Have you ever bought a piece of thrifted jewelry only to later discover that it was missing something? Occasionally I see this when I am out at a sale but mostly it's something I realize when I get home and it's too late not to buy it. I brought home a ring on Friday and realized that it too had lost a stone so I added it to my need-to-be-fixed collection and sighed. Thankfully on Saturday I had an idea.
This crazy piece is one necklace but notice the blue and white pendant is missing a stone. This is a Lucky Brand necklace that I found five months ago for $1.00 and it's been waiting to be repaired ever since.
I placed the four items in a small wooden box and searched through my thrifted bead collection to see if I could find any matching stones or beads.
It took me about 8 minutes to find the perfect stones for these pieces. All three stones are beads that have tiny holes in them. It shouldn't matter with these jewelry pieces if the holes are on the side as they should stay relatively hidden.
This ring says it's Sterling Silver but I just felt that it was missing something. I decided to add some glitter although at this point I couldn't decide on Martha's glitter or some German Glass Glitter. I just knew that I wanted to bling it up some.
I used super glue to adhere the stones and glitter to the jewelry. With my clumsy fingers I had to be extremely careful with this stuff. Knowing me, a small project like this could end up with my fingers glued together and how would I type my next blog post?
I went with the German Glass Glitter figuring the glass would be stronger than the very fine Martha Glitter. This was the hardest piece to work on. It was difficult to add the glue to the inner circles where I really wanted the glitter. I used a couple toothpicks to manipulate the glue and glitter. It sort of worked.
Rather than tossing away a piece of broken jewelry, maybe you could see if it can be repaired. If it can't be repaired can you use any of the parts for other projects? I try to salvage the clasps, pendants, stones, beads and even sometimes the chains. I buy a lot of broken jewelry on purpose too just to salvage the beads or pendant. If it is sterling or gold I save it and sell it for scrap.
What do you do with broken jewelry?