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Ear Weights For Stretched Ears

Of all the jewellery that you can wear in your stretched ears, ear weights are one of the most eye-catching. Ear weights are essentially heavy pieces of jewellery that you can wear in stretched ears. Unlike flesh plugs or tunnels, ear weights are not designed to fill your piercings. Instead they hang from your stretched piercings, leaving most of the hole visible. The image on the right shows a typical ear weight, with a spiral shape that simply hooks into your ear. Like most ear weights, it has decoration at the bottom of the weight and is inspired by elegant tribal style. Ear weights are also one of the most ancient forms of stretched ear jewellery, with examples being found dating back thousands of years, particularly in Africa and South America.

You can find a huge variety of ear weights for stretched ears. They can be made in lots of different materials but the most popular are brass, wood and stone. It is worth remembering that ear weights are worn for decoration, not to actually stretch your ears. They are suitable for healed, established stretchings only and should be removed at night.


Why You Shouldn’t Stretch Your Ears with Ear Weights

Ear weights make beautiful jewellery but they are not suitable for stretching your ears with. This is because ear weights focus all their weight on one part of your piercing. The result is that they only stretch the bottom part of your piercing; leading to uneven stretching, ear thinning and even ear splitting. A healthy stretched ear should be equally stretched all around the piercing, and the flesh should be of equal thickness all the way around.

Stretching tapers are the safest way to stretch your ears and you should wait until your piercings are fully healed before wearing ear weights. This often takes at least two months. Once your stretchings are fully healed you can wear ear weights, although they should not be worn for extended periods and always removed at night. With proper care and healing time, ear weights are completely safe to wear and a wonderful way to show off your stretched ears.

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


One of the main concerns people have about stretching their ears is how noticeable stretched ears can be and how to hide stretched ears for work. There are ways to hide stretched ears, but I think it is important to be realistic – it is impossible to make your stretchings completely invisible, especially at larger sizes. There are however plenty of ways to make your stretched ears more discrete and less “offensive” to employers and judgmental family members. The most basic – and least popular – option is to limit the size of your ears. The simple fact is that small stretchings are easier to hide than large ones. In the end it is a balancing act – the size you would like vs. the practicalities of your job etc. When it comes to hiding your existing stretchings, having long hair is always an advantage! Simply wearing long hair down can go a long way towards hiding stretched ears, especially if people don’t know that you have them in the first place. However the best way to hide your stretchings is with discrete jewellery, as detailed below.


How To Hide Stretched Ears with Hider Plugs

Kaos Silicone Hider Plug

Kaos Silicone Hider Plug

Hider plugs are flesh-coloured flesh plugs. They are designed to blend in with your ear lobes and make your stretchings more discrete. The most effective are Kaos Silicone Hider Plugs. They have a realistic skin colour and a tapering edge that helps them blend into the surrounding skin. Unfortunately they only come in one colour. If your skin tone is darker, your best bet is to look for other plugs that match your skin tone as closely as possible. Even if the hider plugs do not match your skin colour exactly, they can make your ears look much more discrete – especially from a distance.


How To Hide Stretched Ears with Flesh Plugs

How To Hide Stretched Ears

If your stretchings are under 10mm, you may find that you can hide them simply by wearing plugs that look like stud earrings. By choosing a style that could conceivably be a regular stud, you can hide your stretchings quite easily. Remember, they might be obvious to someone familiar with stretched ears, but people often see what they expect to and may not notice your stretchings. The example on the right would probably not get a second glance from most people! For best results I recommend one of the jewelled plugs below or any solid, opaque flesh plug.



Jewelled Flesh Plug

Jewelled Flesh Plug

Black Jewelled Flesh Plug

Black Jewelled Flesh Plug

Crystalline Flesh Plug

Crystalline Flesh Plug



Salt-Soaks-For-Ear-Stretching

Salt soaks are an easy and effective way to treat a sore or irritated ear stretching. A salt soak essentially consists of submerging your ear stretching in a warm salt solution. This cleanses the piercing and draws out any infection or pus, giving it the best possible chance of healing. Ear stretchings are easily irritated e.g. by stretching too quickly, by cheap jewellery or a grain of dirt getting between your skin and the jewellery. In most cases, a few salt soaks will calm the irritation and leave your ear feeling much better. If the irritation is serious I recommend downsizing temporarily, continuing salt soaks and consulting a professional piercer if it does not improve.

How To Do A Salt Soak

Performing a salt soak on your ear stretching is both quick and easy. Ideally, try to use non-iodised sea salt and distilled water, as they have fewer impurities. You buy both from health food shops, but regular table salt and (ideally filtered) tap water will do. To perform your salt soak:

  1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt with 250ml boiling water in a clean heat-resistant container such as a ceramic mug.
  2. Stir with a clean metal spoon until all the salt has dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool to a bearable temperature i.e. similar to a drinkable cup of tea.
  4. Fill a clean shot glass (or similar container) to the brim with the salt solution.
  5. Submerge your ear stretching in the solution for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it cools.
  6. Rinse with cold water to remove any residue. If there is a lot of lymph etc. use a clean cotton bud, taking care not to leave any fibres behind.

Step four is optional, but personally I find it easier to submerge my whole stretching in a small, full container like a shot glass as opposed to a mug. Salt soaks are great for any sore piercing, but you may have to get creative in order to submerge your piercing in the salt solution!

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


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.


Stretching your ears can be done safely if you know how, but as with any body modification, there are risks involved. Some ear stretching risks are reversible but they can lead to scarring and permanent damage to your earlobes. Thankfully, most of these risks can be avoided through careful stretching and doing you research before you start stretching your ears. In this post I will explain three of the most common ear stretching risks, how to avoid them and what to do if they happen to you. As with any piercing problem, consult a professional piercer if you are at all unsure or experience other problems while stretching your ears.

Ear Stretching Blow-Out

Ear Stretching Blow-Out

Ear Stretching Blow-Out

A blow-out occurs when you stretch a piercing too quickly. This puts too much pressure on the fistula (the hole formed by the piercing) and force part of the fistula out the back of the piercing. This creates a lip or flap of skin at the back of the piercing. The image on the right shows a mild blow-out, but they can be much larger. Ear stretching blow-outs look terrible and larger ones can be uncomfortable or even painful. The best way to avoid a blow-out is to listen to your body, massage with jojoba oil before stretching and allow at least two weeks healing time in between stretching. If you get a blow-out, downsize your jewellery immediately – this can prevent the ear healing in its blown-out shape. I also recommend massaging the earlobe with jojoba oil daily to soften the tissue. Do not stretch further until it is completely healed. Some people find that their blow-outs reabsorb, but in some cases they will never fully disappear.


Uneven Stretching & Thinning

Uneven Stretching

Uneven Stretching

Uneven stretching means that the outside of your stretching becomes thinner in one area. It is caused by stretching too quickly or by stretching with weights. As well as looking odd, extreme thinning can lead to a split earlobe. A split earlobe can only be repaired through surgery, but if you catch the thinning early enough it is reversible.

If you notice any unevenness or thinning, downsize by at least 2mm and massage daily with jojoba or Vitamin E oil. It is important to use lightweight jewellery, so that no weight is put on the thin areas. Allow the stretching to shrink and heal for at least 2 weeks before restretching gradually with lightweight jewellery. This process should thicken the tissue and help to even it out.


Earlobe Tearing

Earlobe Tearing

Earlobe Tearing

Stretching too quickly or without lubrication can lead to tears around the circumference of the piercing, as shown here. Tears are painful and can lead to thick scar tissue that makes it harder to stretch further. They can be avoided by stretching slowly with a lubricant such as jojoba oil. It is also important to use high quality steel tapers and stop stretching if you feel a sharp pain.

If your earlobe tears while stretching, immediately downsize to significantly smaller, lightweight jewellery. This removes pressure on the wound and prevents a subsequent blow-out. Allow it to heal completely before stretching again.

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

Stretched-Second-Ear-Piercing

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.


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.

Triangle Flesh Tunnels

If you have had stretched ears for a while and you want a different look, check out our range of triangle flesh tunnels. Most of us are used to round tunnels but there is actually no reason that you have to stick to just one shape. Triangle flesh tunnels look awesome and they are surprisingly comfortable to wear. This shape does put a little more pressure on your stretching, so I do not recommend them for stretching with, or if you have recently stretched up. I also do not recommend them for cartilage piercings – your cartilage simply cannot adapt to another shape. But as long as your lobes are fully healed and established, they are a great option. They feel a bit weird at first but your stretchings will soon adapt. The most comfortable way to wear them is with the point pointing away from your ear and a flat edge facing inwards.


Silicone Triangle Flesh Tunnels

This month we have three brand new silicone triangle flesh tunnels. Personally I cannot wait to try them – the colours are great and they look really cool. I also think that the softness of the silicone will make them even comfier to wear. When you put in a rigid triangular flesh tunnel it feels a bit strange and uncomfortable until your ear adapts. The corners should feel a lot more comfortable and I think your ear will adapt faster too.

Pink Silicone Triangle Flesh Tunnel

Pink Silicone Triangle Flesh Tunnel

Black Silicone Triangle Flesh Tunnel

Black Silicone Triangle Flesh Tunnel


White Silicone Triangle Flesh Tunnel

White Silicone Triangle Flesh Tunnel


Pink Silicone Flesh Tunnels

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.



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