Thursday, September 15, 2011

DIY: How to Turn Clip-On Earrings Into Post Earrings!

You are going to be amazed at how simple this is!

For this project, you will need:

  • Water Resistant Glue*
  • Post Bails
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • A Toothpick/Shishkabob Stick

- *I recommend Gorilla Glue because it has worked best in my experience.
- To clarify, a bail is a flat surface used for attaching hardware to jewelry to make it wearable. This being said, post bails (sometimes called "flat posts" can be found in the jewelry section at craft stores. They come in two or three bail sizes. Get what is most appropriate for your clip-on earrings. A medium size will be the most versatile. This is what they look like:

All right! Let's get craftin'!
These earrings were going unworn as clip-ons.

Step 1. Take your needle nose pliers and pull off the clip on part of the earrings.

Step 2. Have two post bails chosen out to be your earring backs. Make sure that they aren't too big or too small in proportion to your earrings.

Step 3. Break out the glue! Open it up and dip your toothpick/shishkabob stick in there and get less than a drop size. Put a tiny amount on your post bail and slap that sucker on your earring back. Be sure to strategically place the bail on your earring so that when you wear it, it's not upside down or anything.

A little will go a long way.

Step 4. Let it be! Allow it some time to dry. If you chose to work with Gorilla Glue, wait 20 minutes and come back. This stuff foams. After 20 minutes, push the post bails into your earring to get rid of bubbles. Remove any excess foam (it shouldn't make your hands sticky at this point).

Step 5. Wear them! You're done!

The finished product!

1 comment:

  1. Do you know any ways to turn pierced ear earrings into clip on earrings? Because those are great steps to get them for conversion the other way! Thanks!