Keeping competition earrings on - advice!

Sania

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#21
I use the eyelash glue trick as well :)

For hoops in Latin, i pretty much always had them fly off as well, which is disappointing because I love the look. The closest i can get is a hooped-shape earring attached to a fishhook or leverback finding:




The danger with these though is that they obviously won't come off quite so quickly if they get caught on something, unless the finding is made with a softer metal (like silver). It's also aesthetically not the exact same effect as wearing a 'regular' hoop but at least they seem to stay on much better.

I love the look of hoops for Latin but I have always been afraid something would catch and tear them out.
 

Larinda McRaven

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#22
UPDATE: Eyelash glue did not work. :( Lost the left one at the start of rumba tonight. :/



I had a pair with omega backs and they still came off. I switched to this new pair because of the "v" connection - <sarcasm font> for SOME reason I thought those would stay on better! </s> ;) I have one last rehearsal before my comp so it's superglue or... I don't even want to think of the alternative. :(

picture of the earrings?
 

Larinda McRaven

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#23
I think most of us were assuming you were wearing regular clip on earrings that the majority of the vendors sell.

For extra support for earrings with a post, omega backed or otherwise, you can also dip the post into the eyelash glue and then poke them into your piercings. Take one of those little tiny clear plastic/rubber backs and dip that in eyelash glue as well. And slide that on the back of the post behind your ear.
 

s2k

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#26
Could you -- carefully, of course -- put a gob of hot glue on the end of the earring post after it is through your ear?
I haven't reached that level of desperation yet! I am leaning toward superglue at this point. @Larinda, I will upload a photo later today.
 

fascination

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#27
try the erasers...or make the gob of hot glue , let it cool and then try it....but I swear by the erasers...i can't vouch for the hot glue thingey...but eyelash glue is sometimes not enough for me for clips....
 

madmaximus

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#31
Okay, I'll share this valuable tip just for you. :)


Go to a fishing tackle store (or fishing section in an athletic goods store) and buy a piece of tackle called SNAPs.

A snap (google: "fishing snap") is similar to a safety pin in function, without the pointy part, and are very inexpensive.

Buy a bag and hang your earrings on them.

They come in stainless steel, bronze, and nickel or brass alloys.

They come in various designs, shapes, and sizes so they can fit your earring size.

Some examples (there are lots):

  • Safety Snaps
  • Lock Snaps
  • Duolock Snaps
  • Lockfast Snaps
  • Coastlock Snaps
  • Pompanette Snaps
  • Cross Lok snaps
  • McMahon Snaps
  • Corkscrew Snaps
  • Fly Clips
Just to name a few.

An inch long Sampo snap can haul 500 pounds through water---I think it could stand a competition or three. :)






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s2k

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#34
Hang on, hang on. :) Nothing is being glued to my skin, so I apologize for not being clear. These hoop earrings have a V closure. I plan to put a daub of superglue in the center of the V, then push the post through my ear and snap the back of the post into the V, so the post will sit in a little bead of superglue that is sitting in the center of the closure.

@madmaximus - thank you for that tip. I leave tomorrow so I'll have to try your idea in the future! It certainly looks like it would do the job; wish I had time to go hunt these down today! Thank you for your suggestion!

@Larinda, I would rather buy earrings that don't fly off as well. However, these are a $100 investment I've never worn; I bought them from a vendor last month because I assumed (gaaah! assumed!!!) that since I was buying from a well-known ballroom jewelry vendor, her stuff would, you know, fit a ballroom dancer's needs... i.e., stay on her head. :) I hate to sound stubborn, but I just can't eat $100, you know? That's money I could have spent on a lesson, sitting in a drawer. I'm sick thinking about that. So I am going to contact the vendor and see if she'll swap out these earrings for a hoop that maybe sits on a French hook or similar, one with a different closure. I do appreciate your help! Thank you!
 

Larinda McRaven

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Staff member
#35
So I am going to contact the vendor and see if she'll swap out these earrings for a hoop that maybe sits on a French hook or similar, one with a different closure. I do appreciate your help! Thank you!
Most vendors will rebuild a pair of earrings for you in just this scenario. Good Luck!
 

Miss Silly

Well-Known Member
#36
Okay, I'll share this valuable tip just for you. :)


Go to a fishing tackle store (or fishing section in an athletic goods store) and buy a piece of tackle called SNAPs.

A snap (google: "fishing snap") is similar to a safety pin in function, without the pointy part, and are very inexpensive.

Buy a bag and hang your earrings on them.

They come in stainless steel, bronze, and nickel or brass alloys.

They come in various designs, shapes, and sizes so they can fit your earring size.

Some examples (there are lots):

  • Safety Snaps
  • Lock Snaps
  • Duolock Snaps
  • Lockfast Snaps
  • Coastlock Snaps
  • Pompanette Snaps
  • Cross Lok snaps
  • McMahon Snaps
  • Corkscrew Snaps
  • Fly Clips
Just to name a few.

An inch long Sampo snap can haul 500 pounds through water---I think it could stand a competition or three. :)






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While this is a great idea, we do run into the same issue that can happen when we use leverback-style earring findings, which is, if the earring gets caught on something like costuming or your partner, we hope it will just come off rather than rip through the earlobe *yikes*
 

jiwinco

Active Member
#37
Hang on, hang on. :) Nothing is being glued to my skin, so I apologize for not being clear. These hoop earrings have a V closure. I plan to put a daub of superglue in the center of the V, then push the post through my ear and snap the back of the post into the V, so the post will sit in a little bead of superglue that is sitting in the center of the closure.
Just be careful that once on, they will not come off since they are super glued

I would rather buy earrings that don't fly off as well. However, these are a $100 investment I've never worn; I bought them from a vendor last month because I assumed (gaaah! assumed!!!) that since I was buying from a well-known ballroom jewelry vendor, her stuff would, you know, fit a ballroom dancer's needs... i.e., stay on her head. :) I hate to sound stubborn, but I just can't eat $100, you know? That's money I could have spent on a lesson, sitting in a drawer. I'm sick thinking about that. So I am going to contact the vendor and see if she'll swap out these earrings for a hoop that maybe sits on a French hook or similar, one with a different closure. I do appreciate your help! Thank you!
I have earring that work for 95% of my customers, but they don't work for a few unlucky dancers. Once earrings are worn, I would be surprised if they can be returned since the vendor can't resell them. I have worked with customers with issues to fix them. What kind of hoop are they, perhaps I can assist?
 

s2k

Well-Known Member
#38
SUCCESS!!!!

Those suckers stayed on throughout four rounds in a row! BOOM!

I bought the gel kind of superglue, and put an eentsy (smaller than tiny) bit of glue in the center of the "V" closure, pushed the post through my ear, and clicked the post into the "V". Voila! I used my fingernail to lever them open again at the end of my practice. It wasn't that difficult to unpop them from the back; because it's the gel kind, it didn't get everywhere, didn't get on the earring or my skin. I'll have to get the excess out of the "V" somehow, how, carefully, since whatever I use is liable to take the stones off, too! #ballroomproblems ;)

Most vendors will rebuild a pair of earrings for you in just this scenario. Good Luck!
This is what I am hoping will happen. Thank you!
 
#39
For the last year that I've danced amateur standard and latin, I've worn some earrings I found at a shopping mall. They're fine, but small. I'd like to wear something larger and I've been looking at vendors. The ones I used to wear had posts, but I see that clips are also popular/recommended. Is one style better than the other for dance? I've never worn clips.
 

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