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!
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.
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.
For the girl’s birthdays this year they both got new tablets….which meant the tablets needed covers. Being impatient as I sometimes am with ordering things online (the wait for it to come in the mail drives me nuts) I had an idea to use vintage books as tablet covers while I was in a thrift store yesterday & it was pretty easy to find two books that would work perfect for this little project. Best part the books were only .50 cents each! Side Note: The ones I picked out weren’t anything I would feel bad about taking apart, nothing rare or super cool kind of thing. Everything else I needed I found out in my studio: Glue (both E6000 & Aleen’s Tacky Glue), Wool Felt, Rivets & Rivet Gun, Elastic, Scissors, X-acto Knife, Etc. The thing I found most tricky about this project (& the most time consuming) was making holes in the back cover for the rivets to go into. I wanted to be really careful not to make them too big or off center. Once I got the rivets & elastic in, the rest was pretty simple. Note: I glued down the elastic (on the inside cover before putting the felt over it) & reinforced around it with E6000 glue, once that dried I glued down the felt with Aleen’s Tacky glue. I left the piece of felt bigger than the book cover and cut the excess off after it dried with a pair of small sharp scissors. This way I didn’t have to mess around with getting the size of the felt perfect or centered just right. Once the felt was glued on & drying (I let it dry overnight btw) I added a few velcro “dots” to the back of the tablets themselves (using the non fuzzy side of the velcro) which works perfect for it to “stick” to the felt. After the covers dried all the way I simply set the tablets in & wrapped the elastic around to the front. Voilia! They are now safe to travel in the girls purses, back packs, &/or tote bags. Best part it looks like they are just carrying a book with them & when they use the Kindle app on their tablet they still “feel” like they are reading a real book! Win! Win!
I’m a huge Mollie Makes fan, as well as a huge brooch collector (as many of you know). When I got issue 23 I knew just what I had to turn the Fox, Raccoon, & Heart into…brooches of course! Here’s the tutorial on how I did it. I hope you like it! If you have any questions feel free to ask! xo
-Felt (I prefer wool felt or wool blend felt) -Knitting Needle &/or Chopstick (for stuffing with polyfil) -Polyfill (stuffing) -Needle (embroidery works best) -Scissors -Embroidery Floss (I use/used two strands on this project) -Needle Heaven (Not necessary but HIGHLY recommended) -Brooch Back. (What ever style you prefer)
For the Raccoon: Do the same as with the fox. Except stitch nose on after the mask piece then add details as done with the fox & finish off the same way.
For the Heart: Just simply cut out one piece with pattern and another square piece. Piece together like in pictures P-W. You can embroider on a letter or design if you would like before you stitch the heart to the felt square.
Please, as always, keep in mind of copyright laws (including Mollie Makes own copyrights per pattern) & be respectful of them. Again this pattern was originally from Mollie Makes issue 23. I just “tweaked” the pattern & turned it into brooches. Feel free to make for yourself or as a gift! Happy stitching! <3