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Bakelite Earring Conversion

Not a fan of screw back or clip on Bakelite earrings &/or have a pair that accidently broke? Well here is a quick tutorial on how to change Bakelite screw back &/or clip on earrings to pierced ear earrings. It’s super simple!

Supplies Needed:

  • Bakelite Earring(s)
  • E6000 Glue
  • New earring posts & backs. I prefer the larger plastic backs, they help keep your earlobes from getting sore & help support the weight of the Bakelite. Both can be purchased at a local hobby store like Michael’s or Joann’s.
  • Rubbing alcohol & paper towels (not pictured)




Step 1: Gather the earring(s) you would like to either convert &/or repair….




Step 2: Gather & get supplies ready.






Step 3: Unscrew the back counter clockwise. This is the same for both screw backs & clip-ons (not pictured). If the back of the earrings is broke (like in the middle picture) simply press down a tiny bit & then start unscrewing it counter clockwise, it will come right out.

Warning! Do not attempt to pull the post out, you will break the Bakelite. 

Side note: This is also one of the ways you can tell a pair of earrings is Bakelite, by the hardware. The backs are not pressed in with heat, they are screwed in.




Step 4: Clean off the back of the earring with a bit of rubbing alcohol & a paper towel (not pictured). Just simply get a bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel (or cotton ball or Qtip) & clean the dirt &/or residue off the back of the earring(s). Let air dry.



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Step 5: Next, get a tiny bit of E6000 glue on the back of the earring post & simply press onto the back of the Bakelite making sure it is centered. Repeat. Let dry overnight.




Voila! All ready to wear! Wasn’t that easy!?! 


Happy Valentine’s Day!


Hope you are all having a wonderful & heart filled day today! Our younger daughter & I decided to do an impromptu “what we wore post” today for Valentine’s Day….which was a lot of fun! xoxo






Emi is wearing:

Top “I’m yours”: Target
Nails: Done by her
Rings: Vintage Bakelite
Leggings: Old Navy
Boots: Faux Doc Martens






What I’m Wearing:

Capulet/Hat: Vintage (one of my favorites!)
Sweater: Gap from ages ago
Tank Top: Old Navy
Jewelry: All vintage Bakelite (brooch, necklace, earrings, & bracelets)
Corset: Orchard Corset
Skirt: Handmade by me
Crinoline: Vintage
Shoes: Irregular Choice