I live in a retirement home and help the ladies by putting on magnet clasps to make it easier to fasten. I have been able to convert their earrings in many ways: from wire to clip, wire to stud, etc. The one I am unsuccessful at is to convert clip to another finding. There are always sharp metal bits that I cannot smooth. I do not solder and need a solution for this type of conversion. Thanks!
Clip-on earring findings can be successfully removed with a few steps.
Cut off the clip as close to the earring backing as possible
File down the burs with a metal needle file, coarse grits of emery paper or polishing papers
Slightly roughen up (file) the area to which you will later apply adhesive and a new finding. This will help the adhesive adhere. Make certain the area is clean of any metal dust or other residue from filing.
Choose an appropriate adhesive to affix metal to metal, or other type of finding material to metal. Two-part epoxy is a good choice for this application but there are others. View the ''Glue Types and Information'' chart for more information on the many glues available.
- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor and Swarovski crystal Ambassador