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.
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.