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anraneiro82
« on: December 27, 2016 09:27:07 AM »

Hello, i have gauged ears and am trying to make my own earrings.  I bought some cheap earrings on ebay to deconstruct.  Any ideas on how to take the "stick" part of the earring off of the back of the earring to make a smooth base on the jewelry? The stick part being the actual part that goes into an ear hole.    If i can make the back smooth, i will then glue the rest of the earring onto an acrylic plug to make the earrings wearable for me.  I purchased some glue that was recommended by another member on here. 

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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2016 10:15:32 AM »

it was hidden LOL ! thank you
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016 02:14:12 PM »

It depends on how the post is attached - if it is glued on, you can try to just snap it off, or to dissolve the glue with acetone, or some other solvent - you would be playing around then - if you are not sure how the earring may react (if it is some kind of plastic), you may just want to try a small swab on the back before doing any real damage.

If the earring is metal, and the post is soldered, then you may be able to snap it off, and file down the solder.  Or if you have a soldering iron, reheat the solder to make it loose again and lift off the post and smooth the solder down.  Or use wire cutters, and trim the post down and file down the remnants.

Take the usual precautions - goggles to prevent flying bits of metal in the eye, gloves in case of solvents on flesh, working in well ventilated spaces in case of fumes, etc
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016 04:25:56 PM »

thank you onyxnox.  the earrings are metal.   i have more questions: where can i purchase a file?  what kind should i get? do i just get a file or do i need a kit of some sort.?  i'm a total newbie at this, so i ask lots of questions and need details.  thanks so much for your help!
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2016 04:30:19 AM »

thank you onyxnox.  the earrings are metal.   i have more questions: where can i purchase a file?  what kind should i get? do i just get a file or do i need a kit of some sort.?  i'm a total newbie at this, so i ask lots of questions and need details.  thanks so much for your help!

Do you have a crafts store nearby, or a beading/jewelry store?  In the beading/jewelry section, you should be able to get a small file that you can use for the earring posts.

Something like this:

https://www.amazon.ca/Vintaj-Special-Metal-File-Long/dp/B006P590V4/ref=sr_1_23?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1482928036&sr=1-23

Maybe even your local hardware store may have something - you just want a finer, smaller file to handle filing a small piece, and that you can easily hold in your hand.

They do have sets that will have different points, angles, etc - but you don't need to get a set, unless you want to start shaping metal in more detail.

If you snip far enough down, and just want to soften any metal burrs and sharp edges, you can use steel wool - a bag is cheap and lasts a long time. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2016 06:10:31 AM »

i may purchase this one on amazon or check out the Michael's near me.  Thanks so much for your help with this.  I can't wait to get started; my earring collection is in need of an update!
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2016 07:09:06 AM »

Good luck and post so we know how it goes - don't forget thrift stores for bits and bods, and also see if any friends/relatives have stashes of stuff that they no longer want - especially if it's broken or they lost part of a pair, etc.
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