Jewellery ToolsBefore embarking on repairs you will need the right tools. We list some of the vital tools for making silver jewellery at home. Among those perhaps the most crucial tools are the pliers
Common Types of Repair
There are a range of possible clasps available and none of them require specialist welding. The first type is the barrel clasp whereby the two barrels screw into each other. These are really only suitable for joining fine necklace wire as you need to thread the wire through a very small hole inside the barrel and then tie a knot in it to retain the clasp. The second type is the simple but effective snake clasp. These require no effort whatsoever and are simply fed through the connecting ring at one end of the bracelet, chain or other item of jewellery.
Jump or connector rings are held in position by either being soldered or using their own spring tension. We deal with soldering silver jewellery elsewhere however for a quick and simple repair, use pliers to pinch jump rings together. The most effective way way to do this is to firstly squeeze one end of the jump ring so that it slightly overlaps the other end. Leave for about 10 seconds and then using the flat side of the pliers pinch the two ends together, which ought to click into place. If you try to just squeeze the ends together you will always end up with a gap that might permit a chain link to fall out.
A common problem with silver is the build up of excess tarnish. For cleaning silver jewellery you can use a silver polish cloth however for really difficult items you may need to use a silver pickling solution.
Do Not Use Silver Dip
Using solutions into which you dip the silver is not recommended because although it may produce a short term result in the long term the sulphides in these dips can cause silver oxide to form.