By. Carly B., Ontario
My name is Carly and I have 6 ear piercings. I have not had the best year at school, and my plans to get an industrial bar got side tracked by my parents. When you live at home, you live by their rules. But I still wanted a new addition to my ears. And instead of paying the extraordinary amount of money for an industrial, I tried to find something else. I honestly never planned on stretching my ears. One day it just happened. I was searching online for different piercings and just happened to find a set of tapers, for a reasonable price! I have always loved stretched ears, but, on other people. I didn’t have my own credit card to order, so I had to “borrow” my fathers. I bought the taper set and a pair of belly button rings because I couldn’t find 14ga anything, not that I looked too hard haha. I walked around with belly button ears for a month and finally went to 12ga and have real tunnels. And my dad did freak a little, but oh well.
I plan to go up to at least a 2ga, which isn’t nearly as intense as other peoples!
I also plan in getting that industrial, a belly button piercing and possibly a tongue ring is in order. Piercing is extremely addicting, although I’m not entirely sure why.
I saw one of my friends, since no one else we know are stretching our ears, we talked piercings. She has one taper in ear size, and one plug. One day she lost her plug and just stretch end to the next size, since the other ear was using the smaller size. Does that sounds like a horrible idea, or is it just me? Also she was stretching at an interval of about 3 days between sizes!!! And guess what?! She had a blowout. I think I’m gonna take that as a warning. By March or April I sound be at my goal size. Wish me luck!
One day, I was browsing on BodyJewelry.com, and I noticed that needles were fairly inexpensive, so I bought one, and the needed materials to safely pierce my nose, along with some items for my ears. A week or so later, my needle and the needed products arrived. Instead of the 16 gauge needle I thought I had purchased, I received a 12 gauge needle. I thought, “Well, whatever,” and proceeded with my plans. A week or so afterward, I set up a bowl of hydrogen peroxide in my kitchen, and laid out my options to place in my piercing. My boyfriend, who agreed to do the piercing, told me that the needle was probably too big to put the nose stud I had bought in right away. He thought I should put a CBR in that looked like it was 12 gauge instead of the 18 gauge it was supposed to be. Of course, I refused, insisting that we should put a 16 gauge horseshoe in, since it would be more likely to heal to a 18 gauge. He agreed, and we placed the horseshoe in the hydrogen peroxide.
We proceeded to clean my nose, and mark it with a pen. I watched for a moment as he came at my face with the needle, then I quickly shut my eyes. However, that did not stop me from imagining the needle digging into my skin as my nose was pricked. For a single moment, I thought, “Oh please make it stop,” as the pain peaked, but then the worst part was over. The needle was through my nose, the only thing left to do was put the jewelry in. My boyfriend removed the needle and replaced it with the horseshoe. He was putting on the enclosure beads, when he dropped one. I, of course, refused to open my eyes as he ordered me out of the way to find it. I eventually managed to fall, from panic, or relief that I had managed an at home piercing, I’ll never know. Of course that only managed to make my boyfriend more upset. Eventually, he decided to get a new one, which he managed to get on. He was not so lucky with the next two, but he eventually managed to make it so my horseshoe would not fall out of my nose.
While I went to clean the blood off my nose, my boyfriend set himself to look for the balls that he had managed to lose. He swept the kitchen floor, but to no avail. It didn’t matter much to me, I had finally gotten the piercing I had wanted since I was four years old. I washed my new piercing twice a day with saline solution, for three weeks. At that point, I washed it once a day. It was only a month later when I replaced the horseshoe with a nose stud, which I have been wearing ever since.
So it looks like body piercing kits are here to stay. More and more people are are trying their hand at piercing at home and these kits are flying off the shelves! We spoke to the gang over at BodyJewelry.com and they informed us that since the kits were introduced, they’ve sold hundreds. Which brings up the question, ‘Who is buying these kits?’ The simple answer is that the majority of the customers are buying this kits to save money by not going to their local piercer. This brings up a lot of questions about safety. We’ve been told before and have posted about horror stories that people have experienced at their local piercing shop. And much like all things nowadays, everything you’ve ever wanted to know about piercing is available on the internet. The kits provide a great savings over a visit to the local shop, because everything needed to achieve great results is included. So, if you want to check out the kits available for purchase, click here. If you have purchased a kit, we’d love to hear from you!