How to Untangle a Necklace Without Losing Your Sanity

How to untangle a necklace - Eshly Jewellery

Yep, we’ve all been there. You realise that one chain you want to wear is in an entangled mess in your jewellery box…and you’re rushing out the door. Thinking it’ll take way too long to untangle, you surrender and reach for the necklace you really didn’t want to wear.

Necklace knots are incredibly difficult to untangle and unfortunately, the longer and thinner the chain, the more challenging the knot. A knot can be a real pain in the neck!

Here's some good news. Eshly Jewellery has rounded up its best hacks for how to separate tangled necklaces in no time at all and how to prevent them from happening in the first place. These methods are simple and implement items you probably already have laying around the house.

How to Get a Knot out of a Necklace

Step 1: Prep your workspace and chain

  •   Find a flat, stable surface

To prevent more tangles from forming during the detangling process, work on a flat, hard surface. You may be tempted to bring the knot up close to your eyes to get a better look. But holding the chain up can work against you. Make sure your workspace has plenty of light so that you can clearly see the tangles.

  •   Undo all clasps

Whether you have one tangled chain or multiple, undo all clasps or latches. This will allow the ends of the necklace to slide more easily through the knotted areas.

  •   Spread out the chains

Lay out one or all chains on your work surface and gently spread them out so you can clearly identify the tangled areas.

Step 2: Apply lubricant

Try dabbing a few drops of lubricating oil to the knotted parts of the chain. The oil should help the strands to slide past each other more easily as you untangle the knot. Here are lubricants that work well:

  •         Baby oil
  •         Olive oil
  •         Windex
  •         Baby powder- a light sprinkle of dust lessens the friction between the knotted chain links.

Gently rub the knot between your fingers to allow the lubricant to fall inside the knot. Let the lubricant sink in for 30 seconds.

Step 3: Use a sharp picking tool

Your fingers are just too big to pick apart a knot in a chain. Here are the picking tools that work best:

  •         Sewing needle
  •         Thumbtack
  •         Safety pin
  •         Screwdriver (not to be used on delicate gold or silver chains, as it can cause damage).

Poke the sharp tip of one (or two tools) into the centre of the knot. Move the needle in a circular motion to pull apart each strand and loosen the knot. Be gentle with your chain. You run the risk of breaking a delicate chain if you pull to hard. Work at the chain little by little until all knots are untangled.

Step 4: Clean the necklace

Once the necklace is tangle-free, it’s important to remove the oil, Windex or baby powder. Place your necklace in warm, soapy water. Rinse it with clean water, then gently dry it with a soft cloth. Here are 7 easy ways to clean costume jewellery.

How to Stop Necklaces from Tangling in the First Place? Game Changers!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are four tricks for how to stop necklaces from tangling.

Trick 1: Hang your necklaces

Necklaces tend to get jumbled together when they lay in jewellery boxes. The answer for how to keep necklaces from tangling when storing, is by using a hanging jewellery holder. A necklace tree or DIY decorative necklace hanger absolutely does the trick. Here are some creative and functional ideas for hanging necklaces.

Trick 2: Thread your necklaces through straws

To keep necklaces from tangling, this simple trick works especially well for travelling. Unclasp the two ends of your necklace. Hold a drinking straw vertically and drop the smaller end of your necklace clasp down through the straw. When the necklace comes out through the bottom of the straw, reconnect the two ends of your necklace. For chunky necklaces, loop them through toilet paper rolls. Drop all these necklaces into a ziplock bag and you’ll have an instant (tangle-free!) jewellery travel bag.

Trick 3: Use a washcloth as a jewellery roll when travelling

If you’re looking for how to prevent necklaces from tangling when travelling, here’s another idea. Make your own jewellery roll using an ordinary washcloth. Just space your necklaces on a washcloth. Roll the washcloth lengthwise, then fold in half. Secure with rubber bands on each side and voila.

Trick 4: Cover the clasp with a plastic tube to stop hair from getting tangled in the clasp.

If you have fine hair and a delicate chain, chances are your hair is going to keep getting tangled in that necklace clasp. We love this jewellery hack from Cosmopolitan. They recommend buying a short piece of aquarium tube from a pet shop, snipping off a small piece to cover the clasp, then sliding it onto the chain to cover the clasp.

Untangle Your Creativity- Find Your Next Favourite Necklace

Trying to work knots out of chains is incredibly frustrating. Using these ‘how to untangle a really tangled necklace’ steps by Eshly Jewellery, you’ll be able to return your necklaces to normal and begin wearing your favourite pieces again in just a matter of minutes. Now that you know all about how to stop necklaces from tangling, it’s time to add a few more gorgeous pieces to your untangled collection. Shop now for some new favourites.

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