Category Archives: Wood Body Jewellery

These Hanging Stars are available in both Wood and Water Buffalo Horn, all 100% natural materials in a variety of beautifully crafted, hand-painted, polished and finished designs. Worn in stretched piercings, this stunning piercing jewellery range is popular amongst both men and women who love a natural, primitive look.

The Wooden Hanging Star jewellery range includes a variety of different hardwoods that offer a choice of gorgeous colour tones, such as these vibrant red hues of Bloodwood and Ironwood.

 

The bright Crocodile Wood hanging star really stands out, and can be paired up with our Crocodile Wood Flesh Tunnels and Flesh Plugs too!

The funky Animal Print Nangka Wood hanging star also offers something unique for those who love leopard print jewellery!

These Water Buffalo Horn Hanging Stars feature two designs; plain black or green animal print. We have a wide range of beautiful Water Buffalo Horn body jewellery including flesh plugs, flesh tunnels, crescents and spirals, eardrops and many more! No animal life is taken to aquire this material and no suffering is involved in the acquisition of these by-products.

Natural materials such as Wood, Bone and Buffalo Horn are among the oldest materials used for body piercing jewellery. Natural materials are sourced from different areas of the world and can be shaped, carved and refined in many forms. Flesh plugs, flesh tunnels, spirals and eardrops are some of the most popular pieces of body jewellery available, in many different shapes, sizes, colours and shades. Don’t forget to check out our blog article on Wooden Body Piercing Jewellery! We have a vast range of Natural Body Piercing Jewellery on BJS, including Amber, Bone, Tusk and Tooth, Buffalo, Coral, Gemstones and Minerals, Mammoth, Wood and Nut.

 

 

Here is an article on the craftsmanship of organic body piercing jewellery, so you can see just how your unique, skillfully-designed piece of body jewellery has been created!

 

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(Step 1)

The horn, wood, bone or shell is cut into workable size pieces depending on the size and shape of the jewellery design being made.

 

 

(Step 2)

A rough design outline is hand drawn onto the piece and then the rough shape is carved by hand using various tools suitable for the raw material. The tools include small saws, scrapers, drills and files.

 

 

 

 

 

(Step 3)

The next stage is to refine the shape and size using smaller and smaller hand files until it takes on a more recognizable shape and is measured for approximate gauge sizing.

 

 

 

(Step 4)

If the piece requires an inlay, this is done next using tiny chisels to carve the design into the plug or spiral.

 

 

(Step 5)

After the piece has taken on the correct shape and approximate size the hand sanding and hand polishing is begun. Different grades of sand paper are used starting with 120 grit, then 240 through 360 and 600 grit.

 

 

 

(Step 6)

After the piece has become very smooth we hand polish it using natural bees wax with a small amount of sand added and a strip of natural cotton cloth. The cotton strip is tied to a point at one end and the jewellery is rubbed back and forth along the length of cotton until a high lustre is achieved.

 

 

(Step 7)

The last step is to match the jewellery into pairs taking into consideration colour, shape, size and texture. The gauges are checked and each piece must pass quality control before being approved.

 

 

 

On average it takes 5 hours for experienced artisans to make a pair of organic plugs, organic hooks or organic tunnels.

 

 

Recommended Aftercare for Organic Body Jewellery

  • We recommend cleaning organics with a small amount of water and a natural soap. 
  • Dry immediately after cleaning with clean cotton cloth. Do not dry them in direct sunlight.
  • To restore the lustre, polish with bees wax and a cotton cloth. Any small nicks or scratches can be sanded with 1000 grit sand paper.
  • Polish with natural bees wax (with a little fine sand mixed into it if you wish) and a cotton cloth.
  • We recommend wearing organic body jewellery in healed piercings only.

This article was kindly provided by Siam Intercontinental Handicrafts.

Wood is among the oldest materials used for body piercing jewellery. It is a natural material sourced from different types of trees and can be shaped, carved and refined in many forms. Flesh plugs, tunnels, spirals and eardrops are some of the most popular pieces of body jewellery available, in many different wood types, colours and shades.

This Wood and Horn Anchor Flesh Plug features an etched design, we have many more designs in this range!

What types of wood are suitable for body piercing jewellery?

Some types of wood are not recommended for body piercing jewellery as they can cause allergic reactions. For this reason, you will find that most body piercing jewellery is made of hardwood, such as Ebony, Oak, Mahogany, Walnut, Cherry and Eucalyptus. Hardwood (the type of wood used for construction and furniture) is of higher density than softwoods such as Pine, therefore more durable and resilient to environmental conditions. Softwoods are not used as they may splinter and some are toxic.

We strongly recommend that no compromise is made for the quality of your wooden body jewellery. Although most raw woods are relatively safe, some poorly manufactured jewellery, that has either been made with unsuitable wood or hasn’t been treated, may cause irritation or allergic reaction.

This plain Ebony Wood Flesh Tunnel features natural Ebony wood with a dark, beautifully smooth, polished and naturally grained surface.

What are the advantages of wooden body piercing jewellery?

Wooden body jewellery is lightweight and tends to stay securely in place better than other, heavier materials.

The porosity of wood essentially means that the wood ‘breathes’, as any organic material will, allowing some minimal airflow to the piercing area. For this reason, many people find that wooden body jewellery is less likely to smell as it might with other materials.

Wood is also an excellent basis for more advanced jewellery. The flat faces of a plug can be inlaid with gemstones or metals, etc. Wood can easily be shaped and it comes in many colours.

What are the disadvantages of wooden body piercing jewellery?

Wood is a porous material with an abundance of pores that give wood its texture and grain. These pores may absorb

body fluids or chemicals and may also harbour harmful bacteria, therefore should be kept in good condition and not worn continuously for long-term periods.

Due to the porous nature of wood, it is most certainly inappropriate for fresh piercings or unhealed stretches.

Wood cannot be sterilized in a steam-autoclave as this will damage the jewellery.

Wood also has the potential to dry out, although this can be prevented in most cases with good care of your jewellery.

How should you take care of wooden body piercing jewellery?

Wooden body jewellery can be lightly treated once a week with natural plant oil such as jojoba, coconut or olive oil to prevent cracking.

You can clean your wooden body jewellery with mild liquid anti-bacterial soap and warm water, ensuring to dry the jewellery immediately. Tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic, can also be used for cleaning.

Avoid leaving your wood jewellery in direct sunlight.

Avoid humidity or over-heating of your wooden body jewellery, for example remove jewellery before swimming, bathing, or entering a sauna.

You don’t need to have stretched ears to wear wooden body piercing jewellery. This Wooden Eardop is one of our many different designs on BodyJewelleryShop!