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Earring Backs Earring Backs

I have been making jewelry for many years and use Fire Mountain supply (Great quality, selection, prices and service!). I have been making some rather fanciful earrings lately and prefer to use ear wires rather than studs. Some of my designs end up slightly on the heavy side and I had been missing sales here and there to customers who don't like quite that much weight on ear wires. I purchased your cushioned comfort clutch earring backs for studs (H20-1212FN) and found I can use them on the ear wires. A quick alteration right at the gallery adapts them easily and doesn't change the appearance of the ear wires. I cut off a portion of the wire and bend it up to put the pad at the right angle to absorb some of the weight. The pics here are a little sloppy, but you can see what I'm doing. The customers are pleased and I am now making those sales. I even toss in extra backs sometimes for good will. In one case, I even used extras as a bargaining chip.

- Nancy Bartusch
Earrings and Zzzzz's

The majority of damage to earrings occur overnight. During sleep, you toss, you turn, and you put loads of unnecessary stress on earrings. Remove earrings before going to bed.

- Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Tip
Easy Earwires Template

If you like to make your own wire earring hoops, a cheap and sturdy mandrel can be made from the white connectors used for PVC. They come with outside dimensions from 1.25 to 2.75 inches making them perfect earring hoop sizes.

- Yvonne from Arizona
  Tighten Your Earnuts

Easily tighten "too loose" earnuts or adjust them for use on smaller posts with your round-nose pliers. Place the nose of the pliers into the earnut loops and tighten.

- Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Tip
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