How to Modify Screw Earrings to Become Pierced Earrings

By Carolyn Sorrell
Earrings can make a fashion statement.

Many of us own adorable screw-back earrings that we don't wear anymore because we now prefer pierced earrings. You may have wondered if there is a way to convert all those screw-back earrings to where they are now for pierced ears. This process really isn't as difficult as you might think. All it takes is a bit of ingenuity and a few craft supplies that you may already have lying around the house.

Earrings have been around for thousands of years.

Remove screw-back piece. With the single edge razor blade, carefully score around the area where the screw-back is attached to the base of the earring and gently remove it. If the back is attached with a brad, then use a small, flat-head screwdriver to pry the screw-back off. Be careful not to damage the backing area of the earring.

Piercing was once used as a method of identifying slaves.

Lightly sand the back of the earring. Cut out a small section of fine sandpaper and lightly sand the back of the earring. The purpose of this step is to prepare the earring back for attaching the flat post. If possible, you need a flat, even area where the pieced post can be glued. Once both earrings have been lightly sanded, use a cotton ball and some alcohol to thoroughly clean the back. Remove any dust from the sanding process.

Screw-back earrings can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods.

Attach the pierced earring post. Earring posts usually come in a package of two or four and can be found at your local craft store. They are sold in a silver or gold-tone color and also include the metal clutch that holds the earring fastened in place.

Remove the clutch first. Then apply glue to the base of the earring where the new post will be attached. Next apply a small amount of glue to the flat area of the post. Working quickly, press the post firmly against the earring back where the glue was applied and hold for several minutes until the new post adheres to the old earring back.

Many women own earrings to match every outfit.

Repeat this process for the other earring. Place both in an upright position and allow to dry for at least 4 hours before moving them. Fast grabbing glue attaches quickly but does need several hours to cure.

Tip

Work on a smooth, flat area covered with a pillow case or fabric that can be thrown away. Allow the glue to dry and cure overnight if possible.

Warning

Work quickly with fast-grabbing glue. Be careful not to glue your fingers together. Have a paper towel nearby to wipe off any access glue.

About the Author

Carolyn Sorrell began writing in 1985. She has written novels and short stories, and her articles have appeared in "Letters to Our Mothers" and "Southern Living." In 2009, she ghost-wrote a book about the Obama campaign for a client in Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.