Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Estate Sale Necklace Repair


Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hey Gosling and Kelly,

True Confession:  I'm addicted to estate sales.  

I love everything about them - the fact that I can preview the pics of items for sale before the sale, the fact that I get to go into houses (I love houses), the fact that I get to actually shop, and the fact that on some days I find the perfect thing.  

One day I found a bright and funky beaded necklace.  Then, I bought it.  Then, I wore it to the car.  And then...it broke.

At first I panicked (had I wasted $3?).  Then, I remembered that I had some beading supplies and I could probably put it all back together again.

First step, gather supplies:  jewelry wire, a new clasp, green beads (that I already had, I guess I really like Kelly green, huh), pliers, and some cincher beads* (*not a technical term).




Since I needed to string the beads on a new piece of jewelry wire, I added a clasp to one end of the wire and pinched the cincher beads to secure the clasp.


I took the broken necklace as an opportunity to make it a little longer (it was a bit of a choker when I bought it).  I added ten of the small Kelly green beads to each end.


Then, I began restringing the vintage beads.


Half of the old...half of the new.


A few minutes later, I had a fancy new/old necklace.



So there you have it, the progression of my estate sale necklace purchase --- victory (fun find), failure (broken), to victory (better and stronger than ever).  What do you say girls?  Wanna join me on my next estate sale hunt?

Later,






Note from Mrs. Kelly:  Find me one of those necklaces, would you?  So pretty.  I would never think to add beads to make it the right length.  Genius!  

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