When my favorite pair of earrings broke I was so upset! My husband Xaver bought them for me from Renegade Craft Fair for Christmas a few years ago and I totally loved them. But one day, the post busted off the back of one of the earrings. If you have broken post earrings, there's an easy way to fix earrings even if you don't have the post any more. You won't believe how easy it is to fix post earrings!
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Here are the supplies to you'll need to fix post earrings:
- E6000 glue or Aleene's Ultimate Glue (I think Aleene's smells better/less than E6000)
- Post Earring Backs
- Toothpicks (for spreading the glue)
If you still have the earrings post that originally came with the earrings and it's not damaged (like the pin did not break away from the flat disc part of the back) then you only need the E6000 glue to do this DIY earring fix.
No earring posts?
If you don't have the posts that came with the earrings (or the post broke), you can buy a pack like the ones I linked above. Most craft stores sell packs of the posts and backs in the jewelry supplies aisle of the store for a couple bucks. If you can't find them, just ask someone in the store to help you locate the packs of posts in the findings section or you can order them here: Post Earring Backs.
Make sure the back of the post matches the style of posts that originally came on the earrings. The earrings I have use a flat back post but some have a cup end and others have a bead end – make sure the post earring backs you buy are the same post earring back type that the earrings originally used.
I made a handy dandy video showing how to fix earrings for yourself. Save your favorite earrings by fixing broken post earrings yourself!
Here's how to fix or replace the post on a post earring:
Best glue to fix earrings
Why can't you use hot glue to fix earrings?
Sometimes the earrings you might buy at a craft fair may have been hot glued together.
Hot glue does not hold metal or wood together so if the earrings you bought at a craft fair were made with hot glue, it's just matter of time before they fall apart completely.
Can you use super glue to fix post earrings?
You can use super glue to repair post earrings. However, I rarely use super glue because it dries really fast, which does not give you time to make adjustments to where the posts are positioned. I always get super glue on my hands and it stays stuck on your skin for days. Super glue holds really well but it's got too many issues for sure.
How to prevent earrings from falling apart
You can prevent your craft fair earrings from falling apart by reinforcing them with E6000 or Aleene's Ultimate for a stronger hold. Carefully peel the post away from the earring, peel away the glue residue, and then reattach the post to the earring with E6000.
How to make post earrings:
You can also use the same technique to fix earrings shown in the video to actually MAKE earrings out of any object with a flat back, such as Lego toys, buttons, and beads. I created the flower earrings above using resin beads shaped like flowers, flat back earring posts, and E6000.
I really like these DIY faux gold stone earrings from Moms and Crafters … check out their 18 ideas for making DIY earrings!
One of the ways post earrings break easily is when traveling. That's how mine broke – when they were packed in my suitcase while I was traveling back from from a trade show. Keep your post earrings organized with this DIY travel jewelry box! I made it from an old cell phone box and felt manufactured from recycled plastic!!
If you like making jewelry, check out these jewelry making projects:
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- 6 DIY Halloween Jewelry Tutorials … Dinosaur Necklace + Skull Earrings + Charm Necklace + Villain Bib Necklace + Stud Bracelet + Flower Crown
I hope this video was handy in helping you fix earrings or upgrade your post earrings. Don't be surprised if you see me wearing these wood gems around town!
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