DIY

How to Replace Earring Earwires

Knowing how to replace earring earwires is one of those things most people never need to know. Buuuut. I bought these earrings years ago in Yellowstone. They’re made of some sort of semi-precious stone, and very pretty.

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However. Some sadistic bastard put earwires on them that are roughly twice as thick as regular earwires, resulting in extreme pain whenever I try to wear them. Which is why in all the years I’ve had them, I’ve worn them once. For four hours. And it was not fun.

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Exhibit A – my earring on the left, a regular gauge earwire on the right.

After awhile I decided to just replace the earwires, a solution that took an embarrassingly long time to arrive at.

I thought I’d do a quick tutorial on how to replace earwires, in case someone out there in The Big World has the same problem.

You’ll need replacement earwires.  I bought silver plated earwires from Beads 4 All on Etsy, and I highly recommend them.

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You’ll also need small needlenose pliers. These are actually beading pliers that I bought at Hobby Lobby roughly 700 years ago. It was a good purchase, I use these little buggers all the time.
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Find the loop on the earwire that holds the dangling part of the earring. Open ‘er up and slip off the beaded part.

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Open up the loops on the new earwires. Slip the earrings onto the new earwires. Smush the loop closed again with the pliers.
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And that’s that. 2 minutes to pain free earrings.