How to Shorten a Pendant Chain

Written by susanne koenig
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How to Shorten a Pendant Chain
Learning how to shorten a pendant chain takes just a bit of time and can be a handy skill in the future (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

When you have found that the length of your chain seems to be a bit too long, you can shorten it yourself with just a few simple tools found at your local hobby or beading store. Once you learn this quick method for shortening a pendant chain yourself, you can avoid the cost of consulting a jeweller for the work. In a few minutes, you will have a pendant chain that is just the length you desire.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Needle-nose pliers, two pairs
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Lay your chain on a flat surface where you have good lighting. Examine the jump loop, which is the circular loop on the opposite end of the clasp. Look for the seam. If the jump loop is fused, cut a seam with the wire cutters.

  2. 2

    Position the seam toward the top so that you can grab the ring on the left and the right side at the same time with either pair of pliers.

  3. 3

    Gently grasp each side of the ring and twist the ring in opposite directions. The top of the loop will open. Slide off the chain.

  4. 4

    Move the loop down the chain to create the desired length. Slide the jump loop into the chain link at that spot. Take your pliers and close the loop back by twisting it together.

  5. 5

    Remove the extra chain by grabbing the link on either side with your pliers and working it open as you did the jump ring or cutting it if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • For a simple way to shorten any necklace, attach two lobster claw claps with a pair of jump rings on both sides of the necklace. This is a good trick if you have longer hair and a couple of necklaces that are just too long for your taste. You can keep this handy device in your jewellery box for the future.

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