Seeking titanium jewelry! | General Discussion | Forum
September 9, 2012
Because I'm in a vaguely random mood tonight I have been trying on the various rings I bought for my lip and started noticed I was getting the same issue I have with my ears; reacting to surgical steel. One day before a meeting I got some small spikes so they would be nice and tight on my lip vs the long piercing studs. I noticed in under 24 hrs of having them on I had an ungodly blister. I switched to my newly arrived horseshoe rings (titanium anodized 316 stainless surgical steel) soon at work. The blister went down and lip just swelled by the end of my shift, no apparent infection signs. When I woke up I had bad pain and swelling (still no infection signs) to the point I could not move one of the rings. Disliking it being locked in place I hit a few painkillers and lidocaine containing oral rubs so I could switch them out. Once I got the piercing studs in (implant grade steel) and sucked on an ice pack for awhile things hurt a lot less. I woke up with lip back to normal. Today I get in another piece, a basic lippy loop with a bioplast labret, and it burned a bit within minutes. Diagnosis: DAMN THAT ALLERGY!
Due to the odd reactions I searched out the chemical formula for the steel bought from bodycandy.com. I found out that even though it's surgical steel, it still contained a percentage of nickel (which I'm highly allergic to the point of allergic to food sources of nickel). I was curious if there are suggestions as to where I can find some titanium (full titanium, not anodized on another metal) or silver horseshoe hoops (pref with spikes on them, keep it semi-discrete for work). The only ones I could find online were way too big (pref 5/16" 16ga). I'd put gold in there as gold melts into my skin tone, but I find the pure gold ones are mad expensive (which is why I don't wear earrings lol). Bioplast ones would work, but I can't seem to find them in a 16ga either. I'd love to have something other than the piercing studs.
Side thought: if someone works at a shop that has something that'd work who are in Los Angeles area I could travel a bit.
Stainless steel can't be anodised. Anything sold as anodised steel is coated steel, and the coatings can be problematic and flake or cause reactions. They tend to be low quality.
All steel has nickel in btw, but in varying amounts depending on the grade.
Anodised titanium is solid titanium which has undergone treatment, causing the outer surface to change colour. It won't flake and remains as suitable for piercings as any titanium. It can be bought at many good retailers. I don't know brick and mortar retailers near you, but Body Art Forms stock plenty of sizes. Try Industrial Strength direct for custom work should you need.
May 24, 2012
This company is the best available.
Anodizing titanium makes it safer to wear because it makes the surface of the metal smooth and even. I did custom anodizing on a daily basis (in a studio) and I can answer any (or most) questions you may have. Having the titanium anodized is better than not. The guys at neometal are super smart with loads of technical knowledge and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about specific products or machining.
September 9, 2012
"All steel has nickel in btw," <<< This needs to be distributed to all jewelry retailers lol I've had issues and hundreds of dollars wasted over the years from buying the surgical steel "nickel free" advertised jewelry only to get skin blisters, puss and wonder wtf.
Thanks for the sites, seems there's an industrial strength supplier within a mile of me ^.^ and I'm loving the variety on the body art site. This has been a painful lesson in not trusting coated metal for the sake of the money saving.
I love you sommer! Not only are those very similar to the ones I can wear daily buuuut do you know how long I've been hunting for black opal jewelry?! Now curious if I can talk my shop into custom ordering one in for me ^.^
May 24, 2012
If you can't find someone to order them for you, PM me about it. If you want it and can afford it, we can get it!! I'm glad I can share the info and I am happy you found something you have wanted for years. I am loving you loving me and loving you in return.
I have purchased steel jewelry from PierceBody.com and never had an issue. Though I don't have any experience with their titanium or silver, they do have those options on their site. Their stuff is very inexpensive and they sell to retailers as well as to the public.
I don't know a lot about their reputation, but I know that the piercer I used for many years bought jewelry from them. Never had problems with reactions, but always used steel for new piercings. Never tried silver, gold, titianium. Only ever worn steel, acrylic, and organics.
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