Archive for Body Jewelry Information
Buying necklaces is super fun, but when it comes down to the specs, sometimes it’s difficult to decipher the lingo, like with necklace closure types. So we’re here to make sure that you’re never left guessing again. Here we go!
There are literally dozens of closure styles for necklaces and bracelets, but as long as you know the basic few that are used the most, chances are you won’t have to worry. The common necklace clasps are: the spring ring, the lobster claw, the magnetic clasp, the toggle closure, the fold over clasp, and the ball chain closure (sometimes also referred to as a butterfly).
Most necklaces will have either a spring ring or a lobster claw, but many everyday situations necessitate the use of other styles. For example, those who have arthritis will often find spring hoops or claws too difficult, so a magnetic closure can be the perfect solution. Likewise heavier, multi-layered necklaces may require a more durable, heavy-duty closure, like a toggle.
So now that your brain is swimming with necklace knowledge, it’s the perfect time to test out what we’ve learned… by going shopping!
For many who are new to the world of body mod, and even some seasoned veterans, you may have heard some interesting things about body jewelry threading. But what’s the difference between “external threading” and “internal threading?” Here’s what to know:
Obviously the threading of an item has to be either on the inside or the outside but sometimes hearing different phrases thrown around can be a little confusing. For starters, the vast majority of body jewelry is externally threaded. This means that when you’ve got the separate pieces of the item lying on the table, the barbell or post portion of the jewelry will have a threaded end like a screw, and the ball or decorative portion will have a hole with matching threads inside.
Internally threaded body jewelry is just the opposite, with a protrusion from the ball containing the threads, and a hollow in the barbell that matches them.
For most people and most piercings, externally threaded jewelry is just fine. There are certain piercings however, like those of the lip, tongue, and ear cartilage, that internal threaded might be preferred for due to ease of use. If you’re not sure or have never tried internally threaded items, now is as good a time as any to see how they work for you. Afterall, you never know; you might just find that internal threading is exactly your cup of tea.
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April 22nd is a very important day to people all over the world: Earth Day. This is a day for holding open forums, creating community initiatives, and implementing creative changes in the interest of reducing man’s impact on our natural resources and ecosystem. Many of us who are pierced, tattooed, or otherwise modified are already part of a global community that makes daily efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and help preserve our planet, and we’ve already proven that if everyone pitches in, little actions can add up to a big difference.
With that in mind, here a few things that the modified community can do to reduce, reuse, and recycle this earth day:
If you usually use a lot of electricity in the morning to run hair styling tools or light the way while you put on makeup, leave the juice off and spend the day au naturale. It’s estimated that purchased electricity accounts for up to seventy percent of overall carbon emissions in developed countries like the U.S. and Britain, so even just this one day with the lights out will make a difference.
Did you know that when you need to make a body jewelry return you can reuse the original package? When you receive body jewelry from BodyCandy.com and decide to make a return or exchange, just place your items and return forms inside the original box or padded envelope, tape it shut with packing tape, slap on your stamps and a new address label, and place it in the mail. The planet will definitely thank you.
Once you’re done with old body piercing jewelry, there are tons of ways to turn the parts into something new. If you prefer acrylic jewelry, you may even be able to place used parts in with your regular recycling; just contact the recycling plant in your area and find out what types of plastic they accept. You might be very pleasantly surprised to find out all of the interesting items that are acceptable for regular recycling. Wood products are also on the list of admissible merchandise in many areas, and plug jewelry especially can be turned into fun crafts instead if it’s not.
One great project for your ear plugs is to turn them into custom refrigerator magnets. All you’ll need is the plugs, a roll of sticky-back magnetic strip from your local craft store, some scissors to cut it with, and a few permanent markers. Just write or draw designs on the flat surface of the plugs with your markers, attach a small piece of magnet to the other side, and presto!
So you’re shopping for body jewelry and you see the phrase “8 gauge.” What does that mean? Most of us who are pierced know what gauge size is, but that doesn’t mean everyone else knows, and for those who only have one or two piercings or don’t have a lot of professional modification artists in their area, you might just need a refresher too. So let’s go about this the easy way and have ourselves a little fun.
Here are the basic gauge sizes from smallest to largest, along with their measurements in millimeters and inches. If it looks a little backwards, don’t worry; in body jewelry sizing, the bigger numbers actually mean an item is smaller
20 gauge .8mm 1/32″
18 gauge 1mm .0394″ (about 1/25″)
16 gauge 1.2mm 3/64″
14 gauge 1.6mm 1/16″
12 gauge 2mm .0787″ (about 1/13″)
10 gauge 2.4mm 3/32″
8 gauge 3.2mm 1/8″
6 gauge 4mm .1575″ (about 1/6″)
4 gauge 5mm .1969″ (about 1/5″)
2 gauge 6mm .2362″ (about 1/4″)
0 gauge 8mm .3150″ (about 1/3″)
00 gauge 10mm .3937″ (about 3/8″)
Once standard gauge sizes cut off, anything larger (half inch and above) is normally sized in millimeters or inches. Large gauge plugs and tunnels for instance will be sized as follows:
When ordering body jewelry, the correct gauge size is needed for a proper fit. If you’re unsure of the correct gauge for one of your piercings, your piercer can tell you or help you to properly measure your current jewelry in order to find out for sure. So basically that really is all there is to it. Now we can get back to the best part: shopping!
For those who have stretched their ears or other piercings, you’re probably familiar with tapers and what they are, but for anyone who doesn’t know, here’s a quick review of the basics:
There are four basic styles of tapers. These are straight, curved, spiral, and hanger, which are sometimes called “hanger plugs.” Straight tapers are sometimes used during the stretching process to achieve a new, larger size, while the other types of taper are primarily used as a form of decoration.
All tapers will be measured for gauge size at the thickest part of the item. For example:
Tapers of any type, like regular plugs and tunnels, can be made with a variety of materials including naturals and synthetics. Wood, bone, animal horn, glass, metal, and acrylic are amongst the most popular.
Due to the vast range in sizing from a few millimeters to a few inches, when purchasing taper jewelry for yourself or others, knowing the correct gauge size is extremely important to insure a proper fit. For more fun plug and taper style, check out our awesome Pinterest page.
There are five basic types of circular body jewelry: the ball captive ring, the horseshoe, the pincer, the segment ring, and the spiral. These five types will come in a variety of sizes and styles and will generally require two basic measurements: the thickness, or “gauge,” and the diameter.
Ball captive rings, often called simply BCRs, are wearable in a large range of piercings provided the correct sizing is available. They consist of two parts: an open ring, and a bead or ball that is held in place by divots to close the ring.
Horseshoes are exactly what they sound like, a horseshoe shaped barbell with a ball at each end. They too are applicable to a variety of body and facial piercings.
Pincers are worn primarily in the septum, ear, or eyebrow, though they may also be worn in other areas. These are unique as they are a single piece with no balls or beads needed. For this type of jewelry, you’ll find a horseshoe-like shape, but with a fatter center and graduated tips that resemble the natural pincers of a bug or crab, hence the name.
A segment ring is very similar to a BCR, with the exception that instead of a ball or bead, a thin piece is held into the opening of the hoop that is shaped in such a way as create the illusion of a seamless, continuous doughnut. As with most circular jewelry, the segment ring may be worn in many different piercings.
And lastly, the spiral is a spiral shaped barbell with a ball or charm to enclose each end. Spirals may very widely in their shape, and while some are very versatile, others are meant for a specific piercing. One example of this is a long multi-revolution spiral often called a “super spiral,” which is meant to be worn as a belly button ring.
Ready for a couple of modification stumpers to exercise the old noggin? Answers are listed in the key below, but no peeking! Here we go:
1. Name three piercings that are named after people.
2. What Native American group formerly occupying the Pacific Northwest was named after a facial piercing.
1. Amongst the most popular are the Erl (nose bridge piercing, named after character actor Erl van Aiken), the Madison (neck piercing, named after former adult film star Madison Stone), the Ashley (inverted vertical labret piercing), the Marley (upper lip frenulum piercing), and the Dahlia (named after the infamous Black Dahlia).
2. The Nez Perce Indians were “discovered” by explorers in the seventeen hundreds and named after their nose piercings, which were common amongst the tribe’s members.
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If you’re in the market for a new nose ring and are thinking of making the switch from stud to hoop, there’s a few things you’ll want to consider while browsing.
First, you’ll need to know what gauge size your nose piercing is. The gauge is the thickness of the jewelry that goes into the piercing, and since there are two commonly used sizes, obtaining this knowledge is a must for a proper fit. The two most common sizes are an 18 gauge (1 millimeter in diameter) and a 20 gauge (.8 millimeters). It may not seem like very much of a contrast, but trust us, it definitely makes a difference.
Once you’re sure which size you’ll need, then it’s time to think about the dimensions of the hoop itself. Most standard nose hoops (jewelry that’s specifically made for the nose) come in either a 5/16″ diameter size (about 8mm) or a 3/8″ diameter size (about 10mm).
If you know that you need a larger hoop because of piercing placement or nasal anatomy, a piece of universal circular jewelry like a BCR is always a good bet instead, because half inch sizes are easier to come by.
And finally, for those who aren’t sure at all what size hoop they need, you always have the option of purchasing a fishtail. A fishtail nose ring is an extra long straight piece made in the proper gauge size, and you take it your piercer to be custom fit. This means that the piercer will bend the straight nose ring into a hoop for you, ensuring that you get the exact size you want and need.
Okay! Now that you’re locked and loaded with the right amount of knowledge, it’s time… to shop!