I spotted a pair of earrings at Anthropologie about 6 months ago and they inspired this DIY project. One thing that most people have in their jewelry box is an old pair of glitzy screw-back clip on earrings, probably passed down from a grandma or picked up for cheap at a yard sale. They probably don’t see much action due to their “clip-on-ness”(totally not a word, i know). This project allows you to re-invent them into a pair of modern earrings that you’ll enjoy wearing.
For this project you will need:
- pliers (I like needle nose pliers because they have better precision, I recommend the ones I linked to)
- wire cutters (These are so important to have, you’d be surprised how often they will be needed)
- strong adhesive glue (my go to product is Zap-A-Gap because it bonds virtually anything in less than a minute, no waiting involved)
- vintage screw-back earrings preferably rhinestone ones (if you don’t already have them scope out a pair at the thrift store, an estate sale, or ask your grandma)
- Cotton Embroidery Floss in whatever color you prefer
- 2 oval chain links 1.5″ long
- a pair of leverback ear hooks (I think they go better with the vintage style of the earrings and they don’t dangle quite as long as most ear wires.)
- 2 chain tabs
Begin by taking your wire cutters and cutting off the screw portion of the screw-back leaving the rest of the “hook” portion attached to the earring.
Once that is done, it should look like the picture above.
Now take your pliers and gently bend the hook into a closed loop. Be very careful not to snap it off of the earring all together.
Once that is done it should look like the picture above. You now have a loop that you can hang the oval chain links off of, but don’t do it yet.
Next you need to take your glue and put a dab on the top of the back of the earring and adhere one of the chain tabs. Use the small side of the chain tab as the part that you glue down.
Allow the glue to dry according to the directions on your bottle or tube. Once dry it’s time to attach one of the oval chain links.
Gently open the chain link using pliers and slide it onto the loop that we made earlier. It should look like the picture above.
Take your pliers and close the oval link as tightly as you can. This might be tricky because it’s thicker than your average jump ring or small chain. Don’t worry about marring up the metal with the pliers because it will be hidden anyway.
Now for the fun part. Take your embroidery floss and tie a double knot directly onto the oval link.
Start wrapping the thread around the oval link. Make sure you wrap it tightly and keep it close together with no gaps in between. Once you’ve wrapped all the way around tie it off with another double knot.
Trim the excess thread.
If your knot looks sloppy or is visible use a bit of glue to hold it down and turn that side of the link to be the part that is hidden behind the earring. It should look like the picture above.
Next, take a lever-back and using your pliers open the front circle attachment and slide it onto the chain tab at the top of your earring.
Gently close the circle on the lever-back. That’s it. Now repeat all the steps for the second earring, wear and enjoy.
These are so easy that you could make multiple pairs if you have the supplies on hand, and they’d make a nice “just-because” type of gift for a friend.
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