How to make homemade ear gauges

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How to make homemade ear gauges
Gauges for ears come in many sizes. (ear image by Dubravko Grakalic from

Ear stretching, also known as gauging, is a popular form of body piercing. Many devotees sport larger-than-average holes in their ears, which can be inches wide. With these varied sizes, it can be difficult to find jewellery that fits in your particular stretched ear. Making homemade ear gauges is one way to make sure that you have the right fit, and have a piece of jewellery that no one else owns.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Stretched-ear jewellery
  • Ruler
  • Fimo clay
  • Clay tools
  • Oven
  • O-rings

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  1. 1

    Determine the type of homemade ear gauges you want to make. You can choose to create gauge plugs, swirls and curls out of clay. The easiest of these is a standard plug.

  2. 2

    Measure your old jewellery to find the appropriate gauge.

  3. 3

    Shape your clay into the desired pattern. Layering two thin sheets of Fimo clay on top of each other, then rolling them up will create a swirl.

  4. 4

    Roll the clay into a snakelike shape against a smooth surface. Create texture with clay tools, if desired.

  5. 5

    Compare the width and length of your clay piece to your old jewellery, and cut the clay at the desired place to form your new gauge plugs.

  6. 6

    Bake your Fimo in an oven at 110 degrees C for 30 minutes.

  7. 7

    Allow your new plugs to fully cool, then try them on. Use O-gauge-rings to hold the homemade ear gauges in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Fimo doesn't dry out like other clay, so you can remould it many times before baking.
  • Don't wear homemade jewellery in freshly stretched piercings. Wait at least six weeks after a new stretch before putting in the Fimo jewellery.

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