The tiny clasps at the end of bracelets and necklaces tend to bend and can eventually break with heavy wear. If the clasp on your favorite bracelet or necklace has broken, you might be surprised to know that you can perform a simple fix in just five minutes with some tools and little patience. Here's how you can repair the clasp on your favorite piece of jewelry in very little time so you can enjoy wearing it again.
Gather Your Tools
You will need to have a magnifying glass or a pair of reading glasses handy so you can see the tiny clasp mechanism when you start working. You will also need to have two pairs of small, flat-nosed pliers ready to use. You should purchase a replacement clasp and two jump rings to fix the broken clasp, which can be found at most arts and crafts stores and are fairly inexpensive. Once you have all of these items gathered together, you can start making the repairs.
Opening The Jump Rings
Before you start working, make sure you've set up a work space with enough light so you can easily see what you're doing. Open the two small jump rings located on each side of the main clasp using the pliers. The rings should have a tiny slit in them, which you will need to grip onto on both sides. Pushing one hand away from you and the other towards you, the tiny jump ring should become separated at the slit. Once the ring has been opened, you can slide the clasp out. You can do this without damaging the jump rings if you do so delicately. If you do happen do damage them, they'll need to be replaced along with the new clasp.
Adding The New Clasp
After you've loosened or opened the jump ring and removed the clasp, it's time to replace it with the new one. Slip the jump ring onto each end of the clasp. Make sure you do this one end at a time and ensure that the jump ring is secured around the loop in the chain. Using the pliers. gently close the jump ring until it's completely shut and tight. Repeat this process for the other end, and you should now have a brand new replacement clasp so your bracelet or necklace can be worn again without worry. This process is easy and simple and should give you a working piece of jewelry within minutes.
If you still can't seem to fix the clasp or your jewelry has damage that needs more extensive repairs, it's probably time to contact a local jewelry shop like The Gold Miner.