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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.


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.


Dermal Anchor Kit

New this month at Body Jewellery Shop we have everything you need for handling dermal anchors with our brand new Dermal Anchor Kits! These superb kits include all the tools you need to insert and change dermal anchors. All the tools in our dermal anchor kits are professional quality, machined in medical grade surgical steel. Each kit contains eight dermal anchor tools including micro forceps, insertion tools, tapers and bead grabbers. Due to the delicate nature of dermal anchor jewellery, we recommend having a professional piercer change and care for your anchors using this kit.


What are Dermal Anchors?

Dermal Anchor Micro Dermal

Dermal anchors are very small implants, also known as micro dermals. In many ways, dermal anchors can be said to be a cross between a piercing and a traditional implant. To the left is a standard dermal anchor. As you can see it has a long foot with a round bead on top. The foot is placed under the skin and only the bead is visible on the skin surface. The bead is threaded and can be unscrewed and replaced with other accessories. Dermal anchors are quite delicate and need a lot of care to heal well. Even after healing they remain delicate, hence our recommendation that you have a professional piercer do any jewellery changes.


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.

We all know that dermal anchors can be extremely fiddly especially when you are trying to insert them. Here at bodyjewelleryshop.com we are always looking for the quickest and safest way to get the best out of your piercings. Thus we have introduced a new range of dermal anchor tools specifically designed to help insert, change and accessorize your dermal anchor piercing. They take the stress and fiddliness out of these funky little piercings, leaving you with a simply awesome style.

Dermal Anchor Insertion Tapers

These helpful tools are a must have for any professional piercer as they allow you to easily insert dermal anchors with minimal pain. They eliminate the risk of dropping the anchor on the floor and they are much more precise and hygienic than using your fingers. Each of the tapers below feature a 1.2mm threaded end, which neatly screws into any 1.2mm dermal anchor. Once you have screwed the anchor into place you are ready to insert it into the piercing. With each being made form surgical steel they are easy to clean, use and store. They work perfectly when accompanied by the dermal anchor forceps we have talked about below.

Internally Threaded Micro Dermal Insertion Taper

Internally Threaded Micro Dermal Insertion Taper

Dermal Anchor Insertion Taper

Dermal Anchor Insertion Taper



Dermal Anchor Forceps

Dermal anchor forceps make it so much easier to change dermal anchor attachments and they are convenient and hygienic. Changing dermal anchor jewellery is a delicate process and using forceps like the thin tip dermal anchor forceps below make it much easier to grip the dermal anchor and keep it firmly in place. They grip the stem while you change the attachment and stop the anchor moving and twisting therefore making it much more comfortable. The dermal anchor forceps are slightly thicker at the end making them perfect for gripping a dermal anchor attachment or ball. Again they make changing any dermal anchor accessory a more comfortable, less irritable and less fiddly process. Remember to consult your piercer if you are not confident about doing it yourself after all they are the experts.

Micro Thin Tip Dermal Anchor Foreceps

Micro Thin Tip Dermal Anchor Foreceps

Dermal Anchor Foreceps 3mm

Dermal Anchor Foreceps 3mm



Stretching your body piercing can be done in many different ways, but the most common approach is with the use of body piercing tapers. Piercing tapers are used to make the process of stretching piercings very easy, quick and accurate. 

What is a Body Piercing Taper?

Body piercing tapers are also known as insertion pins, stretching tapers, piercing expanders, stretching nails and stretching needles. The reason for the name is the construction of the taper; usually a straight or slightly curved bar that tapers from one end to the other, allowing a body piercing to be enlarged smoothly and progressively. 

UV Body Piercing Taper

UV Body Piercing Taper

Advantages of a Piercing Taper 

The greatest advantage of a body piercing taper is the practical and functional use of the taper, both as a stretching tool and stretching jewellery! Once you have used the taper to stretch your body piercing, the taper can be left in your piercing for day-to-day wear. Continue reading

If you have piercings of your own, you may have experienced those moments of frustration when you just can’t get your fingers around those little tricky Ball Closure Rings! Those rings that won’t open, or those threaded balls that seem to fall on the floor and disappear into thin air… Jewellery Pliers are the solution to most of these difficult tasks when fitting or removing your body jewellery. The most common perpetrator is the Ball Closure Ring, (similar to smooth segment rings, bar closure rings etc) which require pliers to remove the captive accessory from the jaws of the ring. Jewellery Pliers come in different sizes and for different purposes. You may also need jewellery pliers to help you open very large, thick pieces of jewellery that require quite a bit of strength to pry them open! 

Ring Opening Jewellery Pliers

Ring Opening Jewellery Pliers are used to gently disengage a captive (clip-in) ball or accessory from a ball closure ring, or similar piece of jewellery. Most people with piercings have experienced those tricky little segment rings, bar closure rings, ball closure rings… you name it, we’ve heard it! 

Ring Opening Pliers

Ring Opening Pliers

To use ring opening jewellery piers, you simply squeeze gently on the handles of the pier, which in turn opens the ring slightly and enough to allow the captive ball to fall out. We highly recommend doing this over a towel or table where you won’t lose the removable accessory!  Continue reading