Have you ever struggled to de-tangle a chain or necklace? Perhaps you even have a piece of jewellery you don’t wear because its chain is tangled and knotted. I was amazed by how effective this simple trick is - it also reduces the risk of damaging or snapping a fine necklace or pendant chain.
All you need is:
• A Small Paper or Plastic Bag
• Talcum Powder (or Cornflour)
• A Pin or Needle
• The Tangled Chain
1. Remove any charms from the chain and undo the clasp if you can.
2. Add a generous amount of talcum powder to the bag (around a heaped dessertspoon). You might want to do this over a tray or piece of newspaper to make it easier to tidy up any spills.
3. Add the tangled chains to the bag and seal the top - with a paper bag you can just fold over the top a few times.
4. Shake the bag until the chain is coated in powder.
5. Remove the chain and you will find it untangles far more easily. If there’s a stubborn knot simply place the pin or needle in the centre of the knot and gently shake it around until it loosens. You may need to re-coat the necklace in talcum powder if lots has fallen off and you still have untangling to do.
6. Once you’ve finished gently rinse away the talcum powder and gently pat the chain dry.
Can I help?
As well as my collection of ready-to-wear contemporary jewellery and bespoke jewellery service I also offer jewellery repairs from my Tunbridge Wells jewellery workshop and atelier - you can email me here if there is a jewellery repair you would like to discuss.