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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.

« 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.

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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....

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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?


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.

« 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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