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« on: October 25, 2006 06:32:48 PM »

My 10 year old daughter had her ears pierced almost a year ago and became an earring junkie like her mom. Well it seems she's developed metal allergies-some of her earrings even make her ears bleed. I've told her this means nothing but hypoallergenic from now on, and hey, it's not all bad-it means you can only wear the good stuff! Right now she's pretty bummed. But I'd like to reconstruct some of the old favs for her. Lots of tiny earrings, and lots of long outlandish dangling ones-her favorites. I thought of snipping off the posts and adding jump rings to some to use as pendants for necklaces.Does anyone have any other bright ideas? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2006 06:35:01 PM »

Why not do the whole jump ring thing, but make it a charm braclet? 
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2006 07:19:33 PM »

A charm bracelet is a great idea, thanks! But she also has lots of tiny earrings. Little gold hearts, shells, ect. Any ideas? I was thinking of snapping off posts, gluing onto a base, and adding a pin back. I wonder what kind of glue I should use? E6000? super glue? Anyway, definitly making a bracelet!
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2006 07:24:07 PM »

If you literally wanted to recreate them, especially for the long dangly ones you could snip / wire bend them off their posts, and put them on new, hypoallergenic posts. (From a local bead shop or firemountaingems.com or something. My local bead shop even gives free help on how to make earrings Smiley. ) You could do it with the tiny ones too, it's just that gluing is more precarious* and solder isn't hypoallergenic.

*(there are some strong glues out there though, and even strong + clear + nontoxic. For glass marble magnets I've been trying combinations of WeldBond and Aleene's Jewel-It. I made them recently, but so far none of them have fallen apart or had any problems, except the WeldBond dries about 75% clear right behind the image, so it's not good for using between the photo and glass. If it's behind the decorative part then it should make no difference.)

That really sucks for your daughter. I can't imagine my ears bleeding. I'd cry...my poor earrings. But I'm very happy for her that she can wear earrings Smiley. (Phew!) I have a cousin who can't wear them no matter what they're made of. [If anyone has that, there's the obvious clip-ons, magnets, hanging metal loops...maybe stickers or temporary tattoos or drawing on your ear. You can also wrap wire around the outside of your whole ear and attach dangling things to both ends. (I saw those in Chinatown and loved them; I tried making my cousin a pair. I don't know how well they'll stay on though.) ] Wow, I got off topic. Sorry XD;.

*tempted to make earrings for your daughter now* << >>

To be saying something to what you actually asked, maybe hairclips with dangling, springy, or encrusted in small earrings parts? (Sorry, I can't think of anything much other than kanzashi that commonly dangles XD;;.) [Or the ever popular hairpin with one thing stuck on the end.]
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006 07:47:56 PM »

Thanks-I knew I could count on craftsters! Hairclips sound possible. Showing my ignorance here-just what is kanzashi? I've never heard of it.And I HOPE she can still wear hypoallergenic. We're going to let her ears heal up, buy a pair we know should be safe, and cross our fingers. The wire around the ear thing you saw in chinatown actually sounds pretty fun. I may play with that. I just thought of making a "book thong" type bookmark with a pair of them. They sell them where I work. It's basicly a cord/string with a few beads and a charm at top and bottom, and we charge 6-7$ each! She's a little bookworm, so she may go for that, if I can figure it out. And it never occured to me to try to replace the posts. And thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2006 08:34:29 PM »

(Yay, I actually helped Cheesy. Thank you XD. You're welcome! This is fun.]

[If you look in any drugstore now, barrettes encrusted in a bunch of jewels are very fashionable. The little butterflies on springs have gone out of fashion a long time ago, but I like moving/dangling things.]

I'd never heard of kanzashi a couple of years ago either. It's Japanese hair ornaments made out of fabric folded up into (usually) flowers. It's kind of like origami. (They look like this and this.)(This and this are how to make it....but just do a Google search. I still haven't tried making one yet but I really want to. They're so pretty.) [I bought this one from Thea Starr and wore it at my wedding, but kind of made bad use of it ^^;;. (It's cream and my dress white, so I wore it afterwards stuck in my ponytail. I was going to put it in the end of my braid, but got sidetracked.) I love it so much. I have to think of some other place I can wear it again.]

(I'm not saying you should make kanzashi. Sticking dangly things directly to a hairclip works fine.  Wink)

Aleene's Jewel-It is made for fabric, but seems to do well on magnets, so would maybe work on earrings. WeldBond is made for gluing anything. I got it at a local hardware store. There are probably better glues to use than my suggestions, I just usually avoid toxic fumes like the plague. People seem to like E6000 a lot. I superglued a little glass sphere that fell out of one of my cheapo earrings years ago, and it's still there.

Damn I'm easy to distract. Bracelets and book thongs sound very cool Smiley. I hope she can wear earrings too! (+10000 ear hp!)

Also I like your icon  Grin. My husband reads Girl Genius. I haven't but it seems very cool. Maybe I will.
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2006 08:53:20 PM »

That's okay, I'm easily distracted too-uh, what were we talking about?Oh, yeah, Girl Genius.It's very cool, although I'm a few months behind in my reading.And I work in a bookstore. Phil Foglio is one of my favorite illustrator/writers. He has a website, one of my friends at work reads them online. I've been meaning to do that myself, since I'm not sure I could find where we've stashed the back issues, but I recently discovered a website called craftster....My daughter sees me on the computer and goes"reading crafster, mom?". I'm up past my bedtime already!Thanks for the kanzashi info. I think I'll wait until tomorrow to check it out-unfortunately I have to get up in the morning.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2006 09:33:57 PM »

grrr.i have the same problem:(
  I went on-line and ordered a bunch of sterling silver hooks in bulk, from artbeads, and anytime i buy earrings i just switch out the hooks to the sterling ones:) now i too can wear the cute ones at target.
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2006 10:40:49 PM »

Tell her not to despair - for about ten years I've had to either wear pure silver earrings (i.e. a pair my mother made in Shop back when she was in highschool) or nothing. But recently I've taken to wearing some I had laying around (from my sister, ones I wore for my wedding, presents from relatives who don't know me) and I CAN wear them now! A combination of age, letting them heal for a year with earrings that don't irritate and not wearing them any longer than a day.

It used to be that 20 minutes of a non-solid silver pair would make my ears puff up an bleed, now I'm spending the day with lovely dangly brass ones and no problems. She just needs to be patient.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2006 07:48:09 AM »

Thanks for all the help, everybody. When I get the cash, I'm going to go the silver hooks route for most of them. After I take care of some trifling things like utility bills.sigh. And Ananke,we'll be patient and try again someday.Hopefully time will do for her what it did for you.
As a bonus, I now have some good ideas on what to do with a stash of junk jewelry I was given. It'll make for some good mom daughter time.Craftster Rocks!
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2006 08:28:44 AM »

I have the same problem as your daughter and want I usually do when I wear cheaper earrings is put neosporin on the post and it makes it wear I can wear them for a little while. the longest I've had some in like that was about 6 or 7 hours because of school, I didnt want to lose them in my purse. I'd defantly go the route of putting new post on but this might help till then.
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2006 09:55:00 AM »

Just a thought -- if your daughter is sensitive to metal, she may be sensitive to glue, too.

You gotta love a kid who won't give up on accessories, even if they hurt!
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2006 10:02:22 AM »

we had the same problem, AND our daughter has really thick earlobes.  We spent 1500 bucks getting her some specially made out of platinum with 3/4 inch posts, but they're too heavy for her ears.  So, we went to a piercing shop and got the small loops in titanium.  She can get many different colors, and I think we will be able to find a way to put some kind of ring on the cheaper earrings so we can dangle them off the loops.  If we can find a ring just big enough to go around the loop without slipping over the little ball you screw onto the end....

good luck!
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2006 10:20:49 AM »

OK so I have that problem.  So What I did was buy plain good gold sleepers.  Then if I have danglies on fish hooks I want to use I just remove the hook open my sleeper and slip on the dangly part.  I think for me part of the problem is removing the earing then putting it back on.  I poke myself 5,0000 times. 



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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2006 10:27:53 AM »

I replace all fishhook-style earrings with niobium hooks. They are very good for people with metal sensitivities. Some people who can't wear good quality gold and silver can wear niobium with no problem. So if gold and silver still make her itch, try that. You can buy them on firemountain. The drawback is that they aren't shiny like gold or silver.

To recon stud earrings, you could break off the shafts and glue the studs to flat shank buttons. They wouldn't be all that useful for clothing, but you could decorate a handbag with them the way the Tinafish Hobo is decorated.

You could make a mobile with the danglies. Hang it near a window to catch the light.
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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2006 05:15:51 AM »

my ears go all yuck with cheapy earrings too.

i just paint the hooks with clear nail polish, and theyre fine.

cheap, easy, and no deconstruction required.

you probably have clear nail polish in the house right now, really.

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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2006 02:42:55 PM »

what are sleepers?

and where do you get niobium hooks?

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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2006 02:55:47 PM »

what are sleepers?

and where do you get niobium hooks?

Cool

firemountain has them. I get the gunmetal-gray ones, and they aren't too noticeable even with shinier metals. You can get them in pretty colors, just not shiny gold and silver. When my ears got more sensitive (they all of a sudden got a lot more sensitive to metal after I started beading and started wearing earrings every day) I bought about 100 of the hooks and did firemountain's discount for large batches thing. They are pretty cheap, and the loop portion is malleable, so you can open it with pliers and switch out pretty much any kind of drop earring.

Plus, since the last time I shopped there, it looks like firemountain has started carrying pins and rings and wire in matching niobium, so you can make entire earrings that match. "anodized" means the metal is treated to have those bright colors by a process that is beyond my ken, but it's not a coating so it won't flake off or be a source of irritation for my ears.

What I did when I decided that niobium might be the answer to my problems, is I went to a local bead store that stocked individual sets of niobium hooks and gave them a test-run. Zero reaction, so I bought a bunch from firemountain for cheap.
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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2006 07:16:06 AM »

got here a little late, but I wanted to add a warning that, depending on how severe her allergies are, silver may still cause a reaction because they sometimes use nickel when they make sterling silver. same with stainless steel. someone mentioned niobium, that's good, as is titanium (but expensive). and there's always gold.
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