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Making earring posts


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would like to know if anyone out there makes their own 14k
earring posts, and if so, what is the best way? Also, is it
cheaper than buying a quantity of them?

Hi Betsy,

Sometimes when I get in a pinch (forget to order posts) , I will
make some. The first thing I do is make sure the wire is very
straight. You can straighten annealed wire by putting one end in
a vise and grabbing the other end in a pair of draw tongs, then
pull the wire toward you with a popping motion.

This will straighten, harden, and slightly stretch the wire, so
make sure you start with wire that is 1/10mm larger in diameter
than your finished wire. Then, I cut each post to the length I
want, file one end flat, and chuck it up in my flexshaft. With
the post turning, I round off the other end on a sanding stick.

While the post is still in the flexshaft, I spin it on a 3/0 saw
blade (mounted in the saw frame), to get the groove for the
clutch back. Then a quick polish with rouge, and your all set. I
would much rather purchase them, but this works in a pinch. Ken