Body Jewelry’s Sexiest Style, Tongue Rings

December 21st, 2009 by wys

A straight barbell is most popularly used in tongue piercings. 14 Ga is the most common gauge used for tongue ring piercing. In order to accommodate the swelling, the early length of the pierced barbell should be at least 3/4″. Once the tongue piercing has been healed, it can be replaced to a smaller barbell of 9/16″, or 14 mm, which is the most common size of tongue rings. It is recommended to wear a shorter barbell after the tongue piercing is healed.

Barbell tongue ring fashion of body jewelry is composed of a straight bar and with a bead on each end, one or both beads unscrewable for removal and/or replacing of the beads. Either through epoxy or welding, often one of the beads is fixed, so that only one bead is used to fix or change the jewelry. Usually, there are only right-handed barbell threads.

There are roughly about 5 kinds of barbells for body jewelry. The insided threaded barbells are little bit more expensive than outer threaded barbells as there will be additional machining and labor included. At the time of piercing of the tongue rings, the internally threaded barbells cause less damage or irritation, so it is considered superior to externally threaded barbells. An internally threaded barbell has a bead with a receiving tube machine into it which connects with a threaded post extending from the center.

Although the externally threaded barbells have become less common, the internally threaded barbells have increased in popularity. It is named so because shaft of the bar has threads at both ends to permit beads with receiving threads to be attached.

Named because of the curvature, curved barbells can also be known as a navel curve. It is mechanically same to straight barbells except that they are curved. Curvature on a curved barbell tongue rings can range from almost straight to circular, with some barbells actually being spiral, with the ends overlapping but separated to permit the insertion of the body jewelry. A variations on this design is a J-bar, a slightly curved barbell, sometimes referred to as a banana bell or banana barbell, with a 90 degree bend near one end, used in vertical navel piercings to position the decorative end of the body jewelry more appropriately. They can be either internally threaded or externally
Circular barbell tongue rings, also known as horseshoe barbell tongue rings are used in many types of piercings. Their shape is what gives them their name.

In all surface piercings, surface bars are used. In order to use these barbell tongue rings for surface piercing, they have a pair of 90 degree bends in the
same direction. Because of this design the pressure that would be caused by other body jewelry designs that interfere with the healing is minimized.

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