So, waaaaay back in 2013 (evidence of the date here), my friend Jennifer gave me a necklace that was special to her and needed repair. It was one of the only possessions that her great grandmother brought with her wen she emigrated from Italy. I don't do much seed beading, but my 2013 post asked for ideas and the resounding recommendation was: restring the entire thing. A bit intimidating.
So I stalled, and kind of forgot, and asked for more advice here and there on threads and waxing, and did some research on finishing and four strand braiding. And I stalled some more. And then I read a post by Elizabeth Gilbert that said
I know I am being a tad drama llama. But I've been feeling a bit stuck about many things lately - nothing earth shattering, or life altering - just in need of some rut-breaking-out-of. So with a cookie sheet to catch beads, reading glasses, and instructions, I took out my scissors and pulled it all apart.