Knots in necklaces are very difficult to untangle. Unfortunately, the longer and thinner the chain is, the more effort you have to make to untie the knot. Trying to pull the knot apart can tighten it even more and cause the chain to snap, destroying your necklace. However, with the help of a little lubricant, some fine tools and some patience, you can untangle your tangled necklace in a matter of minutes.
Method 1 of 5: Untangling your chain with lubricating oil
Step 1. Find a free surface to work on
Find a hard and flat surface like a table to work on as you untangle the knot. The flat and hard surface provides stability as you begin to untangle the knots and prevents further knots getting into the chain as you untangle.
- Make sure your work area is well lit so that you can clearly see the knots and tangles.
- It helps to work on a black or white background so that the knots in the chain stand out clearly from the sharp colors.
Step 2. Loosen the clasp of the chain
If you have one chain that is tangled, loosen the clasp that connects the two ends of the chain. If you have several chains that are twisted together, loosen the clasp or hook on each chain.
By loosening the clasp, you separate the chain cord so that the ends of the chain can slide through the knots more easily
Step 3. Spread your chain on the surface
Whether you have one or more tangled chains, lay the chains on the surface and gently spread them out so you can see exactly where the knots are.
Be careful not to pull too hard on your chain as you spread it on the surface. It could be that you pull the knot even tighter or that the chain snaps
Step 4. Apply a lubricant to the knots
Dab a few drops of baby oil or olive oil on the knots in the necklace. The oil makes it easier for the different parts of the chain to slide past each other as you untangle the knots.
Lubricating oils like baby oil and olive oil are safe to use on necklaces and can easily be washed away
Step 5. Pull the knots apart with needles
Insert the sharp points of two needles into the center of the knot. When the points are in the center of the knot, gently pull the needles apart to separate and loosen the knot. When you get an opening in the knot, use the needles to pull apart all parts of the chain in the knot. Be very patient when performing this step. You can easily get frustrated working so concentrated on such a small knot.
To untangle the chain, you can use any fine needle or pin, such as a sewing needle, safety pin, or thumbtack
Step 6. Clean the chain
Once you have untangled the chain, you can remove the oil or baby powder you previously applied to the knot by dipping the dirty part of the chain into a mixture of water and mild soap. Rinse the chain with clean water and dry it gently with a paper towel or soft cloth.
You can also use a jewelry cleaner from the store to get the oil off the chain. Do not forget to rinse the chain with clean water and dry it carefully
Method 2 of 5: Untangling your necklace with baby powder
Step 1. Put baby powder on the knot
Reduce the friction between the tangled links and parts of the chain by sprinkling a little baby powder on the knots in the chain. Baby powder can be safely applied to necklaces and can be easily washed away.
When you've sprinkled baby powder on the knot, you can gently rub the knot between your fingers if you want, so that the powder falls into the knot and loosens it
Step 2. Toddler with needles on the knot
Insert the tips of your two needles into the center of the knot. When the points are in the middle of the knot, pull the needles apart to try to separate the knot and create an opening. When you manage to get space between the different parts of the knot, you can start to separate the different strands of the chain.
Step 3. Clean the chain
When you have managed to take the chain apart, clean it by dipping it in a mixture of water and mild soap. Rinse the chain with clean water and dry it carefully with a paper towel.
Method 3 of 5: Untangling your chain with a screwdriver
Step 1. Prepare your workplace
Find a workspace that you don't mind if a surface is scratched. You can also place protective material on the flat work surface.
You can use something like a hard book or a plastic placemat
Step 2. Insert a screwdriver into the knot
Insert the sharp tip of the screwdriver into the center of the knot. Push the screwdriver onto the surface so that it touches the surface completely. Wiggle the screwdriver back and forth until the knot begins to loosen.
You can perform this method with almost any small, thin object, such as a pin, needle, or thumbtack
Step 3. Pull the knot apart
Once you've loosened the knot, you can use the screwdriver and your fingers to pull apart and loosen the different parts of the knot.
Method 4 of 5: Untangling your necklace with glass cleaner
Step 1. Lubricate the knot
Dab a few drops of glass cleaner onto the knots in the necklace. The glass cleaner acts as a lubricant and ensures that the different parts of the chain can easily slide past each other.
Step 2. Loosen the knot in the chain
Place your chain in a small container and place it on a vibrating object like a washing machine. Leave the container with the chain on the vibrating object for a few minutes.
The vibrations help to loosen and wiggle the knot in the chain
Step 3. Untangle the chain
When the chain has been on the object for a few minutes and has been shaken, remove it from the small container and rub the knot between your fingers.
The knot in the chain should now be loose enough to pull apart with your fingers
Step 4. Clean the chain
To remove the glass cleaner residue, dip your chain in a mixture of water and a small amount of mild soap and wipe it clean. Rinse your necklace with clean water and dry it gently with a paper towel.
Method 5 of 5: Preventing your chains from tangling
Step 1. Pass your necklaces through a straw
Separate the two ends of the chain by loosening the clasp. Hold a drinking straw vertically and drop the smaller end of the closure into the straw. When the chain comes out of the straw at the bottom, reattach the closure.
- This method works best on thinner chains and chains without a fixed, non-detachable pendant in the center of the cord. The pendant will not fit into the straw.
- If your necklace has a pendant that you can't remove, consider cutting the straw in half and threading the chain on one side of the pendant through the straw.
Step 2. Hang your chains
Instead of keeping your necklaces in a jewelry box, you can use a jewelry tree (you can hang your jewelry from the branches of the tree) or make your own jewelry pendant. You can use pins and a bulletin board to make a fun, unique jewelry pendant.
Please note that heavy chains may not adhere properly to the pins
Step 3. Put your necklaces in a bag when you travel
Put your necklace in a small bag with a closure (the kind that the buttons come with new clothes) and let the clasp of the chain hang out of the bag. Close the small bag as best you can, except for the part where the closure of the chain hangs out of the bag.