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« on: October 12, 2011 10:16:46 AM »

My great aunt asked me to change these earrings into something she can wear in pierced ears. She says the clips hurt her ears, so she doesn't wear them, which is unfortunate because they are adorable.

If you can't tell, they're little turkeys. I don't want to put holes in the turkeys at all, and I'm not sure if there's a way to remove the backs. I can always cut off part of the backs, but I can't figure out what to attach to them so she can wear them again.
I apologize for the size of the 2nd picture...in my photobucket it's not turned sideways and shouldn't be that big.  Huh

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011 10:38:53 AM »

They look like they might be polymer clay or some other kind of plastic.  If so first remove the clip-on findings (cut off at glue area, or heat glue area so it will soften and release, or just cut the clip mechanism off leaving only the metal disk).

Then you'd have lots of options for dangling the turkeys from ear wires. 
There are details on a number of ways to do that on this page at my site:
(...look under the subcategories called Top Loops ....Bails ... Tubes ...and maybe even Finished Pins under Pins Into Pendants)

Just read your message again and you say you don't want to use any holes or even pilot holes (as you would for the direct "top loop" possibilities), but it would be pretty easy to make holes using certain techniques. 

The other possibilities (bails and tubes) involve only glue.

In addition to the bails and tubes, you could use a backing of some kind:
...felt perhaps... glue a piece of it to the back of your turkey, and place the long shank of an eye pin between the two parts so a little of it plus the eye loop will extend out of the top (to connect to a jump ring which would connect to the ear wire finding)
...or "stack" the turkey on top of something flat that would extend outward a bit from the turkey and act as a decorative framing element (a wood disk/painted any color, a flat metal disk or other shape, a flat shape of polymer or other clay, etc) ...again, the eye pin shank could be glued between the two layers, OR the eye pin or other connector could be added only to the top or back of the "frame" piece itself
Depending on which possibility you use though, be aware that the earrings might not hang as totally vertical (top to bottom) as they would if you were using a top loop at the top (or making a hole all they way through the middle top to bottom to put an eye pin through--that's discussed on another page**).  So you might need to add a weight to the bottom part, etc, to correct the angle.

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads-holes.htm (look under Holes After Baking)

Good luck!

« Last Edit: October 12, 2011 11:01:43 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011 02:22:21 PM »

I agree with Diane, those techniques would work. However, if I had to do it, I think cutting off the clip part, leaving just the backing, would be the best way to go (filing the cut edge down for safety), and then glue a flat-backed post onto the metal surface. Because of the size of those turkeys, I'd also suggest using an earring back with a large disc, to help keep 'em in position, instead of drooping. Seems like that would allow your great-aunt to wear them in the same position that the original earrings were worn in, and you don't risk the integrity of the turkeys with heat, or pressure from cutting. Best of luck- changeovers from clippies can be a challenge!  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011 02:48:58 PM »

Yes, looks like a flat back post would be the way to go. You can find them easily at a craft store.

« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2011 05:35:24 PM »

Thank you everyone, I had similar ideas but figured asking here would be the best thing to do.   Grin
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