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make it pretty.

On my last visit home my Mommy set aside some broken jewelry to be fixed. She usually packs them all in a baggy with a note that says broken or Can you fix these? It’s basically become tradition for me to take a container of broken jewelry home for fixing.

I use my the Bead Smith tray to keep all the beads in place as I create pieces. Sometimes I can fix the pieces to look like the original jewelry; sometimes she let’s me get creative and I add some beads from my current stash. Here’s what I’ve been working on.

I love creating long necklaces to showcase beads. I’m not super confident in working with stretchy jewelry (I feel like I can’t get the knots right to be secure.), so I prefer working with beading wire. My current favorite is Soft Flex brand which I use in all my necklaces.

For all of these necklaces I’ve combined some of my Mommy’s jewelry with my bead stash. She has a broad collection of jewelry so I enjoy working with beads I normally wouldn’t have in my stash.

Shh, I might end up keeping this orange/blue one, but I’m sure my Mommy will be ok with that. đŸ™‚

I still need to finish these necklaces with crimps and clasps, and I have a lot more jewelry pieces to work through, but I’d say I’m off to a good start.

What do you do with broken jewelry? Toss it, fix it, or bring it new life? Or give it to your crafty kid to fix?

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