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Somehow, I have become the “craft how-to/jewelry repair” person at my office. I guess word spreads quickly, because it seems like I get an email, phone call, or visit almost daily from someone wondering how to make or fix something. Even my husband comes home from HIS job with questions from his co-workers. What the heck?
After another co-worker jewelry dilemma today (actually, this was a shoe with a beaded decoration on the top), I decided that I would just go ahead and put together a “travel jewelry repair kit” to keep at my desk for anyone that needed it. I’m sure you know that costume jewelry is very popular right now, and I’m sure you also know that it is fairly inexpensive. As a result of it being inexpensive, the quality generally isn’t all that great! However, I can’t make this stuff myself as cheap as I can buy it, so there you go.
I included a miniature tube of Super Glue, teeny tiny needles, and a couple of clamps. The Super Glue dries quickly, but you really don’t want to glue your fingers together – so that’s where the clamps come in. The teeny tiny needles are for stringing beads back together if necessary. I’ll be using all three of these components tomorrow when we set out to fix the broken shoe jewelry!
I purchased the Super Glue at Target (it came in a pack of 2 for about $3-4), the needles came from a craft store (cheap!), and the clamps are from Harbor Freight ($1.00 for 8!). This all fits in a snack size Ziploc baggie, so it doesn’t take up a lot of room. You just never know when you might need this kit!
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