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How do you untangle a necklace?

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To untangle a necklace, remove the big knots first. Place the necklace on a flat surface, and apply baby oil to the knots. Use a straight pin to tease out the tangles, clean away the baby oil, and hang up the necklace to prevent future tangles.

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  1. Remove big knots

    If the necklace is in a jumble, start by gently untangling any big knots. Never pull or yank the chain, as this can break the necklace.

  2. Set the necklace down

    Place the necklace flat on a nonporous surface, such as glass.

  3. Apply baby oil

    Dip a cotton swab in baby oil until it is damp but not dripping. Rub this over the surface of the knots until the necklace is slippery. Dampen the cotton swab again, if necessary, to ensure the necklace is saturated with baby oil.

  4. Push at the knots

    Use the pads of your fingers to push at the knots and loosen them.

  5. Use a straight pin

    Poke a straight pin into the edge of a knot. Gently pull until the knot loosens. Continue working at the edges of the knot, heading in toward the center, until it is completely loose. If necessary, use a second straight pin to hold onto the chain while working with the first pin.

  6. Clean the necklace

    Dampen a soft cloth in jewelry cleaner. Rub it along the surface of the necklace to remove the baby oil.

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