Tips for Caring for Captive Bead Rings and Barbells

Ring Closing Pliers

Ring Closing Pliers

Quality body jewelry is made to last for a long time, which means it’s designed to be functional. This includes balls on the ends of the barbells or balls used for Captive Bead Rings. However, even the best jewelry can become a bit loose during use, so it’s not a rare situation for beads to become less tight. This is a problem because you might end up losing jewelry balls.

Here are some tips on how to keep your jewelry tight and what to do if you lose beads:

Take Care of Your Jewelry

The first thing you can do is to take care of your jewelry. Inspect your jewelry regularly to make sure balls and beads are holding tight. You may even give barbells a twist to make them hold tighter. When it comes to Captive Bead Rings, check the balls regularly to make sure they are held snugly and won’t come off.

Use Pliers

Another thing you can do is to use special jewelry tools (ring opening pliers and ring closing pliers) to open and close your jewelry rings. This will make them keep their shape, which is important for making them stay tight and in a perfect shape.

Other Jewelry Types: Fixed Rings & Segment Rings

Consider fixed rings and other types of jewelry rings designed to keep the ball, bead or decoration in place. With a fixed ring, the ball (bead, decoration) is fixed to the jewelry, so there is no way that you’ll lose it. Another choice is to use a segment ring. Segment rings are made of several segments that fit perfectly together. They don’t use beads so you won’t have to think about them falling out. These are good alternatives to Captive Bead Rings (or circular and curved barbells, depending on the body part and style), so you may consider using them.

Have Replacement Parts Ready

It’s a good thing to have replacements balls and beads ready in case you lose the originals. This way, even if you lose the beads you will be able to quickly get another one. These replacements beads will sure save you when you’re in trouble and help you keep your piercing. Replacements balls and beads are usually not expensive and they come in packs so there is typically more than one. It means you can use them more than once and more than one jewelry piece. Some replacement parts are plain but there are also more effective ones (even colorful ones) to choose from, so they will definitely not make your piercing less attractive.

Captive Bead Rings vs. Fixed Rings

14K Gold - Bezel Set Ring

14K Gold – Bezel Set Ring

Captive Bead Rings are among the most popular types of body jewelry. They can be found everywhere and they are so widely used they are sometimes considered the “default” body jewelry pieces. Think about simple rings. Chances are that you’ll imagine a captive bead ring whenever someone mentions “rings” in the context of body jewelry.

Fixed Rings, on the other hand, are something not so commonly talked about, even though they are almost as popular as Captive Bead Rings. In fact, some people might not even know what a Fixed Ring is, or how to tell a difference between this jewelry piece and a Captive Bead Ring.

To be able to choose the best jewelry for your unique situation and to always be satisfied with your jewelry pieces, it’s important to know the main properties, differences and similarities between Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings. This is the only way to make the right, informed decision about your purchase.

Common Features and Similarities

Both Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings share some common features and similarities. First and foremost, they are both types of rings you can use as your body jewelry. They are typically designed in a form of a hoop with a bead or a different ornament (decoration, charm) in the middle. Most of these rings are circular in shape, but it’s possible to have different types of rings. For example, D-shaped rings tend to be very popular with some people and they bring unique anesthetics and comfort to the wearer. There are also teardrop-shaped and other uniquely shaped rings to choose from.

Typically, however, a ring is almost circular in shape. Each of these rings has some sort of decoration in the middle, usually in the form of a plain, spherical bead. Beads can often vary in sizes to achieve different effects. However, many rings have special decorations or uniquely shaped charms instead of a bead. Some rings have dangles and other forms of decorations attached to the bead. Also, many rings come with gems arranged in beautiful patterns (such as flowers) to make the piece more beautiful.

Both Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings share the above mentioned similarities, though Fixed Rings often tend to have more complex charms and beads. Another similarity between the two types of rings is that they are used in many different piercing types and body parts. You can use them almost anywhere, from simple earlobe piercings to nipples, navel piercing and even many of the genital piercing types.

Differences

Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings may share some similarities, but there are also some important differences you need to know about. The differences mainly come from a different way the bead (charm) is attached to the ring and different mechanics to open the ring.

  • Captive Bead Rings have beads (gems, charms) dimpled and held in place by the pressure of the ring. It means that the bead is not fixed to the ring, so it can be popped in and out. This is why it’s important to open and close them carefully so they don’t become too loose. If this happens, the bead may pop out on its own so you may lose it. To open and close Captive Bead Rings properly, it’s best to use ring opening and ring closing pliers.
  • Fixed Rings have a bead (gem, charm) actually attached to one end of the ring. It’s fixed, usually in a form of a setting, so you can’t lose it. Also, these rings are often available in two different styles: with horizontal and vertical beads, to accommodate two types of piercings (vertical and horizontal).

Industrial Piercing

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

An industrial piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s made by driving a jewelry (usually a straight barbell) through two different holes. It’s most commonly made on the ear (the cartilaginous part, sometimes known as the scaffold). Due to the placing, this type of piercing is sometimes known as a “scaffold piercing”, or “construction piercing”, though the term “industrial” is the most common. This type of piercing is often called “the bar” piercing in the UK and Ireland.

About the Piercing

While an industrial piercing can technically refer to any two holes connected with a jewelry, it’s most commonly referred to an ear cartilage piercing. This is a popular form of piercing. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one is typically located very close to the head (anti-helix) and the other one further down the cartilage, on the opposite side of the ear (helix).

The original piercing is typically made with a 14g piercing needle, so this is the original size of industrial piercing holes. Another common size is 16g.

Sometimes, the original piercing is pierced with a flexible plastic tube that’s swapped for a metal bar when it’s completely healed. Some piercers choose to use two captive bead rings for initial piercing jewelry. This may be a more comfortable choice but it makes proper alignment of the piercings difficult. The alignment of the holes is very important because it’s vital to create proper balance. Balance is important because it will minimize the stress on the cartilage. If cartilage is stressed it can lead to infections. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer and to get pierced at a reliable piercing studio.

Typically, an industrial piercing takes around 6 months to heal. However, it can take a year to heal completely. Remember, you don’t have one pierced hole but two, and they may take different times to heal. During the healing time, it’s important to clean the piercings regularly. Clean the inside folds carefully, best using a saline solution. Use a cotton swab (not balls) drenched in warm saline solution or an unscented anti-bacterial soap. The piercing should be cleaned two times per day.

Common problem with industrial piercing is migration and scar tissue build up. If scar tissue build up occurs it’s best to wear captive bead rings to prevent further problems.

Jewelry

Industrial piercing typically uses a long straight barbell. One side of the barbell is inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear. It goes diagonally across the front of the upper cartilage and then goes through the second piercing. Jewelry is secured with a screw-on bead behind the second hole.

The straight barbells used for industrial piercings have to be extra-long so they can reach both ends (holes) of the piercing. The length used will depend on the individual ear size and the distance between holes. Typically, a 1.5 inches long barbell is used, but it’s important to measure your own ear and the diagonal distance between the holes to determine the length of the barbell you should use.

The jewelry used for an industrial piercing is simple but very effective. While straight barbells are typically used, it doesn’t mean that the jewelry itself has to be plain. The position of the piercing is very visually effective and it stands out even if the simplest straight barbell is used, so you might be satisfied with a “plain” straight barbell for your industrial piercing.

However, there are other options. For example, you can use titanium barbells in various colors to make your industrial piercing stand out. Or you may use a straight barbell with uniquely-shaped balls on the end.

Another thing to spice up your industrial piercing is to use special bars with spirals and twists. These twisted barbells look very effective and unique. You may also use straight barbells with small ornaments, such as skulls or hearts, depending on your individual style and the effect you wish to achieve.

Another type of jewelry used for an industrial piercing is a pair of captive bead rings. They are not as effective in a way that they don’t produce an effect of “connected holes” so they basically look like two piercings (which they are). However, captive bead rings may be a good choice for initial piercing, during the healing period.

Also, if you ever get bored of the typical look of the industrial piercing (two holes connected with a straight barbell) you can always use the holes to insert a different type of jewelry (such as captive bead rings) and make an industrial piercing into two piercings with different jewelry. You can always go back to the typical “industrial look” whenever you want.

Monster Screwball Rings

Monster Screwball Rings

Monster Screwball Rings

There is no way that the pictures can not do this piece justice. These are not made from bending the heaviest gauge wire on Earth, they are actually machined from a single block of 316LVM Surgical Steel. And since these are a Screw Ball Rings, you don’t have to be Superman to open them.

Spinning Wheel Ring

Another innovation that we have to offer is the Spinner Rings. They are similar to the Circle Rings, except that the insert that replaces the standard bead spins freely. Like the Circle Ring, the Spinner Ring is also made from the same high grade 316LVM Surgical Steel, and they have a side setting screw which secures the closure tight. This is a really awesome addition. Unfortunately though they are only available in limited gauges.

Ring Opening Pliers – We have 3 different sizes now.

Extra Large Ring Opening Pliers

We now have extra large pliers that will open Large Gauge Rings.

We have tried them and we can now open up to 0 Gauge with them.

These are great to open any type of captive or segment ring. You can open the rings let the ball fall out and keep everything nice and tight with the proper tools

Eye Brow Piercing to make your Personality Shine

Adding a bit of pizzazz to your face whether you are male or female is a great way to have your own unique personality stand out. The best way in which to accomplish this feat is with eye brow piercing. The idea of wearing jewelry not only on your ears where it may not be seen due to long hair, but on your face especially around your eyes will surely be a great way to express yourself.

Today, you can find a wide range of eyebrow jewelry created with various metals such as 14K gold, titanium, surgical steel and other precious metals and even acrylic. All of these will give you a variety of options to wear different eye brow jewelry for every occasion. Continue reading

Anatomical Heart Captive Bead Ring(s)

The Anatomical Heart Captive Bead Ring is a cool addition to add to your piercing jewelry. The detailed heart charm is made out of 925 Sterling Silver and the ring is 316LVM Surgical Steel.

Titanium Colored Captive Bead Rings – Wear a Different Color Everyday!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could match the color of your Captive Bead Ring with your outfit. Fashion at its best? We think so too. Therefore, The Chain Gang brings to you Titanium Colored Captive Bead Rings! In a range of vibrant colors, these rings are sure to draw attention to you. No matter where you are, you will shine!

In addition to being colorful and head turning attractive, the Titanium Colored Captive Bead Rings are hypo-allergic and very light weight. The Rings are of the highest quality and feature a counter-sunk ball for an absolutely secure fit. Continue reading

Captive Bead Rings – Most Popular Body Jewelry

Blackline Gem Set Captive Bead Rings

Blackline Gem Set Captive Bead Rings

In Body Piercing, many people use Captive Bead Rings to fill their pierced holes. Captive Bead Rings are available in a variety of metals such as 14K Gold, Surgical Steel, Acrylic, and Titanium, just to name a few. All of these metals can be used safely in your piercings unless you have an allergy of course. Continue reading