Maker Mends Ltd can repair broken chains, supply new clasps and
jump rings. Add safety chains and extend or reduce the length.
Chains
bolt ring
bolt ring
lobster clasp
lobster clasp
box clasp
box clasp
jump ring
jump ring
padlock
padlock
t bar clasp
T bar
pendant bail
pendant bail
hook and eye  or S clasp
hook and eye or S clasp
hallmark tag
hallmark tag
jointed links
Jointed Links
trigger clasp
trigger clasp
double trigger clasp
double trigger clasp
barrel or screw fitting
barrel clasp
safety chain
safety chain
hasp
hasp
end cap
end cap
round end cap
round end cap
caribiner clasp
carabiner clasp
gate bracelet
gate bracelet
Chains - this includes necklets, bracelets and anklets. that come in a variety of link types, metals, widths, weights and versions, including solid and hollow.
see examples below
Repairs/Soldering Repairing a chain involves the process of soldering. The solder used is an alloy (which is a mixture) of a metal the same quality as the chain, and other metals,which melt at a lower temperature than the chain. The solder is melted to hold a link in position, without damaging the surrounding links, as this cools it hardens and forms a strong bond. A point to note- if the item has broken through wear and tear there may well be other weak areas, we can only guarantee the links we repair,please point this out to the customer. We take a digital photograph of every chain that comes in for repair so that we have a record of the location of the break, (See the section on digital photography at the bottom of the page)
image of a video camera
CLICK HERE TO SEE A VIDEO OF
A CHAIN BEING REPAIRED.
Extensions/Reductions Most chains can be extended (silver, gold- yellow and white, 9ct, 18ct and platinum) either with the exact chain or a very close match. The chain is cut and the new piece soldered into the original chain. If the item is graduated or has a patterned section ,such as an I.D. plate, a piece of chain is added to both sides of the clasp to maintain the symmetry. Likewise, for a reduction of this type of chain, an equal mount is removed from either side of the clasp.
Findings- these are separate parts of a chain that provide the means to connect the two ends of a chain, a way to attach pendants or charms to a chain or safety chains. A safety chain is the extra, usually finer, chain that is attached either side of the clasp as a precaution should the clasp break.
Jointed Link- is a more complex link that has a round tube at the end and this is connected to the next link by a rivet ( this is a thin wire made from the same metal as the chain)This type of link is normally used on Tennis Bracelets (see pic.).The whole joint is checked and either the whole section replaced or just the broken section. As this type of repair is more expensive please send in for an estimate. A point to note if the item has broken through wear and tear there may well be other weak areas, we can only guarantee the links we repair
Gate Bracelet- these are repaired by either removing a worn gate (the gates are the horizontal bars)or replacing a rivet( the vertical bar holding the gate together) see pic. A point to note if the item has broken through wear and tear there may well be other weak areas, we can only guarantee the links we repair, please point this out to the customer.
Digital Photography - Every item that comes into the workshop is photographed using a digital camera before it is repaired. The image is stored by us so that in the event of the item breaking again we can establish if it is a new break. These images can be printed out if necessary.
Examples of some of the more popular styles of chains
Belcher belcher chain
Curb curb chain
Figaro figaro chain
Trace trace chain
Box box chain
herringbone herringbone
rope rope chain
prince of wales prince of Wales chain
anchor anchor chain
snake snake chain
byzantine byzantine