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January 17, 2012
8:46 pm
Breanne Redin
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Hey, guys! I'm considering starting to use tapers to expand my first earlobe piercing. I have 2 other lobe piercings, and am concerned about messing them up while I'm at it, so I'm going to be sticking small. Maybe an ending goal of 2g? would that be right?

Another question: How do you go about doing this? I've been doing a lot of reading on it, but I'm still a little confused on it… could someone share their experience with me?

 

thanks for any help! :)

January 18, 2012
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It's hard to say how other piercings will be effected without seeing your ear lobe. A good piercer will be able to tell you.

As for stretching, i only advocate tapers at small sizes, and you need to make sure that they are a good quality and taper slowly. There are some crap ones out there that taper very fast or are made of unsuitable material such as acrylic.

As you don't have a long way to go, and may wish to seek the advice of a piercer in person anyway, you can get this done at any good studio for a nominal fee, or possibly free if you buy the new jewellery from them.

 

Other than my advice is go very very slowly. Go as slow as you think you need to, then go slower!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 18, 2012
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Oakbear about covered it.  However I would add one more thing, and that is that using some sort of water base lubricant can make the process much easier.  Also, if you taper after a shower, your ears will be at their stretchiest at that point.  The key, as Oakbear mentioned, is to go very very slowly.

January 18, 2012
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Such as this topic already is, what do you guys recomend for stretching once you get to a 5/8?

I don't seem to find tapers that size, and I'm not entirely sure how to procede.

January 18, 2012
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well i think everyone covered it as far as brearun goes  as for ignacious theres a few things you can do weights or rap them in ptfe tape (bondage tape,electric tape) if you do this though make sure to keep an eye on how your body reacts usualy the tape wont iritate it but the glue can so if you see a alergic reaction id remove the tape imediatly with weights you risk deforming your ears so you should only wear them ocasionaly or find some heavy jewelry thats at 5/8 and waite a bit for them to strech them selves i dont recomend just craming stuff in there cause this can cause blow outs and thats never fun and as everyone else said the slower the better listen to your body dont force it good luck i hope everything comes out as planned and since where on the topic i just streched my septum to a 2gauge last night and i cant waite to get to my goal of a 00gauge

January 19, 2012
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I don't recommend heavy weights for stretching as it can create thin spots.

 

Taping is the way, with ptfe (i don't like this as it dries my lobes) or bondage tape. Electrical tape is a no-no for me as it contains some toxic stuff and the adhesive can cause issues.

 

A wrap of tape every week or 2. Rest between full sizes. Best way to stretch!

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January 19, 2012
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Okay, does this help as for determining how big I should go, max? Thanks for all the info, guys :)

 

my ear

January 20, 2012
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it looks like you should be able to get it to a 2 gauge id keep an eye on your second set of holes but mine where about that close and i didnt have an issue til i hit 7/8…………..oh ya big thing and huge issue when stretching ear cheese all of you thinking about or already streched you need to clean the hole or it gets funky (as a result of dead skin not being able to fall off naturaly and then rotting causing smelly residue) get in the habbit of taking your earings out and rinsing them in water its simple and easy and will prevent the problem i usualy do this while showering cause im already cleaning the rest of me so get in the habit of it

January 22, 2012
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Thanks for the info guys.

And good luck with the septum strommer, congrats on it so far.

January 22, 2012
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thanks ya i just streched my left ear to a 1 1/2 my tongue to a 4gauge tonightSmile

January 23, 2012
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How does stretching your tongue work? I thought about doing it when I was younger, but even as mods go, thats got to be uncomfotable/unhealthy.

January 23, 2012
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Not unhealthy, or painful, but pretty uncomfortable. I found mine swelled a lot following  a stretch, for a few days.

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January 24, 2012
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ya oakbears right its kinda uncomfortable but for the most part its a easy strech cause if you got a tongue ring im sure you play with it a lot witch is gonna stretch it out so usualy the jewelry goes in pretty easy im gonna go to a 00gage and see how i like it maybe bigger im not sure yet

January 24, 2012
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K, I just started stretching today :) No pain, so I guess I'm off to a good start! looks a lil red, does that mean I've gone too far or is that ok since there's no pain?

 

Also: how often should I clean this? Moisturize/lubricate? and how long should I wait between stretchings? I've read very different things, anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months to 6 months. 

 

thanks!!!

June 7, 2012
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How goes the stretching endeavor? Here is a good place to get a stainless steel taper set. 14g-00g for only $12.

http://www.mysticmetalsbodyjew…..038;page=1 

 

However, I suggest getting bondage tape and begin taping at a 2g to make the jump to 0g and then continue that from there on out. 

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