by Mary Beth Magee
Clip earrings come in many styles and varieties. Whether you have a set of clip earrings bought on vacation that you want to convert into earrings for your pierced ears or you want to preserve and enjoy a piece of antique heirloom jewelry by changing it into a necklace pendant, you can convert your clip earrings simply and easily with jewelry and beading supplies. A single clip earring can become a pendant, brooch or scarf clasp quite easily. Before you dispose of that single fashion earring, consider how it can continue to enhance your wardrobe with a few simple adjustments.
Remove the clip. Remove the clip from the earring, using pliers or snips if necessary. Smooth any rough edges left behind using emery paper, a rotary tool or sand paper. Clean the back of the earring with a soft cloth, warm water and mild soap. Dry the jewelry thoroughly.
Make earrings. If you desire fashion earrings for pierced ears, attach jewelry findings such as ear wires, posts or hoops. You can use permanent jewelers' or crafting glue to attach the findings. For post earrings, attach the posts to the center of the earring back, and for dangly earrings, attach the finding above the center of gravity. Heavy earrings may be top-heavy if the findings are centered. Position the finding near the top edge if possible when working with heavier earrings.
Make pins or pendants. You can make a pin out of an old clip earring using a pin finding or tie-tack hardware. Glue the hardware to the center of the back of the earring. Larger earrings may require two tie-tack sets or a longer pin base to hang properly. Make a pendant by attaching a bail to the top of the earring. Use glue or S-hooks to attach the bail. Jewelry-quality S-hooks can add length where needed, as well as provide a means of connection.
Jewelry hardware is often described as "jewelry findings." This term encompasses the various hardware parts used in creating or repairing jewelry, although each type of part is usually sold separately.
Protect the face of the earring from damage while smoothing the back. Cushioning it in a silicone kitchen trivet or rubber jar opener will shield it from scratching as you work and keep the earring steady at the same time.