What'S A Taper

What's A Taper


A taper is a type of jewelry used for stretching piercings. It is a conical-shaped piece of jewelry that gradually increases in diameter along its length. Tapers are typically made from materials such as surgical steel, acrylic, or glass.

How Tapers Work

Tapers work by gently stretching the piercing over time. The taper is inserted into the piercing hole, and as it is pushed through, the piercing gradually expands to accommodate the larger size of the taper. It is important to stretch piercings slowly and carefully to avoid tearing or damaging the skin.

Choosing the Right Size

It is crucial to choose the right size taper for stretching your piercing. Tapers come in various diameters, typically measured in gauge sizes. It is recommended to consult with a professional piercer to determine the appropriate size for your specific piercing.

Gradual Stretching

It is essential to stretch piercings gradually to avoid causing trauma to the skin. Tapers should be used with caution and patience, and it is important to listen to your body's signals to ensure you are not stretching too quickly.

Using Jewelry with Taper

Once the piercing has been stretched to the desired size using a taper, you can then insert jewelry into the enlarged piercing hole. There are various types of jewelry that can be used, such as plugs, tunnels, or captive bead rings.

Caring for Stretched Piercings

After stretching a piercing, it is essential to care for it properly to prevent infections and promote healing. Cleaning the piercing regularly with saline solution and avoiding harsh chemicals or alcohol-based products can help maintain the health of the stretched piercing.

Consulting a Professional

If you are considering stretching a piercing using a taper, it is advisable to consult with a professional piercer. They can provide guidance on the proper techniques for stretching piercings safely and help you choose the right jewelry for your newly stretched piercing.

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