Removing Jewelry

Ring Opening Pliers

Ring Opening Pliers

Sometimes, it is necessary to remove your body jewelry. You may wish to change the jewelry and wear another piece, or you may wish to go without jewelry for a while. Whatever your reasons may be, you need to know how to open and remove your jewelry quickly and easily.

Different jewelry types are removed in different ways. In order to remove a jewelry piece, you need to know how this piece is designed and how to properly open it so you can take it out.

Here are quick tips on how to remove the most popular jewelry types:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings and other similar captive jewelry types come with a special bead that has to be removed in order to open the jewelry. To open your ring, it’s best to grab the bead with one hand and the ring with the other and then pull them into the opposite directions. This should make the bead pop out of the ring.

This process is sometimes difficult so you may need to use pliers. There are special Ring Opening Pliers you need to use for this. In case you wear large gauge jewelry, it’s best to use specialized Large Gauge Pliers.

Fixed, Seamless and Continuous Rings

These rings are a bit different than CBRs. Fixed rings have the bead attached to one side of the ring. Seamless and continuous rings do not use beads at all. They are built to be completely circular, usually with parts fitting nicely into each other. To open these rings, you should grab the bead (or, in the case there is no bead, one side of the ring) with one hand and the ring itself with the other hand and pull gently. Make sure to perform a small but firm twist. This should make ends separate and the ring will be opened.

Barbells

Barbells tend to be easy to open, comparing to the rings. These jewelry types have a bar (straight, curved, circular, spiral, etc.) and a bead on the each end. The beads are screwed on the shaft. To open these barbells, simply unscrew the bead from the shaft. The same logic can be applied to labret studs.

Nostril Jewelry Pieces

Jewelry specially designed for nostril piercings is typically shaped in such a way to prevent jewelry to slip out of the piercing. It means it’s either curved or it has a small ball on the end to keep jewelry in place.

These pieces are sometimes struggle to get in and out, because they have to be tight enough to stay in the piercing during use. To remove them, you need to be aware of their shape and then carefully pull, move and turn the jewelry until it’s out.

Eear Plugs, Tunnels and Earlets

These jewelry pieces are specially designed for stretched lobes. There are many different types of plugs, flesh tunnels and earlets. Some are smooth and require O rings to keep them inside the piercing. These jewelry pieces are easily removed by simply taking the O rings out.

Flared jewelry pieces, especially double flared plugs and tunnels may be more difficult to remove, so you need to know how to manipulate the jewelry out of the piercing.

To learn more about inserting double flared jewelry, check out our article: How to Insert Double Flared Plugs and Tunnels.

Shrinking

Keep in mind that piercings tend to shrink rapidly after jewelry is removed. This is particularly true for new, fresh piercings but even older and fully healed piercings are not immune to it. Our bodies are quick to close the tissue, which will result in a rapid shrinkage of your piercing.

As a result, you may find out that it’s difficult to reinsert the jewelry. It may be uncomfortable or even painful. In some extreme cases it might become impossible to reinsert your jewelry. Shrinkage occurs very quickly, and it starts as soon as jewelry is taken out. Keep this in mind if you intend to remove your jewelry and go without it for some time.

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