How do I open clickers / segment rings / hinged segement rings? How to adjust clicker rings?

Clicker earrings are a type of earring that consists of a small metal ring that attaches to the earlobe. The ring has a small opening in the center that allows the wearer to insert the earring into the piercing. The ring is then closed by pressing the two ends of the ring together, creating a click sound and a secure closure.

Clicker earrings are also known as:

  • Hinged hoop earrings
  • Segment rings
  • Snap hoops
  • Clicker hoops
  • Huggie earrings

To open and close clickers / segment rings / hinged segment rings, gently spread apart the ring slightly and flip the segment open / close.

Many people find it difficult to open small pieces of jewelry, since the rings can be small and difficult to grip.  There are some simple tricks that you can try :

1 - we carry opening pliers for body piercing -
2 - Home Depot has generic all-purpose opening pliers. These pliers basically spread the nose apart when squeezing the handles. Regular needle-nose pliers are awkward to use - you would need to spread the handles apart to spread the nose apart.
3 - slide the lever of a nail clipper or something similar thru the ring, and apply slight pressure to pop the ring open. Position so that one side of the lever is pressed against the opening of the clicker, and the other end of the level will leverage against the non-opening side of the clicker. If you can't tell which end of the segment is the opening, then position in the middle of the hinged segment. It's basically to use the lever to spread the ring apart slightly.
4 - take a hair pin and place the ring in between the hair pin so the hair pin can pull the hinge segment open with the looped end of the hairpin. This method can be used too once you have the ring in and need to take it off. If you don't have hair pin handy, you can substitute the hair pin by bending a paper clip into similar shape as a hairpin.

Sometimes the clicker earring may not fit properly, causing the earring to be loose or uncomfortable.  If the clicker is not closing properly after opening, the clicker is probably spread too far apart from opening. Please check that it is now not warped by placing it on a flat surface and make sure the entire ring can lie flat on the surface. Then try squeezing the ring to tighten the diameter and position the little nub into the notch to close.

Steps to Adjust Your Clicker Earring
If your clicker earrings are too loose or too tight, you can try to adjust them by following these steps:

  1. Pull out a pair of needle-nose pliers. You will need these to bend the ring slightly without damaging it.
  2. Note where your clicker earring has a small gap or notch on the ring. This tells you where the two ends of the ring meet and lock into place.
  3. Slowly open your clicker earring in front of you, and see if the gap or notch is too wide or too narrow for the two ends of the ring to snap together. If it is too wide, it means the ring is too loose and needs to be tightened. If it is too narrow, it means the ring is too tight and needs to be loosened.
  4. To tighten the ring, use the pliers to gently squeeze the two ends of the ring closer together. To loosen the ring, use the pliers to gently pull the two ends of the ring apart. Be careful not to squeeze or pull too much or too abruptly, as this may break or weaken the ring.
  5. Test your adjustment by closing your clicker earring again and seeing if it clicks securely. If not, repeat steps 3 and 4 until you achieve a snug fit. If you over-squeeze or over-pull your ring, you can try to bend it back to its original shape with the pliers.
  6. Repeat these steps for your other clicker earring if needed.

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