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.

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.

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