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How to Repair a Silver Chain

Updated April 17, 2017

Silver is a popular precious metal that is used for many purposes, including the creation of jewellery. Silver reflects light beautifully and flatters virtually any skin tone. A silver chain, whether worn as a necklace or a bracelet, is a classic and enchanting piece of jewellery. Silver chains come in a variety of styles and sizes, ranging from delicate to bold, traditional to modern. While silver is a durable metal, silver chains can be fragile and sometimes break. Most, however, can be easily repaired with the right tools and supplies. Follow these steps to repair a silver chain.

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  1. Measure the diameter of a link in your chain using a ruler. Take the measurement in millimetres.

  2. Note the shape of your chain's links. They may be round or oval.

  3. Obtain a silver jump ring---a small metal ring used in jewellery making that opens and closes. Select a jump ring with a diameter that is the same size in millimetres as the links of your chain, and that is either round or oval depending on the shape of the links in your chain.

  4. Use bent-nosed pliers to slightly open the jump ring.

  5. Gather the two severed portions of your broken silver chain. Make sure that one whole, unbroken link lies at the end of each broken portion. Pull away any bits of broken link with needle-nosed pliers before continuing.

  6. Slip the open jump ring through the two end links of the broken portions of the chain. Close the jump ring using bent-nosed pliers. Your broken chain will be reconnected.

  7. Use silver solder to rejoin two portions of a broken chain that is too fine to repair using a jump ring. Soak the two portions of broken chain for five minutes in pickle---an acidic solution used to clean metal before and after it is soldered.

  8. Use a paintbrush to apply soldering flux---a material that helps solder to flow and stick---to the two links you want to join together.

  9. Place a small chip of silver solder right between the two links you want to reconnect. Make sure the solder is in contact with both links. Use a bit of solder no larger than the size of the individual links.

  10. Brush flux onto the bit of solder.

  11. Heat the solder indirectly with a butane torch until it melts. Turn off the torch and allow the solder to cool and solidify. Soak the freshly soldered chain in pickle to clean it.

  12. Tip

    To remove tarnish from your repaired silver chain and make it shine, wipe it with a silver cleaning cloth.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Bent-nosed pliers
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Jump ring
  • Butane torch
  • Silver solder
  • Flux
  • Paintbrush
  • Pickle

About the Author

Rose Brown

Rose Brown began writing professionally in 2003. Her articles have appeared in such Montana-based publications as "The Tributary" and "Edible Bozeman." She earned a bachelor's degree in literature from the University of California at San Diego, and a master's degree in English from Montana State University. Brown has been a professional florist since 1997.

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