Ouch! Getting in tiny double flares

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Friday May 11th, 2012 @ 3:27 PM

Filed under: Ear

Hi BME. I have 3 lobe piercings in each ear and have been wearing 16g jewelry in all of them for a couple of years without any problems. I got some really lovely mini plugs from Glasswear Studios in 16g, and somehow thought that getting a double flare version would be a perfect idea: backless jewelry that would stay in! Sweet!

Er…no. So they’re basically like any other single flare plugs (except tiny, obviously), and the second flare is a slightly larger bead, kind of like a nosebone. I haven’t done any stretching at all and didn’t think this through properly. The ball end is probably 14g, though I can’t be sure.

Am I going to need to get a taper to get these suckers in? I managed my original/bottom lobes without too much fuss; they’re 15 years old and definitely the stretchiest. The other two refused to go all the way, so I backed off and put my old jewelry back in for now, then did some remedial salt soaks. I’d love to be able to wear these awesome things that were custom made for me.


Hi BME reader,
I don’t think you will need to purchase a 14g taper. My suggestion is just go down and see your piercer and ask them politely to help you out. Most piercers will just have a small fee for putting a piece of jewelry in and if they don’t charge tipping is always welcomed and appreciated.


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One Response to “Ouch! Getting in tiny double flares”

  1. Hmmm. I don’t actually have a piercer in town. I’ve had all my piercings for more than 10 years and have moved continents since they were done, so I’ll have to investigate around here and see who can help me out.

    Eliot on May 11th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

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