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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



We all want to keep our stretchings at a certain size, but downsizing your stretched ears is often a great way to keep them healthy. You can downsize your stretchings permanently or temporarily. Downsizing allows your stretched ears to heal and recover from a variety of problems, from minor irritation to serious problems such as ear thinning. If the problem is serious you may have to stay at a smaller gauge, but in many cases you will be able to re-stretch your ears after they have recovered sufficiently.

I recommend downsizing stretched ears (at least temporarily) as a possible solution for: sudden soreness that will not go away despite a salt soak; tearing; uneven stretching; ear thinning and any injury to your earlobe. Downsizing your ears allows your ears to heal. The resulting lobe is usually more resistant to minor issues but remains easy to re-stretch. However if your problem recurs despite downsizing, you may have to downsize permanently.

How To Downsize Your Ears

The method for downsizing stretched ears is very simple: remove your jewellery and allow your ears to shrink at least 2mm. I recommend cleaning your ears thoroughly with a salt soak and massaging with jojoba oil – provided the skin is unbroken, You can then either leave your ears without jewellery or insert smaller jewellery to prevent too much shrinking. Give your ears a while to heal and keep a close eye on them. I recommend leaving your ears alone for at least a month before re-stretching. Re-stretching downsized ears is usually fairly simple – just go slowly and listen to your body at every step.

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


Glamorous and eye-catching, our waterfall belly bars are the perfect way to make a statement. These belly bars all feature waterfall style jewels and charms that hang from the bottom of the belly bar. They come in a huge choice of designs, from cute hearts and colourful jewels to chic silver and pearl drops. Like all our body jewellery, these belly bars are made from high quality materials that will not irritate your piercings. Most of our waterfall belly bars are made from surgical steel, a lightweight, biocompatible metal that feels very comfortable to wear. Below are just a few of my favourite waterfall belly bars but be sure to check out the full range at BodyJewelleryShop.com.

Jewelled Waterfall Belly Bars

For pure glamour, you can’t beat one of our jewelled waterfall belly bars. These bars feature sparkling jewels that shimmer and shine against your skin. They show off your piercing and draw attention to your curves, perfect for glam summer style. We have hundreds of beautiful designs to choose from, but here are three of my favourites.

Blue Vine Belly Bar

Blue Vine Belly Bar

Purple Twist Belly Bar

Purple Twist Belly Bar

Pink Waterfall Belly Bar

Pink Waterfall Belly Bar



Silver Waterfall Belly Bars

For simple elegance, take a look at our range of silver waterfall belly bars. These stylish designs feature sterling silver charms and clear jewels. The polished silver has a wonderful shine that catches the light and adds effortless chic to any outfit.

Butterfly Belly Bar

Butterfly Belly Bar

Cupid Heart Belly Bar

Cupid Heart Belly Bar

Pearl Drop Belly Bar

Pearl Drop Belly Bar



Ear-Stretching-Dermal-Punch

It is always good to do your research before stretching your ears, but if you’re relying on search engines you may come across a method of dubious merit: stretching your ears with a dermal punch. As part of our Ear Stretching Guide 101 series I will explain exactly what a dermal punch is and whether you should use one to stretch your ears.


What Is A Dermal Punch?

Also known as a “biopsy punch”, a dermal punch is used by doctors to remove tissue for biopsy samples. You can see a typical dermal punch at the top of this post – the silver section is round and hollow with a sharp edge. It “punches” through the skin like a cookie cutter, removing a round section of tissue. Dermal punches come in a range of gauges and are disposable.


Is Dermal Punching A Good Way To Stretch Your Ears?

I do not recommend using a dermal punch to stretch your earlobes. This is because it removes a relatively large piece of your earlobe, including the blood vessels that supply the surrounding skin. Instead of stretching your earlobe, you have simply created a large hole. When you stretch your ears normally, you are gradually reshaping your lobes in a way that preserves the healthy tissue – dermal punching simply cuts it out. The surrounding tissue is less likely to remain healthy and is more susceptible to ear thinning. It is quick, painful and bloody, the opposite of gradual stretching.

People sometimes choose dermal punching as a shortcut to a certain gauge, intending to stretch normally after that. My advice is simply to be patient and stretch your ears normally. In the end you will have healthier ears, less pain, fewer problems and potentially bigger lobes.


Which Body Mods Are Dermal Punches Safe For?

Dermal punches do have a place in body modification. They can be used for large gauge cartilage piercings as well as some implant procedures. Cartilage can be very hard to stretch and more likely to scar, so a dermal punch allows you to create a large gauge piercing with less risk. It goes without saying that these are complex mods that should only be performed by an experienced professional piercer.

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


Give your navel piercing a gorgeous new look with our unique Huggy belly button rings. These belly rings were inspired by hoop earrings, but specially designed to be worn in your belly button piercing. The result is a uniquely stylish ring with a simple hinged design that is easy to insert and remove. These belly button rings are very comfortable to wear and come in a choice of great designs, including the glamorous jewelled looks you can see below. All our Huggy belly button rings are made from high quality surgical steel and beautifully hand finished. This means that they will not irritate your piercing and can be worn even in new piercings. The surgical steel has a beautiful shine and they really light up your look.

Sparkle Huggy Belly Button Ring

Sparkle Huggy Belly Button Ring

Pink Huggy Belly Button Ring

Pink Huggy Belly Button Ring

Love Huggy Belly Button Ring

Love Huggy Belly Button Ring

Blue Jewel Huggy Belly Button Ring

Blue Jewel Huggy Belly Button Ring



Other Unusual Belly Button Rings

We all know about bananabells, but there are so many other options to wear in your belly button piercing. Here at BJS we have a great choice of alternative belly button rings, including the ones that you can see here. These are ball closure rings with gorgeous charms in place of the traditional ball. The designs are vey eye-catching and they make it easy to show off you piercing every day.

Skulls Belly Button Ring

Skulls Belly Button Ring

Star Belly Button Ring

Star Belly Button Ring

Pink Belly Button Ring

Pink Belly Button Ring

3 Heart Belly Button Ring

3 Heart Belly Button Ring



Stretching crescents are ear stretching tools that have a crescent shape. They have tapered ends that allow you to slide them gradually into your piercing, thereby stretching it to your desired size. Stretching crescents work in exactly the same way as a stretching taper, the only difference being their shape. Crescents are a great way to stretch your ears because they allow you to do so gradually and reduce the risk of tearing or blowouts. As with any ear stretching tool, it is important to use stretching crescents carefully and to do you research before you start. If you are unsure about the stretching process you can check out my post How To Stretch Your Ears, which covers most of the basic points. I would also recommend speaking to a professional piercer, as they will be able to give you specific advice based on your piercings.

How To Stretch Your Ears with Stretching Crescents

The method for stretching with crescents is very straightforward. However it is important to remember that stretching is a gradual process that requires more dedication and patience than simply getting a piercing. Make sure that you know what you are doing and that you listen to your body to avoid the common risks. Here is the basic method for how to use a stretching crescent:

  1. Before you start, ensure that your piercing is clean and fully healed. Remove your jewellery and massage the piercing with your chosen lubricant – I recommend jojoba or Vitamin E oil. This will increase blood supply and soften the skin.
  2. Clean your stretching crescent and add some lubricant to it. The widest point of the crescent should be your desired gauge, no more than 2mm larger than your current gauge.
  3. Insert the end of the stretching crescent into the piercing and start sliding it through the piercing. There may be a stinging sensation but it should not be painful.
  4. Continue until the widest part of the crescent is fully in your piercing.

You can now either replace the stretching crescent with an unflared flesh plug, or do so once the stretching has healed. If you are going to replace it with a flesh plug, it is best to do so immediately, while the piercing is soft. It will tighten as it heals, before relaxing when healed.

Steel Ear Stretching Crescent

Steel Ear Stretching Crescent

Steel Taper Stretching Crescent

Steel Taper Stretching Crescent

Darkside Acrylic Stretching Crescent

Darkside Acrylic Stretching Crescent



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


How-To-Stretch-Your-Ears-After-Downsizing

Downsizing is a great way to deal with a variety of common ear stretching problems, from irritation to tears. But can you stretch your ears after downsizing? And can you go back to your previous gauge? The answer is a resounding yes in both cases: most people can stretch back to their previous gauge and beyond. The exception would be if the problem was a serious one, such as extreme ear thinning – in some cases the downsizing may have to be permanent. Every case is different, so it is important to make the right decision. If you are unsure or simply need a little advice, I always recommend consulting an experienced professional piercer.


How To Stretch Your Ears After Downsizing

It is important to ensure that your ears are fully healed before you begin to stretch again. For this reason I recommend waiting 2-4 weeks after downsizing. Your ears should feel fully healed, with no pain or discomfort. You can then stretch your ears in the same way that you did initially. I’m sure that you are already knowledgeable about ear stretching, but for good measure, here is my basic method for re-stretching your ears:>/p>

  1. Clean your stretching taper and lubricate both the taper and your piercing with a skin-friendly oil e.g. olive, hemp or jojoba oil. Massage the piercing with the oil.
  2. Push the taper gradually through your piercing. Take your time and pause if needed.
  3. Once the taper is pushed fully through your ear, align the end of a flesh plug with the end of the taper. The plug should be the same gauge. Then push both the taper and plug through your ear until the flesh plug is fully in your piercing.

As with any time you stretch your ears, I recommend stretching no more than 2mm at a time and allowing 2-4 weeks before stretching again. If you find it difficult to stretch back to your original gauge, it is likely that your ear is not yet fully healed. In most cases, you will simply need to wait a little longer before re-stretching your piercing.

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


Elegant and stylish, our new silver heart belly bars are a gorgeous way to show off your piercing. These belly bars are beautifully made and finished, with a bright polish that really shines. They feature silver hearts on a surgical steel belly bar. This means that you get the comfort of surgical steel, with the beautiful shine of solid silver. Surgical steel is non-irritating, lightweight and easy to clean, so these heart belly bars are very comfortable to wear.

Silver Bow & Heart Belly Bars

These silver bow and heart belly bars are simple but very stylish. They feature a silver heart outline with a bow and crystal. The rounded shape looks gorgeous and is easy to wear with any outfit. This belly bar echoes the shape of popular heart pendants, giving you the look of fine jewellery for your belly button piercing.

Crystal Bow & Heart Belly Bar

Crystal Bow & Heart Belly Bar

Black Bow & Heart Belly Bar

Black Bow & Heart Belly Bar



Silver Heart Drop Belly Bars

Choose colour and shine with one of new silver heart drop belly bars. These belly button bars feature two silver hearts, one with smooth enamel colour and one with a coloured crystal. These belly bars are cute but stylish. They are very eye-catching and the colours really catch the light. Whichever colour you choose, they will show off your piercing in style.

Blue Heart Drop Belly Bar

Blue Heart Drop Belly Bar

Pink Heart Drop Belly Bar

Pink Heart Drop Belly Bar

Red Heart Drop Belly Bar

Red Heart Drop Belly Bar



Ring Opening Pliers for Body Jewellery

Ring Opening Pliers for Body Jewellery

BCRs are an essential piece of body jewellery but they can also be very difficult to open and insert by hand. Thankfully there is a cheap and simple bit of kit that makes inserting a BCR much easier: ring opening pliers. These pliers are specially designed for use with body piercing jewellery. They make it easy to open ball closure rings of any size or gauge, so you can change your jewellery without having to visit a piercer. These are blunt-ended pliers, made from medical-grade surgical steel. They are high quality and great value for money – our ring opening pliers start at just £10. You can buy body jewellery pliers in three different sizes: small, medium and large. They all work in the same way, but can be used to open different sizes of BCRs.


Opening a BCR with Ring Opening Pliers

Opening a ball closure ring with jewellery pliers is very simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. First make sure that the ends of the pliers are clean and dry.
  2. Insert the ends of the pliers into the middle of the ball closure ring.
  3. Gently compress the handles to open the ring.
  4. Open the ring just enough to free the ball.
  5. Remove the ball and insert the ball closure ring into your piercing.
  6. Closure the ball closure ring by hand, or by using ring closing pliers.


Treat yourself to a new look with our brand new jewelled nose studs. We have two new nose stud designs that will light up your look. Both styles are specially designed to be comfortable to insert and wear. They are easy to insert, stay in place and feel great in your piercing. Here at BJS we an amazing selection of jewelled nose studs, from classic silver studs to funky colours and unique designs.

Right Angle Jewelled Nose Studs

These nose studs are made from high quality surgical steel and have a right angled shape. The shape makes them easy to insert and very comfortable to wear – especially if you have had difficulty with curved nose studs in the past. The surgical steel is non-irritating and easy to clean, so they feel great to wear. These studs come in a great choice of colours. They catch the light with beautiful sparkle, but are still understated. The perfect jewelled nose stud for every day.

Rose Right Angle Jewelled Nose Stud

Rose Right Angle Jewelled Nose Stud

Aqua Right Angle Jewelled Nose Stud

Aqua Right Angle Jewelled Nose Stud

Crystal Right Angle Jewelled Nose Stud

Crystal Right Angle Jewelled Nose Stud



Spiral Jewelled Nose Studs

For elegant sparkle, take a look at our new spiral jewelled nose studs. These nose studs are made from polished silver and have a unique shine. They feature a delicate spiral set with a jewel. The result is that they look glamorous but elegant, perfect for showing off your piercing. Silver is not recommended for wear in unhealed piercings, so you should wait for your nose piercing to heal completely before wearing one of these studs.

Crystal Spiral Jewelled Nose Stud

Crystal Spiral Jewelled Nose Stud

Sapphire Spiral Jewelled Nose Stud

Sapphire Spiral Jewelled Nose Stud

Amethyst Spiral Jewelled Nose Stud

Amethyst Spiral Jewelled Nose Stud