Phillips Head Stud Earrings





Introduction: Phillips Head Stud Earrings

Being that this was my first ever soldering project, I found that these earrings were surprisingly easy to make.

I went to the plumbing section at Walmart. I picked up this soldering torch for $15. In the same isle they sell lead free silver solder. The solder I bought was $10 and also came with a container of flux, an application brush, and a piece of sand paper. So total damage: $25. These earrings will only use a small fraction of that but you’ll get to use it for all kinds of other projects.

Basically I understand it this way. Solder is a low melting alloy. Flux is a paste that helps solder stick to metal. A torch can heat metal hot enough to the point it will melt the solder. So fire makes heat, flux helps the bond, and solder is the bond.

So this is what I did.

Step 1: Cut Off the Threads

Find a couple Phillips head screws. Use pliers to cut the threads off as close as you can to the head.

Place the screw head on a Phillips head screw driver. File away the remaining threads until the back side is flush. I used a grinding attachment in my drill press.

If the heads are shallow enough you should end up with a perforation in the back of the head.

Step 2: Set Up for Soldering

Apply some flux to the head of a stainless steel needle. Thread it through the screw head.

You only need a small amount of solder.  Hammer a piece of solder and cut a square out with  diagonal cutting pliers.

Place the assembly in the jaws of some pliers. Position the needle so it's perpendicular to the screw head.

Place the square of solder on top.

Step 3: Solder

Melt the solder into the Phillips head. Allow it to cool and solidify.

Step 4: Remove the Excess Solder

File away the excess solder from the front and back. Use some 300 grit sand paper to clean off the last of the remaining excess.

Polish the heads with 2000 grit sand paper, polishing compound, and a polishing wheel.

Step 5: Prepare the Backings

Trim the backing down to size. I compared the length to some earrings my wife has.

File the ends of the backings until no sharp edges are left behind.

Borrow some backings from an old pair of earrings and place them on your new earrings.



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    I love this but I think I need a video. It looks so easy to do and something I need to learn. Most of my soldering is done in the kiln. I have made fine silver jumprings with my mini-torch b/c you don't need flux etc. Just heat until the silver 'jumps' together. You have to have a good set of cutters though so the metal will touch as flush as possible. thanks, I'm going to see if I can do this using your method. Jan


    Sweet, very elegant.

    What kind of torch are you using?

    It's a $15 propane torch from the plumbing section at wal-mart.

    Sorry, I didn't see that in the intro. I just jumped to the section about soldering.

    Nice Instructable! I tried one based on a magnet back. First I used a stainless steel screw, but I could not get the solder to flow at all. Then I found a zinc plated one of the next size up, #8 --- my stainless one was a #6 --- For a first cut it came out pretty good. Picture attached.

    I also, since I had some wire, tried the woven pendant ible from the same author. That was fun.


    Glad you liked it. Thanks.

    One thing that would move this from a great 'ible, to an awesome 'ible would be to make backings out of the screw!

    I've made pins/backers from scratch before...
    both starting with wire, and turning steel.
    trust me, you don't really want to try.
    Trying to turn a diameter that small, without a precision watchmakers lathe, and plenty of'll drive you insane very quickly. then you have to add the "retaining notch" to top it all off! that's some seriously fiddly work.
    just spend the $3 and get a proper silver post/back from the craft store.