Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Have you ever lost one of your favorite earrings and been left with a single, lonely earring? Don’t just toss that earring in a drawer and call it a loss – you can easily convert almost any earring into a necklace pendant by removing the ear wire and replacing it with a jump ring! It’s a simple concept, but one that many people don’t think of. If your lonely earring isn’t too delicate, you can even convert it into a keychain! (Try using a large lobster clasp like BM0539 for the keychain.) If the earring is beaded or contains a lot of chain, you may even be able to take it apart and salvage some of the materials to add to your bead stash!

Happy Tuesday! – Sara

7 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • Molly M

    Too funny – I lost a favorite earring years ago and have been saving it in a drawer all this time until I got back into beading/jewelry-making, and just received my jump ring so I can add it as a pendant to a necklace I’ve envisioned. Great minds think alike! Now, if I could only master the art of opening and closing jump rings…still eluding me. This newbie has a lot to learn. Cheers!

  • Marsha Colby

    I was hoping for tips on how to salvage post earrings, I guess. I’ve got an awful lot of those. Any ideas for those? Thanks!

  • Joan

    I tell everyone who buys my jewelry it has a replacement/repair guarantee as long as they have it. They just need to contact me to replace it. If I don’t have anymore of the same beads I’ll make a pair that will go with the necklace or bracelet they bought. They love it!!! A broken set does no one any good!!

  • FusionBeads.com

    Molly, the art of opening and closing a jump ring can be difficult! You can master it by checking out our step-by-step, free technique with photos to help you! Check it out here: http://www.fusionbeads.com/beadingfaq/techniques.php?bfid=149

  • FusionBeads.com

    Marsha, that’s a great question! It’s difficult to answer, because there are so many types of post earrings. If you have a post with a loop below it, you can use chain nose pliers to remove the post loop from the earring and then use jump rings to convert the earring into a necklace. If the earring is a stud earring, you may be able to cut the post off and file the back of the piece, or you may be able to pry the bead out if it is glued into the cup of the earring post. After this, you will have to find a creative use for the leftover product! You may be able to glue them onto something else. If the post earring has a large piece of metal with the post coming directly out of it, you can use wire cutters to remove the post, then file the metal so it isn’t scratchy. After this, you can use a metal hole punch (try this one: http://www.fusionbeads.com/shop/product/46964/) to add a hole. Then you can use a jump ring to make it into a pendant. I hope that helps, good luck!

  • Or… If the post is deep into the stone, you can use your round nose pliers and curl it to make the bail with it!

    I have done some “lonely earring” makeovers… :)


  • Desree

    does anyone know how to close the hole on a pendant bead so it can be converted into a ring?


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