Ear lobe stretching using Darkside Acrylic Stretching Taper

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Wednesday June 25th, 2008 @ 8:30 AM

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Hi there,

I have an enquiry regarding a ear lobe stretching taper i found at http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/online_store/darkside_acrylic_stretching_taper_9858476.cfm

I really am looking forward to buy this, though not before I know how to use it the correct way. This taper actually stretches several stages at one go, so it’s stretched over 2 or 3 different sessions per taper.

My question is:

How do I stretch my ear lobe using this taper to insert a non-flared tunnel right after?

E.g. the 11-16 mm taper.

Since I could only go 2mm per stretch, I’d be stretching my left lobe from 12mm to 14mm.

Question is, how do I insert my 14mm tunnel - other than the crazy idea of removing the taper from my ear lobe once it slids to the 14mm diameter, and quickly insert the 14mm tunnel into the naked ear lobe?

Wouldn’t the ‘fresh’ 14mm hole close back so fast that it’s impossible to insert the 14mm tunnel in time? Not to mention, the agony and the pain caused by the pressure in doing so.

Also, I have been reading that arcylic taper that they’re no good to be left inside piercing to gradually stretch them. Would this fact be correct or otherwise?

Many thanks in advanced!

I honestly hope you did not already purchase the said piece. If you have, well, I am truly sorry for your botched purchase.

It really grinds my gears Quahog when the following is stated:

It’s important to only stretch your piercing up one size at a time and to leave at least 2 weeks between each stretch to avoid tearing the flesh. Some jewellery can be left in and gradually pushed along to stretch the piercing over a longer period of time

As you said the reality is Acrylic is not safe for autoclaving and thus will usually melt when placed in an autoclave. Which means even if you: wipe it down with alcohol, boil it in oil, buy jesus juice and rub it all over it,etc it will not be safe to wear while tissue is healing.

When you simply cram jewelry in your ears and “wait two weeks”, quite often that’s simply not enough time. The result in this is micro-tears that can occur within your fistula. These micro-tears can cause scar tissue build up, blow outs and with a “dirty” (not sterile) item, can lead to a potential infection.

These items were simply taken out of the piercing studios and sold because impatient people simply lack the ability to wait. What was hopefully used responsibly and properly by the actual professionals is now easily obtainable by the uninformed public, to use whatever way they deem to be proper.

In order to PROPERLY increase the size of your lobes, you simply need to be patient and wait. It might take 2 months, 3 months, personally I say wait 6 months up to a year (sometimes even longer); before attempt to go to the next size up (ideal to only go 1mm a a time).

By waiting these, what impatient people call, “long periods” of time, you’re enabling your lobes to become relaxed and healthy. This would increase the elasticity of the lobe tissue and enable you to safely increase the size of your piercings, without damaging the fistula.

Also know that if you were planning to ignore all this and stretch it anyways using something that ends at 16mm would not help your cause whatsoever. Because as soon as you insert and then remove the taper to pass the 14mm one through, you’re going to have difficulties. If you NEED to stretch it and cannot wait because you’re impatient then what you’re looking for is a taper that ends at 14mm, nothing larger. That way the jewelry is the same size as the taper and insertion should most likely be a lot easier that way.

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7 Responses to “Ear lobe stretching using Darkside Acrylic Stretching Taper”

  1. Thanks a bunch warren for that comprehensive answer to my question. MUch appreciated! :)

    sam on June 25th, 2008 at 12:41 pm
  2. and no, i haven’t bought the said product as yet…i felt more secure if i would consult you first before i make any purchase which sort of contradicts with those concepts/knowledges i have on ear lobe stretchings. :)

    thanks again!

    sam on June 25th, 2008 at 12:44 pm
  3. Go to a reputable website, such as Body Art Forms, and buy a stainless steel taper if you must use tapers (I’m with Warren on the ‘natural’ method for stretching . . . I’m not a very impatient person, though).

    The one time I have used a taper, it was Industrial Strength and it was for my tongue piercing. With tapers, I wouldn’t play around with stuff that can’t be sterilized . . .

    Randi on August 21st, 2008 at 12:32 am
  4. and just to add. usually those acrylic tapers arent very tapered at all. they start small and booom ur at the biggest part! not safe.

    knucklehead nick on September 11th, 2008 at 5:35 pm
  5. tapers aren’t good in general, just wait at least a few months. by then, your ears should be healed enough that you can simply put in the next size with a little lotion and no pain. if you’re trying to get through sizes fast though, tape is a better way to do it. very good advice up there though, waiting long periods of time is the best way to do it. :)

    austin on February 22nd, 2009 at 3:20 am
  6. a year? you’re fucking out of your mind. what convuluted elitist shit is this?? I’ve worked as a piercer for 5 years and I would never sugest what you just suggested. get some fucking perspective dipshit.

    Holden on September 15th, 2010 at 10:32 am
  7. ive been stretching my ear and i never waited months before moving up a size. ive stretched 3 or even 4mm at a time and ive had no problems as long as im using steal tapers.
    im finding it hard to find really big steal tapers though so if any1 has any good websites pleeease tell me. :)

    rachael on June 24th, 2011 at 5:01 am

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