Repair Your Own Earrings
You can fix your own earrings! Learn how...
Want to show-off your favorite earrings on a night out on the town? Too bad you can't since one earring is broken and the other one doesn't stay on. But wait! You can show-off those beautiful earrings as well as your newly-acquired skill in repairing them when you use the information in this article.
Note: While you can successfully repair many types of earrings yourself, items of high value or family heirlooms should be taken to a professional jeweler for repair.
Repairing Clip Earrings
The only movable part of a clip earring is the clip section. This piece consists of the clip, the flange, the neck, and the spring. The clip obviously clips the earring to the ear lobe, while the flange is the part that connects the clip to the earring. The neck is the piece underneath the flange. Lastly, the spring holds the earring snugly to the earlobe.
Problem-The Clip Has Fallen Off the Earring
Solution- Sometimes the clip is simply glued onto the earring. If this is the case, fit the clip to the back of the earring and align the two up. Make sure that you align the clip in the exact spot it was attached to on the earring. Then, remove the clip and apply a strong adhesive glue on the clip. Place the clip in place onto the earring. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly and make sure the bond is tight before wearing the earring again.
Note: If the clip was attached by a flange, simply reinsert the clip into the holes of the flange. Then use needlenose pliers to gently squeeze the flange inward to secure the clip once again.
Problem- The Earring Is Too Loose and Slides Down or Falls Off Your Ear
Solution- The tension of the spring is too weak and needs adjustment. Using a pair of needlenose pliers, carefully bend the neck up to increase the tension of the spring. Place the earring on your ear and test for a confortable fit. If it still feels too loose, adjust the tension even more until the earring fits your ear comfortably and securely.
Problem-The Earring Is Too Tight and Pinches Your Ear
Solution-The tension of the spring is too tight and needs adjustment. Using a pair of needlenose pliers, carefully bend the neck down to decrease the tension of the spring. Place the earring on your ear and test for comfortable fit. If it still feels too tight, adjust the tension until the earring fits your ear confortably, yet securely.
Pierced earrings are comprised of a post, a clutch back, and the earring part. The clutch back securely holds the post in the ear hole.
Problem- The Post Has Fallen Out or Off
Solution- Simply use a strong adhesive and place a drop of it on the part of the post that attaches to or slides into the earring part. Then, reinsert the post into, or attach the post back onto the earring. Make sure the glue is completely dry and post is securely re-attached to the earring before you wear it again.