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”.
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
Red 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.
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
Pink Triangle 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.
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.
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 Pearl Ball Closure Ring
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 youâ€™re wearing headphones. Our incredible silicone body jewellery pieces will always provide exceptional comfort and style wherever you go.
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
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 doesnâ€™t dry out.
Piercing Stretching Tools
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
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
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 Â£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 Â£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.
There are many different options for stretching your ears and crescent ear stretchers are a great choice. Crescent ear stretchers are crescent shaped pieces of jewellery that you can use to stretch your ear piercings. They are thickest in the middle and allow you to gradually insert the stretcher until the middle part is comfortably in your piercing. There are many different shapes of ear stretchers so it is really down to personal preference which shape you use. I stretched my ears to 12mm and 14mm using a combination of crescent and straight ear stretchers. Personally I found the crescents more comfortable to wear while my ear healed, but everyone is different.
Different Crescent Ear Stretchers
You can find crescent ear stretchers in a wide choice of materials but the most popular are surgical steel, acrylic and buffalo horn. All are excellent materials for stretching with and it is really a question of which material your skin reacts best to. Steel can be a little heavier but this is only noticeable once you get to large gauges. You may need a pair of O-rings to keep your crescent in place – most crescents come with O-rings but check before you buy.
Acrylic ear stretchers are a cheap, comfortable and easy way to stretch your ears. Acrylic is a high quality plastic that is very light, durable and affordable. I have found acrylic ear stretchers to be very comfortable to use and you can even wear them as jewellery after you have stretched your ears. The main advantage of acrylic ear stretchers is how lightweight they are. Heavy stretchers can pull on your piercings but with acrylic, you’ll hardly feel them at all. This puts less stress on the piercing and gives it a better chance of healing quickly. It also makes them comfortable to wear while your ear is healing – even at night.
There are 3 main shapes of ear stretchers: spiral, crescent and straight. They are all used in the same way but some people find different shapes more comfortable. You can also choose the one you think looks best. At Body Jewellery Shop we have a great choice of acrylic ear stretchers in different colours, sizes and shapes.
Hollow flesh tunnels are a classic option for stretched ear piercings and they come in a huge choice of designs. Hollow flesh tunnels are cylinder-shaped pieces of jewellery that are lighter than solid flesh plugs and often place less stress on the piercing as a result. Another advantage of hollow flesh plugs is that they are compact and do not move around in the piercing, as large gauge BCRs and bars can.
Steel Hollow Flesh Tunnels
Steel Hollow Flesh Tunnels
Surgical steel is one of the most popular materials for body jewellery because it is biocompatible, strong and cheap. Surgical steel is very comfortable to wear and it can be made into a wide range of hollow flesh tunnels, from plain tubes to glamorous designs like these jewelled steel flesh tunnels. It is important to make sure that your tunnels are made from high quality surgical steel, as inferior steel jewellery can irritate your ears. Here are BJS all our steel jewellery is superior 316L surgical steel but if you are shopping elsewhere always ask before you buy.