Have you ever considered how to buy post earrings when shopping for them?
One of the neat things about purchasing earrings from someone who handcrafts them are the options available to you with regard to post size and placement.
Standard, commercial posts that you can buy in a department store will most likely measure about 3/8 of an inch long.
That is great if you have standard ear lobes…but not everyone is made the same, are they?
My ear lobes are pretty fleshy. When I made post earrings for myself, I use 1/2 inch posts instead of the 3/8 inch that are standard. I need that extra length for a comfortable fit. I don’t like the butterfly nut to be at the edge of the outside of the post.
In jewelry, a mm or 1/8 of an inch can make a big, big difference in comfort or fit.
For your butterfly ear nuts, you can adjust the size of them (the tightness or looseness) by slightly adjusting the two “wings”. I usually use a small pair of pliers to do this. When I send out my post earrings, I make sure that the ear nuts fit snugly, but not so tight that you might bend the post when you put them on or take them off.
Another thing to consider when buying post earrings is where is the best place for the post to be soldered to on the back of the earring?
If a woman has stretched piercings, placing the post on the very top of a fairly substantial pair of post earrings may not be that attractive. If the post is soldered too high, the earring will sag down, highlighting the fact that the piercing is stretched. Nobody wants to highlight any part of their body that is sagging!! Especially around their face!
No, a better placement would be to solder it closer to the middle, which allows the top portion of the earring to cover up the stretched out piercing. For many woman, as we age, skin starts to drift down and get looser (ok, I’m talking sagging here!). Especially ear piercings if we survived the huge earrings in the 80′s that were so popular!
When communicating what you want in a pair of earrings, it helps me to know what your particular issue is. I like to problem solve so you can feel comfortable knowing your earrings are going to complement your features and not detract from them.
If you have multiple piercings on one ear, you can buy a mixed pair of earring studs from me too…just let me know what you are interested in doing, and I’ll get you fixed up! I have a friend that has around 6 piercings in one ear, and I use the 3/8 ” post size for those.
If you are considering purchasing a pair of Post Earrings from me and want to discuss fabrication further before you order, email me! stacie(at)stacieflorer.com