We receive frequent commissions at our Bluestreak Crystal Studio and sometimes we receive items that need repairing. A recent item in need of such care was a long beaded necklace, which had been loved for so long that the thread became worn out and snapped. As part of the repair, we had to rethread the beads, creating a whole new necklace and in this short guide we will take you through each step of our repair process.
When the necklace arrived, we found that the owner had taken the time to carefully tape together the two ends where the thread had snapped. They had also managed to include a few beads that had been saved from the accident and had kept them with the rest of the necklace for rethreading. If you have a broken necklace and have lost several beads, fear not! We have an exceptional range of colours and sizes in Preciosa Bicone Beads, Round Beads and Rondelles on our website, which can replace the missing beads, so that no one will ever know it was ever broken.
For this repair we chose the Griffin Silk for jewellery making, this 100% natural silk can be found on our website in sizes 4, 6 and 8. This thread has a wire at one end, meaning you do not need to worry about separate needles because it is already perfect for threading, you can cut this wire to your preferred length with scissors.
When working with loose beads in jewellery making it really helps if your work surface has a texture that will prevent the beads from rolling around. We recommend the Beadsmith Non-Slip Bead Mat, which also has a handy size guide for cutting threads and measuring bead sizes easily.
The rethreading technique:
With the beads still on the old necklace, pinch a few of them between your thumb and forefinger and bring them close to the end of the thread.
Push the thin wire of the Griffin silk thread through the bead holes to feed them onto the new necklace a few beads at a time. This may sound complicated, but the wire is so thin that is surprisingly easy once you have done it one or two times.
When all the beads have been rethreaded, you can cut off the wire because it has now done its job and is no longer needed.
Tie a tight double knot, try to avoid any slack and conceal the knot under a bead to finish.
The video tutorial for this necklace repair can be found on our YouTube channel, if you found this useful don’t forget to like and subscribe so you can stay up to date with our latest content!