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How to put in silicone tunnels

Updated April 17, 2017

Piercing fans who have chosen to stretch their ear lobes may find that when they get to larger gauges, traditional wood, bone, glass and metal plugs can become quite heavy. Hollow, flexible silicone plugs are a lightweight solution that can be a bit unusual to insert at first, particularly if your lobes aren't stretched very large. The bigger the hole in your ear lobe, the easier it is to insert silicone jewellery into your piercing. Very small gauges may require the help of a professional piercer.

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  1. Lather up your hands and your ear lobes with antibacterial soap. Use warm water and rinse thoroughly. If your silicone plugs are new, give them a wash as well. Dry your skin and your plugs with clean paper towels.

  2. Hold the silicone plug so you are looking straight through the hollow middle.

  3. Press the top of the tunnel toward the centre with the index finger of the hand in which you are holding it.

  4. Press the sides of the tunnel inward toward each other, so you have folded both the top and sides toward the middle.

  5. Insert the folded tunnel into your piercing and let go of it. The tunnel will expand to fit your ear lobe.

  6. Tip

    For very small gauges, ask your piercer to assist you in inserting silicone jewellery. He can fold it with a hemostat to help guide it into your ear.


    Do not attempt to stretch a piercing with silicone jewellery. Stretch with surgical stainless steel or glass, then insert silicone tunnels when the stretch is fully healed. Healing after a stretch usually takes one to two weeks. Never insert jewellery into your body that another person has worn, no matter how well you know the person or how clean the jewellery seems.

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Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Paper towels

About the Author

Ann Jones has been writing since 1998. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her journalistic work can be found in major magazines and newspapers. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.

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