Since silicone is waterproof and airtight, the jewelry can trap moisture and bacteria between the jewelry and the skin. The flare is sometimes two sizes larger than the center of the jewelry, making insertion painful, and increasing the chance of permanent damage to the ear. Tapering is by far the most common way to stretch ears one size at a time.
Tapering uses a rod with gradual increase in diameter to widen the hole as the taper is inserted. Once the hole is to the desired size, a plug or tunnel can be inserted into the stretched piercing. Tapering is most successful when done for you by a professional piercer. You can help make tapering more successful by moisturizing with Jojoba Oil and pulling gently on your lobes for several days before the actual stretch.
Weights can be worn to aid in stretching. This is the best way to stretch once you get into larger sizes, since the stretch is so slow, your body has ample time to grow cells and maintain health in the area. Pulling is a manual way to stretch and can be helpful in loosening tight skin. GENTLE pulling on healed ears to help stretch them slowly can be effective when moving up one size at a time. Taping is one of the best ways to stretch slowly.
Use a skin safe, non adhesive tape like Stretch It! Wrap the tape over your jewelry one or two layers at most at a time. Add another layer or two every few days to gradually increase the diameter of the jewelry and reach the next size. Make sure to clean your piercings and the jewelry when you use Stretch it! These two surfaces should match perfectly so there should be no lip in the transition. This photo shows a slightly misaligned tunnel and taper, try your best to align by gripping both together with a finger and thumb.
Once butted up, carefully push on the taper with the jewellery simultaneously removing the taper and inserting the jewellery. Replacing the taper for your single flare jewellery should be one smooth, controlled action. Repeat the process for the other lobe if you are stretching both. The same taper can be reused, whilst you will need two sets of tunnels or plugs.
Be sure to wipe off any excess oil and secure the o-ring onto the back of the tunnel or plug. We sell ear stretching kits from 1. When stretching past 10mm 00g we highly recommend you put down the tapers and pick up the tape. Ear stretching blowouts increase dramatically when stretching past 10mm 00g with tapers. Dead stretching or taping then become your safest options to stretch up.
Dead stretching is considered to be the unrivaled stretching technique amongst the diehard body modifiers. And to be fair, for good reason. Dead stretching is dead straight forward, there is not much to do and therefore not much can go wrong. But again, the process has been misunderstood. Dead stretching requires patience and plenty of it. Whilst tapers are great to safely assist with the transition of larger gauge piece of jewellery, dead stretching should only be used when your current jewellery is getting loose.
The industry standard for dead stretching is going up in 1mm increments and as always, never skipping sizes. Over time the weight of the jewellery will slightly stretch your lobes and then the next size can be inserted with ease. The problem here is that smaller gauge jewellery is very light and this process could take a long time, even with 1mm increments. This means you can stretch up more easily, and more importantly, make the process even safer.
Pick your next size single flare plug. You can use our measuring card if you are unsure of the size but digital calipers work best! Remove the o-ring from your plug, then proceed to wash your lobes and jewellery with the same soap. Lubricate the plug with jojoba oil. Ensure you lubricate the entire wearable area of the plug. Slowly insert the plug into the lobe from the front.
As this plug is only 0. Be sure to wipe off any excess oil and secure the o-ring onto the back of the plug. We'll ship your order out the same day if ordered before 3pm Mon - Fri, next day delivery available! Stretch right the first time with SIBJ. When plugs get bigger, so do the jumps between sizes. This is where the taping method comes into its own and bridges these gaps. Simply put, the taping method involves wrapping tape around your current jewellery to gradually increase its diameter.
This method can be fiddly at first, but once you have mastered the art of wrapping the results are a cheap, super gradual and safe method of stretching up in the larger gauge sizes. Which tape do I use? Get out of your garage and put down that roll of electrical tape!
Most household tapes are not suitable for the taping method. Strong sticky tape that can harbour bacteria wrapped around freshly stretched lobes, not a good idea! We only recommend using bondage tape when it comes to the taping method - no joke. Quality bondage tape is made from non-porous PVC that does not contain any phthalates, paraffins, or latex. Most importantly bondage tape is self-amalgamating which means it contains no adhesives and only sticks to itself, not your lobes!
Traditional bondage tape comes in large, wide rolls that can only be purchased from sex shops. Luckily SIBJ has developed their own ear stretching tape that is thinner, cheaper and does not require an embarrassing trip into town. Select your current gauge size single flare tunnel plug and remove any o-rings. Then proceed to wash your lobes and jewellery with the same soap.
Start wrapping the tape around the wearable area of the jewellery. A single wrap increases the diameter of your jewellery by just 0. On your first wrap, you will need a slight overlap to ensure the tape can stick to itself and hold its position. Trim any excess tape hanging off the jewellery using a sharp blade or scissors. We have achieved perfect results using a single edge razor blade - just be careful! Lather the tape with jojoba oil and gently insert as normal into the lobe.
As the increase in diameter is so minimal there should be little to no resistance. If you struggle to insert then stop, remove the new wraps and wait a little longer. Taping is super gradual so you shouldn't have any issues. Yep, you just sized up.
Easy, huh!? Re-oil your tape twice a day and stick with your usual cleaning regime. We recommend removing and replacing your old wraps with fresh wraps each time you clean your jewellery. The process can be repeated every days adding 1 extra wrap each time. TOP TIP: It may help to keep a note on your phone of how many wraps you are currently on to avoid overstretching when you rewrap.
First time stretching and worked wonders with helping me get to the size I wanted! Will order again if I run out! Hannah G. Typically, you start getting more choice around 6mm 2g , but there is still plenty to choose from in the smaller gauge sizes.
The great thing about having stretched lobes is there is an abundance of awesome jewellery types, designs and materials. Plugs are the most popular jewellery type worn in stretched lobes. They are a solid, circular piece of body jewellery available in all sizes and flare types. Second to plugs in popularity are tunnels.
Flesh tunnels tend to be simpler in design and have the advantage of being lightweight, even in the larger gauge sizes. The look of tunnels is sometimes preferred as they can really show off and exaggerate your stretched lobes. Teardrops are simply stylised plugs shaped to a teardrop. Getting the sizing correct with teardrops can be more difficult. Follow this easy formula to quickly measure these beauties:. First off ear weights are not designed to stretch your piercings.
Think of them as maximum adornment for your stretched lobes. They are designed to be worn occasionally and should be rotated with regular plugs or tunnels due to the risk of causing thin spots and shrinking of your lobes - especially heavier pieces. Ear weights look amazing and really give that wow factor to your stretched lobes, big or small.
Plug hoops or tunnel hoops are earrings that can be worn through tunnels allowing again for maximum adornment and stunning designs. The great thing about these is they can also be worn in very small stretched ears due to the bar being the same size as standard earrings. Tapers should be seen as tools for stretching a piercing and mostly should not be worn as jewellery. Lightweight tapers, made from wood for example can be worn for short periods of time in fully healed lobes.
Pinchers are crescent shaped pieces of body jewellery often worn in the lobes and septum. Some people prefer to stretch up with pinchers as the fresh stretch friendly material types can be left in after stretching up. We use the term spirals to categorise all other spiraled and interestly shaped ornate pieces of body jewellery worn in the lobe. Fake gauge jewellery makes your standard piercings look stretched. Surgical steel is extremely smooth with a beautiful shiny luster. While most decent pieces of ear stretching jewellery are made from the same grade steel, the real difference is the polish quality and finishing of edges and threads.
P oor quality jewellery will be dull and may contain sharp edges. Grade 23 ASTM F also known as implant grade titanium is commonly used in body jewellery piercings. It weighs nearly half as much as steel and is 3 times stronger! Implant grade titanium is not usually needed for ear stretching jewellery unless you are extremely sensitive to other materials.
Ensure your glass jewellery is a lead-free borosilicate glass, lower grades of recycled glass could cause reactions if you are sensitive. All of our glass plugs are fresh stretch friendly and make the perfect colourful alternative to our surgical steel pieces. We sell PVD coated jewellery in black, gold and rose gold. Organic body jewellery is a term used to categorise all naturally occurring materials.
This typically includes, but is not limited to wood, stone, horn, bone and shell. All of our organic range is hand carved, polished and responsibly sourced. Biocompatible and kind to your lobes. Wooden body jewellery is super lightweight and comes in tons of different colours and patterns. Like all organic jewellery, wood should only be worn in fully healed lobes.
Our wooden stretchers are hand carved by master craftsmen and their work is truly mind blowing. All wood used in our jewellery is responsibly sourced. Be sure to keep your wooden jewellery dry, avoiding humidity and extreme temperatures. A favourite of ours at SIBJ. These plugs come in a wide variety of semi-precious stones in every colour you can think of. Like everything else, stick to the high quality pieces. Low quality stone body jewellery has poor polish and often uses cheap stones with disappointing colour variations.
Our stone plugs are polished to a glass like finish ensuring no sharp or unfinished edges. Stone body jewellery is biocompatible but should still only be worn in fully healed lobes. Again, these natural materials are biocompatible and super lightweight, but should only be worn in full healed stretched lobes.
Intricate, beautiful carvings can be produced by our master carvers, some you have to see, to believe! No animal was killed for our jewellery, the horn and bone used is a waste product from other industries. We only really recommend acrylic jewellery if you need some cheap tapers these are used as a tool and should not be worn as jewellery or require some hiders in your skin tone.
Acrylic should only be worn in fully healed lobes due to its porous properties. Silicone, like acrylic, is one to strictly be worn in fully healed lobes.
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