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Weekly Tip: Chain Fixes

Repair Tip #1: Serpentine

The best location for cutting and repairing a link in the serpentine chain is at the very end. A sharp knife or shears work well for cutting the link open. If shears are used, the link will have to be reshaped slightly to restore the original appearance.

Repair Tip #2: Hollow Rope

For cutting open the links, we recommend solder snips. Although they leave the end cut pinched, they do not change the overall shape of the link.


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Blaire Hovis
Fine Jewelry Director

Blaire Hovis

Top Three Repairs

If you’re a student or newly minted trade jeweler, our customers consider these skills the most valuable in a new hire. When performed correctly, they’ll impress your boss and help establish long-term clients who trust your work.

1

Chain Repair

Start by understanding how to reassemble the links and move on through the process step by step to the final polish. These key pointers offer guidelines for top results.

2

Ring Sizing

Learn the value of inspecting the ring carefully before you start. Then follow through for useful details on sizing down and up. Either way, you’ll be a winner if you keep these tips in mind.

3

Prong Re-tipping

How do you get the best re-tipping results? Follow "The Tool Guy" Andy Kroungold's suggestions, and you’ll sail through re-tipping. Of course, Andy's suggestions aren't really suggestions. He's telling you what works best.

For the full step-by-step process, check out page 34–35 in the new From the Bench.

From the Bench

The Repair Issue
January 2018


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