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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.


What-To-Stretch-Your-Ears-With

When it comes to stretching your ears, the tools that you choose can be just as important as the method that you use to stretch your ears. In this post I will outline the different types of ear stretchers available and their pros and cons. As with anything relating to ear stretching, everyone is different. These are simply my recommendations, based on my own experience and that of others. Whatever you decide to stretch your ears with, be sure to do your research and choose the stretching tools that you feel will work best for your ears and your needs.

What Taper Shape To Stretch Your Ears With

There are many different types of jewellery that you can stretch your ears with, but most people use either straight tapers or crescent-shaped tapers. A taper is idea for ear stretching because it increases in size gradually, allowing you to slide it through the piercing at a pace that suits you. I recommend using a straight stretching taper, as they tend to be less bulky than crescents and can be easier to handle. I do not recommend simply pushing a plug through your ear, as this is very forceful and likely to result in a tear or blow out. Once you have reached your desired gauge, remove the taper and insert an unflared flesh plug. You should not wear a taper as jewellery, as it can encourage one side of the stretching to become larger than the other. It can also catch on clothing and is not usually comfortable for sleeping.

What Material To Stretch Your Ears With

Stretching tapers are available in a huge range of materials, the most common being surgical steel, acrylic and plastic. I recommend using surgical steel, as it is the most biocompatible and least irritating of these materials. Steel tapers should have a very smooth surface. This means that they will slide smoothly through the ear without dragging on the skin or harbouring germs. This kind of smoothness is not possible with an acrylic taper and as a result many people find that acrylic tapers irritate their ears. Steel tapers are sometimes referred to as “stretching pins” or “stretching nails” – as long as they are straight and taper towards your desired gauge, they are the same as “stretching tapers”.

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


Stretch your ears in eye-catching style with our new patterned acrylic ear stretchers. These stretching tools come in three graphic patterns that make a cool alternative to plain ear stretchers. They are made from high quality PMMA acrylic, a lightweight plastic that is non-irritating and feels very comfortable to wear. With their smooth finish, these ear stretchers slide gently through your piercing without dragging. They allow you to stretch at your own pace, slowly enough to allow your body to heal in between stretching. We also have a huge choice of other acrylic ear stretchers including plain black and ultra-bright UV colours.

New Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretchers

Our acrylic ear stretchers come in two styles: straight and spiral. Below you can see the three new spiral designs. Spiral ear stretchers are easy to handle and you gently rotate them through your ear. Their rounded shape looks really striking and won’t poke into your neck, as some straight tapers can. They make a big, bold statement and really show off your ear stretchings.

Camo Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Camo Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Skull Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Skull Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Toadstool Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Toadstool Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher



New Straight Acrylic Ear Stretchers

Below are our three new straight acrylic ear stretchers. They have a classic taper shape and come with two black O-rings to keep them in place. This shape is more compact and gives a more streamlined look. These ear stretchers have rounded points, so they are comfortable to wear and lie straight behind your ear. Simple but eye-catching, they are a classic choice for stretching your ears.

Camo Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Camo Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Toadstool Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Toadstool Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Skull Acrylic Ear Stretcher

Skull Acrylic Ear Stretcher



Why settle for boring stretching jewellery when you can make a statement with our super-bright green UV stretching jewellery. These eye-catching pieces of jewellery make it easy to express yourself right through the stretching process, from sizing up to healing and showing off your handiwork. UV stretching jewellery is not only attention-grabbing, it is also great value, easy to use and very comfortable to wear. Most UV jewellery is made from ultra violet acrylic or PMMA. This material is smooth, durable and very lightweight, so it doesn’t put stress or weight on a fresh stretch. All in all, they are a great option for stretching your ears to any gauge.

Green UV Stretching Tapers

These green UV stretching tapers make it easy to stretch your ears in style. Our selection includes a great choice of taper shapes that allow you to stretch in a way that suits you and your ear anatomy. A straight stretching taper is probably the most traditional but many people prefer to use a curved taper because they can be more comfortable to wear while stretching. Whichever style you choose, make sure it’s one that you are happy to wear as jewellery during and after the stretching process!

Green UV Stretching Spiral

Green UV Stretching Spiral

Green UV Stretching Taper

Green UV Stretching Taper

Green UV Stretching Claw

Green UV Stretching Claw



Green UV Stretching Jewellery

We have a great selection of green UV flesh plugs, tunnels and eyelets but here are three of our favourites. The double flared eyelet on the right is one of our oldest pieces here at BJS but continues to be popular thanks to its simple shape and bright fluorescent colour. The green chess flesh plug is ideal for large stretches and goes up to a whopping 50mm, but my favourite has to be the Kaos eyelet. This super thin eyelet is soft and flexible, so it is amazingly comfortable to wear and insert. It feels like no other stretching jewellery and looks awesome at the same time.

Green UV Chess Flesh Plug

Green UV Chess Flesh Plug

Green UV Kaos Eyelet

Green UV Kaos Eyelet

Green UV Double Flared Eyelet

Green UV Double Flared Eyelet



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



Who says stretching jewellery has to be tough? Put a little sweetness into your style with our fabulous range of pink stretching jewellery. We have gauged jewelled in a huge choice of amazing colours, but these are some of my favourite pink pieces! When you are buying pink plugs and tunnels the one thing to be aware of is how the pink will look on your particular skin tone. Some pinks will look gorgeous on certain skin tones but washed out on others, so make sure that your chosen shade will look just as good when you’re actually wearing it.


Pink Silicone Stretching Jewellery

Silicone is a great material for brightly coloured piercing jewellery. It gives bright, saturated colours and an incredible choice of shades. We have over ten pieces of pink silicone stretching jewellery but these are our top sellers. Silicone is soft and flexible, so these items are very easy to insert – you can just fold them in half to insert. Silicone puts less stress on your stretchings and is very lightweight, so these plugs and tunnels are ideal for sensitive stretchings.

Kaos Pink Star Stretching Jewellery

Kaos Pink Star Stretching Jewellery

Pink Triangle Stretching Jewellery

Pink Triangle Stretching Jewellery

Jewelled Silicone Stretching Jewellery

Jewelled Silicone Stretching Jewellery



Pink UV Stretching Jewellery

And if you like your pink even brighter than that, check out our pink UV jewellery! The pink sections glow brightly under UV light, so your jewellery really stands out. They are perfect for clubs and festivals, ensuring that you’re the centre of attention wherever you go.

Kaos UV Pink Stretching Jewellery

Kaos UV Pink Stretching Jewellery

UV Stripe Stretching Jewellery

UV Stripe Stretching Jewellery

UV Pink Crescent Stretching Jewellery

UV Pink Crescent Stretching Jewellery



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.

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.

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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