What is Flesh Tunnels / Plugs?

PLUGS&TUNNELS

PLUGS&TUNNELS

A plug, in the context of body modification, is a short, cylindrical piece of jewelry commonly worn in larger-gauge body piercings. Modern western plugs are also called flesh tunnels. Because of their size — which is often substantially thicker than a standard metal earring — plugs can be made out of almost any material. Acrylic, glass, metal, wood, bone, stone, horn, glass, silicone and porcelain are all potential plug materials.

In order for a plug to stay put within a piercing, the ends of its cylindrical shape are often “flared out,” or the plug is fastened in place by O-rings. Combinations of these two methods may also be used.

A flesh tunnel is a hollow, tube-shaped variety of body piercing jewelry. It is usually used in stretched or scalpelled piercings. Flesh tunnels are made in smaller gauges. However, the smaller the gauge the smaller the effect to see through the plug becomes. A person may choose to wear flesh tunnels instead of flesh plugs because they weigh less; at higher gauges, the weight difference increases. Flesh tunnels may be worn with a captive bead ring or other object passed through them.

Flesh tunnels are fashioned from a broad range of materials, including surgical steel, titanium, Pyrex glass, silicone, acrylic glass, bone, horn, amber, bamboo, stone, and wood. Flesh tunnels, like flesh plugs, may feature a decorative inlay or semi-precious stones. Some flesh tunnels have flares to keep the jewelry from falling out. If there are no flares, grooves may be cut near the edges to allow rubber or silicone O-rings to hold the jewelry in place. The back of the flesh tunnel may also screw off. A flesh tunnel may also have an internally threaded backing, as externally threaded pieces can rip freshly stretched ears.

Hollywood Body Jewelry has more than 600 tunnels made of various materials. Check out our website!

http://www.hollywoodbodyjewelry.com/c/wholesale-body-jewelry/plugs-tunnels/

We’re excited to introduce our new arrived tunnels!

Mother of Pearl Inlaid Tear Drop Center and Filigree Around with Dangle 316L Surgical Steel Screw Fit Double Flared Tunnels

Mother of Pearl Inlaid Tear Drop Center and Filigree Around with Dangle 316L Surgical Steel Screw Fit Double Flared Tunnels

Turquoise and Enamel Tribal Sun Top Organic Ebony Wood Double Flared Saddle Plugs

Turquoise and Enamel Tribal Sun Top Organic Ebony Wood Double Flared Saddle Plugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Blossoms Top 316L Surgical Steel Screw Fit Flesh Tunnels

Rose Blossoms Top 316L Surgical Steel Screw Fit Flesh Tunnels

Moon, star and Sun Antique Silver Plated Top 316L Surgical Steel Screw Fit Flesh Tunnels

Moon, star and Sun Antique Silver Plated Top 316L Surgical Steel Screw Fit Flesh Tunnels

How to keep your stretched ears happy during winter

Around this time of the year, cold temperatures and the dry air, it’s good to think about what you will wear in your stretched ear lobes. Although out here in California, we don’t really experience really low cold temperatures, and if you also live somewhere that doesn’t experience cold temperatures, you too can probably wear any type of jewelry in your stretched lobes all year-round. For those who do deal with very cold temperature, it is usually wise to avoid wearing jewelry made of certain materials, at least during the winter time.

The most popular type of material like metal and glass are both excellent conductors of cold, which means they can be poor choices for wintertime. Jewelry made of metal and glass gets colder overall, gets colder faster and stays colder longer than jewelry made of other materials. In the wintertime, we suggest avoiding wearing plugs or other jewelry made of metal and glass outside for extended periods of time.

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Materials such as wood, horn and bone conduct cold much less than metal and glass, therefore are better options in the winter. A potential downside to these materials is that they can’t adjust to sudden temperature changes and can lead to the jewelry cracking, warping, or just completely break. Organics are much better than metal, but careful.

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Stone plugs, would say are most loved during wintertime wear. Just like organic jewelry, stone also does not conduct cold as well as metal or glass. Stone plugs also doesn’t crack or break during sudden temperature change, although it can still crack or break depending on how it was taken care of, or by everyday activities.

One of the best features about stone is that it can absorb and retain heat from your body, which means your ears will stay a bit warmer for longer, even when you are outside in minus temperatures.

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For those who can wear silicone jewelry, it can be a good alternative for wintertime. They don’t retain body heat like the stone plug does, it also doesn’t conduct cold very well, so it should help keep your lobes from getting cold as quickly.

The warmer you keep your ears, the happier and healthier, not just your ears, but overall you will be!