Jewelry Tinkering – Repairing my Daughter’s Necklace

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So my daughter likes to watch a lot of different things on youtube, and they always lead her in interesting directions. One day she went from fart slime videos to landing on a tutorial for a unicorn donut necklace. She really wanted it, so I made it for her as a back to school present. It took me 4 days to complete this, because the kids seriously would not leave me alone while I tried to make it. In reality it took like an hour to make(it was my first time working with polymer clay), 1/2 hour to bake, 15 to glaze, and 24 hours for the glaze to dry.

When the day came, and it was the first day of school, I put it on her with a few conditions. She wasn’t to try to take it off on her own, unless she was in front of a mirror, to she what she was doing. This is due to the charm being heavy, and I didn’t want her to accidentally drop it. Second was that in no circumstances, ever, was she to let anyone touch it or try to take it off her. If it got caught in her hair, she was to get a teach to help her with it. We even put her hair up, so she wouldn’t have to worry about that.

She assured me she wouldn’t let anyone touch it, and she would get help is she wanted it off.

Well she came home, and low and behold, it wasn’t on her, and it was broken. I was utterly disappointed in her.

She told me the chain got twisted with the loop of the pendant, and it kept going backwards. She couldn’t get it to fix right herself, so instead of asking a teacher for help, she asked a friend. That friend said it would be easier to fix if it was not on her, so she took it off. Her friend then proceeded to wave it all about and fling it around and then smash it on the ground. She then said that my Daughter shouldn’t have pretty things that break so easily and can’t be replaced.

When I called the school, they basically told me if it was such an important item, my daughter shouldn’t have brought it to school. There was going to be no talking to the other little girl.

I understood where they were coming from. I obviously thought something could possibly happen, thus the rules.

School sucks, little girls suck. I was so mad.

We put it in a baggie, and I gave it to her to put away until I wasn’t so mad, and would repair it. We then proceeded to forget about it.

I saw it the other day, and decided it was time to put the little guy back together.

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I can’t remember the glaze I used on it, but it yellowed a bit, so I will have to find something different for the future. He is looking good, with only a few imperfections, as some of the clay got chipped to the point that it has flaked away. I, as the artist can tell, but no one else would.

I decided to share the video I followed to make this guy, in case you are interested in one yourself.

I used Fimo Kids Clay, it was the cheapest I could find locally. I didn’t want to get anything too expensive, as I really don’t know if I’d like making clay things. I purchased black, white, red, yellow and blue, as I figured I could just make whatever colours myself from that. We had glitter at home, for the horn. We used Modge Podge to apply that on, with the glitter mixed in.

I still can’t find the glaze I used on the whole piece, it came in a spray can though and is waterproof. I definitely wanted this waterproofed, as it was for a child.

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For repairing the horn, I used E6000. This stuff is great. I have repaired shoes with it, made magnets, use it to seal leather cording, obviously use it for jewelry repair. It is different that crazy glue, it wont adhere to your hands instantly or anything.

When I need to do small work with it, I just put a dab on a sticky note, and apply with a toothpick.

This stuff takes 24 hours to fully set, but once it is bonded, you are good, that piece isn’t going anywhere.

I find it takes about 5 minutes before it starts to become sort of hard to work with, so if you need to use it on something that many issues to repair, just do it a section at a time, and put a little more glue out as you need it, rather than a big blob.

I hope this was somewhat interesting!

‘Til the next post

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***Disclaimer – I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned on this blog. I just started to blog, so who would sponsor me, seriously. All items featured were purchased with my own money, gained by some other means, like awesome gifts from peoples, trades, or perhaps even a promotion of some sort.***


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