How to Change Clip Earrings Into Pierced

Written by cynthia measom
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How to Change Clip Earrings Into Pierced
(girl with blue earrings image by Galina Barskaya from

Perhaps you inherited a pair of clip-back earrings from a relative or found a fabulous pair while vintage shopping, but you don't like the pressure the tight clips exert on your ear when you wear them. Instead of wearing the earrings as clips, convert them to pierced earrings to enhance your comfort.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Jeweller's or needle-nose pliers
  • 180- to 200-grit sandpaper
  • Self-adhesive posts or posts and epoxy glue

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  1. 1

    Remove the clip from the back of the earring with jeweller's or needle-nose pliers. Grip the folding part of the clip and remove it, as well as any other parts left behind. Take care when prying the clip away from the back of the earring so you won't damage it.

  2. 2

    Rub a piece of fine grit sandpaper across the area where you removed the clip to add some texture to the earring back.

  3. 3

    Remove the backing from a self-adhesive earring post and apply it to the area from which you removed the clip, or apply a drop or two of epoxy glue to the back of a non-adhesive post and apply it to the area.

  4. 4

    Allow to dry for 24 hours or the amount of time recommended by the glue manufacturer, if you used glue to adhere the post to the earring back.

Tips and warnings

  • Some clip-back earrings won't be appropriate for conversion. If the clip-backs are heavily adorned or large, you may want to reconsider. A post may not support them well, and they may fall forward from your ear when you wear them.

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