How to Modify Screw Earrings to Become Pierced Earrings

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How to Modify Screw Earrings to Become Pierced Earrings
Earrings can make a fashion statement. (earring image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Many of us own adorable screw-back earrings that we don't wear anymore because we now prefer pierced earrings. You may have wondered if there is a way to convert all those screw-back earrings to where they are now for pierced ears. This process really isn't as difficult as you might think. All it takes is a bit of ingenuity and a few craft supplies that you may already have lying around the house.

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Things you need

  • Screw-back earrings
  • Flat posts with clutch
  • Fast-grabbing craft glue
  • Single-edge razor blade
  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Cotton balls
  • Alcohol

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  1. 1

    Remove screw-back piece. With the single edge razor blade, carefully score around the area where the screw-back is attached to the base of the earring and gently remove it. If the back is attached with a brad, then use a small, flathead screwdriver to pry the screw-back off. Be careful not to damage the backing area of the earring.

    How to Modify Screw Earrings to Become Pierced Earrings
    Earrings have been around for thousands of years. (green earrings image by EvilGirl from
  2. 2

    Lightly sand the back of the earring. Cut out a small section of fine sandpaper and lightly sand the back of the earring. The purpose of this step is to prepare the earring back for attaching the flat post. If possible, you need a flat, even area where the pieced post can be glued. Once both earrings have been lightly sanded, use a cotton ball and some alcohol to thoroughly clean the back. Remove any dust from the sanding process.

    How to Modify Screw Earrings to Become Pierced Earrings
    Piercing was once used as a method of identifying slaves. (Earrings image by RUZANNA ARUTYUNYAN from
  3. 3

    Attach the pierced earring post. Earring posts usually come in a package of two or four and can be found at your local craft store. They are sold in a silver or gold-tone colour and also include the metal clutch that holds the earring fastened in place.

    Remove the clutch first. Then apply glue to the base of the earring where the new post will be attached. Next apply a small amount of glue to the flat area of the post. Working quickly, press the post firmly against the earring back where the glue was applied and hold for several minutes until the new post adheres to the old earring back.

    How to Modify Screw Earrings to Become Pierced Earrings
    Screw-back earrings can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods. (green earrings image by Vita Vanaga from
  4. 4

    Repeat this process for the other earring. Place both in an upright position and allow to dry for at least 4 hours before moving them. Fast grabbing glue attaches quickly but does need several hours to cure.

    How to Modify Screw Earrings to Become Pierced Earrings
    Many women own earrings to match every outfit. (girl with blue earrings image by Galina Barskaya from

Tips and warnings

  • Work on a smooth, flat area covered with a pillow case or fabric that can be thrown away. Allow the glue to dry and cure overnight if possible.
  • Work quickly with fast-grabbing glue. Be careful not to glue your fingers together. Have a paper towel nearby to wipe off any access glue.

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