Your experiences with Jewelry Repair

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by AntiqueBytes, Sep 9, 2022.

  1. AntiqueBytes

    AntiqueBytes Well-Known Member

    Just curious what kinds of repairs people have done on jewelry.

    I know there are books on jewelry making which might be a good resource.

    Are there amateurs that look for jewelry to repair? I imagine it wouldn't be hard to get a resource kit from the bulk lots one can find on eBay and elsewhere.
     
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  2. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    When I worked for a living we only did repairs on the companies products,everything else went to a repair shop. Amateurs are usually told not to try repair work as they don't know how a piece was constructed and materials used. If someone can't take classes there are a number on YouTube which which gives real time visible information,here are a couple to keep you busy if interested.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=soham+harrison+tutorials

    https://www.youtube.com/c/MelissaMuir
     
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  3. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    There are some good epoxies

    Silver solder requires the right torch, flux, solder, and practice.
     
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    @kyratango ........let's hear from the amateur expert !!:happy:
     
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  5. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Depends on what you intend to repair, if that is your question...
    Soldering is tricky and you may end with a ruined piece:arghh:
    I'm always hunting for nice damaged pieces, either to repair or for parts!:watching::)
    I now use UV curing resin when possible (if you have enough surface contact or be able to integrate a support in the resin to create a bridge).
    Some of my repairs (jewellery and objects) here:
    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/user/kyratango/kyratised
    And here:
    https://www.antiquers.com/threads/some-kyratisations-aka-my-cosmetic-repairs.36028/
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2022
  6. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I restring things early and often, but leave the soldering to the experts.
     
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  7. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    I restring necklaces and replace missing rhinestones. I took a college level course in making jewelry to try to learn some basic repair techniques. In the end it became clear to me that repairs beyond what I now do are best left to professionals!

    I did make a couple of nice bracelets and a nice pair of earrings though :)
     
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  8. Eils14

    Eils14 Active Member

    I have been wanting to dabble too and so have picked up the book in the picture below (currently put and about so don't have the book to hand!) Not had a chance to look at it properly yet but it seems interesting and includes lots of info on different clasp and hinge types etc too! View attachment 403243
     
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  9. Eils14

    Eils14 Active Member

    Sorry it logged me out for some reason so will try and post it again, if not I will send a better picture of the book later!! Screenshot_20220911-101033_Samsung Internet.jpg
     
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  10. crazycatlady

    crazycatlady Well-Known Member

    I restring necklaces and replace missing stones and findings, I've never attempted soldering. It's amazing though how much jewellery I've picked up for next to nothing because the seller says it's *broken* and simply had to replace a clasp or jump ring to restore it to it's former glory.
     
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  11. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I got "busted" earrings on Saturday for under a dollar. One pair of pliers and about 90 seconds flat later, if that much, I had perfectly fine sterling earrings. I just had to reclose two loops. Dead easy.
     
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