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When it comes to stretched ear jewellery, steel flesh tunnels are a classic piece of kit. Whether your ears are five millimetres or fifty, surgical steel flesh tunnels are a great choice. Surgical steel is an excellent metal for flesh tunnels because it is very lightweight, easy to keep clean and comfortable to wear. This is especially important at large gauges and will keep your stretched ears feeling their best. Here at Body Jewellery Shop we have a huge range of steel flesh tunnels, but you can see some of our best-selling steel flesh tunnels below.

Plain Steel Flesh Tunnels

Simple and stylish, these plain steel flesh tunnels are a must-have for anyone with stretched ears. On the left is our classic steel flesh tunnel with a threaded back. It is easy to insert and will stay securely in place once the back is screwed on. We also have a large gauge version, available in sizes above 20mm. In the middle is our small lip version, which is internally threaded. This means that this central tube has smooth sides, ideal for irritated or sensitive piercings.

Steel Flesh Tunnel

Steel Flesh Tunnel

Small Lip Internally Threaded Steel Flesh Tunnel

Small Lip Internally Threaded Steel Flesh Tunnel

Large Gauge Steel Flesh Tunnel

Large Gauge Steel Flesh Tunnel



Jewelled Steel Flesh Tunnels

For something a little more eye-catching, check out our jewelled steel flesh tunnels. We have many different jewelled designs to choose from, but here are three of our classics. My favourite is the Brilliant Crystal Steel Flesh Tunnel, which features a supersized crystal. This tunnel makes a really glamorous statement – the ultimate way to show off your stretchings!
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Brilliant Crystal Steel Flesh Tunnel

Brilliant Crystal Steel Flesh Tunnel

Jewelled Steel Flesh Tunnel

Jewelled Steel Flesh Tunnel

Bubble Steel Flesh Tunnel

Bubble Steel Flesh Tunnel



Stretching tapers are an excellent way to stretch your ears and a real essential for your ear stretching kit. But what are stretching tapers? As you can see below, a stretching taper is a piece of jewellery that tapers at one end. The large end will be the size that you wish to stretch to. This allows you to slide the stretching taper through your piercing, gradually stretching the piercing. Once you have passed the taper through your piercing, you can remove it and insert an appropriately sized piece of jewellery, e.g. a flesh tunnel. Using a stretching taper is one of the easiest and safest way to increase your gauge, as well as one of the most comfortable.

How To Use A Stretching Taper

Using a stretching taper is safe and straightforward. However like all forms of body modification, it must be done carefully and safely to avoid damage to your piercing. I recommend that you ready my previous post How To Stretch Your Ears before you begin, because it outlines the best way to safely stretch your ears and avoid some of the most common problems.

Whenever you stretch your ears, it is important to do so gradually and listen to your body. Stretching should not be painful, merely uncomfortable. If you experience sharp pain or bleeding, stop immediately. You may be stretching too quickly, or perhaps your piercing is not fully healed. Listen to your body and start again when you feel comfortable. That said, here is my method for using stretching tapers.

  1. Start with a clean taper and clean, healthy, fully healed piercing. The taper should be no more than 2mm larger than you current gauge.
  2. Lubricate both the piercing and taper with a natural oil e.g. olive, jojoba or vitamin E oil.
  3. Insert the end of the taper into the piercing and start sliding it through the piercing. There may be a stinging sensation but it should not be painful.
  4. Once the taper is pushed fully through your ear, align the end of a flesh plug with the big end of the taper, as if it were part of the taper. Then push both the taper and jewellery through your ear until the flesh plug is fully in your piercing.
  5. Our Favourite Stretching Tapers

    We have hundreds of different stretching tapers available but you can see my favourite stretching tapers below. I recommend using steel tapers, as they are non-porous, non-irritating and easy to clean. They are also cheap, which is important if you will need multiple sizes.

    Steel Stretching Taper Pin

    Steel Stretching Taper Pin

    Darkside Stretching Taper

    Darkside Stretching Taper

    Glow In The Dark Stretching Taper

    Glow In The Dark Stretching Taper

    Steel Crescent Stretching Taper

    Steel Crescent Stretching Taper



    This post is part of our Ear Stretching Guide 101 series. Click on the link to see the whole series.


If you are researching ways to stretch your ears, you may have heard of the “taping method” of ear stretching. But what is the taping method? And crucially, is it a safe or effective way to stretch your ears? Now obviously I wouldn’t have posed those questions if I weren’t prepared to answer them, so in this post I will explain just what the taping method of ear stretching is! Put simply, the taping method involves wrapping tape around your stretching jewellery and then using it to stretch your ears. This allows you to increase your gauge by small amounts and stretch gradually to your desired gauge.

Benefits of Stretching Your Ears With Tape

The benefits of the taping method include allowing you to stretch your ears in small increments, which is ideal if you wish to stretch more slowly. It also means that you can get multiple stretching gauges from one piece of stretching jewellery, saving you money. You can also create in-between gauges that may be hard to find or expensive larger sizes.

How To Stretch Your Ears Using The Taping Method

As with any ear stretching method, it is important to do your research, using high quality materials and listen to your body. I recommend reading our general guide to How To Stretch Your Ears before attempting the taping method, as it will tell you all you need to know about stretching speeds and how to avoid common ear stretching risks.

I recommend using high quality PTFE tape, also known as plumber’s tape or Teflon tape. PTFE tape is made from a biocompatible plastic that is also used to make body jewellery. It is non-toxic and will not irritate your skin. It is very thin, which allows you to build up the diameter gradually. Do not use electrical tape, because the adhesive on the tape may contain carcinogens and other harmful chemicals.

You Will Need:

  • A stretching taper in a non-porous material e.g. steel, titanium or glass
  • PTFE tape
  • Lubricant – we recommend jojoba oil, olive oil or Vitamin E oil

The Taping Method

  1. Begin by wrapping a couple of layers of tape around your stretching taper. I do not recommend stretching more than 2mm at a time.
  2. Smooth out any wrinkles in the tape.
  3. Lubricate with plenty of your chosen oil.
  4. Insert slowly into your piercing. This should merely be uncomfortable and you should never have to force the jewellery through. If the taper will not go in or you experience sharp pain, stop. You may have added too much tape or not enough lubricant. Remove a layer of tape and try again.
  5. Once the taper is in your ear, you can either slide it all the way through and insert appropriately sized jewellery, or allow it to heal for a few days before adding more tape. I always recommend inserting jewellery, but you know your body best.

For full information on ear stretching aftercare, please see my post How To Stretch Your Ears, Part 2.

This post is part of our Ear Stretching Guide 101 series. Click on the link to see the whole series.


What-To-Stretch-Your-Ears-With

When it comes to stretching your ears, the tools that you choose can be just as important as the method that you use to stretch your ears. In this post I will outline the different types of ear stretchers available and their pros and cons. As with anything relating to ear stretching, everyone is different. These are simply my recommendations, based on my own experience and that of others. Whatever you decide to stretch your ears with, be sure to do your research and choose the stretching tools that you feel will work best for your ears and your needs.

What Taper Shape To Stretch Your Ears With

There are many different types of jewellery that you can stretch your ears with, but most people use either straight tapers or crescent-shaped tapers. A taper is idea for ear stretching because it increases in size gradually, allowing you to slide it through the piercing at a pace that suits you. I recommend using a straight stretching taper, as they tend to be less bulky than crescents and can be easier to handle. I do not recommend simply pushing a plug through your ear, as this is very forceful and likely to result in a tear or blow out. Once you have reached your desired gauge, remove the taper and insert an unflared flesh plug. You should not wear a taper as jewellery, as it can encourage one side of the stretching to become larger than the other. It can also catch on clothing and is not usually comfortable for sleeping.

What Material To Stretch Your Ears With

Stretching tapers are available in a huge range of materials, the most common being surgical steel, acrylic and plastic. I recommend using surgical steel, as it is the most biocompatible and least irritating of these materials. Steel tapers should have a very smooth surface. This means that they will slide smoothly through the ear without dragging on the skin or harbouring germs. This kind of smoothness is not possible with an acrylic taper and as a result many people find that acrylic tapers irritate their ears. Steel tapers are sometimes referred to as “stretching pins” or “stretching nails” – as long as they are straight and taper towards your desired gauge, they are the same as “stretching tapers”.

This post is part of our Ear Stretching Guide 101 series. Click on the link to see the whole series.


Create a classic skater look with our range of checkerboard stretching jewellery. Black and white checkerboard makes for very striking stretching jewellery and is really eye-catching. It draws attention to your stretchings and adds a graphic counterpoint to any outfit. Here at Body Jewellery Shop we have a great choice of checkerboard stretching jewellery including stretching tapers and plugs as well as some checkerboard fake flesh plugs as well.

Checkerboard Stretching Plugs

Below are three of our best-selling checkerboard flesh plugs. As well as traditional black and white, these plugs come in lots of different colour combinations. The flesh plug on the left is solid black but most of out checked flesh plugs are made from clear PMMA with the design inside the middle of the plug. The material is UV reactive, so plugs like the red and blue examples glow in UV light – perfect for clubbing!

Checkerboard Stretching Jewellery

Checkerboard Stretching Jewellery

Red Checkerboard Stretching Jewellery

Red Checkerboard Stretching Jewellery

Blue Checkerboard Stretching Jewellery

Blue Checkerboard Stretching Jewellery



Checkerboard Stretching Tapers

But what if you need to stretch your ears? Well look no further, these checkerboard stretching tapers mean that you can make a statement even while you work up to your desired gauge. These tapers come in 5 different colours and they also glow in UV light. They are made from lightweight PMMA acrylic, which means that they are a smooth, comfortable and cheap way to stretch your ears. Once you get to your preferred gauge you can swap them for plugs or continue to wear them, the choice is yours.

Pink Checkerboard Stretching Taper

Pink Checkerboard Stretching Taper

Blue Checkerboard Stretching Taper

Blue Checkerboard Stretching Taper

Checkerboard Stretching Taper

Checkerboard Stretching Taper



Who says stretching jewellery has to be tough? Put a little sweetness into your style with our fabulous range of pink stretching jewellery. We have gauged jewelled in a huge choice of amazing colours, but these are some of my favourite pink pieces! When you are buying pink plugs and tunnels the one thing to be aware of is how the pink will look on your particular skin tone. Some pinks will look gorgeous on certain skin tones but washed out on others, so make sure that your chosen shade will look just as good when you’re actually wearing it.


Pink Silicone Stretching Jewellery

Silicone is a great material for brightly coloured piercing jewellery. It gives bright, saturated colours and an incredible choice of shades. We have over ten pieces of pink silicone stretching jewellery but these are our top sellers. Silicone is soft and flexible, so these items are very easy to insert – you can just fold them in half to insert. Silicone puts less stress on your stretchings and is very lightweight, so these plugs and tunnels are ideal for sensitive stretchings.

Kaos Pink Star Stretching Jewellery

Kaos Pink Star Stretching Jewellery

Pink Triangle Stretching Jewellery

Pink Triangle Stretching Jewellery

Jewelled Silicone Stretching Jewellery

Jewelled Silicone Stretching Jewellery



Pink UV Stretching Jewellery

And if you like your pink even brighter than that, check out our pink UV jewellery! The pink sections glow brightly under UV light, so your jewellery really stands out. They are perfect for clubs and festivals, ensuring that you’re the centre of attention wherever you go.

Kaos UV Pink Stretching Jewellery

Kaos UV Pink Stretching Jewellery

UV Stripe Stretching Jewellery

UV Stripe Stretching Jewellery

UV Pink Crescent Stretching Jewellery

UV Pink Crescent Stretching Jewellery



Refresh your style with some of our incredible body jewellery for sensitive piercings. Our wide range of body jewellery will light up your look and impress all your friends. Choose from our wide range of designs and colours which will instantly pretty up your style. Everyone will love a comfortable body jewellery piece to wear in piercings which get irritated by certain metals.

Blackline Jewellery

Make sure your piercings feel comfortable all day long with our fantastic value blackline body jewellery. Made from G23 medical grade titanium and black PVD coating, our eye-catching blackline jewellery will stop irritation and will speed up healing. Below we have chosen three of our favourite blackline jewellery which will look fabulous with all your favourite accessories. This beautiful double jewelled navel bananabell will definitely impress all your friends and family with the exceptional quality and stunning clear jewel which will shimmer in the light all day long. The blackline ball closure ring in the image shown below will look cute in all your piercings. Long-lasting and comfortable, this ball closure ring with a sweet pearl will look adorable with your matching pink makeup. The image on the right shows this plain yet striking barbell which will slip easily through your piercing and will make a fantastic present for a loved friend or sibling.

Blackline Jewelled Bananabell

Blackline Jewelled Bananabell

Blackline Pearl Ball Closure Ring

Blackline Pearl Ball Closure Ring

Blackline Barbell

Blackline Barbell



Silicone Jewellery

Update your style with our fabulous silicone body jewellery which will light up your look and keep your piercings comfortable. Silicone is extremely flexible and has excellent biocompatibility which will make your jewellery easy to insert. Below we have chosen three of our favourite flesh tunnels which will feel great and look stylish in your piercing. You will love our incredible yellow leopard print and baby blue kaos silicone jewellery which will look great worn to parties, special occasions and days out. We also have a fantastic pink flesh tunnel edged with clear jewels which will sparkle all day and night long. Get a fantastic value flesh tunnel which you can even wear when you go to sleep and when you’re wearing headphones. Our incredible silicone body jewellery pieces will always provide exceptional comfort and style wherever you go.

Leopard Print Silicone Flesh Plug

Leopard Print Silicone Flesh Plug

Baby Blue Silicone Flesh Tunnel

Baby Blue Silicone Flesh Tunnel

Pink Jewelled Silicone Flesh Tunnel

Pink Jewelled Silicone Flesh Tunnel



Make the most of your piercings by always keeping them safe and looking great. Choose from a wide variety of essential body piercing tools like our flesh plugs, measuring tools, stretching crescents, bioplast tools and a range of saline solutions. You will love these fabulous aftercare tools which heal your new piercings and will help you get your dream look. Never have to worry about irritation, and difficult healing because our easy to use essential body piercing tools will prevent future infections and uncomfortable swelling.

Healing and Body Piercing Aftercare

EasyPiercing Salt Solution

EasyPiercing Salt Solution

Make sure you get your hands on some of this fantastic Easypiercing Physiological Salt Solution perfect for cleaning fresh piercings and help speed up the healing process. This fantastic salt solution will look after your piercing for approximately two months as well as moisturise the skin around your wound. With a handy nozzle fitted on the top of the can, you can spray this solution evenly. This will allow it to release the amount necessary for one application and stop you from using it quickly. Everyone will love this easy to use, affordable and soothing spray for all their new piercings. It is advised to use this solution between 2 to 3 times a day so that your piercing doesn’t dry out.

Piercing Stretching Tools

UV Pink Stripe Stretching Taper

UV Pink Stripe Stretching Taper

Light up your look with this eye-catching UV pink stripe stretching taper which will update your evening and daytime looks. The UV-reactive PMMA pink and black striped acrylic taper will look amazing fitted in all your ear piercings. This will fix in place easily with the easy to use black rings either side. Get comfort and style all in one with this glossy accessory which will stretch your piercings gradually and uplift your style. These are available in gauges from 3.2mm to 8mm to help you get your ideal look this year. Glow at all your parties, gatherings, concerts and festivals with this glamorous stretching taper perfect for almost any occasion and outfit.

Wooden flesh plugs bring a new dimension to your look and we have recently added nine new products to the online store. Wooden flesh plugs are great for those who have sensitive skin or get irritated by metallic materials. We have a great range of different shapes and designs to choose from so you can easily find something to match your style. Not only do they look awesome but they also reduce odor. Easy to wear and kind to your piercing a wooden flesh plug is a fantastic choice every time.

Triangular Coconut Wood Flesh Plug

Triangular Coconut Wood Flesh Plug

Triangular Coconut Wood Flesh Plug

A funky change to traditional round flesh plugs this triangular coconut wood flesh plug has an awesome quality. It has a fabulous natural colour with an eye catching speckled design. The triangle shape gives your piercing a brand new look that is complimentary and exciting. The double flared effect allows it to comfortably sit in your ear. Made from coconut wood this flesh plug comes in a range of gauges from 6mm to 20mm. give your stretching a stylish twist with an amazing triangular wooden flesh plug.


Iron And Rosewood Hybrid Wood Flesh Plug

Ironwood & Rosewood Hybrid Flesh Plug

Ironwood & Rosewood Hybrid Flesh Plug

Brighten up your stretchings’ with this stylish iron and rosewood hybrid wood flesh plug. We stock a range of gauges from 8mm to 20mm to suit your particular stretching. Featuring a small double flare this flesh plug is easy to insert and sits securely in your stretching. Made from strips of ironwood and rosewood you get a lovely contrast of light and dark coloured woods. It has a funky polo shape that allows you to see through the middle adding to the eye-catching finish. Enjoy natural style with this wooden flesh plug.


When you are stretching your ears, the last thing you want is to spend a fortune on stretching tools. After all, you will probably be switching to other jewellery once you have got to your desired gauge. On the other hand, it is important to get good quality stretching crescents that will be comfortable to stretch will. Here at Body Jewellery Shop we have a great choice of high quality cheap stretching crescents. These crescents are easy to stretch with and they start at just £1.50.

Cheap UV Stretching Crescents

New this month we have a great range of UV stretching crescents. These crescents come in 1.6mm and 2mm, so they are a great way to start stretching up from a standard ear piercing. These crescents are £1.50 and they come in eight different colours. They are very smooth and lightweight, so there is no drag on your piercing. Each one comes with two UV O-rings and they look gorgeous in your piercing.

Pink UV Stretching Crescent

Pink UV Stretching Crescent

Blue UV Stretching Crescent

Blue UV Stretching Crescent

Black UV Stretching Crescent

Black UV Stretching Crescent



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