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When you stretch your ears, the most important things that you can do are a) stretch slowly and b) use high quality ear stretching kit. High quality stretching tools give you the best chance of a healthy stretching process and a good end result. This is because good quality tools will be made of biocompatible, lightweight materials that do not cause irritation or put undue pressure on the piercing. In this post I will outline the ear stretching kit that is not only my personal favourite, but is recommend by the majority of piercers and experienced stretchers.

For Stretching Your Ears

For actually stretching your ears, I highly recommend surgical steel stretching tapers. Here at Body Jewellery Shop you can buy these tapers individually or as a kit, as you can see below. High quality steel stretching tapers such as ours are finely machined with a perfectly smooth surface and will not irritate your ears. If you choose cheaper acrylic tapers, you may find that they irritate your ears and drag on the skin. Lubricant is also essential – either jojoba, Vitamin E, olive, hemp or almond oil. These natural oils reduce drag and pain during stretching. They also condition the skin and should be used to massage the earlobe both before stretching and during the healing process.

For After You Have Stretched Your Ears

After you have stretched your ear, remove the taper and insert an unflared flesh tunnel. My favourites are the steel flesh tunnels below. You should never leave the taper in, as this leads to uneven stretching and puts pressure on the new stretching. You should always use non-porous materials for your first post-stretching jewellery to encourage clean healing: either surgical steel or titanium.

For Healed Ear Stretchings

Once your ear stretching has healed completely and you have reached your desired gauge, I recommend wearing wooden flesh tunnels or plugs. Wooden jewellery is completely non-irritating, lightweight and very comfortable to wear. It reduces odour and stays the same temperature as your body. My own wooden tunnels have kept my ears happy for years and I find that they require less cleaning compared to metal jewellery. So there you have it, my favourite ear stretching kit!

Steel Stretching Taper

Steel Stretching Taper

Steel Stretching Taper Kit

Steel Stretching Taper Kit

Unflared Steel Flesh Tunnel

Unflared Steel Flesh Tunnel

Wooden Plugs and Tunnels

Wooden Plugs and Tunnels



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


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.

PMMA  Flesh Plug and Taper

Here at Body Jewellery Shop we are all about giving you the coolest looks for the best price and can’t beat our new PMMA flesh plugs and tapers. These clever pieces of body jewellery come in 3 parts that you can mix and match to form either a taper or a flesh plug. When you buy any of these PMMA flesh plugs you get a 1 flesh plug with a cool design, 1 tapered back and 1 flat back – as shown on the right. You can screw the two different back pieces onto the plug to get either a plug or taper and switch up your look as often as you like. These plugs are not used for stretching your ears; they just give you an awesome look.



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Christmas is on its way and everyone’s feeling festive, so why not give your jewellery a festive twist with red piercing jewellery? Traditional piercing jewellery is usually silver or black but bright colours like red are a great way to update your look. There are many different materials that can be used to create red piercing jewellery, including silicone, PMMA and UV materials. These pieces of red piercing jewellery are so bright and festive, they’re the perfect way to stave off the sartorial winter blues.

Red UV Piercing Jewellery

Red is always a statement colour but if you really want to stand out, you can’t beat red UV piercing jewellery. These pieces of jewellery glow under UV light, so they really show off your piercings! They are ideal for clubbing, parties or anywhere with UV lights. As you can see they look great in normal light too, so you’ll look great no matter what. These pieces are made from UV-reactive PMMA acrylic, which is very light, comfortable and cheap.

UV Red Mega Plug

UV Red Mega Plug

Red UV Conebell

Red UV Conebell

Red UV Stretching Taper

Red UV Stretching Taper




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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