Restringing Beaded Jewelry

No matter what a piece is strung with, it will eventually break. Yes, even wire. When your piece breaks, it can be repaired. Please read the information below carefully. If you're interested in my restringing service, please email me at restring@cbeadedesigns.com. I will need to see your piece in order to give you the best repair cost estimate.

I am also happy to transform necklaces into bracelets and maybe a matching pair of earrings (labor and materials costs as listed below plus $5.00 per hour redesign fee). I do not restring pearls or precious gems.

 
 What to Expect  Costs

If you have a multi-strand necklace, all strands should be restrung

One has already broken, the others are highly likely to break at any time.

Stringing Material

I prefer to use nylon or polyethylene thread because they last longer and do not stain as easily. I will use silk thread if you request it.

When I re-string, I will by default re-string to match the original necklace. This means I match the original pattern, and the stringing material if it is appropriate for the beads. I often find that necklaces have been strung with materials inappropriate for the beads. If this occurs with your piece, I will use the best stringing material for the beads.

There is no such thing as "double knotted"

In stringing, tying a second knot does not add strength to the stringing material. It doesn't help "loose" beads. If the bead has a large hole, then the stringing material should be chosen to accommodate that hole so the bead doesn't wobble or slip  rather than tying large knots.

If you want your restrung necklace knotted, please let me know. I will by default re-string to match the original weaving and knotting pattern.

Length of knotted vs. unknotted

Knotted necklaces will come back to you shorter after restringing, even if you have all the beads. Thread will stretch, and chances are by the time it broke, the thread had stretched. The new thread will not be stretched and so your necklace will be shorter.

Unknotted necklaces come back to you longer if you asked for them to be knotted. The knots take up space. That is part of their purpose: equally space the beads so that they don't rub one another. If you have fifty beads, I add 52 knots and your necklace is longer.

Cleaning

If the beads can be cleaned, I will do so gently and carefully as part of the restringing process, at no extra cost. Some beads cannot be cleaned, such as paper beads.

There are no shortcuts

The whole piece gets restrung. This means deconstructing and reconstructing. I will not just add a piece of thread at the breakpoint to reduce your cost. If the necklace broke once, unless it is restrung, it WILL break again.

This is a time-consuming process, so please be patient with the re-stringer.


The cost of restringing your item will be determined based on the list below. I will not agree to restring something unless I've seen it. Photos may be sufficient. Please email me at restring@cbeadedesigns.com. I will restring bracelets, but keep in mind the minimum cost for any restringing is $6.00.
  • Stringing with thread - $1.00 per inch
  • Stringing and knotting with thread - $1.50 per inch
  • Stringing with wire - $1.75 per inch with additional cost for crimp beads discussed after seeing the piece
  • Reorganization of beads - $1.00 per inch; moving worn beads to the back or grading beads 
  • New findings - $2.00 labor plus materials 
  • Additional beads - cost of beads; discussed after seeing the piece
  • Complex stringing and stitching patterns are charged by the hour and estimates of time are given after seeing the piece; $8.00 per hour
  • New design, same beads - $10.00 per hour spent on the design
  • If I must order materials, you will not be charged for extra labor; however it will take more time to complete your piece and I will be able to advise you of this when I see the piece
Your cost for an 18in necklace with a new clasp and nylon thread:  (1x18) + 2 + 8 = $28.
For some necklaces, this may be as much as you paid for the necklace. If it is a one of a kind creation, or your favorite, then it is definitely worth the price.

 Before
This is a lovely piece from the 1920s


  • Broken thread
  • Gaps indicate string has stretched
  • Clasp is oxidized and not functional
  • Discoloration between beads and inside of beads, and brown thread
After 


  • Beads cleaned
  • Beads reorganized and restrung
  • Clasp repaired and restrung


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