When body jewellery is utilised to stretch an area of skin, such as the earlobe or nostril, the item is known as an ear stretcher or flesh tunnel. They are also referred to as earlets, spacers, spools, expanders, an eyelet or a fleshy.
You can find them available in a very wide assortment of different shapes, styles and sizes which permits the piercing region to be held within it’s existing location and size at the same time opening up more space inside of the spool or ring.
The dimensions of these items can be bought in sizes varying from 2. 40mm to 50.00mm with increments of 2. 00mm between each size. This will allow you work your way up to bigger tunnels and spools more steadily. You will discover there are numerous materials to pick from when you are looking to buy. Some of the more popular materials are bone, horn, coconut, silicone, plastic and surgical steel.
It’s a popular misunderstanding that flesh tunnels and flesh plugs are one in the same, yet they are actually 2 different types of jewellery altogether. Flesh plugs are of a solid design and are used to “plug the hole”. Flesh tunnels on the other hand are hollow rings which are used to stretch the skin and maintain the opening once it’s established.
Any kind of piercing which has been stretched can usually house a flesh tunnel. They are commonly seen on the earlobe, however they are often placed at the septum. This gives a very distinctive look.
Normally you will find 3 types of fitting for this kind of expanding jewellery.
1. The first 1 is Single flared. They are flared out but only at the front end. They’re held in position on the rear side using a silicone or rubber o-ring.
2. The 2nd one is the double flared. As the name suggests they are flared on both sides and it’s the flares that hold the item securely in position.
3. Finally the third is known as Screw backed. These ones flare out at the front, yet they feature a removable threaded ring at the rear of the tunnel. This allows the item to be firmly kept in one spot.