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Stretching tapers are an excellent way to stretch your ears and a real essential for your ear stretching kit. But what are stretching tapers? As you can see below, a stretching taper is a piece of jewellery that tapers at one end. The large end will be the size that you wish to stretch to. This allows you to slide the stretching taper through your piercing, gradually stretching the piercing. Once you have passed the taper through your piercing, you can remove it and insert an appropriately sized piece of jewellery, e.g. a flesh tunnel. Using a stretching taper is one of the easiest and safest way to increase your gauge, as well as one of the most comfortable.

How To Use A Stretching Taper

Using a stretching taper is safe and straightforward. However like all forms of body modification, it must be done carefully and safely to avoid damage to your piercing. I recommend that you ready my previous post How To Stretch Your Ears before you begin, because it outlines the best way to safely stretch your ears and avoid some of the most common problems.

Whenever you stretch your ears, it is important to do so gradually and listen to your body. Stretching should not be painful, merely uncomfortable. If you experience sharp pain or bleeding, stop immediately. You may be stretching too quickly, or perhaps your piercing is not fully healed. Listen to your body and start again when you feel comfortable. That said, here is my method for using stretching tapers.

  1. Start with a clean taper and clean, healthy, fully healed piercing. The taper should be no more than 2mm larger than you current gauge.
  2. Lubricate both the piercing and taper with a natural oil e.g. olive, jojoba or vitamin E oil.
  3. Insert the end of the taper into the piercing and start sliding it through the piercing. There may be a stinging sensation but it should not be painful.
  4. Once the taper is pushed fully through your ear, align the end of a flesh plug with the big end of the taper, as if it were part of the taper. Then push both the taper and jewellery through your ear until the flesh plug is fully in your piercing.
  5. Our Favourite Stretching Tapers

    We have hundreds of different stretching tapers available but you can see my favourite stretching tapers below. I recommend using steel tapers, as they are non-porous, non-irritating and easy to clean. They are also cheap, which is important if you will need multiple sizes.

    Steel Stretching Taper Pin

    Steel Stretching Taper Pin

    Darkside Stretching Taper

    Darkside Stretching Taper

    Glow In The Dark Stretching Taper

    Glow In The Dark Stretching Taper

    Steel Crescent Stretching Taper

    Steel Crescent Stretching Taper



    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.


Make a statement while you stretch your ears with our brand new UV ear expanders. We have a great new range of spiral ear expanders that glow in UV light and look awesome even after you finish stretching your ears. UV jewellery is bright, comfortable to stretch with and great value as well. These ear expanders start at just £1.95, so you can treat yourself to as many colours as you like.

Spiral UV Ear Expanders

Here you can see some of our brand new spiral ear expanders, which come in seven super-bright UV colours. These expanders are a great option for stretching your ears. The spiral shape is easy to handle and gives you real precision when stretching. It is also more comfortable to wear than a straight taper – especially at night. The UV acrylic material is very light and durable, so you can barely feel them in your stretchings. This means less stress on the piercing and less pain while you get to your desired gauge.

Red UV Spiral Ear Expander

Red UV Spiral Ear Expander

Pink UV Spiral Ear Expander

Pink UV Spiral Ear Expander

Purple UV Spiral Ear Expander

Purple UV Spiral Ear Expander



Patterned UV Ear Expanders

We also have a great range of patterned straight ear expanders. These tapers are easy to use and a classic way to stretch your ears. The eye-catching patterns make it easy to match your tapers to your style, whether you prefer classic skate checkerboard, bright colours or girly pink.

Checkerboard UV Ear Expander

Checkerboard UV Ear Expander

Orange Stripe UV Ear Expander

Orange Stripe UV Ear Expander

Checkerboard Pink UV Ear Expander

Checkerboard Pink UV Ear Expander



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.

Darkside Spiral Ear Stretcher

Darkside Spiral Ear Stretcher

Darkside Crescent Ear Stretcher

Darkside Crescent Ear Stretcher

Straight Purple Ear Stretcher

Straight Purple Ear Stretcher




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The best way to stretching your ears is to use ear stretchers. Ear stretchers are tapered pieces of piercing jewellery that you can use to gradually stretch your piercings. They come in a huge range of designs, from the purely functional to beautiful pieces that can be worn as jewellery after you have achieved your desired gauge. In this post I will outline some of the most popular types of ear stretchers and their advantages.

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Green UV Stretching Taper

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.



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If you want to stretch your piercings cheaply and quickly, acrylic stretching tapers are a great option. PMMA acrylic is a very light, durable and affordable material and it is great for body jewellery. These acrylic stretching tapers are easy to use and they come in a huge range of colours, so you can have a cool look while you are sizing up. Acrylic is comfortable to wear and it is non-irritating, so it should not irritate your piercing or cause any kind of allergic reaction. Another great thing about acrylic stretching tapers is that they have a nice smooth surface. This means that you can slide them smoothly into the piercing gradually.

Neon Acrylic Stretching Tapers

Neon Acrylic Stretching Taper

If you like to make a statement with colour, you’ll love these neon acrylic stretching tapers. These stretching tapers are really bright and they come in pink, orange, blue, yellow, purple and green. These stretching tapers have a nice chunky shape and they are not too long. They also have a rounded tip, so they are comfy to wear and won’t poke your skin. I love these tapers because they are just so cute and the colours really jump out at you.



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Taper pins come in a gigantic range of styles, colours, materials, sizes and designs. Designed to be used in stretched piercings, different types of taper pins can be used to stretch your piercings up before fitting your jewellery, or, you can even leave the taper pin in your stretched piercing as jewellery!

Taper Pin Travel Kit

This handy taper pin kit is designed to stretch piercings from 1.6mm to 10mm, perfect as a gift or handy set for personal use and to keep your stretching taper pins organised, clean and neatly stored. The taper pins in this kit have a hollow end to align with your piece of jewellery, making the stretching process easy and hassle-free. The taper pin kit has 10 tapers in total, made of surgical steel. There are more surgical steel taper pins in our surgical steel stretching gear section.

Taper Pin Kit

Taper Pin Kit

Wooden Taper Pins

Wooden taper pins are only recommended for fully healed stretches, as wood is a porous material. Porous materials are not suitable for healing piercings or stretches, as they will absorb fluids and can harbour bacteria. Wooden taper pins can be worn as jewellery and look fantastic, with natural grain and colour, the stunning finish creates a very natural, traditional, tribal look and feel.

Wooden Taper Pins

Wooden Taper Pins

Hologram Taper Pins

These new hologram taper pins are bright and reflective, with a really shimmery hologram inserted into the stem of the taper. Available in a choice of colours, the hologram tapers are really funky and bright! Hologram taper pins are part of our fabulous UV taper range, with many different patterns and designs that glow under ultra violet light!