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How to Work with Basic Piercing Jewelry

Learn how to work with basic piercing jewelry from professional piercer Owen Beane in this Howcast video.


"Hello, I'm Owen Beane, I work at Chameleon Tattoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. is the website. Chameleon Tattoo's been here more than 10 years, but ten years as such with tattooing, over the last 14 years I've been doing body piercing here in Cambridge and I'll be talking to you about piercings today.

So for basic piercing jewelry I'm going to teach you how to work with the captive bead ring. That's the one that people have the most trouble with. The bead is held in by pressure only so you can twist it all the time, all day and nothing's gonna happen. You have to hold the bead with one hand and the ring with the other and pull down and away from the ring in order to alleviate the tension and get the bead to pop out. The gap that's in the ring is smaller than the bead that's how it stays in. The bead has two little divots right there so you set one divot in so you can feel it pivoting and then you click the other divot in and it's back in. with each gauge going up, this is 18 gauge, 16 gauge, 14 gauge, the degree of difficulty goes up as well. So same principle it's just harder because you have more force working against you. When you're trying to learn it, start out with the thin one because it's the easiest one to work with and wear gloves because they make it so you can actually hold on to what you're doing quite well. Any gauge past 14, and you're usually gonna need help and piercing tools to work with. That's the captive bead ring."

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