With the increasing popularity of various body modifications today like piercing and tattoo, gauging has also become popular in mainstream culture. Gauging is the process of stretching the earlobes by sporting larger-than-average holes in the ears. The size ranges from a 12 gauge hole to holes that are inches wide. Conversely though, many devotees to this kind of body modification find it hard to find the right jewelry that fits in the stretched hole of their ears. This is why they usually turn to homemade ear gauges to make sure that the ear piece they made will surely be a right fit. So if you want one for your ears, follow these steps:
- Decide which standard plug you prefer. This type of ear gauge is the easiest one to make. However, there are still several types of ear gauges you can choose from – aside from plugs, you can choose from a variety of curls and swirls you can make out of toy clay. So before making an ear gauge, decide on what type you want.
- Purchase the materials. For this piece of jewelry, you will need a Fimo or Sculpey clay. You can buy this from the nearest craft store in your place. Purchase as many different colors of clay you want for many designs could be made out of combining these colors of clay. For instance, you can put together two thin strips of clay with different colors, roll them up and you have your own swirl ear gauge.
- Measure the gauge. You will use measures out of your old stretched jewelry to make new ear gauges. You can use a gauge chart to match up the relative size of the hole of your old jewelry. If you don’t know the size of your jewelry, then use a ruler to measure the stretched jewelry.
- Prepare the clay. You can search the Internet to find more designs of ear gauges. You can also make your own pattern to make it distinct. Prepare the clay by rolling it into a snake-like shape over a smooth surface. If you want to put texture on your pattern, use the necessary clay tolls to do it. Using your old stretched jewelry, measure the clay according to its width and length and then cut the clay in the appropriate place.
- Bake it. Once you are done with the clay, bake it in the oven under 230° F for thirty minutes. Allow your new plugs to cool. After that you can try them on. You can use your old o-rings to hold them in place or you can buy a new pair in the nearest piercing shop in your place.
Indeed, ear gauges are starting to be increasingly available in the market. But making your own ear gauges is easier than finding the right size of a particular ear gauge that fits in your ear. Homemade ear gauges allow you to be unique for no other person can create your own design or pattern. Start making your own homemade ear gauges today and flaunt them anytime, anywhere.