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Question by maderaverdes
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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What is the best way to stretch your ears once you've reached a 0 gauge?  I can't find ear stretchers that go to 00 and am just wondering the most effective way of stretching that big.


Answer by demole
Submitted on 2/8/2004
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visit

http://bodypunks.com/category.asp?category=expender

 

Answer by lacrossegoals16
Submitted on 3/29/2004
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i am trying to go from a 14g to a 2g. i had it in for like five mins then i took it out b/c it hurt too much. But i guess it would hurt going that big.

 

Answer by kevin
Submitted on 4/22/2004
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i went from a normal size earing to a 2g and it hurt like hell espcially how i streched it i didn't do it the way your suppose to i used a straw by cutting the end at a slant that way when i put the straw in it starts small then works it ways bigger. and here is some advise to anyone who wants to strech there ears don't use a straw

 

Answer by down
Submitted on 4/22/2004
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are you stupid?  trying to stretch from 14 to 2?  seriously people.  you need to leaern the proper way to stretch your lobes.  this is just....disgracefull.
ok #1.  NEVER< NEVER NEVER skip gauges.  unless you want a blowout and screwup your lobes.
#2 use tapers until you reach around 0 or 00
then if u cant find tapers, get a roll of electrical tape, and slowly add layers of tape around your plugs. eventually you will be able to put in the next gauge.
#3 wait at least a few months between stretches, this makes it muct easier, and safer to stretch.
#4.  dont be stupid, think of what you are doing.  if you think u will one day want "normal" earlobes again, realize that after a certian point ...around 00, you will have a hard time getting them to shrink back down to their original size.
geese, all you MALLRATS ewant to streth the lobes...at least learn how to do it

 

Answer by WarmnessOnTheSoul
Submitted on 4/25/2004
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I heard that loops are the best way to stretch your lobes...is that true?

 

Answer by down
Submitted on 4/29/2004
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CBR's(Captive Ball Rings) are a decent way to stretch your lobes.  but get unpractical when you get to larger gauges.  for early stretches the loops are good because they have a tiny bit of a taper at their ends.  but when you get to larger gauges i.e 00, 000, 1/2 inch you should stick to the tape method i mentioned earlier.  Another good idea is go to a local craft store,,,and buy clay.  if you cant get ahold of Big tapers, use the clay to make a taper, cook it in the oven ..and wallaa you have a home made taper.
Ive got 1/2 lobes, Ive tried numerous techniques for stretching, and my advice is to use tapers and tape.  

 

Answer by vera
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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i stretched my ears and i don't know what size it is right now, my friend stuck the inside plastic part of a pen threw my ear, that hurt like hell. and i know i don't use proper stretching methods...if anyone else has no like could they tell me what the guage would be for the plastic thing that holds the ink in a pen ? 0.o

 

Answer by safty-guy
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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is it healthy to go from a 12 to a 6, to a 0, in less than a week?

 

Answer by megan
Submitted on 5/5/2004
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unless you got your ears scalpled i doubt it's doing anything good for your lobes. i'vebeen streching my ears and they're finally at 3/4' (of an inch)- but it has taken me a long time. streching of the ears is meant to be done slowly.. in a lot of tribes it is considered a way of showing patience. letting your body heal before you continually strech is always better. dont rush anything or you risk permanent damage to your ears. make shure you know what you're doing could be like that forever.

usually 4g-2g is the size of a pen cap.
but i very strongly dont recommend using plastic or arcylic for anything (unless fully healed). plastic attracts bacteria like nothing else. you could clean it everyday and it would still carry so much bacteria... and risk infection.. which means you would have to de-gauge your ears and start all over again.


i advise you ALL to check out www.bmezine.com for VERY informative and helpful information.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR PIERCINGS + OTHER BODY MODS.

 

Answer by megan
Submitted on 5/5/2004
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unless you got your ears scalpled i doubt it's doing anything good for your lobes. i've been streching my ears and they're finally at 3/4' (of an inch)- but it has taken me a long time. streching of the ears is meant to be done slowly.. in a lot of tribes it is considered a way of showing patience. letting your body heal before you continually strech is always better. dont rush anything or you risk permanent damage to your ears. make shure you know what you're doing could be like that forever.

usually 4g-2g is the size of a pen cap.
but i very strongly dont recommend using plastic or arcylic for anything (unless fully healed). plastic attracts bacteria like nothing else. you could clean it everyday and it would still carry so much bacteria... and risk infection.. which means you would have to de-gauge your ears and start all over again.


i advise you ALL to check out www.bmezine.com for VERY informative and helpful information.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR PIERCINGS + OTHER BODY MODS.

 

Answer by zombie 666
Submitted on 7/2/2004
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saftyguy no i went from a 10to a 6 and it hurt like hell and it doesnt matter how many guges you put in a week you shoulnt go to a bigger guage in less than two weeks

 

Answer by jason
Submitted on 7/21/2004
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If you want to do it right don't skip gauges and use tapers. They aren't that expensive at bodyartforms.com also don't be dumb let a stetching heal COMPLETLELY before going on to the next size up.

 

Answer by marc
Submitted on 8/3/2004
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hey i went from a 18 gauge to a 6 gauge twice it hurt but was worth it.i just used one of those horned u shaped earrings and it worked good.then from there i went to a double zero.and for that i just pulled and played with my ears alot.

 

Answer by bryan
Submitted on 8/13/2004
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i had also only started stretching about 2 months ago 18 to g in one ear and 18 to like 4 or so in my other

 

Answer by uberphreak
Submitted on 8/21/2004
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Ist it normally harder to go from a 2 gauge to a 0 gauge? Ive never had any trouble going up a size in the past, but im trying to go from a 2 to a 0 and its harder than any other gauge Ive gone up to.

 

Answer by alyssa
Submitted on 8/31/2004
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i went from a 14 to a 4...nothing happened...but I was lucky..i didn't know that plastic attracted a lot of bacteria, so what would be a better method, other than tapers?

 

Answer by zak
Submitted on 8/31/2004
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im at a 14 gauge now if i go to a 12 then wait 2 weeks then 10 wait 2 weeks etc.. down to a 6 would that be ok?

 

Answer by fi
Submitted on 9/1/2004
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wot happens if u hav a screw at the end of ur bolt u r putting in 2 stretch ur ear cos it hurts like hell

 

Answer by JiveHead
Submitted on 9/3/2004
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Be careful when using tapers though.  I was going from a 2 to 0 ga using a steel taper.  It was a bit hard to push through so I just rammed it with all of my might and it went through very fast and punctured my neck.  Luckily my neck stopped bleeding after a few hours, but there's still a scar.  

 

Answer by stretcherman
Submitted on 9/25/2004
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its probably not the best idea to stretch in less u either want a blowout or keliods (keliods r permentit scares that grow large) i think it is best to either get a taper or slowly move up gauges

 

Answer by Jive Head
Submitted on 10/3/2004
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I just wanted to add something about stretching.  For some reason, here in America all piercing jewelry is sized by gauge.  The problem is, the difference in size keeps increasing the larger you go.  For instance, going from 8 ga. to 6 ga. is only about 0.9 mm difference, but going from 2 ga. to 0 ga. is about a 1.7 mm difference.  While the tape method probably works, I found it easier to purchase jewelry in millimeters from online sites based in the UK.  This way you could increase your piercing 1 mm at a time.  Of course, it's a more expensive method, but probably safer and less damaging to the piercing.  Thanks!

 

Answer by matt2222
Submitted on 10/6/2004
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i went from a 22 guage[standard] to a 10 guage in like 15 minutes each ear.it hurt yeah.i used bpinchers from morbid metals to stretch mine.you can get them at www.hottopic.com

 

Answer by LoW_LifE
Submitted on 10/8/2004
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A pen tube thingy is a perfect 0. I know this because I have a 0 and a friend of mine at school dared me to stick a pen through...so ofcourse I did lol. yup, its a 0.

 

Answer by Scott
Submitted on 10/8/2004
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LOL i went from a 14-8. hella stupid and hurt, but it was worth it. i used this metal thread remover thing that happened to taper to the perfect size, from the perfect size. but i am wondering, how big can i stretch em so long that they still stretch back when i remove them.

 

Answer by peach
Submitted on 11/6/2004
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does anyone have any ideas of what can be used to stretch your lobes other then the traditional jewelery...like things you can find around the home or whatever...basically cheaper...peach

 

Answer by chriscool
Submitted on 11/10/2004
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Hello,

Yesterday I bought a taper, I'm not sure how big it is though, It's about 3mm wide.. and I put it in last night. Today I took it out to clean the hole and it started to bleed, is this normal?, but soon as i had washed it with warm water the blood stopped?, is this normal could someone please let me know.

 

Answer by newfie
Submitted on 11/15/2004
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I'm at a 0 now, and I have a 00 taper that fits in fine but i lost it. now i have 9/16ths bought and i wanna get them in, i am using Teflon tape, from the plumbing store. i use lube to get it in and it's hard to get them out. weight is the best way. it's most natural. the body heals as it goes. I know a lot of people continuously pull their ears. i have to lately. when your watching TV, just tug and pull them. USE LOTS OF LUBE WHEN YOU STRETCH WITH TAPERS! and soak them (your ears) in hot/warm water beforehand, it loosens them up...

 

Answer by dreade couch
Submitted on 11/25/2004
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my ears are at 4mm now. how big can i go before they will never close im worried i might want my ears back

 

Answer by MAVERICK
Submitted on 11/27/2004
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guys!
i know this is prolly the latest response on the site but i stretched my ears from an 12 to an 8g which is a pretty big jump for someone as sissy as me. plus, my rents hate my newly stretched ears which makes me wanna stretch it more and more , BAHAHAHAAHAH- i don;t think i will go any bigger because i kind like the eight guage, at first, it hurts to try to move the ring around but my ears healed pretty quick and im now ok...also: i got my nipple peirced sometime in october! its an absolutely gorgeous peircing!
P.S anyone here read zines? pass some along to me then!

 

Answer by liltay
Submitted on 12/5/2004
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Help. i just put a 12 gauge in. i dont have anything to put in to make larger and i dont have any money please e-mail me at liltay@mail.com

 

Answer by scootinisfun813
Submitted on 12/6/2004
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im going from a regular piercing to a 14 and then down to 12 and then 10, all using the same taper, just moving it farther down everytime i streatch, is this ok, and how long should i keep an earing in before i streatch to the next size?

 

Answer by Abbey
Submitted on 12/13/2004
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Jason is right.  Do not use a straw or nails or  anything unsanitary.  I have two 5/8 gauges now & I learned my lesson by trying to go from a 14 gauge to a 6 gauge with nails.  It worked until I went to take them out.  I tore my ear & it was a bloody mess.  I recommend using tapers.  Go to bodyartforms.com, bodysparkle.com, or anotherhole.com. They are really cheap & it won't cause infection. Oh, & yeah, DO NOT SKIP GAUGES!!!  That's another huge mistake.  You won't want to keep the gauges in if you stretch them too fast.  The longer you keep the gauges in the less it will hurt to go up a size.

 

Answer by davie jones
Submitted on 12/22/2004
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i would love to pierce proffesionally but dont know where to start going about it in ireland, any one got any information


 

Answer by stretchy face
Submitted on 12/25/2004
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i got my ear pierced at the mall not even a year ago. i fainted because i got really sick for some dumb reason, it didn'teven hurt that much. i went to a store one day and this guy had his ear stretched out . I thought it looked cool. At the time my ears where only g16.my sister started to just gradually put in bigger gauges at a time  right now i am at 8g,some advise people..... the best way to stretch out your ears is to  just keep stretching out your ears with bigger jewelry at a time.

 

Answer by i need help
Submitted on 1/12/2005
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i need help i want to gauge form a 2 to 0 but i decided to use the tape method but my father says that the pvc in the tape will make me sick like horrible sick and my parents refuse to take me to a studio so i need a method that will get my ears to a 0 without blowing out or get infected like the did when i did it the first time with a taper

 

Answer by starting_streching
Submitted on 1/22/2005
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how do i know when a stretching is fully healed

 

Answer by Rainz3
Submitted on 1/23/2005
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I went from normal piercing all the way to 8 usen hoops and had no problems I also waited atleast 2 weeks between each piercing and from 8-00 I used tapers. Only stupid thing I did was stretched 12-10 usen plugs hurt like hell but its all I had at the time and I lost my 6s and only had 10s to put in so when I finally went to 4s I went from 10-4usen a taper it hurt but not as much because they had already been stretched.

 

Answer by pooey
Submitted on 2/8/2005
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I'm at 14mm (14 millimetres not 14 guage) and i wanna stretch bigger too.
The clay expander idea sounds good. But does the clay let the ear breathe?
My lobes get gooey with the plastic ones.
I'm currently hanging about ten keys from my buffalo horn tunnel but i don't think thats a good way to do it.
Has anyone here gotten bigger using weight like me?

 

Answer by marina
Submitted on 2/14/2005
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I went from a 6 gauge to a 4 gauge, but without using a taper. It was impossible to fit the tunnel in without ripping my ear.. so what worked was taking some electrical tape and wrapping it around the end of the tunnel but make the tape so that it tapers. MAKE SURE TO STERILIZE THE TAPE!! then just pull it through. It works well. Happy stretching.

 

Answer by lukasz
Submitted on 2/14/2005
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tapers are too expensive. my advise is to goto a 8 g by tapers then use the inside of a pen and slowly wrap tape around it as the days go by

 

Answer by somerandomguy
Submitted on 2/16/2005
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ok for all those who want to try and stretch your ear lobes the best thing to do is take these guys advice and do it properly and gradually. But if you are like me and have to have it now.... here is what i did... now im not trying to go against diong it the proper way but my girlfriend bought me 14 gauges and i just had normal holes from when i first got them peirced i took the pin inside of a metal watch band once i worked that through i put my 14's in this might not work for everybody but it did for me... i took like 2 hrs to do both ears. it would be smarter to go up gradually but if you cant wait then you can try my way..

 

Answer by al
Submitted on 3/6/2005
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when are my ears considered healed?

 

Answer by shorty
Submitted on 3/13/2005
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hey im not sure if i have a 20 or a 18 gauge but i need to go to a 14. where you i find a stretcher?

 

Answer by criz
Submitted on 3/14/2005
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hello my name is criz, i haven't had my ears stretched yet because i want to know that if i get old will i be able to shrink my lobes back down?
if i will be able to shrink them back down what is the largest size i can go to.
please write back.
PS please tel how you know what you are saying is right, I'm not being rude, i just wont to be safe.

 

Answer by BIgOnE
Submitted on 3/15/2005
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I go to a private school were peircing are not aloud. is it OK to just put the ring in at night. like is taking out and in going to do anything bad. i keep them clean. Also how long will a tattoo take to heal with that new ocean water stuff.

 

Answer by BIgOnE
Submitted on 3/15/2005
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I go to a private school were peircing are not aloud. is it OK to just put the ring in at night. like is taking out and in going to do anything bad. i keep them clean. Also how long will a tattoo take to heal with that new ocean water stuff.

 

Answer by schrecker
Submitted on 3/15/2005
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i don't really know much about piercings i have had my ears pierced for years but now i want to gauge them. but i'm about a 12g or so now. whats the best way to go about it? and if so how long do i keep the tapers in?

 

Answer by Steph
Submitted on 3/17/2005
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Aloha, ive never been on this site b4, well im only 14 and i have been thinkin bout havn my ears stretched but only rly rly rly small. im confused tho, how do u stretch it the proper way? and im still in skule wud i b able to get a small stretch done in six weeks?

 

Answer by stretcher
Submitted on 3/20/2005
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i really don't know ...... I don't know if when u use heavy rings or  tapers  there is less chance of infection. If u think about it you are not suppose to do this 2 your ears..

 

Answer by eartartkid13
Submitted on 3/27/2005
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i have two 0g lobes and i started by using captive rings and went 2 8g plug with no problem but after 8g i used all tapers which made it a hell of alot easier and less painfull i never skiped a gauge and waited about 3 weeks to a month in between stretches tapers work real good and i suggest using them.

 

Answer by xfcgvzdf
Submitted on 3/29/2005
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It doesnt matter how big you go within a week or two. Go at your own pace-use your own judgement. Everybody's ears are different and usually one ear is less bound to infection than the other. I jumped from standard size to 8 then to a two and they were perfectly fine. Of course you could get a blow out. But you could just scrape it out, and when it gets infected, dont take it out to let it heal. It will heal faster if you leave it as big as it is or one size down(unless its swollen over the earring) << but like i said everyones ears are different



So if you really do care about how your ear lobes will be in the future, don't do it.

Good luck

 

Answer by Pepper
Submitted on 4/5/2005
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I been stretching my lobes for 4 months now and im at a 6 gauge i have a 4 gauge taper but that hurts to get it thru and i have 2gauge claws and plugs and i wanna get to a two so i can put my zero gauge pluges in.. Any advice?

 

Answer by lamententent ent
Submitted on 4/7/2005
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tonight was my first attemt... and i went from a straight peircing to 1/2 [i am not exactly sure if its 1/2... i am new at this.] and i suggest people not to skip steps... and get someone to do it for you

 

Answer by xforeverx
Submitted on 4/8/2005
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all of you need to grow up and just put them through quit complaining about it if you cant handle it then dont do it using tape is a good method but seriously all of you think abou this way to much my ears are at a inch and it barely took any time at all and i have no blowouts or anything wrong with my ears

 

Answer by astroxxxzombie
Submitted on 4/12/2005
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i have 1 inch plugs and you guys are all dumb

 

Answer by Le Genius
Submitted on 4/14/2005
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People, people. Patience is a virtue. Yes, we all want the most enormous holes; the kind you could easily drive a four-wheeler through. But it will come with time. Don't give yourself a blowout because you can't wait, lest you royally screw yourself over.

 

Answer by MidnightKnight
Submitted on 4/15/2005
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Ok, I have a few ideas for when I START stretching my ears... I am currently at a 16 guage, and was wondering if it would be ok if I went to a 12 straight away or if I should start only going up a size at a time?

 

Answer by tammy
Submitted on 4/21/2005
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i was wondering if you could get your ears "punched" one of my friends said that you could but  i'm not sure what that is or entails. it doesn'tseem like something that can be done to me.. just wondering if anyone could answer me. thanks.

 

Answer by ChevyRacing000
Submitted on 4/22/2005
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I went from a 12 to a 6 in one day my ears didn't hurt or tear and they healed in one full week. I think that there is just a lot of weak people that come here and want to talk crap because they just want to stretch their ears to fit in, or look cool. So if you cant take the pain that comes with it then don't do it you bunch of wussies....!

 

Answer by yeah<3
Submitted on 4/26/2005
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what size is a paper clip?

 

Answer by Deziree
Submitted on 4/29/2005
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I skipped sizes ( regular earing size to 14-I kept for about a year, 8 - shoved a taper through in like 5 minutes each ear, then to a 6- which I had in for less then a day,4 for a couple days, and I used the part of a gel pen that holds the ink in, with o rings as my size '3' gadge. Because I couldnt get my 2's in. Taper to 0, 00 for a couple weeks. then to 7/16 for not even a day taped. to 1/2** So I did a couple things wrong. But then again. I worked at Hot topic for over a year and a half. So I had access to the body jewelry. ( with discount of course... b.c without that. I prolly would have been using more stupid house hold things then I did.) But yeah my lobes are perfectly fine.. no blow outs nothing. and i take them out sometimes. and the close pretty fast... And I'm at 1/2 inch.

 

Answer by Tom
Submitted on 5/1/2005
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Hey i have a friend who is wondering if he goes up 2 3/4' (inch) will his hole close up when he takes the Plug/Stretcher out when hes older

 

Answer by Robyn
Submitted on 5/4/2005
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Hey,
I went from a size 12 to a size 6, and I'm perfectly fine. Yeah, your earlobe my bleed buts its normal. Cuz your stretching out you skin and of course its going to hurt. I have friends that gauge their ears. So, if you have any questions just e-mail me at worstdayever@msn.com

 

Answer by Ladybug
Submitted on 5/15/2005
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For bigger tapers go to:
http://www.bodyartforms.com/

I have just ordered some 1/2" tapers from there, they also have a lot of bigger jewellery too

 

Answer by Rosedesiree
Submitted on 5/18/2005
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I am so stupid, I just gauged my ear from a 14 to a 2 in about a minute, I am stressed out with life and did something stupid. Do I just take it out now or just try and keep it from getting infected???? Please let me know. Thanks guys....

 

Answer by BirdBoarder
Submitted on 5/18/2005
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To gauge your ears from a 14 straight to a 2 will not work and hurt worse then you can think of. Try going to bodypunks.com and look for streches. these look like a hook and can be pushed threw your ear slowly. Be sure you do this slowly the skin on your ear lobes is exreamly flexible and if you do this to fast it can rip. If your ear does rip you have no idea how painfull this will be. whene you do go up in gauges the earing will feel very tight and may sting to twist. Despite the pain try to clean it just as you did whene you first pierced it. In a few weeks you can move up a size again. This is a simple procese but you must think of the long term plans for college and a job in the futre. this may change some oppertunities you've never seen a doctor with a 2G now have you? Be safe and have some fun with your ears!

 

Answer by sophie
Submitted on 5/28/2005
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hey. im on 3mm at the mo, and shud i skip a few sizes as i have done that in the past? x

 

Answer by MarsVoltaAddict
Submitted on 6/27/2005
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I have not started gaging my ears yet but I want to and I have read all your recommendations but I still have one question...what the hell are tapers and where could I find them for a semi-reasonable price?

 

Answer by andrew .f
Submitted on 7/8/2005
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hey whats up just want to know if you know what gauge is a q-tip i have one in right now i think its about a 8g is that right?

 

Answer by PHILPY 93
Submitted on 7/12/2005
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HEY I'M JUST TURNED 12 AND I'M A 24 MM I WENT FROM A 4 MM TO AN 8 MM TO 12MM TO 16 MM AN HORN STRECHED THE REST TO A 23 STRECHED WITH A PLUG TO 24 MM WAIT A FEW MONTHS BETWEEN EVERY STRECH AND USE DETTOL LIQUID SOAP AFTER UR BATH/SHOWER ON UR BARE LOBES NOTE LIQUID SOAP SOAP GOOD FOR STRECHING WITH HORN.  
              -PEACE OUT-                    

 

Answer by snuggle puss
Submitted on 7/12/2005
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how big is 16 mm in gauge

 

Answer by Pashleigh
Submitted on 7/26/2005
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i was stretching my ears from a 0 to a 00  and my right ear did fine, practicly slipped right in. then i tried for my left ear which didnt want to stretch so i tried forcing it a little then gave up and went for using a taper. i had the taper in for about a day and went to take it out finding that i had ripped my ear (it didnt even feel like i had). my right ear had always stretched easier and i dont know if this is the reason...  the original pierceing in my right ear is more centered than the one in my left ear, so the hole in my left ear is lower than the right.  i was wondering if it would be smart for me to see if it will close up then repierce is it in the center then re-stretch or if this would be just a pain in ass. let my the rip heal and try to stretch to a 00 again.  any one have any input?

 

Answer by Katie
Submitted on 7/28/2005
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Alright, people. It's a good idea to use  tapers, going from 14 ga. to 2 ga....is that some kind of joke?! If you're starting out when you use the tapers, use a water-based lubricant like KY jelly to help it slide through. When you stretch your lobes, it should NEVER bleed. never ever. Definatley wait between stretches; it'll help all the more. Obviously if you're in a rush you don't care too much about your ears at all. SO, be patient and be safe.

 

Answer by Victoria
Submitted on 8/1/2005
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you guys, I beg of you, DO NOT go from like... an 18 gauge straight to a 2 gauge!! it is not a good thing to do. It hurts, and you'll damage your ears. What you should do is, say if your an 18 gauge, get the next size down, so you would get a 16 gauge. a normal size earring is usually a 20 gauge, occasionally it will be an 18 gauge. So, again, you would just go ONE size down, and about every 2-6 weeks, you can get the next size down.

 

Answer by hey i dunno what this site is but hey
Submitted on 8/10/2005
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hey i went from...well a really small guage just a bit bigger then normal to 10mm in 2days yeah bad i know how many gauge is 10mm?

 

Answer by KyoCasey
Submitted on 8/14/2005
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Well i have just baught bigger gage earings to gage mine .. i started at a 16 .. then slowly went from there to a 00 ... and right now im trying to figure out how to get bigger than that ... i dont think they make bigger stretchers than a 00 ... took me awhile just to find some 00's ... and i want to go to atleast a half inch ... so i was just wondering if you guys had any advice on doing this.

 

Answer by Black rose
Submitted on 8/16/2005
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hey i dont even have my ear pierced yet but i was just wondering if its ok to go from like a 20 or 18 gauge and then stretch to a 6 gauge

 

Answer by hello
Submitted on 8/19/2005
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im at an 8 gauge rite now but just say i leave it in for like a year or 2 and deside to take it out ....will it be permantly stretched or will my ears go back to normal?

 

Answer by Anti-Effect
Submitted on 9/1/2005
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Could you safely go from a 14g  to about say... a 4g within about a month and a half or two months

 

Answer by Anti-Effect
Submitted on 9/1/2005
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Could you safely go from a 14g  to about say... a 4g within about a month and a half or two months

 

Answer by lulu
Submitted on 9/3/2005
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my earlobes are at 16mm at the moment and i am a girl. are there many more females who have gone this big.

 

Answer by idontknow
Submitted on 9/12/2005
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Im starting to stretch my ears and i have some cheep clear plugs. i put ptfe tape on it like teflon tape and it does no slid in easy and it looks like it blows out but then i could push the skin back in the hole is that normal? and whats the best way of stretchin

 

Answer by rufioooo
Submitted on 9/13/2005
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i started off stretching me ears with nails they get hell infected tho so dont do that i started off withh 4mm...then a month later went to 6mm...month later im now at 8mmm en cheering!

 

Answer by Lion Hearted Straight Edge
Submitted on 9/20/2005
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Skipping sizes when stretching your ears is the worst idea, especially when going from a 14 to a 2. Normally, stretching your ears using tapers should take at least 6-10 months. (assuming you stretched your ears once a month/once every other month.) Those of you who haven't had problems when you've skipped sizes are very fortunate you haven't suffered a blowout, and if you havent had a blowout I can guarentee that your ear lobes are torn or scarred. Don't you know that scar tissue makes it harder to stretch your ears? I know I don't want my lobes looking like a cats asshole. If your ears bleed when you stretch them you should go down a couple of sizes and treat your ear as if it were freshly pierced.  I have been stretching my ears for two years now and I am at 3/4". This is as far as I plan on going, and because I took the time to actually stretch my ears properly my lobes are healthy and nice looking. Few people wil take advice from a 17 year old kid, but i have been stretching my ears for a while and I have suffered from no problems at all. For more information visit http://onetribe.nu/catalog/stretching.php

 

Answer by Lion Hearted Straight Edge
Submitted on 9/20/2005
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The answer to your question Vera is roughly a size 10 gauge.


I got both of my ears pierced at 4 gauge, and they didn't hurt at all. So if your ears hurt when you're stretching them you're doing it too quickly.

 

Answer by Plex
Submitted on 10/3/2005
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I pierced mine that day, then i pushed a 8g through the hole, i felt a slight tear, but a month on it has healed up, i went back into the piercer and the dude had a real go at me, apparently i was lucky my ear didnt "blowout"

 

Answer by lukizzzzzzzzz
Submitted on 10/17/2005
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u dont really have to take ya time i have gone from a thumbtac pin to like 20 mil in about 6 months and my other ear is 16 and thats been like 2 months so just get bigger stretchers and stik them in it might hurt but after it u feel relived and yer from 1 mil to 6 mil hurts but from then its like o thats a bit of pain lets go bigger so just do it how eva u feel like dont listen do it your own way k peace out ppls

 

Answer by amber
Submitted on 10/19/2005
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If you can't find tapers, you can use spirals, the only problem is they get super huge looking after 0g but they'll work.  Another ? what gauge is the cap if you might want your ears to    
shrink back to normal someday, I've heard it's 0 but i want to go bigger!

 

Answer by monk
Submitted on 10/21/2005
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I can't stretch my lobes permanantly because of work, but is there anywhere I can find standard earrings with the studs shaped like those of stretched lobes?

 

Answer by Kevin
Submitted on 10/23/2005
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i have 0's and i bought 00 but cant get them in, what should i do?

 

Answer by rissa
Submitted on 10/25/2005
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yeah you shouldn't skip gauges like that it can rip your ears and cause keloids.Just use tapers and wait till the swelling goes down and the earrings are easily turned.And if you are so impatient that you can't wait maybe you should rethink why your gauging/stretching.

 

Answer by new at this
Submitted on 10/29/2005
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with the tapers should you leave them in for a few days.  and put a plug or labret of the size you stretched to in a few days later or put them right in after stretching it.  and in answering this question you will answer rather i should buy 1 or 2 tapers.  

 

Answer by new at this
Submitted on 10/29/2005
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with the tapers should you leave them in for a few days.  and put a plug or labret of the size you stretched to ina few days later or put them right in after stretching it.  and in answering this question you will answer rather i should buy 1 or 2 tapers.  

 

Answer by Thrice
Submitted on 11/1/2005
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It deosnt matter about anything . I was told by a professional piercer that i could skip a couple of gauges here and there and it would be fine, and as for inbetween stretches, thats totally up to your body. I went in every 2 weeks and had my ears stretched upp properly with tapers, and theyre perfect. It dpeends on your body, so you should just listen to it. I agree that you should check out bme for more information on this whole subject. I've never had a blow out, so if you skip a gauge it wont neccesarily give you a blowout, its just a bigger stretch

 

Answer by Ricky
Submitted on 11/2/2005
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tapers for a 00 gauge shouldn't be that hard to find. i used tapers all the way up to 1 inch. it's after and inch that they get hard to find. weights are a good way to stretch too.  once you get past 00 try getting some flesh tunnels and hanging pad locks from your ears for about 3 hours every other day. it hurts, but it's effecive.

 

Answer by ozy
Submitted on 11/3/2005
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i want to know haw to streach 2 a 3mil i got it almost all in then it would not go through the bak i even tried slitting the bk open and it still would not go in????????? what should i do ?????????/

 

Answer by iluvbodypiercings
Submitted on 11/4/2005
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its fine if you try and stretch them yourself.. just make sure it's clean an it's not dirty.
make sure that you don't skip too many sizes, and don't use toothpicks.. it stings a lot (from the wood) when putting them in and out.
it hurts.. trust me.
(toothpicks are a 16g)

 

Answer by J
Submitted on 11/9/2005
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I have a question...
I went from a 6 to a 4 the next day. I think i screwed up my ears because it looks really nasty. there is some bleeding. I don't know what to do. i let it heal to and 8 gauge, but it is still bleeding. also one of my ears is a 6 gauge and there is a big diff. in size. please help.

 

Answer by Jenny
Submitted on 11/9/2005
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go to hot topic. stuff there is generally cheap. for gauges and such. when you are in the smaller sizes like 12,10,8 you can do them a week at a time. it will take about a 3 weeks to get a 8. after that I recommend that you wait three weeks apart and don't use plastic as said before, and always use a taper

 

Answer by une belle defiallance
Submitted on 11/12/2005
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I went from regular earring size to a 4, but it was a healthy stretch [if such a thing exists] : meaning it did not bleed, no blowouts, healed normal, etc. From there I haven't skipped. People think since its easy to skip with smaller sized guages [which it is], that they can do it with bigger ones. I advise you not to, unless you're flat out stupid. Pen lids and such are a stupid way of gauging. If you insist on using any household item for gauging, marker lids work best. Im not encouraging you, but I figured I'd help if you plan on being stupid. At least it would be smarter than pen lids. And if you do use them, sterilize them please. You can't be that stupid can you? And taper-wise. Do not use candlesticks. If you do, your an idiot.

 

Answer by Adam
Submitted on 11/14/2005
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I really wanna stretch my lobes and i wanna go to something 14Ga its this possible streight from a normal peircing and if so how do i do it? Is tapers the best way?

 

Answer by Terri
Submitted on 11/16/2005
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Ok. I want the stretch one of my ear lobes.
What is the best size to start with, 2mm or 3mm? Where can i get them from? And how do i stretch it?

 

Answer by gia
Submitted on 11/16/2005
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i had recently decided to stretch my 12 gauge to 10 but i was having trouble sliding it through so in my frustration i grabbed something acrylic and pulled it through my ear it stretched it thats for sure i got my earing in but it looks like im building up a bit of scar tissue should i take it out and ut in my 12 gauge again asap?

 

Answer by taper paper
Submitted on 11/19/2005
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hi i went to hot topic and bought these horn tapers at a size 12 to 10 and i cant get it through my ear enough to put the rubber band thing on does any one have any suggestions on what to use and how long do i wait til i can move it farther in

 

Answer by micheal
Submitted on 11/27/2005
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i like poopie

 

Answer by Rider
Submitted on 11/28/2005
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use silicone tunnels. you can put them in squished up and they slowly stretch out to the size you want.

 

Answer by kelsey
Submitted on 12/4/2005
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because i don't have tapers lying around my house, i just used a paint brush. i measured where the handle reached the appropriate width and marked it. it worked just dandy.

 

Answer by Derek
Submitted on 12/5/2005
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Alright, Your all idiots seriously, I have 0 Guages in my ears...right now and I successfully got to two guage within 3 months...Mind you, my ears are extremly stong and are really hard to rip. I got my 0 guage in about 4 hours ago...from my 2...and it took 4 seconds....The trick to stretching your ears is Play with your holes alot....I went from a 16 to a 12 to a 8 to a 4 then 2 and 0... The more you play with your ears, the more they will stretch without putting a bigger stretcher in. Now, if you have the right size plug that will not go in, your two best friends are a warm shower and vaseline. The warm shower will make your ears more elasticy and your vaseline lets it slide in. Dont be stupid...Do not do what I did...I wanted to do it fast and inexpensive...so in total i bought 2 plugs...a 0 and a 2... I used house hold objects to stretch...I started with A spike i found from a geometry set. and wrapped it in tape alot...then I used wood ( bad idea, wood splinters in the shower ) paintbrushes and straws...all of which were sanitized....but the main thing im telling you, is if you want to stretch your ears FAST....play with them...At all times...at school, infront of the tv...the only time my hands werent on my ears...was when i was sleeping....Also...Keep your hands clean if your going to play with them...and dont play with them...for 2 days after a stretch...I find taking them out and pud pulling your ear helps to.

 

Answer by albert
Submitted on 12/7/2005
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i went from a 14g. to a 4g. in less than half an hour.

 

Answer by Brianna.
Submitted on 12/8/2005
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your stupid.

 

Answer by Yeahhhh
Submitted on 12/13/2005
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You all suck really. all of you are wrong are you guys serious I work piercing parlor i deal with this stuff all the time you guys do not have any idea what you are talking about thank you

 

Answer by scotty
Submitted on 12/19/2005
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i'mgest started streetching i got to 3mm  i was wondering could i junp 2 a 5mm and wat guage would a 5mm be

 

Answer by steve
Submitted on 12/20/2005
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im streching from 00 to about 3/4 and i have a battery in with 5 layers of tape and i need about 30 to fit in the plugs but it looks like im running out of room will the ear be able to sterch the rest if the area i need?

 

Answer by Jim
Submitted on 12/27/2005
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hey... i went from 1.6mm to 5mm using a taper in 3-4 days... i left it for like a week or 2.. and then went from a 5mm to 8mm in 2 days using an 8mm taper.... now for sum reason... stretching doesnt seem to bother me... it doesnt hurt all that bad.. so i dont have an issue with the pain...now i know this is stupid of me coz its way to fast!!!but i just got a 12mm taper for christmas.. and am soo tempted to shove it in.... but i know i seriously shudnt coz i'l snap my ears of summin... now this 8 mm doesnt hurt at all.. i can twist it as much as i like and doesnt hurt at all :S  so what i want to know is that if its stretched to quick... does it just take longer to heal.. or will it heal normally over a longer time period?? and wen do u think i shud stretch more? my mates are like.. dont do any more till easter! but i'm a desperate guy and seeing as it doesnt hurt me.. i just wanna do it now... please email back to thesuffering_jester_root@hotmail.co.uk

 

Answer by xrawrrxcorex
Submitted on 12/29/2005
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i have a question for anyone who can answer. im thinking about gauging my ears but i have no clue how to. can someone reply to this by email @ xrainexcorex@yahoo.com?

 

Answer by noname0999
Submitted on 1/4/2006
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this is somewhat redicoulas how all of you people are actinglikea 1/2 is big where i live everyone can fit there arm through there damn ears some people use cones tostretch from liek a craft store

 

Answer by Natalie
Submitted on 1/9/2006
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4 weeks ago I was a 4, not I am at a 00 nothing bad has happened besides losing a peice of skin. and in all honesty it did not hurt one bit. I went from 4 to 2 and 2 to 00 and I used first a pen lid, then an eye liner lid then a sharpy. I do not know if I recomend this to other people. I never get infections so there is no real risk for me.

 

Answer by theNIALL
Submitted on 1/24/2006
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i streched my ear to a 8mil in 6 weeks from piercing the thing nothing went wrong, when i took it out to get a job it healed ad went back to normal ha ha do it as fast as you feel apropiate

 

Answer by joncamo
Submitted on 1/25/2006
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i stretch my ears from 8 to 2 in two day with expander i didnt skip nay tapper
and its okay
good luck

 

Answer by Moka
Submitted on 1/25/2006
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Anyone who skips gauges is a bloody idiot! Ever heard of EBAY? I bought an entire set of tapers and barbells of each gauge size 18g-00g.(the barbells to hold the stretch from the taper... duh) and I got it all for under 100 aussie dollars (inc P&H).
I was then, over a period of about 3-4 months able to get my lobe to 00g without any pain, tearing, or blowouts.
I'd urge anyone seriously considering it to do alot of research on it and most of all listen to your body... When STRETCHING (not tearing) you're earlobes if it hurts, there's blood or any other contraindication. Just Stop...
Stretching any piercing can look great but if you look about on the net you can find many pictures of what happens when idiots decide to skip gauges...

 

Answer by punk kid
Submitted on 1/28/2006
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www.tonguestud.com

go there now cuz u guys dont know wut ur doing

 

Answer by Gabriel
Submitted on 1/31/2006
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Well , the answer to all this lobe stretching agony is not to skip gauges and stretch slowly. Which process may take ages, but your ears will not risk infection and possibility of getting a blowout on your earlobes , Happy Stretching. Don't screw your earlobes!

 

Answer by xpollyanna
Submitted on 2/2/2006
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hey, i wanna stretch my ears but i have NO IDEA where to begin! my ears are pierced with regular earrings...so i dont exactly know what size that is...so if anyone could help me out and tell me what to do/what to get, that'd be great. thanks!

 

Answer by Matty
Submitted on 2/7/2006
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i started stretching my ears during the summer and i have used the "tape method" and it worked really well, my ears are now at a 00 and i made my own plugs of out a pen, i had to clean it a lot before i put them in my ears. But for some advice get some good plugs if u  wanna do this proporly

 

Answer by EmoXAtticus
Submitted on 2/9/2006
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The best method for stretching your ears are to use tapers.... Also, like everyone else said don't skip gauges and wait till your ear heals or you will go through about three weeks of hell.. trust me, I learned from experience. I'd change my gauge every 3 days until I got up to a 2 and then it hurt like a b****.

 

Answer by josh
Submitted on 2/13/2006
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im from england so i dont know what all this guage nonsense is but im at 22mm , why dont all you cheapskate american retards just get a stretching tapers kit off ebay for a tenner . dumb wankers

 

Answer by EDZ
Submitted on 2/15/2006
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i went from a regularv ear piercing to a 8g and then i went from an 8g to a 0g, it hurt so much but i left the stretcher in there for about a day then put in the plugs. I just wanted to know if my ear still closes up now that i'ma 0g??

 

Answer by finn
Submitted on 2/20/2006
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i just started stretching....i used a 14 gauge and they fit......is that normal?ive never did it before and felt no pain what so ever...

 

Answer by i love ska
Submitted on 2/23/2006
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i have 1/2 inches in my ear.but im wondering if i go 2 9/16, will my ear holes close?

 

Answer by layla
Submitted on 2/25/2006
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i want to start stretching my ears cos i only have normal peircings right now. what shall i do to  start them?

 

Answer by Chris
Submitted on 2/26/2006
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Im trying to put a 00 gauge tongue ring in a 0 gauge hole and I can't find any tapers so does any one have any ways to make tapers?

I used diffrent size paint brushes to guage it from a 14 to a 2

Size 1, 4, 6, and 9 is the biggest paint brushes can find, but I can pull a "9" size brush all the way so any more ways to strech piercings with out tapers?

 

Answer by Chris
Submitted on 2/26/2006
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I also found some really cheap tapers on ebay!!!! www.ebay.com

 

Answer by NooB777
Submitted on 3/25/2006
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hey i just got my ears pierced and bought a 10 gage taper do you think it is fine to put in?

 

Answer by Kenny Chaos
Submitted on 5/2/2006
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i've been gauging my ears for like 3 years now and i took like 1-2 months in betwen each one just to be extra careful and because i kept forgeting i had them. now im at a 2 gauge and i have a 0 gauge taper but when i try to put it in it ust stops towards the top and the more i push the more my ear almost flips kind of. i dont want a blowout but its been a few months since i have gauged so it shouldbe healed and ready to be gauged. does anybody have any suggestions of how i should do it. I tried after i showered and i used vaseline.

 

Answer by the penis pierced man
Submitted on 5/6/2006
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so you guys are all stupid...this is how you do  it -

take a nail, put it in the fire and heat it till it's glowing amber red.  Then CAUTIOUSLY take tongs to handle the heated nail. You must have someone there to help you.  Then find a hammer and gently tap the nail into the earlobe. It's normal to exp. pain, so take an advil before.  Yer done at at a size 6 from the start.  

 

Answer by cobin31
Submitted on 5/23/2006
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allright i have used many diffrent ways of streching and i have found that the two best ways for me is to take your time and i would either use tape or what i would also recomend is is you dont like the pain then just play with ur ear rings, plugs w/e and pull on them i had 00 and just waited about a month and just evey day just gentaly pulled on them in every direction and just played with them in general this is what i would recomend and its a lot cheaper that buys a new plug use tape or just pull on them

 

Answer by shari
Submitted on 5/25/2006
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hey, i just put strecher through my ear that i bought last nite, and i dont kno what size it is, and it hurt like anything, but i numbed it before i put it in to reduce the pain, and what i would like to kno, is how long i should wait till i put in another, larger size. And also, my friend told me that when you strech your ear. it not only streches but it tares, and it yu take it out for 5-10 mins you go down a size, is this true?

 

Answer by Hopeless.Romantic
Submitted on 5/27/2006
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Hey i want to stretch my ears..is it okay to go from a normal piercing to a 2g or not?
I'm confused with all the sizing and stuff.
Help.
My email is x_Hopeless.Romantic_x@hotmail.com
Email me and help me please! <3

 

Answer by bob
Submitted on 5/28/2006
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i started on a 8GA and moved strait to a 2GA within 2 weeks and it didnt hurt

 

Answer by hxcore chelsea
Submitted on 6/4/2006
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ok i was wondering if it hurts to start stretching your ears? i tried it once but i did it the wrong way! i but in regular earings then put in another earing! so there was two(2) earings in on whole! it hurt really bad and they were red and itchy for about a day or so. i asked my mom about getting them done and she said i could as long as i keep them clean and they dont get infected!

people tell me to put in some heavy earings before, for like a week and then it should stretch then out, then to put in a bigger gauge! im not shure if its a good idea!

i have 1 other question! can your ears tear at a small gauge? what exactly causes them to tear?

 

Answer by joe
Submitted on 6/9/2006
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i have one of my ears at 10mm and one at 14mm ( i have no idea on g ) and i have a 16mm tamper and 2 plugs in my room but as u say plastic atracts bacteria, but does acrilic and pmma????????? thats proper confused me

 

Answer by Emokid33
Submitted on 6/15/2006
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Hi guys, I have a question. When I got my ears pierced they guy that pierced them said they were a 14g.  After just about 4 weeks they were totally healed up and felt fine. I'd wanted to gauge them so I got a friend to give me a 12g ring. I just put lotion on it and slid it in slowly. I'm going to wait about 2 weeks or until I feel my ears are healed to do the next one. Is that okay to just slowly slide the next size in or do I HAVE to have a taper?

 

Answer by duhhh
Submitted on 6/21/2006
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i was wondering about tapers, do you just use the taper? or do u have to put something on the end of it? thx

 

Answer by szandor
Submitted on 6/27/2006
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ummm dose that mean me going from a 14 to a 6 in about an hour is un healthy that was like two weeks ago now its at a zero

 

Answer by shrory_93
Submitted on 7/4/2006
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okey okey...i dont no wat u guyz r on about i just bought 2 stretcherz,put them in both my ears, used lube,now there fine!! i dont no wat size they r....i dont seee anything wrong with experimenting.

 

Answer by The Non-Retard
Submitted on 7/5/2006
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Okay.
First off you can skip sizes.
As long as you use tappers and NOT jam 'em in
If you let your ears streach slowly
You wont have blowouts and NO PAIN
If it hurts dont force it.
NEVER FORCE GAUGES INTO YOUR EARS.
I have 7/16's and it took me about 3 monthes or so to get this far but at least i know if i get sick of them i can take them out without my ears looking nasty and no shrinking back.  if you have any questions...

emosity_is_beauty@hotmail.com

 

Answer by lisa marie
Submitted on 7/8/2006
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i've had my ears pierced for just over a year and had planned the whole time to stretch my lobes. i'm not a big fan of huge holes (1 1/2 and up) but i still like it. why DO we like it, anyways? oh well.
i went (unintentionally) from a regular 16g to 8g from a pair of earrings i bought from claire's.  it was a straight post that attatched to a thicker acryllic semi-circle. one day i put the back of the earring in too tight and it ended up getting me to an 8g. when i realized what had happened, i went out and bought real 8g plugs and was happy. after a few months i picked up a pack of 4 6g plugs from hot topic (2 straight plugs with grooves for the o-ring, 2 tapered plugs, all acryllic) that i used immidiately after i bought them (went to the bathroom in the JCpenny's across the mall) and stretched. after the first stretch, i was hooked.
i am now at a half inch and dont suggest skipping gauges WHATSOEVER and highly reccommend waiting at LEAST a month and a half to two months between stretching.
RESEARCH THESE THINGS BEFORE YOU ACT UPON IMPULSE!!
also, if you're under 2g, you shouldn't have any problem closing your ears up if you decide that it's not for you anymore. it's possible to shrink your ears once the holes are bigger, but it all depends on your body.

 

Answer by ha
Submitted on 7/10/2006
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i pierced my ears then that same day went to a 2 gage then the next day went to a 00 and my ears healed perfectly.

 

Answer by Josh
Submitted on 7/13/2006
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i want to start stetching my ear but im not sure what to do can you please help me out?

 

Answer by fallingxstar
Submitted on 7/17/2006
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ahh! Don't stretch that much in a week! I leave all my stretchings a month or so until going up a gauge. You're asking for a blowout.

 

Answer by obstacles
Submitted on 7/20/2006
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use tapers. after they are too small use electrical tape on them.

 

Answer by Earstrecher5000
Submitted on 7/20/2006
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Pens are a 0g...and jumping gauges is not that dangerous when if its reasonable.  I wouldn't recommend going from a 14 to a 2 but whatever floats your boat.  I recommend going and buying the size plugs you want to be at for awhile and going to a piercing parlor and they will taper them professionally.  They use the proper lobe and they will most defiantly tell you if your jumping too quick.  They charged me $5 to go from a 8 to a 2, I'm at a 2 inch now and have had no problems.  Most should not be over that or they may do it for free.

 

Answer by Michelle
Submitted on 7/22/2006
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Okay, first of all these people are right. I'm super surprised you guys got that big of a size  in on a 14g hole. I kept burrowing my gauges from others and using house hold items. Brush applicators for makeup work really well for like 6g and 4g and such. Right now I'm at a 1/2inch and it's super hard to find the next size with is 9/16. NEVER I repeat NEVER use any HEAVY objects for your ears, including metal spikes that you can buy, they weigh down your lobe and you end up having your gauge set in weird. Trust me on that. NEVER skips sizes. Unless it's not much of a bigger gauge. Sometimes you can, such as going from a 14g to a 10g, it's not that big of a jump. But seriously, your best bet is to just go in order. No one here wants to rip their lobes.

 

Answer by harry
Submitted on 7/24/2006
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yo i just pierced my ears becuase i want to get gauges could anybody tell me how long i should wait to start gauging or i should just start doing it right away and what should i use to strech the hole?

please help

 

Answer by taylor
Submitted on 8/3/2006
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Waht i did (probably not that sanitary or proffesional, but who wants to spend 40 bucks on getting them tapered professional and jewlery, right!?) is take lets say, a pen is about a 0 gauge. I cut a bit off a pen and disinfected it, and put some lube on it and put it in my ear to check for sizing.

I took some electrical tape, wrapped it around it till it was about half way between a 0 and a 00, so it hurt a bit but it was easy to slip in. disinfect it again, lube up. wait till you can spin it and it doesnt hurt, and slide the 00 in.

To stretch bigger i just used randoms, like makeup lids, marker lids, ect.

Right now i have a chapstcik lid in one ear, and a thick straw with tape around it in the other, which got infected because i decided not to disinfect it.

Dumb idea, but its all right.

If it gets infected just wash it out with some light antibacterial soap, but dont take the jewlery out and let your ear close, because the puss will have no where to drain and then youll be in trouble.

Warm water or some antiseptec usually works swell, and if your ear it still really uncomfortable just silde in smaller jewlery and wait for the infection to go away, and try it agaim.

hope all works for you!

 

Answer by taylor
Submitted on 8/3/2006
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Also, someone mentioned that at about 00 you have a hard time shrinking them and getting them back to normal ,and thats not true at all.

This person talked about gauging corectly but must have forgotten there is such a thing as "down gauging"

its just the opposite of up-gauging. You just pit a smaller gauge in and wait for it to heal and do it again.

usually it will shrink down nicely and your ear will look relitively normal, but who can even define a "normal" ear these days, seeing as how everyone is different.

Either way, once you hit about an inch and start down gauging, it might leave a little slit in your ears and not go totally back to normal, but its not that noticable, and nothing that some hair wont hide!

 

Answer by blah blah
Submitted on 9/5/2006
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is it save 2 go from 3mm to 5mm in exaclty a week if dune  in a shop

 

Answer by amoo
Submitted on 9/5/2006
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I have only been waiting a day before going up a size i have gone from a 3mm to a 12mm in only 10days will this damage my ears?

 

Answer by danaripcord
Submitted on 9/6/2006
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Perhaps you haven't realized that stretching your ears is just as significant as any other body mod. Do it with care and after a good amount of research, because you will feel both the physical pain and have the trauma scars for years afterward if you don't.

 

Answer by Ben
Submitted on 9/9/2006
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Im currently at 7/8", and i love the size im at. Just do what feels right, and listen to the people that think they know what they are talking about on here, it really helps, tapers and tape definitely. after  certain point, around 000, start using tapers instead of CBR's it is a lot easier to stretch that way. Happy stretching.

 

Answer by joe
Submitted on 9/10/2006
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it really isn't that hard to be smart about this come on.

I started myself off at a 16g and now i'm at 5/8 inch. and my ears didn't bleed once.

And for all of you people who say use tapers. YOU'RE AN IDIOT tapers should not be used unless desperately needed, you should get a pair of plugs w/ a flare on one or both ends of them and when you can slip the plug in and out with the flare on it then you should be able to go to the next size without feeling any pain whatsoever. DON'T USE TAPERS your ears wont heal back.


 

Answer by shredie_shred
Submitted on 9/14/2006
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i pierced my ears with a 10g and it won't stop bleeding for about 2 weeks. after it was healed i went from 8g to 2g in about a month and i guess i was lucky because there weren't any evidence to suggest any infections. it took me about 3 weeks to go from 8g to 4g and from 4g to 2g. but after that i'veexperienced difficulties going from 2g to 0g by using pincers and tapers. i was told the best way to stretch is to use spirals because u can graduately push the plug in. anyone got any other suggestions besides using tape, tapers, and pinchers?

 

Answer by thomas
Submitted on 9/14/2006
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all of you are dumb ass's DO NOT skip gauges and use tapers!

 

Answer by nick
Submitted on 9/22/2006
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i have stretched my seconds on my ear lobes

 

Answer by Sue
Submitted on 9/28/2006
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I'd like to stretch my earlobes, but I have a few questions. First of all, can the stretching be undone (without plastic surgery or something). And second, if I stretch my ear to 10 or 8g, can I still wear normal earrings?

 

Answer by baltazar
Submitted on 10/10/2006
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ya don't skip gage's it has taken me about a year to go from a 18g to a 4g

 

Answer by famous sas kidd
Submitted on 10/11/2006
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hey i have normal peircings but i wanna go to 0`s so what should i start with a taper? what size?

 

Answer by english and proud!!
Submitted on 10/21/2006
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Hey up. jus started streching n i doin it the proper way!! it way expensive to by tapers and plugs for a kit but on ebay i orderd 2 sets of 11 pieces 14g to 0g for 11 which is eqivant to bout $30.

warm water and patence are the best way to strech n i think if ur a good healer 1g ever week n 1/2!!

love

 

Answer by renoxmegan
Submitted on 10/24/2006
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uhm. i just went from a 10, to a 6. and the left one hurts like a mother. soo, i'mkind of looking for advice on the best way to keep them clean. because i haven't had this problem before.

 

Answer by dazzle
Submitted on 10/31/2006
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i went from a regular gun size (like 18) to a 10 in a day, but after you reach that its much harder to stretch you ear. You should give your ear at least 4 weeks to heal its tears inside itself between sizes, def use a taper, your ear will eventually let is go thru

 

Answer by skaska
Submitted on 11/3/2006
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I stretched my ear out last night to double 0!-and slept with the metal tapers in, woke up this morning to put in the new flare tunnels, and could not get them in, the tapers and the tunnels are the same size, do i have to leave the tapers in for a while before i put my earrings in???

 

Answer by Andrew
Submitted on 11/4/2006
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if you are an impatient strecher (like nearly everyone) at least wait 5 days after each stretch and clean twice a day! trust me!! dont wait ages!! don't be soft!

 

Answer by chris
Submitted on 11/16/2006
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everyone the best way to gauge your ears  is to gradually do it over time how do u think i got to 7/8this of an inch by the weight of the gauge and not by forcing it in your ear will let u put a bigger one in when ITS ready

 

Answer by violet
Submitted on 11/18/2006
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skipping a gauge size is not the best way to go cause you're risking on having a blow out which are not fun.

Also going from a 16 to a 2 then a 0 in 2 weeks tops is bad for you ears cause your ears need time to heal(about(2-3 weeks).If you dont wait for them to heal then your gonna end up with permanant damage like scaring which will make your a lot more difficult at stretchig then it needs to be.

And using a pen cap is not the best way. Tapers are always the best way to go.

 

Answer by Emma
Submitted on 11/19/2006
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You are sapouse to wait like 3 months or till they are healed.. trust me.. i went from a 14 guage to a 4 guage in like 3 weeks..and it wasent the best idea ever.. but i did take it slowly and used tapers and tape.. and didnt skip gauges. But i took my 00 zeros very slowly and there doing great.. i started streching them when i was about 11 and im almost 15 now.. soo i took a few years so i could get a nice strech

 

Answer by ligiea
Submitted on 11/22/2006
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ive had a 2 in for like a week and a half and ive tried streching to a 0 with a taper. but it just wont go through

what should i do?

 

Answer by embem
Submitted on 11/28/2006
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dude down.
seriously.
it's bad to like skip and use stupid stuff but thats how i have done it now im at a zero and mine are fine you just have to do it slow.and bit by bit.
YOUR DISCRACFUL!

 

Answer by gab
Submitted on 12/6/2006
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When I started to stretch my ears, i went from an 18g and used a bone spiral that ended at an 8g. it worked quite well, and was almost painless. I used pinchers (shaped in a U almost) until about a 0g, because they were getting tougher and tougher to get through. I used a taper for my 00g, and then when I was ready to stretch up, i couldn't find any stretchers bigger than a 00g, i could only find plugs. A friend of mine told me that the easiest and cheapest way to do it is to use electrical tape and lube. so i pulled out my 00g's, and put 2 layers of electrical tape on it and some lube, and pushed it through. it worked and i did that for four or five days until i got up to the size i needed. Which was a 3/8 and i purchased some sweet plugs. they look really good :D

i hope this helped you out!

 

Answer by cflhctrendspaw
Submitted on 12/8/2006
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i was at 3/4 but i pulled them out and let them heal becuase one side of my lobe was thiner then the other a littel too thin but now im going to try to fix that problem by cutting the other side and streching it with a strecher.my ears never closed so imat a half inch now so im going to go from there. i wonder if it'll work!

 

Answer by scorpio41
Submitted on 12/15/2006
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How long does it take for your ear to go normal
if you just got a little strethcer on

 

Answer by psycobillie
Submitted on 12/16/2006
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i went from a size 8 to a size 6 about 3 days ago and this time I think i got a infection can someone tell me what to do and how to treat i think i bang them some how    please help-!!!!

 

Answer by tara
Submitted on 12/21/2006
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here's a question
i'm not getting this whole gauge thing
ive always thought of it as millimetres
so i'm at 4m now and i've got a 6m next to me so is it healthy for me to stretch my 4 straight to a 6
cos i had a bash at it, lubed it up with sudocream and it hurt so i stopped and put my 4 back in
thought i'd get some advise before screwing my ear up haha

 

Answer by Keita the Piercer
Submitted on 12/25/2006
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Half of you people don't even know what you are doing. You only care about getting your ears gauged as soon as possible without even considering the disastrous consequences.

Sure, your friend may have done it and had no problem, so you do and do the same? It is utterly stupid to even think that everyone's body works in the same way, yet alone heals the same.

I am at a 1/2 and it took me three years to do it. I did it properly, never had an infection, keloid, blow out, or bleeding.

If you have any of the above, you are doing something wrong.

Half of you can't even spell, yet alone stretch your ears.

What kind of people is this world holding?

 

Answer by Guy
Submitted on 12/30/2006
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ya i had the same prob just buy heavy metal plugs and they will way your  ear down then you can buy some "00" it will take some time but it dozen't hert......make Sher there heavy metal ones trust me i no i am at "000"

 

Answer by cole
Submitted on 1/13/2007
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so whats the whole deal on using plastic has anyone else had bad expiriences with plastic?

 

Answer by vampire face
Submitted on 1/15/2007
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i started gauging my ears with the A string off of a bass guitar. the next thing i used was an espresso straw. no real problems yet. the next thing i used was a wooden dowel from a hardware store. it worked well to gauge it but then i had alot of trouble with it sticking. i could turn the earing (with my ear lobe firmly attached) at least 90 degrees around. very gross. after that i switched to some christmas lights and these worked very well, they were tapered so it was easy to gauge and they were glass so they spun easily and did not harbour any bacteria nasties. next i used another wooden dowel that i had filed to a point to gauge up to 2 gauge, but after i had them gauged i immediatley went and bought some 2 gauge metal studs because i did not want to deal with the stickage. i went from no piercings at all to 2 gauge in a bout five weeks. total cost, free until the end when i had to buy the 2 gauges im wearing now. not to much pain or discomfort and my ears are healing up very nicely.

 

Answer by Fozzie
Submitted on 1/18/2007
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My brother stretched his from 2mm to 4mm in 4 days and he is fine .... But i waited a month or so to put my 4mm in!!! Bloody hurt too (i aint much for pain)

 

Answer by Elle
Submitted on 1/22/2007
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It is not healthy to go from a 12 to a 6 to a 0 in less than a week. By doing that you are seriously risking the health of your ears. Stretching should be done slowly. I usually wait at least a month between gauges to let it heal completely. Even then there should probably be a waiting period before you go to the next gauge to give your ears a "rest". Also I suggest before stretching that you take a hot shower...this makes your skin more elastic thus making it easier when putting in a taper. There is also less discomfort. When going to larger sizes I would use tape when you have trouble getting a taper...i did this going from a 0 to a 00 and it worked really well. But when using tape, put the layers on slowly...Sure, it will take time, but overall your ears will be healthier than if you just shove the plug in...Doing this it is not unlikely that you will get a blowout or tear your ear(this causes a certain kind of scar tissue that will make the ear harder to stretch further, blowouts will do the same and are permanent pretty much). Keep in mind that if you want your ears to size down completely in the future then a 2g is probably as far as you can go...But it does depend on your ears.

 

Answer by Ross
Submitted on 1/22/2007
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I had my left ear pierced at 18g.  I pierced my right with a safety pin and gauged them both up to 0g in less than a week.  It hurt and I'm sure it wasn't good for me, but I had limited time considering the fact that I'm in the military.  I use tapers and you really should wait until your ears heal until you jump a size.  The process will be a lot easier and less painful if you do it the right way.

 

Answer by D_oyle
Submitted on 1/26/2007
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my lobes are at 1" now it has taken me over 2 yrs do get them at this size i didnt use a taper to get them from a 10 to a 00 i just stretched them w. pencils, pinchers and just w.e i could find to stretch them i used tapers to get from a 00 to 1" and like megan said if your smart you'll use a taper its way easier and doesnt hurt as bad, but i started to wonder the other day if my ears would ever be normal again w.o surgery is it possible?

 

Answer by pwincess_taz<3
Submitted on 1/30/2007
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hmm well well well what can i say it has taken me about a month to get my ears to 6mm and i must say its going to hurt however you do it but you know its time to stop when you hear your ear ripping as you are putting it through your ear see i didn't and umm it bled quite alot haha and i would advise not skipping a gauge until your ears are around 6-7mm otherwise you are going to seriously damage your lobes and it will hurt looooaaadsssss so yes umm that is what i have to say on the matter happy stretching people and remember.................................it WILL hurt hehe much love mwahhxxxxxxxx<3

 

Answer by nicholas
Submitted on 2/5/2007
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high i went from growed over piercing 2 a 00 gauge in like 10 minutes it hurt like f**k but now it helied perfect i did 2 of my lobes like it i just got a claw tapper that went from 18g 2 00g and forced it in. i dont reccemend it if u dont like pain or blood but it worked for me.

 

Answer by nolanw52
Submitted on 2/13/2007
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well i have been stretching for about a year now and im at an inch, when i went from 15/16ths i did it to fast and i blew out my left ear. not a rip but a blow out witch means my ear caved in some what so i had to go back to 3/4 in one ear and start over so for anyone who is stretching plz do it over long periods of time or else you may one day you might have a funky lookin ear

 

Answer by Fraz
Submitted on 2/15/2007
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I'm from England, so I don't get the gauges, but I went from 1.6mm to 12mm in just under a month. It hurt like hell, and I've been told that I won't be able to stretch to my desired size (20mm) because I've damaged the skin of my lobes.
Be smart kids, do it properly. One gauge at a time, leave at least a month between stretches. More if you're a slow healer.

 

Answer by lil roxz
Submitted on 2/18/2007
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hi i got 12g to start wit but i dun know how to get them in plz could sum 1 tell me i got my ears pierced n i opened them up myself not 2 worried bout the pain ne advice email me at punk_baby_2k7@hotmail.com thnx

 

Answer by joseph
Submitted on 2/20/2007
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how can i skip from a 2g to 00s??

 

Answer by jono
Submitted on 2/24/2007
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if you don't skip gauges and use tapers.

 

Answer by Sam-0
Submitted on 2/27/2007
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I'd say You can go from reg 1.4mm to 12mm with tapers, then if any more, use a plug and tape. make sure to lube it up.

 

Answer by gnar
Submitted on 3/17/2007
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some of you really need to figure out what you are doing, that is such a bad idea going from a 14g or 16g to a 2g. please check out this page, along with whatever else you can find, before you continue stretching your ears.

http://www.onetribe.nu/catalog/stretching.php

one size at a time with the right amount of time in between and you wont have any problems. i took a good 10 months to get to 1/2", and my ears heal fairly fast.

as far as what size your ears will still close back up at, 2g-00g is widely considered the point of no return depending on where you get your info, but i know of a guy with 5/8" whose ears closed up. its pretty insane. its somewhat believable because when i take my plugs out they go down to the size of a 4g right away before they actually begin to shrink.

 

Answer by Nina
Submitted on 3/24/2007
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Don't skip gauges.
And don't use foreign objects o__o
It took me two years to get mine to 00 because I used proper jewelery and did it slowly, use the ones that are smaller at the end so it doesn't hurt so much as you stretch it.

 

Answer by Juan
Submitted on 4/2/2007
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well,right now im at a 6,it took me six m,onths to get this big but it worked,so just be patient,im happy with it and you should be too,its nothing to rush...sooner or later youll get your prized size and itll be a very important day of your life...when i got to 8 i was as happy as could be but decided to go on and my g/f had no problem with it for she has 8 but hey im happy...keep going kid

 

Answer by insaneclownboy_21@yahoo.com
Submitted on 4/6/2007
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i personally got 4 paper clips and put them to each side of one wheel of a pair of heelys skate and connected them together and slid them through my ear hole and used that as a weight to stretch my ear i went from a 10 to a 6

 

Answer by alex
Submitted on 4/8/2007
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people need to use there brains and do it slowly it takes time to stretch a body part i do not  know  how big my ear is and it has taken a long time for it to get to where it is now. wait a few weeks at least to give your ear the time it needs to heal..

 

Answer by crazytom
Submitted on 4/18/2007
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im at 1 1/4 if you want to stretch bigger after 0g you can use electric tape only one wrap every 3-4 days and you can see that your ear has been stretching slow slow stretch is better then fast fast gives you results of scar tissue in the future

 

Answer by corey
Submitted on 4/21/2007
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how could u stretch from 3/4 to 7/8 around the house?

 

Answer by coph13
Submitted on 4/29/2007
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is it good to stretch you lobes with double flared plugs???

 

Answer by justin
Submitted on 5/6/2007
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hi guys im only 13 and i dont have a credit card and im wanting to strech my ears but i cant buy strechers without a credit card i was just wondering whats a good way to do it??????????????

 

Answer by emmaleesucks
Submitted on 5/6/2007
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umm, electrical tape, betches.

cheap and easy and painfree.

 

Answer by LOLA KISS
Submitted on 5/14/2007
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the best way to stretch in my eyes, is to start off with spikes then move to plugs. Im at 22 mill either ear. And have already had one blowout from impatient strectching. the guys got it right, you gotta slow it down otherwise you'll mess up your lobes big time

 

Answer by alex
Submitted on 5/16/2007
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your all idoits

 

Answer by anthony
Submitted on 5/18/2007
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Is it ok to strech from a 4g to a 0g?? And what is the best way to strech it?

 

Answer by sdfgsdfg
Submitted on 5/27/2007
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sdfgfgsdfgsdgsdfgdfgsd

 

Answer by jakey-poo
Submitted on 6/12/2007
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i got my ears pierced a 22 what do i do?

 

Answer by Crystal
Submitted on 6/22/2007
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okay, so my friend sara went from  a size 20G, to a size eight. and she said it hurt like hell, there was blood and cust everywhere. I don't recommend skipping that many gauges, do it manually unless its being done by a professional.

 

Answer by aris
Submitted on 6/30/2007
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i just got my ears pierced three weeks ago and they are a 14G and i wanted to know how long i have to wait to go to a 12G.

 

Answer by Stretchnuts
Submitted on 7/1/2007
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See, I started at a 8ga, Then I skipped 6, went to 4 within a month. Then i skipped 2 and went to 0 in like 2 weeks. then i jumped to 00 in like a week, using a taper. then went to a 00ga plug the next day. then i started playing around with household items and now i am at a 9/16" or 14 mm. All within a span from February - May ... like 2-3 months and I went from 8ga - 9/16" (14mm) and my lobes are as healthy as they have ever been... lol =P

 

Answer by Julia
Submitted on 7/12/2007
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omg you guys dont know anything about stretching ]:
ill be laughing when you get a blow out because your too impatient..
2 weeks-a month isn't that long!

 

Answer by Kevin
Submitted on 7/14/2007
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hahahahahahaha. Al of you have no clue what you are talking about. I stretched my ears to 3 inches and started with a needle, followed by a screwdriver, then a bigger screwdriver, then a 2g earing. That was the first time. haha then I went to a bic pen, and then a sharpie cap. and the story goes on with simple household items. They didnt get infected, you just cant be a dirty loser trying to stretch your ears. I took them out and my ears healed fine. I am just starting over and have 00 in again. hahahaha. Dumb people in this world...

 

Answer by MouseTrap
Submitted on 7/17/2007
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Hi, i'm kinda new to this, does anyone haev any advice on how to stretch from a regular ear piercing (I guess that would be 20 gauge?), I was wondering about tapers, cos they were recommended to me. I would like to stretch my ear lobes to around a 6 or 8 gauge. Would like to know if anyone has any recommended methods? thanks

 

Answer by jesi_
Submitted on 7/20/2007
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mkay, so i jut started stretching my ears.
basically, i take my taper thingy and stick it in some Vaseline, than just shove it through my ear. i started at and 8.. than went to a six. BUT it still bled like crazy. and i don't know why. i did it yesterday.. and its still bleeding and throbbing.. WHY?

i left the 8 gages in for like 3 weeks too.

is there like a less painful method? haha

 

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