Converting a pair of vintage screw-back earrings to post or dangle earrings is a wonderful way to bring a sparkly classic into modern times.
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STEP 1 - Find a pair of screw-back earrings that have the metal loop on the "top" part of the earrings. Generally these are post-style earrings and not dangling ones. This photo shows the kind of earrings you'll need to work with. Ask your Gramma or go to an antique store to pick up a pair.
STEP 2 - Cut the screw-back off the earring with wire clippers. I always wear safety goggles when clipping because these old, brittle pieces fly all over the place. Be careful to just cut off the screw part because you're going to need the metal loop piece.
STEP 3 - Sand down the metal loop where you just made your cut. Generally this cut will be pointy and sharp. I use a little sanding block, but any kind of sandpaper will work. This is for your own safety!
STEP 4 - Using a round-nosed pliers, bend the metal loop to create a small full-circle loop. Again, this metal is brittle so you won't have the opportunity to bend and re-bend this many times. The metal finish will flake off, or worse, it will break.
STEP 5 - Choose your new earring base. This can be a post or a dangle-style. There are lots to choose from.
STEP 6 - Use a jump ring to connect the earring and your base. You'll ned this to ensure the earring is hanging in the right direction.
You're done! Again, I'm giving away these beauties to one lucky reader on November 28. Just leave a message on this post to be qualified. Cheers!