Archive for Ear Piercings

 

ANNEALED- D-Rings

 

So, what does it mean if your body jewelry is annealed?

When you see the word “annealed” to describe a metal object, that means it has gone through a heat treatment process where the metal is then cooled very slowly in order to reduce the immobility of the hardened state. That means that body jewelry that would normally be non-adjustable can be transformed into a flexible version of the same durable material. What does this mean for you and your pierced style? Now we can achieve seamless looks that do not require tools and can bend easily to create a more customized fit for you and your piercing.

Our new d-rings are currently available in 16 gauge with post length options of 5/16″ (8mm), 3/8″ (10mm), and 1/2″ (12mm). Check ’em out and try out a new style that’s sure to please your need for a dainty septum ring look or some close-fitted cartilage ear candy coordination. These versatile examples of annealed body jewelry feature rounded-off ends that can be twisted open to fit into your piercing and then twisted shut again in an s-curve movement for a secure fit wherever you choose to adorn.

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EAR PIERCING ENCYCLOPEDIA

The fourth piercing we’ll discuss in our Body Piercing Encyclopedia is the Forward Helix Cartilage Piercing.

Location: through the inside of the upper rim of the ear cartilage; placed where the helix meets your head, usually angled parallel to the face

Jewelry: initially, a circular ring or straight barbell ranging from 18 gauge (1mm) to 14 gauge (1.6mm) is usually used in diameters typically ranging from 5/16″ (8mm) to 7/16″ (11mm) and lengths ranging from 1/4″ (6mm) to 5/16″ (8mm); jewelry types used can also include BCRs, horseshoe circular barbells, curved barbells, and labret/monroe studs with disc backs

Healing: total healing time is anywhere from 3-9 months; may be longer since the cartilage of the ear lacks adequate blood supply, making healing more difficult than areas receiving better circulation

Aftercare: wash with warm water and antibacterial soap and always make sure your hands are clean; sea salt solutions and sprays can aid with the process as well; avoid smoking, using public telephones, and sleeping directly on your new piercing; resist the urge to change jewelry prematurely – it’s worth the wait to do it right!

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PIERCINGENCYCLOPEDIA_EAR_standardhelixThe third piercing we’ll discuss in our Body Piercing Encyclopedia is the Standard Helix Cartilage Piercing.

Location: through the curled outer rim of the ear from the top of the ear all the way down to the beginning of the ear lobe

Jewelry: initially, a circular ring ranging from 18 gauge (1mm) to 14 gauge (1.6mm) is usually used in diameters typically ranging from 5/16″ (8mm) to 1/2″ (12mm); jewelry types used can also include BCRs, horseshoe circular barbells, straight barbells, and labret/monroe studs with disc backs

Healing: total healing time is anywhere from 3-9 months; may be longer since the cartilage of the ear lacks adequate blood supply, making healing more difficult than areas receiving better circulation

Aftercare: wash with warm water and antibacterial soap and always make sure your hands are clean; sea salt solutions and sprays can aid with the process as well; avoid smoking, using public telephones, and sleeping directly on your new piercing; resist the urge to change jewelry prematurely – it’s worth the wait to do it right!

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Skella decided to get her conch pierced, and luckily she knew just who to ask! Time we took a little trip to see James at American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY.

The initial steps for the conch piercing include making sure that the inner cartilage area will work for the piercing. The last thing you want is a piercing that doesn’t fit properly! James gives the okay, and starts the process. Using a hollow piercing needle, James pushes it through Skella’s cartilage from front to back. To ensure no accidental pokes, he puts a cork on the exposed end of the needle. James then inserts the jewelry, following the piercing needle through the hole. The ball end is screwed onto Skella’s new barbell, and she’s got a brand new conch piercing!

Healing time: 3-9 months, 6 months on average.

Initial Jewelry: 14 or 12 gauge barbell

HONEY BEE VS. WASP

Wasp or Bee? You tell me.

Make sure you’re aware of the differing characteristics between cute little honeybees and their dangerously aggressive cousins. All jokes aside, the two insects are quite the contrast of one another, especially in what they contribute to the world. While swatting down a stray wasp in your house this summer may not ruffle any feathers, do your best to be positive you’re not harming one of our precious pollinating friends by mistake.

While all forms of these insects may be a little scary as they buzz past your ear on a summer day, trust me when I tell you that these fuzzy flying bugs are much more important to us than you may have thought before.

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The use of natural materials in body jewelry fashion is a trend that refuses to be ignored. It’s easy to understand why the modified culture has been turning to organic and naturally derived jewelry considering the current chaotic state our climate is in. These types of materials, which include but are not limited to wood, horn, bone, stone, and shell are not only good for the health of our piercings; they’re also amazing for the well-being of our planet.

But how are plugs for stretched ears or semi-precious stone belly rings going to make you any more eco-friendly…or how will something from nature be any better for your body than something man-made?

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Thanks for checking out Part Two of Bodycandy.com’s discussion of piercing and acupuncture, “On Pins and Needles.”  After receiving several follow up questions to Ann’s March 8 blog post: “Can the Daith Piercing Cure Migraine Headaches?” (which you can check out by clicking here) we wanted to delve deeper into the discussion of piercing in relation to acupuncture. Today’s post focuses on some of the data that was evident after my research. Check out Part Three on July 29th to hear about a solid study I discovered of piercing and acupuncture combined!

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“I’m an English major, guys. I love this nerd stuff”–Me


First up: testimonials. There is no doubt about it. A lot of people are saying that they are having success with the daith and other piercings as a pain management tool. Here are a few common elements that I have observed while following up on this aspect of piercing and acupuncture:

  • Many people heard about this piercing online or from friends and then tried it for themselves.
  • Many of the testimonials were given within a few weeks to one month of the original piercing.
  • Very few of the testimonials mentioned the consultation of a trained acupuncture professional or piercer with acupuncture training.

Next: piercing professionals. Though this topic is widely discussed online very few piercing professionals boast professional training BOTH in the art of piercing and in the study of acupuncture.

  • To be specific, I found one piercing professional who has trained with a licensed and respected acupuncturist. This is not to say that there are not more, just that they were not evident after a few hours of online research.
  • This is to say that if your piercer claims to be trained in both—>DO YOUR RESEARCH! Both pain management and acupuncture specialists undergo medical training and screening to become licensed. Giving untrained medical advice is a crime and unprofessional too. 

Finally: acupuncturists studying both acupuncture and piercing. Again, I found one who happens to have worked with the ONE piercing professional (that one up there^) that has trained in acupuncture. 

  • The gist is this–all roads point to two ladies and their combined work in professional piercing and acupuncture.

Check back July 29th for a final installment of “On Pins and Needles,” where I will finally give up that hard data on what a piercing professional and trained acupuncturist have to say about piercing and acupuncture in combined practice. 

Click here to reach Ann’s original blog post discussing the Daith and Migraines, or here to see Part One of “On Pins and Needles!”


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EAR PIERCINGS

Our second entry we’ll be discussing in our Body Piercing Encyclopedia is the Upper Ear Lobe Piercing. Some people later opt to get a second or third hole above the first standard lobe piercing – and those ear piercings would be considered to be upper lobe or “high lobe” piercings, which are mostly performed as a compliment to the standard lobe piercing.

Location: higher up on the fleshy portion of the ear near where the helix begins

Jewelry: initially, a circular ring or barbell from 22 gauge (0.6mm) up to 14 gauge (1.6mm) is used in lengths/diameters typically ranging from 5/16″ (8mm) to 5/8″ (16mm); jewelry types used can include BCR, horseshoe circular barbell, straight barbell, labret stud, or nostril ring/stud

Healing: total healing time is anywhere from 4-8 weeks; can be longer (up to 9 months!) if your ear’s anatomy has cartilage present where your upper lobe piercing is placed

Aftercare: wash with warm water and antibacterial soap and always make sure your hands are clean; avoid smoking, using public telephones, and sleeping directly on your new piercing; resist the urge to change jewelry prematurely – it’s worth the wait to do it right!

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Check out our new selection of easy-to-insert jewelry for your cartilage, lip, septum, nostrils, and more!