BEL’OCCHIO … the beautiful eye
THE DREAM DRAWER OF FORGOTTEN JEWELLERY
Moonlight caught pearls.
Burnished gold and silver.
Earrings we loved for the moment then set aside.
In a drawer of long ago dreams.
They lay forgotten.
Unloved. Unworn. Uncomfortable.
Clip- on and vintage screw-on earrings so uncomfortable we wear them for an hour or two then reluctantly remove them. Put them away and forget about them.
You can rescue clip-on and screw-on earrings by turning them into post earrings for pierced ears. This is easy peasy to do, and you can do it yourself.
You need wire cutters (heavy duty ones)
A file (you may need this to file rough edges)
E-6000 glue (this works the best for me)
Some tooth picks
Earring posts and backers (available at craft shops)
Remove the clips using the wire cutter.
Clip off the earring clip as close to the base as possible.
If there are any sharp or rough edges file these away.
Put a small drop of glue on the area where you want to adhere the post. Use a toothpick to pickup the glue and try to keep excess glue off your earring. When using this or similar glue be sure to have windows open (lots of ventilation) and avoid getting any glue on your skin.
Press post firmly into the glue and put aside to set over night. (no cheating – don’t even think of wiggling the post). That’s it! Your done!
I have a dream drawer of earrings. Earrings I have been collecting for six decades. The vintage screw back earrings are exquisite but murder to wear, and I am concerned I might loose them.
The outrageous pink rhinestone earrings circa 1950’s were a gift from my fashionista Mom. Too precious to loose, too uncomfortable to wear. But, not any more. Since I discovered how easy it is to convert earrings to post earring I am doing just that. And, I no longer have a drawer of forgotten jewellery.