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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 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