How to Open a Captive Bead Ring

14K Gold - Captive Bead Rings

14K Gold – Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings (CBR) are among the most popular body jewelry types. They can be used for many different types of piercings and they come in many different sizes. The main design is simple but effective: these rings have a ball made to close the ring and turn it into a full circle.

Types of Captive Bead Rings

There are different types of captive bead rings, depending on the method used to keep the ball in place. There are two common types of captive bead rings: snap fit style and tension style rings. Understanding the main difference between them will make it easier for you to understand how to open them.

  •  Snap Fit Style Rings: they have a completely smooth ball. The body of the ring goes inside the ball. The dimple used to keep the ball in place is located inside of the ball.
  • Tension Style Rings: they have a ball held in place by the tension of the ring. The ball has dimples and the ends of the captive ring fit into them.

Both these styles are made to keep the ball firmly in place so the ring won’t open during use. Tension captive bead rings tend to be more common and somewhat easier to open.

Opening Captive Bead Rings Manually

Happy - Captive Bead Ring

Happy – Captive Bead Ring

Many captive bead rings operate using a simple mechanism to open and close them. You can snap them to remove the bead and then place the bead back and close the ring when you want to close it. This mechanism can often be done manually and without much problem.

You can usually remove the ball by simply holding the ring in one hand and pulling the bead out with the other. To open it, you will also need to twist the ring slightly. To twist the ring, turn your right hand clockwise and your left hand counter clockwise. It does require a bit of practice but it’s usually easy to do.

However, it’s not uncommon for captive bead rings, especially at larger gauges, to be difficult to open. This is when you need to use special tools to open them.

Opening the Ring with Opening Pliers

To open a captive bead ring, you will need a quality ring opening pliers, specially made for this jewelry type.

To open a captive bead ring, slide the ring over the tips of the plier. Make sure that the ring rests on the grooves. Open the pliers gently, until you feel them touch the sides of the ring. Slowly but firmly, force the ring outwards until the ball falls out. This will open the ring so you can handle it (insert it or remove it from your piercing).

Tips

  • When using ring opening pliers, make sure not to squeeze too hard or you will deform the ring.
  • For large gauges, use special pliers made for these gauges.
  • Before handling your body jewelry, make sure to wash your hands and use clean, sanitized tools.
  • In case you have opened the ring too far or if you are changing the ball size, you will need to use ring closing pliers.
  • If you are unsure how to open and close your captive bead ring, practice before you insert it into your piercing.

Body Jewelry Tools

Many people who get piercings are very excited to buy new body jewelry and put it into their piercing to show it off. After your piercings are healed, you are able to change your jewelry. But this can prove to be quiet the task for some people. Luckily there are tools available to help change the jewelry out with ease.
When you are ready to change out your Captive Bead Ring a very useful tool is the ring opening pliers. Most male and female genital piercings often have Captive Bead Ring jewelry in them and these pliers are great for these type of piercings that are hard to reach. Ring opening pliers can help open the jewelry so that it can be removed and/or replaced. These pliers work very well with larger gauged jewelry. In the nose of these pliers there are little notches that are indented; these are there to help the jewelry fit snugly into the pliers so that they can open the ring properly and without damaging the jewelry.

 

One of the hardest parts of changing out a Captive Bead Ring is to maintain the circular shape while inserting the ball. Ring closing pliers are great to use and make changing jewelry a breeze. They come in different sizes. The small pliers are used for rings that are 7/16” or smaller. They also designed with grooves that help hold the beads while putting it into place. Larger pliers are mostly used for jewelry that is 5/8” or bigger. These as the name states are used for closing the circular ring tighter together so that the ball fits in correctly.

 

If you have many piercings and have difficulty changing the jewelry or hanging on to the beads, opening and closing pliers will be your new best friend. Do not forget to check out all of the different kind of tools we have available here at The Chain Gang.

 

 

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