Stretching with Tapers: Things to Consider

Economy Insertion Tapers

Economy Insertion Tapers

Stretching with tapers is a very common method for stretching your piercing. In fact, it is the most common method you can apply. Tapers are affordable and easy to use, so it’s not surprising many people decide to give it a go and use tapers to stretch their piercings.

Unfortunately, not everybody knows how to use tapers properly. It’s important to note that while tapers are very common and relatively easy to use, they are not always used in the optimal way. They may seem intuitive but there are also many mistakes you can make while trying to stretch your piercings using tapers.

In order to avoid all of these mistakes, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • To use this method properly, make sure to always insert the narrower end of the taper into
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Gauges vs Jewelry

Large Gauge JewelryIt’s not uncommon to hear people talk about “ear gauges” or requesting “ear gauge jewelry”. The word “gauge” is often used instead of a correct term for certain jewelry pieces, typically those made for stretched piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. While everybody will understand what you mean when you say “gauge”, it’s important to know what this term truly means and what are common terms used for jewelry pieces made for stretched piercings.

Are Gauges Large Jewelry?

No, “gauges” are not large jewelry. They are not even stretched piercings. Using this word to talk about jewelry or stretched piercings is not correct. This isn’t what the word “gauge” is about. The word itself is not related to stretched piercings or large jewelry pieces alone. In fact, any piercing and any jewelry has their gauge.

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Stretched Piercings Made to Extreme: Joel Miggler’s Cheek Holes

Cheek Piercing Extreme body modifications take a new meaning in this 23 year old’s facial piercings. Joel Miggler from Germany has several facial piercings stretched to large gauges. This young man, however, didn’t stop at stretched earlobes: he has large holes on either side of his cheeks. These cheek holes are stretched to the width of 36mm.

Depending on the type of plugs and flesh tunnels he wears, you can clearly see his teeth, gums and split tongue. The young man claims he has no special name for his cheek piercings. “You can call them stretched or big cheeks”, he claims. He also states he wants to continue stretching his cheeks to a larger gauge.

This body art enthusiast has multiple tattoos and 25 piercings total, but none of them attract so much attention as his stretched cheek piercings.

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Popular Piercings and Jewelry Types

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Piercing is a popular form of body modification and all enthusiast who love various piercing styles can enjoy many different types of jewelry. The choice of jewelry is often a very personal one. In a way, it will depend on the body part and the type of piercing you have. For example, certain piercing types require straight barbells as the basic form of jewelry while others require curved barbells, captive bead rings, flesh tunnels, etc. Generally speaking, though, most piercings can use many different types of body jewelry, so it’s often the question of one’s personal preferences and style.

Your body jewelry should suit you and make you express yourself in the best possible way. It should show who you are and it should be something you truly like and feel comfortable with. Many people have … read more

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 … read more

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.


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 … read more

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 … read more

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.

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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.

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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, … read more