings I’ve repaired at different times – one broken (left), and one missing (right); which meant I had to re-create a pair that had a similar design, but completely different beads.
Here are some behind the scenes photos of another broken necklace:
Then more recently, I was given a glass chandelier that had been bought at a second hand shop – in pieces, but all the different pieces were present! Here are some more behind the scenes photos of that repair process:
This last necklace was quite complicated to work out how it was made!
It came to me in several pieces like this:
Eventually I managed to get it sorted, by re-threading the gold and black circles with three strands of suede cord, instead of the original five. Here is the front of the repaired necklace:
…. And here is the back:
I have to say, I was pretty pleased with how this last one turned out. It was not a design or type of necklace I’d come across before, and it did take a little while to work out how it all fitted together – much like fitting puzzle pieces together!
Do you have some costume jewellery that has broken or bent out of place, a missing earring or want to change hook earrings to clip-ons?
I’m not a metalsmith, so can’t solder items (currently) but I can often repair or recreate similar items – such as in the case of missing earrings, necklaces and bracelets – even adding beads if some have been lost.
Please email me with your request, and preferably some photos of your broken piece, and I will give you a quote.
NB: Occasionally the work required will take longer or be more difficult than first thought. I will always stick to the quote given to you (unless it’s less, in which case I will pass this saving on!)
However, I will let you know how much the final total is, and it is up to you whether or not you pay the extra. 😊