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So last week, my mom and I went to this little shop with the intention of learning how to fix some of our favorite jewelry (necklaces and bracelets) that have either seen better days or that have broken over time. I had collected three necklaces and two bracelets that were in such bad shape that I could longer wear them. My mom brought a pearl necklace (no jokes, please) that was complete broken and needed rethread as well as some other things that she no longer wanted in the shape or length that they were at currently.

We walked in, explained what we hoped to accomplish, had one of the instructors (I'll call her M) sit down with us and help us get started. She was kind, patient and very helpful! Not only that but she was very informative and was really nice company. After talking to her for a while (2 hours) while we sat there fixing things and looking at other ideas we found out that she was only 16 years old! I was in shock. I mean she was a young girl but I easily thought she was around my age (20's or so...), boy was I wrong. My mom and I both thought, for being 16, she was extremely mature and wise beyond her years! It was great learning from her and fixing our pieces.

Once we learned a few basic things about beading, crimping, clasps and patterns in beads/jewelry, we were on our way. My mom actually only fixed one necklace, which at one time was fairly long. She didn't care for the length once she started putting it together so she left off a handful of beads and M made a pair of earrings out of the remaining pieces. There were still plenty left but my mom wasn't set on making anything else at that time so she's keeping their for future ideas. Meanwhile, I was threading all of my broken pieces, some of which started out on elastic and obviously isn't sturdy. So we mounted those pieces on wire and added a clasp which helped lengthen the necklace over all.

It was a great experience and I would recommend them to anyone! Just being there and doing a few things that "bead/jewelry makers" do, makes me want to take up this hobby. I mean aside from a few tools, beads, clasps and a few other parts and pieces, this could become more than a hobby. My mom, sister and I have gone to the Gem & Jewelry show for years and we usually walk out of there with two or three things that are usually premade. We haven't done enough to know what we are buying and we don't want to get in over our head before we have a little better understanding. Well, now that I've done these little repairs, I feel more and more prepared for what I could potential do in the future. This makes me super excited for the show! Maybe I'll be able to pull together some great christmas gifts with my new found skills!

Anyway, if you've ever thought about doing something like this or if you just want to learn so that you can do repairs from home, go here! You won't regret it!


SassyTimes said…
My friend's in-laws own a bead shop in Toledo. It is so much fun. I spent a few hours there making a bracelet and the minute I left, I wanted to go back again.
Danica said…
I'm glad you had such a nice time. I do beading myself and have for probably the last three years. I love it. And my friend's love the gifts I make for them.

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