How to Adjust the Clip on Earrings

Although many people opt to wear clip-on earrings, the downside that affects their ear lobes is that the clip-ons are either so tight that they pinch uncomfortably or so loose they fall off. According to, clip-on earrings are simple to adjust, and you can easily learn how to adjust the clip-on mechanism with tweezers or needle-nose pliers. Once you see how to adjust clip-on earrings, you will never bear the discomfort of clip-on earrings again.

Open the clip-on earrings, and find the centre portion of the paddle-back lever.

Insert the tip of the tweezers gently under the centre portion to raise it a little if the earrings are too loose. If the earrings are too tight, squeeze the centre portion slightly to make it sit flatter against the rest of the paddle. Do not make big adjustments; a small change can significantly change the way the earrings fit.

Try on the earrings to assess the fit. Adjust the earrings again, if necessary.

Open the earrings, and notice how they work. With this design, the back of each earring is on a hinge. The hinge holds a U-shaped piece of the earring back against the ear.

Loosen these earrings by widening the U-shape using the pliers. Tighten these earrings by pinching the U-shape narrower. Make very small adjustments with the pliers.

Try on the earrings to see if they feel better. Adjust the earrings again, if necessary.


Paddle-back clip-on earrings are one of the most common types of clip-ons, and the mechanisms in these earrings are sturdy. This makes them easy to adjust with tweezers for a proper fit. Old-fashioned screw clip-ons have the advantage of screwing onto the ear lobe for a custom fit every time. Consider using small cushions or pads to help make clip-on earrings more comfortable. Gold-filled clip-on earrings will be a harder, sturdier metal to manipulate with the tweezers or the pliers. Sterling silver is a soft metal, and you must take care not to damage clip-on earrings made of sterling silver when you adjust them.

Things You'll Need

  • Clip-on earrings
  • Flat tweezers
  • Needle-nose pliers
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