Category Archives: Stretched Piercings

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.


As with any body modification, it is important to know how permanent the changes you are making to your body will be. Many people wonder is their stretched ears will go back to normal, and it is an important question to answer before you begin ear stretching. Unfortunately the most honest answer is not particularly helpful: it varies from person to person and there is no guarantee that your stretched ears will go back to normal.

The truth is that most stretched ears will shrink at least a little if you remove your jewellery, but most will not go back to their unstretched gauge. 10mm is often cited as the point of no return, but the fact is that everyone is different. Some people stretch to 6mm and find that their ears will not go back to normal, while others go far beyond that and their ears still close back up. My advice is to think of stretching as a semi-permanent procedure and only stretch to a size that you would be willing to live with permanently.

How To Close Stretched Ears

If you want to close your stretched ears, there are a few things that you can do to encourage the shrinking process. Firstly, remove your jewellery and clean the ear thoroughly. Then massage daily with a natural oil such as jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil or almond oil. This will soften the skin, increase blood flow to the area and encourage healing. Then it is just a case of waiting to see how much your stretched ears will close up on their own. While your ears will not close up completely, they may reach a smaller gauge that you are happier with. For example if your ears shrink to under 6mm and you wear solid plugs in them, they will be much less noticeable than your previous gauge.

If your ears do not close up on their own, surgery is the only guaranteed way to get them back to their former size and shape. Ear lobe reconstruction surgery can give good results but is usually expensive. I would always recommend giving your ears the chance to close naturally before going down that road.

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


Bear Belmares Bear Big Ears

When you start stretching your ears, one of the first things people want to know is “how big??” Some people start out with an idea of how big they want to go, while other just want to go as big as they can. The truth is that if you really want to, you can stretch your ears pretty damn big! The gentleman on the right is Bear Belmares, who is believed to hold the world record for the biggest stretched ears. As you can see, his lobes are massive! Obviously that’s extreme, but it goes to show that anything is possible.

How big you can stretch your ears depends on what your body is capable of. Some people are able to stretch to very large sizes, while others simply cannot. It is important to watch how your ears react to the stretching process: is it easy or is every millimetre a struggle? Rather than striving to get to a certain size, I suggest relaxing and focusing on a healthy stretching process. You will soon find out what gauge your ears are capable of stretching to. Everyone is different, but here are a few factors that will influence how big you can stretch your ears:


1. The Size and Shape of Your Lobes

Attached-Unattached-Ear-Lobes

Some people’s ears are bigger than others, but with ear stretching the important factor is your ear lobes, not the rest of the ear. There is a huge variation in the size and shape of people’s ear lobes, which can really affect the stretching process. Bigger ear lobes usually mean a potentially larger stretching capability. Also important is whether your ear lobes are attached or unattached. As the image shows, unattached – or “free” – lobes have a more pendulous shape. They make it easier to stretch as there is more flesh in the actual ear lobe itself. Attached ear lobes are still capable of stretching to large gauges, but it may take more time and effort.


2. The Elasticity of Your Skin

Our skin is naturally elastic and can stretch a great deal, but skin elasticity can vary and is largely down to genetics. If your skin is more elastic, you will find ear stretching easier and be able to stretch your ears to a larger gauge. This is the main reason why some people find ear stretching very easy, while others struggle. You won’t know how elastic your skin is until you begin to stretch your ears, so all you can do is stretch gradually and listen to your body.


3. Placement of Your Ear Piercing

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If you are planning to stretch your ears, the ideal piercing placement is in the absolute centre of your ear lobe. This is because it means that you have an equal amount of flesh on all sides of the piercing. Most people had their ears pierced before they knew they wanted to stretch, but if you did not I suggest telling your piercer so that they can give you the best placement for ear stretching. They may also suggest getting pierced at a slightly larger gauge than normal.

If you have two piercings in one lobe, you can also choose to stretch the second piercing. In this picture, both piercings have been stretched and the second is smaller. This is the most common arrangement. It is important to know that second piercings will not stretch as much, even if you do not stretch the first piercing.

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


Ear-Stretching-Guide-101

Welcome to the Body Jewellery Shop Ear Stretching Guide 101! This series of posts will discuss the different methods, jewellery, styles and risks of ear stretching, as well as showing you how to stretch your ears in a safe and healthy way.
Ear stretching is an ancient art practiced by many different cultures with a long history. It is a fascinating area of body modification and one that actually changes the shape of your body – it’s easy to see why it was and is so popular. It is relatively easy to do and can have a big impact on the way you look, but conversely there are plenty of ways to stretch your ears incorrectly, leading to some of the common risks of ear stretching. Fortunately most of the pitfalls can be remedied with a little information and simply taking care to work with your body.

Ear stretching is a huge subject and everyone has their own opinions about how it should be done, but I hope to give you all the information to make your own decisions about how to stretch your ears. We’ll be talking about some of the common questions and misconceptions that people have about ear stretching, how to deal with ear stretching risks and even how to hide your stretchings at work. I would love to hear your thoughts on ear stretching, so if you have a question about ear stretching or there is something that you want to know more about, let us know!

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


Finding lightweight large gauge jewellery can sometimes be hard, but here at Body Jewellery Shop we have a great selection of large gauge plugs that are also lightweight, which is very important for comfort and maintaining a particular gauge. The problem with some plugs is that they get heavy over a certain gauge, which means that they gradually stretch your ears over time. Metal large gauge flesh plugs can also put undue stress on your stretching, which can lead to thinning at the bottom of your ear. The best lightweight options are silicone, wood and acrylic flesh plugs, which remain comfortable even at large gauges.

Lightweight Large Gauge Hollow Plugs

If you are looking for a lightweight plug over 20mm, a hollow design is usually the best way to go. By simply using less material, flesh tunnels are very lightweight, especially when made of super-light acrylic and silicone. Silicone in particular is excellent at this size: it is very light and flexible, squashes down under pressure and is extremely biocompatible. All three flesh plugs shown here come in a range of different colours and gauges. My top recommendation would be the Kaos eyelet in the middle – it is high quality, very comfortable and comes in over 10 colours, including UV options.

Acrylic Hollow Large Gauge Plug

Acrylic Hollow Large Gauge Plug

Kaos Silicone Hollow Large Gauge Plug

Kaos Silicone Hollow Large Gauge Plug

Red Silicone Hollow Large Gauge Plug

Red Silicone Hollow Large Gauge Plug



Lightweight Large Gauge Flesh Plugs

A solid flesh plug is by its very nature heavier than a hollow plug, so if you want this type of jewellery it is important to choose a lightweight material. These three plugs are a good place to start and all are very light. I would recommend the blue star flesh plug in particular. It has a hollow-backed design that reduces its weight even further and the back edge unscrews for easy insertion.

Checkerboard Large Gauge Flesh Plug

Checkerboard Large Gauge Flesh Plug

Sono Wood Large Gauge Flesh Plug

Sono Wood Large Gauge Flesh Plug

Blue Star Large Gauge Flesh Plug

Blue Star Large Gauge Flesh Plug



Discover a whole new look with our shaped buffalo flesh tunnels. These tunnels come a fantastic range of shapes, giving you something completely different to your standard round tunnel. They completely change the shape of your lobes and turn a classic piercing on its head. Our shaped buffalo flesh tunnels are comfortable to wear and make a real statement.

Buffalo horn is ideal for carving into these differently shaped tunnels. It is lightweight but very strong, so it holds the shape without weighing down your lobes. It is also non-irritating and has a lovely smooth feel. I would only recommend these tunnels for mature stretchings, as they place more stress on the skin than a round tunnel. This can be a problem with newly-stretched piercings but is fine for mature stretches. That said, they are not meant for long term wear – I would recommend putting round tunnels back in at night.

Square Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Square Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Triangle Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Triangle Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Arch Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Arch Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Teardrop Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Teardrop Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Hexagon Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Hexagon Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Diamond Buffalo Flesh Tunnel

Diamond Buffalo Flesh Tunnel



Tips For Wearing Differently Shaped Buffalo Flesh Tunnels

Differently shaped buffalo flesh tunnels are easy and comfortable to wear. They do however place more stress on your stretchings, so it is important to keep an eye on them. Follow our tips to keep your stretchings healthy while enjoying their unique look:

  • Add a drop of olive, jojoba or hemp oil to ease insertion.
  • Wear only for short periods of time.
  • Replace with round tunnels for sleeping.
  • Wait until your stretchings are completely healed before wearing different shape tunnels.
  • Clean with olive, hemp or jojoba oil as needed.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to chlorinated water.
  • If you experience pain while wearing, remove immediately. Replace with round tunnels when possible.
  • Keep an eye on your stretchings to ensure that there is no thinning of the stretching. If this happens, replace with round tunnels.


Stylish large gauge jewellery can be hard to find but here at Body Jewellery Shop we have a fantastic selection of 20mm flesh plugs to choose from. We have lots of different materials and styles, so it’s easy to find flesh plugs that look great. As with all stretching jewellery, comfort is just as important as style. So we make sure that our flesh plugs are made only from biocompatible materials that are comfortable to wear and work in harmony with your skin. Everyone is different, but below are some of our most popular plugs, in two materials that offer both comfort and great value for money.

Acrylic 20mm Flesh Plugs

These acrylic flesh plugs combine great style and colour with comfort and value. They are made from high quality PMMA acrylic, a glossy plastic that is very comfortable to wear. They are lightweight despite their size and reduce stress on the inside of your stretching. One of the great things about PMMA acrylic is that is can be made in any colour or pattern, so you get a fantastic choice of different styles. It is also durable, easy to clean and quite inexpensive.

Blue Stars Flesh Plug

Blue Stars Flesh Plug

Circuit Board Flesh Plug

Circuit Board Flesh Plug

Rainbow Stars Flesh Plug

Rainbow Stars Flesh Plug



Wood 20mm Flesh Plugs

Natural materials are always recommended for stretching jewellery and these wood flesh plugs are no exception. Wood is a highly biocompatible material, especially when oiled with a natural oil such as jojoba, olive or hemp oil. Wood flesh plugs help to reduce irritation and odour, as well as retaining moisture in the skin. They are also lightweight and feel so comfortable to wear. As you can see below, the natural colours of the wood are beautiful and look great against your skin, giving you naturally gorgeous stretchings.

Animal Nangka Wood Flesh Plug

Animal Nangka Wood Flesh Plug

Mongolian Hat Flesh Plug

Mongolian Hat Flesh Plug

Triangular Wooden Flesh Plug

Triangular Wooden Flesh Plug



Make this Christmas extra special by giving your friend or family member some fabulous star shaped jewellery. Everyone will be impressed with the fantastic quality and lightweight material which will leave you feeling stylish and comfortable.

Blue Glitter Silver Push Fit Star

Blue Glitter Silver Push Fit Star

Blue Glitter Silver Push Fit Star

Light up your look with this wonderful blue glitter push fit star which shimmer in the light for hours. This adorable glittery blue star set in silver will add a touch of sparkle to all your favourite outfits and dazzling accessories. Everyone will be amazed with your eye-catching body jewellery piece which you will love wearing to all your parties and special occasions. This will add a touch of sparkle to lip, nose and ear piercings, so make sure you get your hands on this glimmering star push fit accessory before everyone else does!

Stars Black Acrylic Flesh Tunnel

Stars Black Acrylic Flesh Tunnel

Stars Black Acrylic Flesh Tunnel

Show off your shiny black acrylic flesh tunnel with cute white stars around the edge. This stylish stretching tunnel will immediately update your style and impress all your friends. Everyone will want this fabulous jewellery piece for Christmas and will love wearing it to all their parties and nights out clubbing. The beautiful white stars will grab everyone’s attention and will feel really comfortable on. This flesh tunnel is really easy to insert and remove thanks to the screw-on lip

Surprise someone special this year with our fantastic Christmas gifts for men. These fabulous glittering body jewellery pieces will immediately update your style and grab everyone’s attention.

Black Titanium Tropical Barbell

Black Titanium Tropical Barbell

Black Titanium Tropical Barbell

Refresh your style with this fabulous black titanium tropical barbell. This shimmering G23 Surgical Titanium barbell with black striped accessories will instantly light up your look and impress all your friends.

You will love the smooth and glittering material which will slip into your piercings easily. This beautifully designed barbell will make a fabulous Christmas gift for a loved friend or family member this year, so make sure you grab this bargain body jewellery piece before every else does.

Simply choose the length you want from the side menu and enjoy! You will also love our stylish cream velvet pouch which will keep your barbell safe and clean thanks to the fantastic drawstring top.

Flame PMMA Stretching Taper

Flame PMMA Stretching Taper

Flame PMMA Stretching Taper

Get a hot and fiery look this year with this incredible flame PMMA stretching taper. This black taper with an amazing red and yellow flame design will leave you feeling fashionable and cheeky.

It is made from extremely biocompatible PMMA which will feel soft in your stretched piercing. Everyone will want this incredible taper for Christmas because of its unique design and excellent durability.

Choose your gauge from the side menu and gradually stretch your piercing with this breath-taking body jewellery piece.

Make this Christmas a time to remember by giving someone special a gorgeous gift. Below we have chosen two of our favourites which will add a touch of girly glamour and glitter to your overall look.

Pink Blackline Glitter Bananabell

Pink Blackline Glitter Bananabell

Pink Blackline Glitter Bananabell

Surprise your friend or sibling with this glittering pink blackline bananabell. This fabulous body jewellery piece made from highly biocompatible surgical-grade G23 blackline titanium will speed up healing times. Our beautiful bananabell has a cute pink glittery ball which will catch the light wonderfully and instantly boost your style. This is a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who has experienced irritation from other metal jewellery and loves adding touch of pink to their style.

Pink Heart Buffalo Horn Spiral

Pink Heart Buffalo Horn Spiral

Pink Heart Buffalo Horn Spiral

Stretch your piercings with this cute pink heart buffalo horn spiral. This glossy black spiral with sweet heart detail will slip into your piercings easily and update your style. Everyone will be impressed with the eye-catching design which will light up your look and add a touch of elegance to your style. Make this impressive body jewellery piece the ideal present for a loved one this Christmas, they will love the fact that they can gradually stretch their piercings. Simply choose from a gauge of 4 to 12 and enjoy!