Hi friends! Do you ever look through all of that old jewelry your grandmother gave you and find some gorgeous earrings only to flip them over and see they’re clip-on’s? Or maybe you’re out thrifting or antiquing and a pair catches your eye and you think “Man, I would totally wear these if they weren’t clip-on’s”. I really have to give some props to the ladies who wore this kind of earring day in and day out! Today though, I prefer post back earrings. I feel like they stay on my ears better and they are just simply more comfortable. So here is the dilemma: There is an entire era of earrings that we aren’t wearing because of their clip-on backs. .Why don’t we change them?.Now I know there will be some ladies who adamantly disagree with compromising the integrity of the original earring. “Tear apart old earrings? No way!” But hear me out! Why not give new life to some of these gorgeous earrings and actually wear them? A whole new generation of women can wear this jewelry. I think our grandmothers would approve!Changing the backs is a very simple process and you might already have some of what you need in your home already. (Please note: The brands I list in the tutorial are what I use, I am not a paid promoter) How to Convert your Clip-On Earrings to Post Backs
What you will need: A pair of pliers A small pair of wire cuttersJewelry glue (example here)Earring Posts (example here)Pair of clip-on earrings.The pliers and wire cutters were used from one of the “house all-in-one tool kits” so you might have these at home already! I listed both tools but you may only use one of them. It depends on your particular earrings. I’m using E6000 CLEAR jewelry glue and earring posts from Jewelry Shoppe which were both purchased from Hobby Lobby. However, any craft store or Amazon will likely have them! (I linked the amazon options above)
Step 1: Take a look at the back of your earrings and determine how you’ll remove the clips. They are all attached a bit different. Use your wire cutters or pliers to remove the clip-on backs, handling the removing process with care so you don’t damage your earrings. Use your muscles sister, you can do it! .The wire cutters were my tool of choice here. Depending on your particular set of earrings you may need to use a heavier duty set of cutters. I didn’t have to cut the clips off of this set of earrings, I just had to pull them off.
Step 2:Using your earring posts, determine how you’d like your earring to hang on your ear. For example, if you glue the post up high on the back of the earring, your earring will dangle below your ear. If you glue your post to the middle of the earring it will sit more center on your ear. .Please note that although the placement is a personal preference, the earring itself will also dictate where you are able to attach the post. The earrings I converted here are heavier, so I needed to attach the post higher so it didn’t fold on my earlobe. Take into account your preference as well as the weight of your earring to determine where to glue. If you glue in the wrong spot don’t worry! Just remove the posts, clean the back of your earring and try again.
Step 3:Place your “clip-on” earrings upside down on your table with the backs facing you. I want you to use enough glue to cover the entire back of the post. You can be a bit generous here. Look for the flattest part of the earring so the post has enough to secure itself to and glue down the post. Repeat the process with your second earring. I would keep the earrings side by side when you’re gluing the posts to ensure the placement of the posts match on each earring.
Step 4:Let them dry! Now if you’re anything like me you will want to wear them approximately 2 minutes after you glue them. Don’t! I would let them dry overnight if you can. Just glue the backs before you go to bed so you can wake up and wear them in the morning.
All done! And so beautiful!
Step 5:Have fun and SHARE THEM! Tell me if you converted some of your earrings. I want to see them! Like, tag, and follow me @thestampedlily!