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.
Show off your stretchings with a pair of glamorous jewelled flesh tunnels. There are hundreds of different types of flesh tunnels available but jewelled tunnels are one of my favourites. Here at Body Jewellery Shop we have an excellent range of sparkly tunnels, including CZ jewelled flesh tunnels, Swarovski and multicolour jewelled flesh tunnels. Most jewelled tunnels are comfortable to wear despite their design, allowing you to keep your sparkle day or night. As with any stretched ear jewellery it is important to choose materials that your skin is happy with.
Jewelled Rim Flesh Tunnels
One of my favourite types of jewelled flesh tunnel is tunnels with jewels all around the outside of the flesh tunnel. This design is very simple and comfortable to wear but they really make an impact. We have this style of flesh tunnel in acrylic, surgical steel and even titanium, so it is easy to find a tunnel to suit your taste and your needs.
If you want to make a statement while you stretching your ears, take a look at out range of UV stretching tapers. UV tapers glow brightly under UV light or black light, so they are a great option for clubbers or any one who loves bright colours. Most UV stretching tapers are made from UV-reactive acrylic. Not all acrylic is UV reactive, so it is worth checking before you purchase your tapers. UV-reactive acrylic is a lightweight, cheap and comfortable material for stretching. Most people find it very comfortable and some even continue wearing their tapers after they are done stretching.
If you like to have fun with your stretchings then check out our range of pink stretched ear jewellery. When we think of stretched ear jewellery it’s usually of traditional metal and wood stretching jewellery but thanks to new body jewellery materials like silicone PMMA and Bioplast, there is a great choice of cool colours out there.
Wearing pink stretched ear jewellery is a great way to show off your stretchings and add some colour to your look. Pink is such a happy, girly colour and it is very flattering too. Here at BJS we have stretched ear jewellery in a great choice of colours but I thought I would pick out my favourite pink items for you.
If you’re thinking about stretching your ears, I recommend using buffalo horn stretching crescents. Buffalo horn crescents are great to stretch with and they are great to wear after you have reached your desired size. Buffalo horn is one of the most biocompatible natural materials for body jewellery and it is very comfortable to wear. It does not react with your skin and is suitable for even sensitive piercings. It is also suitable for fresh stretches. Another quality that makes buffalo horn stretching crescents ideal for stretching is their smoothness. Buffalo horn can be polished to a beautifully smooth shine. It slides gently into stretchings, without the drag factor common to some other materials. Water buffalo horn is natural shed once a year, so it is obtained without harming the buffalo.
Buffalo Stretching Crescents Kit
Buffalo Stretching Crescents Kit
This buffalo horn stretching crescent kit is a very popular way to stretch. It includes five crescents that will take you from a standard size ear piercing – usually 1.2mm (16g) right up to 10mm (00g). I used these crescents to stretch my ears and I was really pleased with them. I used a little olive oil on the crescents and they slid in nicely. I healed up fairly rapidly and found them very comfortable to wear in between sizes. Once I got to 10mm I decided to rest my ears before going up to 12mm, so I wore the largest crescent and a matching one for a while. They look really good in your stretchings and I got lots of compliments on them. I then used a taper to go up another 2mm but I am really glad I used the crescents up to 10mm.
Natural amber flesh plugs are comfortable to wear and they make a very stylish alternative to the usual metal and plastic plugs. Amber is the fossilised resin of conifer trees and most amber is over 40 million years old – definitely a bit different to your run of the mill stretching jewellery!
Amber is a beautiful material and personally I think it looks great as body jewellery. Amber flesh plugs come in a range of warm, natural colours that look very flattering. And when the light hits them, amber flesh plugs look even better – the way the glow in the light looks gorgeous. In terms of comfort, amber is a great material for flesh plugs. It is chemically inert, which means that it does not react or cause your skin to react. Amber is non-irritating and highly biocompatible, so it is recommended for people who find metal jewellery irritating. Amber is hard but it feels much nicer and â€˜softerâ€™ in your piercings than metal.
Amber Flesh Plugs
Amber Flesh Plugs
These are our standard amber flesh plugs and they have proved very popular. These are unflared plugs and at Â£11 they are an affordable option. As you can see, these amber flesh plugs have a lovely warm orange-yellow colour. They are quite translucent, so they catch the light and you can often see through them. They are made from natural Baltic amber so the colour will vary slightly between individual plugs. If you have never worn amber jewellery before and you want to experiment, I recommend purchasing a pair of these amber plugs.
If you are looking for stylish, comfortable flesh tunnels I recommend taking a look at buffalo flesh tunnels. Buffalo flesh tunnels are made from water buffalo horn, one of the lightest and most comfortable materials that can be made into body jewellery. Water buffalos shed their horns naturally, so it is possible to make buffalo flesh tunnels without harming the buffalo in any way. This makes them a very ethical, natural type of stretching jewellery.
The best thing about buffalo flesh tunnels is their biocompatibility. Buffalo horn is completely compatible with our skin – it does not irritate piercings in any way. It feels very comfortable and buffalo flesh tunnels are even suitable for stretching with. It is a very light, durable material, so it can be carved into a huge range of flesh tunnel designs. Another great thing about buffalo horn is how smooth it is. Buffalo flesh tunnels have a wonderfully smooth, frictionless surface. This means that they slide easily into the piercing, without dragging on your skin or damaging newly stretched ears.
They say natural is best and when it comes to flesh tunnels, I definitely think that is true. Wood flesh tunnels look stylish and feel great, making them one of the best options for stretched ears. I have been wearing wood flesh tunnels and plugs for years and I heartily recommend them. Since I switched to wood flesh tunnels I have found them very comfortable and had absolutely no problems.
Wood is a natural, biocompatible material, so it feels very comfortable to wear. It does not irritate your skin and most people find it much better than other materials. I particularly recommend wood flesh tunnels for people who have had problems with metal or plastic tunnels. Wood allows your skin to breathe and it is non-irritating for even sensitive skin. Another great thing about wood flesh tunnels is that they reduce odour, which is a blessing with newly stretched tunnels. Unfortunately wooden jewellery is not ideal for stretching with. I recommend using buffalo horn tapers to stretch with and switching to wooden jewellery once your new stretchings are completely healed up. That is what I did and I have had great results.