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Thread: Hinged Bangle Catch Options

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    Default Hinged Bangle Catch Options

    Hi all, I have a customer's hinged bangle that keeps coming coming back -
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    we have repaired the (traditional) "tongue" style catch a couple of times, & it's just not holding - it is 9ct yellow gold, probably hollow, although it is quite sturdy, but I need to come up with a different catch idea now, to replace the existing - does anyone have any suggestions please?

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    It seems to me that all you need to do is tighten, or work harden and tighten, the figure of eight catch. Dennis.

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    Thanks Dennis, but unfortunately we have done this a few times, & the customer isn't happy that she has to keep coming back to have it tightened when it only lasts a couple of weeks... I need to come up with something more permanent

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    OK, why is the tongue not holding? Is it the tongue itself, the slot or is the tongue not springy enough any more?

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    I think it's both - the slot looks worn, & we have replaced the tongue but it's still not holding the spring. She says she has always had the same issue, even when she was having it repaired by a previous jeweller.

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    The slot could be built back up (or filled in and filed out again) with either a PUK or a laser, although cleaning the inside square face would be a bit of a pest.
    The tongue's the easy bit!

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    Actually, scratch that - I think it would be less faff to cut out the existing latch completely, make a new one and use that. Trying to square up the inside of it would be more trouble than it's worth by comparison.

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    I agree with Peter, I've repaired a few of these over the years and what happens the 2 square edges that touch, the tongue and the inside edge of the bangle start wear (become rounded) that's why the bangle slips apart easily after time, so you need a new tongue and bangle end, and all the bangles I've come across are soooooooo thin and always hollow.

    All the bangles I've repaired have had a upright bit on the tongue which you push down to release the spring, this seems to be missing looking at the pics.

    Carlton
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    Thanks for the advice - I replaced both ends, & am keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold out!

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