Making Clip On Earring Wearing Fun!

Using Barrel Pierced to Clip On Earring Converters

Barrel or Post Pierced to Clip On Earring Converters are a popular way of making stud pierced earrings wearable by anyone! They have an important feature that might make you choose them over a no bend and that is that the earring will sit high up on the earlobe once converted from pierced to clip on.

With a no bend pierced to clip on converter, you don’t have to bend the post of the pierced earring at all however the earring will sit low beneath the earlobe. This looks perfectly acceptable for drop or dangle earrings and you may enjoy wearing these earrings as a clip on using a no bend pierced to clip on earring converter. However when it comes to stud earrings, we’re generally accustomed to seeing them around the middle of the earlobe so unless it’s a very large stud, the positioning of a no bend pierced to clip on earring converter my not be as aesthetically pleasing as a barrel pierced to clip on earring converter.

A pair of typical post pierced to clip on earring converter

A pair of typical post pierced to clip on earring converter

Let’s look at how you convert a pierced earring to a clip on earring using a post pierced to clip on earring converter. Firstly there are some things you should note:

  1. Post converters aren’t good at converting fish hook style pierced earrings. It can be done but you need to be quite crafty to straighten out the fish hook piercing sufficiently so unless you’re confident with a pair of plyers, stick to pierced earrings with a straight shaft
  2. The thickness of the pierced shaft will vary according to who made the earrings. If the one you are trying to convert looks especially thick, first check to see it can enter the barrel of the converter. There are some that are too bulky to fit; not many, but it’s not unheard of. Secondly if it fits but looks like it might damage the converter, bend it with plyers outside of the barrel converter and then insert it

Here’s this as pictures:

Step 1: Insert the pierced earring into the clip on converter post

Step 1: Insert the pierced earring into the clip on converter post

Step 2: Bend the earring post 90° so the stud faces correctly

Step 2: Bend the earring post 90° so the stud faces correctly


Step 3: Converted earring ready to wear; repeat for other side

Step 3: Converted earring ready to wear; repeat for other side

The whole process shouldn’t take long but do support the back of the earring as you convert it, bending gently and steadily rather than in quick jolts. Remember that any earring you convert in this way won’t be wearable as a pierced earring any more, however the bending will make the earring sit well in the converter without fear of it falling. The earring will then sit nicely on your earlobe looking gorgeous!

Make Me Beautiful stocks allergy safe post and no bend pierced to clip on earring converters.

Are You Getting The Itch for Jewellery?

One of the biggest complaints people have about jewellery is that it makes their skin itch. Worse still, some people get rashes, turn colour and even start to feel unwell. What’s that all about? Why does it happen and what can you do to make sure it doesn’t happen to you?

First off let’s get one thing straight – it’s not in your head. It’s not just you being sensitive. That tickling you feel is not just the item rubbing against you, especially if you’re finding that it intensifies if you get hot and sweaty. The following pictures come from The Birmingham Assay Office and show the damage ignoring the signs can do to skin:

Nickel allergy on the neck

Nickel allergy on the neck

Another nickel allergy photo

Another nickel allergy photo

I’m fairly certain even the hungriest vampire would think twice about wanting to nuzzle up to that neck – it’s angry!

So what causes this type of irritation? Generally people call it nickel allergy although it’s not always just nickel. Metals used in jewellery are often combinations as different types of metal have different properties. Some have nice colours, some are rust resistant, some are too soft to be easily used on their own. As The Assay Office state:

Hallmarking is necessary because when jewellery and silverware are manufactured, precious metals are not used in their pure form, as they are too soft. Gold, Silver, and Platinum are always alloyed with copper or other metals to create an alloy that is more suitable to the requirements of the jeweller. Such an alloy needs to be strong, workable, yet still attractive.

Owing to the high value of gold, platinum and silver, there are significant profits to be gained by reducing the precious metal content of an alloy at the manufacturing stage. Base metal articles plated with a thin coat of gold or silver look the same as articles made wholly of precious metal, at least until the plating wears, and even an expert cannot determine the quality or standard of precious metal items by eye or touch alone.

As a guide, Sterling Silver should be hallmarked. This mark carries a 92.5, meaning that the item is 92.5% silver with the remaining 7.5% made up of other metals such as tin or copper.

The problem is that in the modern age, many jewellery items are made overseas where small amounts of money (to us) may be worth large amounts (in local currency) especially when repeated for hundreds or thousands of items. Consequently jewellery made in Asia will often be cut with many cheap metals to increase their profits. Chinese produced goods are particularly likely to have this, with a far higher rate of problems and product recalls than anywhere else. Toxic metals that may be blended in might be nickel, but cadmium, lead and others have all been found and frequently continue to be found.

In the last month I’ve seen news on lead reaching jewellery made in India and how Health Canada found Chinese sources were melting toxic car batteries and electrical goods to make jewellery. Clearly both are shocking and deplorable. Cadmium, nickel, lead, mercury and other such metals are extremely toxic and even big stores like Walmart, Claire’s and Toys’R'Us have had product recalls. What can you do?

First off there are standards in place. Well in certain places. The EU has the strictest standards anywhere so your best bet for quality is to by European jewellery. Next is American jewellery which permits a higher count in nickel. Elsewhere in the world standards may vary hugely if there are standards at all.

If you are at all unsure and on holiday, stick to safe jewellery types – things made from string, beads, pearls and wood or resin. Bronzed items may look attractive in the summer sun but we want you to keep gleaming long after the moment is over, so think twice markets.

Secondly, if you are buying fine jewellery (that’s something that claims to be gold, silver, platinum or palladium), it should be hallmarked. The UK has had a history of hallmarking for over 700 years and so has high standards. Other countries may use the “Common Control Mark”. Check out this summary of the UK’s 1973 Hallmark Act legislation to see what that means if you’re unsure.

Lastly, for all the other jewellery (commonly called costume or fashion jewellery), there are ways of protecting yourself if you’re at all uncomfortable wearing it. One way of dealing with earrings is by changing the fastening to a sterling silver or gold one. You can do this fairly easily on pierced fish hook earrings and most clip on earrings.

One of our favourite ways is the use of a professional grade hypo-allergenic jeweller’s skin guard.

Hypo-allergenic jeweller's skin guard

Hypo-allergenic jeweller's skin guard

This is a type of hard wearing varnish lacquer that you can paint onto every part of your jewellery that would come in contact with your skin. For instance, body piercings and pierced earrings can be coated in this invisible lacquer. You are then prevented from coming into direct contact with it and therefore never need suffer from allergies or rashes! And as an added bonus it helps prevent cheap alloys from becoming oxidised and changing colour too.

Here’s to you looking beautiful!

The Easiest Way to Soften Pinching Clip On Earrings

There are several different types of clip on earring fastening and whilst all bar mini clips can be adjusted using a clip on earrings adjustment key, there is also a very easy way to make Shepard’s hook style clip on earrings more comfortable to wear.

Just for those of you thinking what the Shepard’s hook are you on about, Shepard’s hook clips are the type of clip on fastener that curves round. Standard paddles are flat or ever so slightly curved. Shepard’s hooks however loop over on themselves which makes them easier to adjust.

So easy to adjust you might even feel the need to go to the bathroom immediately and splash cold water on your face for not having thought of it yourself earlier… Yes, really!

Here’s the trick – simply squeeze the clip at the top of the moveable paddle so it’s not so wide. That’ll immediately make it have less pressure on your poor little lobes. Take a look, this photo says a thousand words – you can click it to see it bigger:

Loosening an Omega clip on earring

Loosening a Shepard's hook clip on earring

Just one pinch to end all your clip on earrings pinching. Now that was that easy? Then it’s cold water time!

Incidentally it works in reverse – if a Shepard’s hook is too loose just lift that flap up slightly to make it tighter.

Bend or no bend clip on earring converters?

I often get people ask me should I use a bend or a no bend clip on earring converter? For those of you new to this conversation, a clip on earring converter allows you to change a pierced earring into a clip on earring so that you do not have to have pierced ears to wear it.

Clip on earring converters are great however there are two types of pierced earring where you should think before you use them:

  1. Fine jewellery earrings – if it’s your Grandma’s heirloom to you, the earrings your Mom wore on her wedding or an expensive gift from an amorous friend, converting fine jewellery – by that I mean expensive earrings made out of gold, silver, platinum, with real pearl or diamonds etc – is something best left to pros with jeweller’s studios. Take it to one and ask for a quote. You’ll never forgive yourself if you ruin it by your own hand.
  2. Cheap jewellery earrings – it’s a sad fact that many supermarkets not only stock very cheap earrings, it’s cheap because it’s made out of cheap materials. Such earrings are often made from alloys, that’s combinations of different metals melted together. As a result the metal can be brittle and prone to snapping

If you are looking to convert either of these two types of pierced earring to a clip on earring then you should only use no bend clip on earring converters since these do not alter the pierced earring post in any way and can be removed at a later date if so desired.

The no bend style of clip on earring converter does a fantastic job for some styles of earring, notably hoops as these cannot be reasonably modified by bend clip on earring converters. However there are other styles like buttons, studs and shields that plain look odd if hung below the ear lobe. For these, you’ll need to use the bend type of pierced to clip on earring converter. These are sometimes called Clip On Earring Converter Posts since they have a vertical barrel you insert the pierced earring’s post into. Once inside and holding both the clip on earring converter and the pierced earring firmly so as to focus pressure on just the pierced earring’s post you then bend the earring so that it faces the right direction.

This process of bending the earring post has both advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side the earring will sit inside the converter nicely and you’ll be able to shake your head about without too much fear of launching an earring into someone nearby’s face! On the downside, your earring won’t be any good to pierced earring wearers so you may not want to convert any earrings you may want to sell at a later date.

How to stop clip on earrings being so tight

Have you found that your clip on earrings pinch your ear lobes? Sometimes they pinch straight away, others seem to take a while before really beginning to nip by the end of the night.Why are they always so tight?

There’s a good reason for clip on earrings being so tight. It’s because clip on earrings are designed to fit anyone. Some women have very thin ear lobes and some women have very fleshy ones. In order for the same finding to work on the woman with a very slender earlobe, the woman with a fuller lobe will  find it a pinch! So what’s to be done?

Good news. Almost all clip on earrings are made with the ability to loosen them built in. It’s simply because most of the press cover pierced earrings that fewer women today know how to adjust their earrings. So how do you do it?

Most clip on earringgs have a movable part to the clip and a fixed part that has the actual earring on. Here’s a picture just so that you know what I mean by the moveable part of the clip on fastening and aren’t glazing over in confusion!

A clip on eraring showing the moveable fastening

A clip on earring showing the moveable fastening

If you examine the moveable fastening part you’ll see that as well as the hinge that holds it on to the earring, there is a central tongue that rests upon the hinge. It’s this central tongue that determines the amount of tension in the clip on fastening.


Simple. To loosen off the amount of tension all you need to do is lift the tongue so that it isn’t making the clip clamp shut. Here’s the trick – you need to do this gently. Take your time. It’s best to use a comfort key to loosen clip on earrings than just trying to force a butter knife underneath. You may have to lift the tongue gently several times, tetsing after each, before you get it right, however if you just yank the tongue up, you’ll make it too loose. So be ladylike when doing this!

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