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.

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.

Don’t just Lube Your Car!

Awesome lube for all your Toys

Whether it’s piercing needs or steamy bedroom antics, lubrication is a very important element in achieving satisfaction. There are many different uses for lubrication. But how would you know what is the best lube to use? There are a vast variety of lubricants that are sold. The biggest differences between most of the lubricants are what they are based on. The most common bases used in creating a lubricant are water, oil, or silicone.
Water based lubricants are very popular because of how easily they wash off and they are less sticky than other based lubricants. Water based lubricants can either be liquid or gel. This type of lubricant is preferred for piercings because of how easily it washes off and the fact that the water can be absorbed into the skin. After a piercing is healed and you are ready to gauge it to the next size, lube can prove to make the gauging process less painful. Applying lubrication to the piercing before stretching to the next gauge allows the body jewelry to slide in with ease and less friction. Putting a small amount of lube onto the jewelry itself also helps with the tissues being stretched. Water based lubricants can be used with any condom or sex toy because they do not break down the materials which are used to create these items. However, most water based lubricants contain glycerin, which is the cause of many yeast infections. To prevent a yeast infection it is best to wash up after the lubrication has been used.
Oil based lubricants are not as popularly used as other lubricants. The oil based lubricant can break down the latex of condoms and leave small holes in the condom. Many couples who do not want children definitely avoid using oil based lubricants for this reason. Sex toys can be used with this lubricant as long as they are not made out of latex. A small amount of oil based lubricant can go a long way. It last longer and does not dry out too quickly. Because this lubricant is made out of mostly natural ingredients it is ideal for people who have a high tendency for an allergic reaction or sensitive skin; it is hypoallergenic. As you may know, water and oil do not mix, this being said this type of lubricant is also great for using while in water. The water will just bead up and roll away. Whenever you are done playing it is important to completely wash the oil based lubrication away. This type of lube can cause a breeding ground for bacteria in the genital area. This is because if it is not washed away completely it coats the genital area with a thin film which does not allow the pores to breathe properly. Just wash it away with soap and warm water.
Another lubricant that can also be purchased is a silicone base lubricant. These tend to be slightly more money than other types of lubricants. Silicone based lubricants are not water soluble, so this is also a great lubricant for using in a steamy shower. Just a little dab will make the area very slippery and last longer than other lubricants. Silicone lubricants have fewer ingredients and are also better for people who have sensitive skin. Condoms can be used with this kind of lubrication. Using this lube with sex toys is safe as long as the toy is not made out of silicone. The silicone based lubrication can break down the outer layer of the silicone toy, making this a perfect spot to harbor bacteria. The thinner texture and the long lasting quality of silicone based lubrication makes this very desirable. Removing this lube from the skin is simple, soap and water.
Make sure to do your homework before choosing lubrication. Each has unique qualities and some are better for you than others. Check out the lubricants we offer here at The Chain Gang.

Put Some Weight On your Body Piercings!

Piercings can represent a person’s personality in many different ways. The placement of the piercing(s), the size, shape, and the jewelry all help define that person’s individuality a little more. Some people like to push their bodies to limits they never thought they could reach or handle. Body modifications help them achieve this goal.

 

Most body modification enthusiasts enjoy stretching or gauging their piercings to larger sizes. This could be for a number of reasons. One reason could be that they want to see how far they can push their bodies to the max limit. Another could have to do with their individuality. The need to stand out in a crowd, personal preferences as far as the way they want to appear, or even sexual desires may also play a role in the decision to stretch or gauge their piercing.

 

The Most Common Body Piercings:

 

One of the most common piercings to gauge is the ear lobe. After the ear has been pierced and completely healed it can be stretched to astonishing sizes. There are different ways to gauge the ears. Tapers are very popular. These are spike like body jewelry that come in a number of different sizes, used to gradually stretch the piercing. Another way to gauge is by using weights.  Once the gauged piercing has healed, adding weights can help stretch it to greater size. “S” hooks are usually used to add the weights to the piercing.

 

Weights are not just used to help stretch piercings to larger sizes. Some men who practice ball stretching also enjoy adding weights to their ball weights for more pleasure or for better results. Some ball weights are specifically designed to accommodate added weights. For instance, a “Parachute Ball Stretcher” is designed so that weights can be added to the chains that are attached to the soft leather “parachute”. There are different sizes and shapes of weights that can be added to satisfy the individual’s needs.

 

Adding on weights to a labia piercing is not unheard of either. Women with labia piercings find that adding the weights to be very arousing and visually stimulating. The weights seem to increase the sensitivity for some women, making this to be a very fun activity. For those who are into the BDSM scene you can also use the weights in part of these practices. Being used during a bondage sessions and allowing your partner to add weights to the labia piercing can prove to be very erotic to both parties involved.

 

Don’t forget to check out all the different extra add on weights we have available here at The Chain Gang for all different piercings!

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.