Post # 1
i found a bracelet on sale the other day while i was out that was sooooo perfect, so i bought it. i knew i wanted the beads on the necklace cleaned and restrung anyway, but now i’m thinking of doing it myself so i can restring with the swarovski rondelle spacers to match the bracelet and give it a touch more length, since it fits a little shorter than i like. what are your thoughts on this? it’s been restrung several times over the years, and the “original” value isn’t important anyway, just the sentimental value of the necklace itself.
anway, this is the necklace again:
and this is the bracelet:
also, next the bracelet, the necklace is soooooooooooo dull and cruddy. if i’m going to be restringing it myself, i’d rather clean it myself too. can anyone give me pointers on cleaning leaded crystal?
Post # 3
I would take it to a jeweller to be restrung and cleaned. It just doesn’t cost that much.
Post # 4
@julies1949: the cost isn’t the issue, really. i’ve made my own beaded jewelry before with precious metal findings and the proper wire or nylon string and crimp beads, etc. it’s more of a convenience thing, and that way i don’t have to worry about finding a jeweler that doesn’t mind me bringing my own beads, etc etc. it’s just easier to do it myself.
i know “leaded crystal” is just glass with a certain percentage of lead oxide, so would it be reasonable to assume that a glass cleaner solution and a small soft-bristle brush or pipe cleaner should work? maybe i should research cleaning crystal chandeliers, since it’s made of the same stuff.
and what does everyone think of the idea of putting the swarovski rondelle spacers in the necklace to match the bracelet, and saving/setting aside the current spacers, or putting them somewhere else in the necklace?