Organic Materials for Flesh Tunnels and Ear Plugs

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Flesh tunnels and ear plugs are a popular type of jewelry made for stretched piercings. They are most commonly used for stretched earlobes. This jewelry is made in large gauges to accommodate stretched piercings. The best thing about ear plugs and flesh tunnels is the effect they make: they leave the holes open while surrounding them.
Flesh tunnels, just like ear plugs, are made in many different materials. Sometimes, these materials are usual body jewelry metals, such as titanium, surgical steel or 14k gold. However, flesh tunnels and ear plugs are often made of various organic materials. This can give them very special, “earthy” style and it looks very effective. Many different materials, textures and colors add a special touch to your ear tunnels.

Popular Materials

Here is a list of the most common organic materials used for flesh tunnels:

Glass. There are many different types of glass used for this type of jewelry. Usually, the glass used is hard and smooth, so the jewelry rests comfortable inside the stretched ear piercing. Glass is a good material for jewelry because it’s non-toxic. It’s also bio-compatible and eco-friendly, so those are sure advantages of glass jewelry. However, glass should not be used for new piercings or during the stretching process. Another thing to keep in mind is that glass is generally very heavy, so it will cause some strain on your piercing or even involuntarily stretching.

Wood. Jewelry made of wood has a very natural, earthy appearance and can be worn in many different situations. Natural wood has beautiful patterns so each piece of jewelry is unique. It’s important to choose jewelry made of body safe wood since some types of wood are toxic. One good thing about wood jewelry is that it’s very lightweight. This is often an issue with other organic materials, so wood jewelry can be worn without any discomfort.

Horn and Bone. Another organic material and widely used for jewelry such as ear plugs, flesh tunnels, earlets or tusks. Organic horn and bone has unique patterns so each piece of jewelry is unique. One possible concern is ethnical, because this material is taken from animals. The Chain Gang uses jewelry made from genuine water buffalo horn, but no animal life is taken to acquire the horn and no suffering is involved in the acquisition of the horn.

Stone. Stone is beautiful and provides a wide range of patterns and colors. Amber jewelry is particularly popular for ear plugs. There are many different types of amber, but the most popular (and beautiful) are honey and green amber. Other popular choice for jewelry is obsidian. Stone jewelry is beautiful but it has the same problem as the glass jewelry: it can be very heavy so it’s best to be worn for short periods of time.

When it comes to organic jewelry, it’s important to choose jewelry made of body safe materials. Keep in mind that certain materials may be suitable only for short-term wear. It’s important to choose a reliable jewelry store so you know all of the jewelry is made of quality, body safe organic materials.

How to Insert Double Flared Plugs and Tunnels

Double Flared Chunky Earlet(

Double Flared Chunky Earlet

Double flared plugs and tunnels are very effective and many people love to use them. These are among the most popular jewelry types for stretched piercings. They are relatively simple but very stylish in design and they can produce great effect. These are very interesting when worn in the stretched ear piercings (commonly, but erroneously called: “gauges”).

As beautiful and effective double flared plugs and tunnels are, there is one common problem. Many people are unsure on how to put them in. It may seem complicated at first, but fear not: the process is pretty much straightforward and easy to do once you know all the necessary steps.

Preparation

Before you start, you need to make a few preparatory steps. First of all, and probably the most important: make sure that your ears are completely healed up. Never try to insert an ear plug or a tunnel if your ears are not 100% healed. This is extremely important for double flared plugs and tunnels. Remember: your piercings may seemed healed even if they aren’t. Always give them a bit more time than you think it’s necessary. It’s vital that your piercings are fully healed up before you proceed.

Another thing you need to keep in mind is to be patient. Don’t rush. Just like stretching your piercing, insertion of double flared plugs and tunnels may take time. If at any point you feel pain or discomfort, or if you see the plug/tunnel just won’t fit, leave it be. It’s better to try again later than to damage your piercing. Remember: patience is important.

That being said, once you know how the process goes, you will be able to insert a double flared plug or tunnel without much problem.

To start, remove your existing jewelry and wash your hands as well as earlobes. Make sure that your jewelry is clean and body safe. It’s important to keep everything sanitized. Dry your hands and ears before you proceed.

About Double Flared Plugs

Double flared plugs and tunnels are made for stretched piercings – this is obvious by their gauge. However, that’s not all. This type of jewelry is also made for a certain type of stretched piercing, the one with enough elasticity. These are typically “older” piercings, the ones that have been stretched a while ago.

To be able to insert a double flared plug or a tunnel, it’s important that there’s enough room in your earlobe so you can manipulate the jewelry as you insert it. The piercing should be elastic and easily manipulated, which usually doesn’t happen with newly stretched piercings. This is why double flared jewelry is usually not recommended for newly stretched piercings. It’s best to wait a bit after stretching to a new size before you try a double flared jewelry.

Inserting Double Flared Jewelry

When inserting double flared jewelry (ear plugs, tunnels, earlets), what you basically need to do is to stretch your piercing to the flare’s gauge, before you settle the piercing on the smaller, middle part of the ear plug or a tunnel.

Here are all the tools and materials you’ll need:

  • Soap
  • Paper towel
  • Lubricant
  • Taper
  • Double flared jewelry (ear plug, ear tunnel, earlet)

To start, you need to relax your ear and to make the piercing easily stretchable and elastic. One easy way to do it is to use hot water. Moisten a paper towel with hot water and place it on your ear. Make sure to cover both front and back of your earlobe piercing. Keep the towel until it becomes cold.

Use a bit of a lubricant on your earlobe, as well as the taper and jewelry you wish to use. This will make the insertion smooth and pain-free.

Carefully, insert the smaller end of the taper into the earlobe. Push it slowly until it reaches the larger end. Line up the large end of the taper with the front rim of skin of your piercing.

Take the double flared plug or tunnel you wish to use and place it in front of the large end of the taper. Gently but firmly, press the plug toward the earlobe and push it inside, while allowing the taper to slide on the back. The plug will pass through your piercing and it will settle on the middle. You should feel a release of pressure as it settles because your piercing will shrink down to fit around the middle of the plug/tunnel.

Repeat the process for the other ear.

Tips

Never attempt to insert a double flared plug or a tunnel if the flare is more than one size larger than your current stretched size. It can lead to tearing, bleeding and ripping, and that’s definitely not something you want.

Many people choose to insert double flared jewelry without a taper. It can be done this way (by simply pressing jewelry through the stretched earlobe), and many people claim it’s their preferred method. However, using a taper makes the process easier and more comfortable. Plus, it minimizes potential tearing and other problems.

Take your time. Never force a plug or a tunnel into your ear. If you feel pain or discomfort it’s a sign you should stop.

In case you feel pain during use or if the plug/tunnel becomes “too heavy”, you should take it out immediately to avoid further problems. You may try again later.

Plugs and Flesh Tunnels

Straight Amber Plugs

Straight Amber Plugs

Plugs and tunnels are among the most striking pieces of body jewelry. They are usually simple but very effective. These are among the best and most beautiful jewelry styles specially made for stretched piercings. Most often used for ear piercing, these beautiful items can be used for most types of stretched piercings, regardless of body part.

One advantage to plugs and flesh tunnels is that they look very simple and presentable, which makes it easy to wear them in all kinds of situations, including work. As you probably know, professional situations often require special attire and limited types of jewelry. Many times, body piercing and body jewelry are completely forbidden. Yet, plugs and tunnels are often allowed, which makes them very practical and functional. It doesn’t mean they are boring or overly simple: on the contrary, plugs and flesh tunnels are among the most stunning types of body jewelry you can find on the market.

Plugs and Tunnels

A plug is specially designed piece of jewelry made for stretched piercings. Plugs are most often worn in ears, but it’s possible to use them on other body parts. Plugs create a very interesting effect, especially at larger gauges.

One great thing about plugs is that they are made of many different materials not usually used for body piercing. There are many organic materials used, such as wood, glass, precious stone, amber, bone, horn, bamboo, silicone, stone, and other highly effective materials.

A flesh tunnel is a tube shaped, hollow piercing jewelry. The most common flesh tunnels are those used in stretched earlobes but they can be worn in piercings located on other body parts, as long as the piercing itself is stretched to a correct gauge. Other common names for flesh tunnels are earlets, eyelets, spools, fleshy and expanders.

Flesh tunnels are great because they allow you to see through the piercing, which produces unique effects. Another advantage to flesh tunnels is that they are relatively light and they weigh less than plugs, which may be significant at larger gauges. You can wear flesh tunnels with a captive bead ring or another object passed through them.

Choosing the Right Size

Glitter Halo Flesh Tunnel

Glitter Halo Flesh Tunnel

The most important thing when buying plugs and flesh tunnels is to choose the right size. Body jewelry is available in many different diameters, and this is particularly true for plugs, flesh tunnels and other types of jewelry specially made for stretched piercings. It means they are available in many different sizes (gauges), depending on the size of your piercing.

Before making a purchase, it’s vital that you know your size and to order a correct gauge for your piercing. Using only the correct gauge is essential for the best comfort and pain-free experience.

There are many different gauges to choose. Piercings range in size from 20 gauge to 00 and more. Initial piercings are usually done in gauges ranging from 20 to 14 gauge, and it depends on many factors, such as location of the piercing. These initial piercings can be stretched to larger gauges (such as 8 or 0 gauge) using tapers or another stretching method. When choosing plugs or ear tunnels it’s crucial to know your current piercing size and how much stretched your piercing actually is so you can pick the right size.

In case you are not 100% sure about the size, you can order and try a few different sizes to see which one feels the best. The correct gauge will feel the most comfortable and will “sit” well in your piercing. When you find the size that suits you, make sure to remember the gauge so you will know what’s the size of your piercing the next time you decide to purchase plugs or flesh tunnels.

Blood Jade Stone Ear Plug in Gauges

Blood Jade Plug

Blood Jade Plug

 

Blood Jade plugs are one of the rarest jades in the world. These are from Tibet and all hand carved and polished by local artists. Blood Jade Plugs will vary in color intensity and is populated by vein patterns. These are really a breathtaking plug.

http://www.thechaingang.com/product/1737/100005/blood-jade-s

Last of the Ear Plugs with Real Ants Inside

Acrylic Ant Plug

The Acrylic Ant plugs have an actual ant inside of them. These are very cool plugs. Don’t expect perfect matching pairs, because these are made from real ants, but I think you’ll really enjoy the attention they bring to your piercings

Concave Obsidian Plug(s)

 

Concave Obsidian Plug

Concave Obsidian Plug

 

The Concave Obsidian Plug is made from obsidian which is a volcanic Glass. These pieces are very serene and would look extraordinary in your ear piercings.

Ear Piercing or Body Piercing?

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Double Helix Spiral

When you think about Ear Piercing what is the first thing that comes to mind. To me it use to be a diamond stud or two. Now you can have you whole ear practically pierced.

There are plenty of places on the ear to pierce that you may not even realize such as the Lobe, the Conch, the Tragus, the Diath, and the Helix. It is recommended to use a Larger Gauge of Jewelry in any cartilage piercings to make the healing more comfortable and less problematic.

The most common Jewelry for the ear piercings are Captive Rings, Circular Barbells, Ear Plugs, Flesh Tunnels & Earlets, Segment and Seamless Rings. I have had my cartilage pierced and to be honest I actually use the Nosebones in mine. They work great for that, for several reasons. They are light, and usually cheaper. Also unlike the standard backs they don’t stick me in the side of my head while I sleep. Also they don’t catch my hair, and have my hair wrap around the post, which can easily cause in infection. So be creative, the choices are only limited by your imagination.

I will not lie the cartilage piercings usually do hurt a little, but not a big deal. And just as with all piercings or tattoos, a few days of pain can equal a lifetime of pleasure and beauty. With all the Jewelry possibilities you have, whether it be in 14K Gold, Titanium, Surgical Steel, or Glass, how can you refuse.

Genuine Straight Amber Plugs from The Chain Gang Body Jewelry

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store brings to you durable and stylish Straight Amber Plugs. The main feature of these Amber Plugs is that they are cut from Baltic Amber presently  mined along the shores of the Baltic Sea. Further, each piece of Baltic Amber is harvested by hand.

Straight Amber Plug

Straight Amber Plug

The origin of Amber dates back 40 to 70 million years – the era of dinosaurs, which proves its durability and long lived style.

Have a look at the product details at Straight Amber Plugs present under the Ear Plugs section of The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store.