Valentine’s Day Body Jewelry Ideas

With Valentine’s Day approaching, you may be wondering what to give your loved one as a present. Body jewelry is a great gift for any piercing enthusiast. The Chain Gang offers a wide selection of all body jewelry types and gauges, all made of high-quality, body-safe materials.

Here are some of the Valentine’s Day ideas, based on the piercing and type of jewelry:

Navel: Heart Hybrid Curved Barbell

Heart Hybrid Curved BarbellThis beautiful belly button jewelry piece has a setting made of 14k nickel-free gold and a heart gem (6x6mm in size). The barbell shaft is made of surgical steel. The heart gem is permanently attached to the curved barbell. The piece is internally threaded for best comfort and available in white or yellow gold.

Ear: Fancy Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Fancy Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage PiercingThis gorgeous helix cuff is ideal for all fans of cartilage ear piercing. The piece is about ¾ inches in length. It comes with either an 18 gauge or 16 gauge surgical barbell included.

Stretched Earlobe: Glitter Halo Flesh Tunnel

Glitter Halo Flesh TunnelThis beautiful flesh tunnel is glittery and will sure make your stretched piercing stand out. The piece is made of 316LVM Medical Grade Surgical Steel. There are several glitter inlay colors to choose from.

Labret: 14K Gem Set Flower Labret

14K Gem Set Flower LabretA beautiful and effective 14k solid gold labret with special gem set flower. The labret is internally threaded and the flower gem is about 5mm in size. The piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold and available either as yellow or white gold. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. It’s possible to have us replace them with another type of genuine stones.

Nipple: Antique Butterfly Nipple Stirrup

Antique Butterfly Nipple StirrupThis gorgeous nipple stirrup is one of the most beautiful jewelry pieces in our collection. The butterfly is about 7/8 inches long and 1-1/8 inches wide. It’s suspended from the 14 gauge barbell by steel chains. The piece also includes a teardrop stone hanging from the bottom. This will make a unique addition to your nipple jewelry collection.

Nostril: Genuine Diamond – Bezel Cluster – Nostril Screw or NoseBone

Genuine Diamond - Bezel Cluster - Nostril Screw or NoseBoneA beautiful and elegant nostril jewelry piece. The diamonds used in the piece are six 1.25 point and one 1.5 point genuine diamonds, which means that the total carat weight of this jewelry piece is over 8 points. The gold used in the piece is 14k nickel-free gold, available either as yellow or white. This style is also available as straight nosebone, the L-bar or the unbent fishtail.

Eyebrow: Swallow Eyebrow Curved Barbell

Swallow Eyebrow Curved BarbellThis is a beautiful and effective eyebrow piece. The curved barbell is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel and includes a cute ornamental piece on one end.

Tongue: Build Your Own Titanium Straight Barbell

Build Your Own Titanium Straight BarbellA perfect jewelry piece for those who like titanium jewelry as well as customized body jewelry. You can choose the ball size you wish to wear and easily customize this jewelry based on personal preference. These straight barbells are made of ASTM F-136 medical grade, internally-threaded titanium.

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.

Stretching Your Piercing

Mysterium Halo Tunnel

Mysterium Halo Tunnel

Stretching (also known as gauging) is a popular form of body modification in which a healed piercing is slowly stretched to accommodate larger jewelry. Earlobes are the most popular piercings people stretch, though it’s possible to stretch piercings on most of the other parts of the body with equal success.

Stretching offers certain benefits, so it’s not surprising it’s very popular among many people. Some of the reasons why you might want to stretch:

• Body modification. Many people like the modification itself, such as the appearance of stretched earlobes.
• More varied jewelry. Stretching allows you to try new, different types of jewelry and to wear jewelry in different sizes.
• New sensations. Stretching allows for new sensations. This is particularly important for genital piercings, where larger jewelry contributes to pleasure and enhances sex for both partners.
• Exciting process. Some people enjoy the process of stretching itself and they love to see the effect of the each new size.

Stretching Tips

Proper stretching requires patience and time. This is the only way to ensure you won’t get hurt and that you will be able to continue stretching to the desired size. When stretching, it’s important not to skip sizes, especially if it’s a one digit size.

Most piercings start at the sizes 20g, 18g, 16g or, in some cases, 14g. It’s important to know what is the size you were pierced at, so you will know the next size you should achieve by stretching. You should start stretching at one size larger than the original size.
When stretching, it’s important to start with a healed piercing. It means waiting the amount of time appropriate for said piercing. It usually takes at least 4 months before you can start stretching. It’s also important to wait at least a month (or several weeks) between stretching, often even longer. It’s important to give your piercing the time to heal and rest between stretching.

It’s always best to stretch after a bath and it’s advisable to use a bit of lubricant to make it easier. This process should not cause serious discomfort or bleeding, so it’s important to go slowly and take your time.

Tapers

Stretching a lobe piercing

Using tapers is probably the most popular stretching method. Tapers are handy and easy to use, and they come in many sizes so you will always be able to use them for stretching. When choosing a taper, it’s best to use steel tapers because they are smooth, non-porous and can go in and out relatively easily. They are very reliable and make stretching easy. The one downside of tapers is that they are not always suitable for stretching at very large sizes.

When stretching with a taper, it’s important to take it slowly. Massage some lubricant and slowly start pushing the taper through the hole. Make sure to push the small end first – that’s the whole point of using a taper for stretching.

Prepare your jewelry and make sure it’s in the same size as the one you’re stretching to. Align the jewelry with the large end of the taper and push slowly. As the taper goes through the hole you can gently push the jewelry in.

This is all you need to do. The aftercare is minimal if you stretch properly: there should be no blood and no damage to your skin. You may wish to use a saline solution to treat the newly-stretched #piercings.

Some people think it would look great to wear stretchers as a jewelry, but this should not be done. It’s always best to use specialized jewelry made for stretched piercing and gauges.

New Jewelry

Stretches piercings can accommodate new #gauges and styles of jewelry. However, general considerations still apply: it’s important to choose jewelry made of safe materials. There are many cheap products you can buy, made of inferior, unsafe materials. It’s vital that you use quality jewelry made of body safe materials.

Good materials for healing stretched piercings include titanium, surgical steel, Teflon and glass. For healed stretched piercing, you may use some other materials, such as gold, silver, stone, bone, ivory, horn and certain wood materials.

There are many unique jewelry types you can wear on your stretched piercings. Flesh tunnels and plugs are the most popular types.

Ear Scalpelling versus Ear Stretching

Ear StretchingEar Scalpelling is becoming a more and more popular these days. I would not say it is the most pleasant experience, but the results are amazing.

With Scalpelling it can be done in an hour or less. In doing this procedure you can go from nothing to a 00 Gauge with the Jewelry already installed.

Ear Scalpelling will make large wounds but they will heal up clean because they were done with a knife versus stretching your ears. When you stretch you ear there is a big risk that you can tear your lobes. A tear will almost never heal properly. With Scapeling you can correct things like if you were pierced with one hole higher than the other.

The only real negative thing to having this done is the hole will probably never close up.

Unlike when you stretch your ears, there is no tissue to shrink down. It almost always has to be surgically closed. Keep this in mind if you should consider getting this procedure done. This is basically permanent, and will not just shrink closed.

Niobium Seamless Rings being offered now in a variety of colors!

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store now brings to you a wonderful piece of Body Jewelry for either Male or Female Piercings – Niobium Seamless Rings.

Niobium Seamless Ring in Assorted ColorsThese rings can really be classified as a great improvement. With no ball to mess with or lose, these rings can be used for several different piercings both for the required look and for the ease of use.

The Colors on these pieces are AMAZING, the Oil Slick is my personal absolute favorite of all time.

These pieces work well in eyebrow, nose and various other body piercings gauges just to name a few. And priced at only $20.99 and up depending on the gauge you want, you can not pass these up to upgrade in color and to a Seamless or to give a very special Gift to a special person.

For your convenience and sense of style, these pieces are available in a variety of colors, gauges, and sizes to choose from.

Here is a direct link to the piece so that you can order the gift or the gift to yourself;http://www.thechaingang.com/niobium-seamless-rings.html

Ear Piercing or Body Piercing?

Double Helix Spiral

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.