If you have a necklace which pokes you in the neck because of a jutting wire at the clasp, then it should be fairly easy to fix. The steps are also suitable to adjust the length of a beaded necklace or bracelet to a length that you prefer.
Things You’ll Need:
Crimping pliers or Needle-nosed pliers
Replacement clasps (if you want a different design)
1.If you can, see whether it’s possible to cut the jutting end of the wire with a wire cutter. Be careful not to cut through the part holding the beads itself! If you do try that and it doesn’t work, you’ll have to restring the necklace with a new strand of beading wire. The most popular would be Tigertail.
2.Measure the length of the beading wire against the necklace. Add an additional 10cm (approx) then cut the wire. If you don’t add the 10cm, then it will be very difficult to restring the beads back to the original length.
3.String a crimp bead and a clasp to one end of the wire, approximately 5cm and loop back into the crimp bead. Pull the end of the wire to make the loop smaller, say less than 1cm but enough room for the clasp to move freely. There’s nothing more awkward than a clasp that is fixed until there’s no wiggle room.
4.Crimp the bead with the need-nose or crimping pliers. Crimping pliers always give a nicer and more professional finish to the crimp bead, or alternatively using a crimp cover does the trick of concealing it.
5.Cut through one end of the old necklace and if the holes in the beads allow, restring the new beading wire through a few beads at a time so that you don’t have to remember the order of the beads.
6.At the other end of the wire once restringing is completed, slide a crimp bead and the matching clasp following instructions in step 3.
Voila! For less than 15 minutes of your time, you now have a renewed piece of necklace that literally won’t be a pain in the neck!