The do's & don'ts to earring making
Can you believe it is almost May?! Where has the year gone? Before long we will be talking about Christmas!
Anyway, I've decided to start a blog giving tips on how to make safe and secure jewellery for you to sell. Today I am specifically going to talk about the do's and don'ts to earring making. Here it goes...
For your earrings to be as strong as they possibly can, you want the pad size of the earring post to be as close to the edge of the object/cabochon you're glueing it onto as possible. Why? A smaller pad is a lot weaker due to it only supporting a portion of the earring. ALWAYS try to use a pad size just a little smaller than the actual object/cabochon. You can find a large variety of our earring pad sizes here.
Glue is the difference between a customer coming back to your store or not. There is nothing worse than buying a pair of earrings, removing them from the display card and one of the earring posts falling off the earring. I know I've had that happen to me before and it's been the worst. The glue I've always used and have never had any disappointments with when used correctly is E6000. The reason I say when used correctly is because once when I used E6000 to glue a small earring post on a larger object/cabochon, it broke after some wear.
People have told me they love E6000 or hate E6000. For the people wondering, yes, there is a cancer warning label on all E6000 bottles because of its strong fumes. But, there is an easy solution to getting around that, wear a mask! I bought a high quality mask from Bunnings for $30, and I cannot smell a thing with it on. Start a fire behind me and apart from the heat, sound, and fire alarms, I wouldn't notice it's there - haha! It is also important to open a couple of windows or do the glueing in your garage for ventilation reasons. We will have some genuine E6000 available in the near future - we are just waiting for the shipment to arrive!
Last but not least is the quality of the earring post. You never know which one of your customers will have ear allergies or be allergic to nickel. Surgical steel earring posts are definitely the recommended earring post because they are "user friendly". There are no nasty metals in it and all (or almost all) ears agree with the metal. Other earring posts like stainless steel earring posts and nickel free earring posts are safe too, but surgical steel is better than them all combined!
I hope these tips either taught you something new or will now help you make the highest quality earrings out there.