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2B.2a Basic Jewelry Designs: Captive Bead Ring

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This article is from the Piercing FAQ, by Anne Greenblatt with numerous contributions by others.

2B.2a Basic Jewelry Designs: Captive Bead Ring

The basic ring design is the captive bead ring or ball closure ring in
which a bead with holes or dimples in opposite sides is fitted between
the ends of a round ring. The bead is not attached to the ring and is
held in place by the tension of the ring. Factors affecting how
tightly the bead is held in place include the width of the bead, the
depth of the holes or dimples in the bead, the hardness of the ring,
the gauge of the ring, and the diameter of the ring. The amount of
difficulty of removing the bead increases as the gauge and hardness of
the ring increases. Ring expanding pliers may be required to release
the bead of rings in small diameters or thick gauges. The ends should
be rounded for easier insertion.

Variations on the standard captive bead ring include:

Ball and socket ring: The ball and socket ring has the same
appearance and utilizes the same design principle as the standard
captive bead ring except that the ring ends are concave to hold a
solid bead. Because of the tension required to hold the bead, this
design only works well in 8ga and thicker.

Flat-tipped: The ends are flattened horizontally, making the ends
tapered and pointed. While this design makes insertion and
stretching the piercing easier, it is not suitable for most new
piercings because the thinner section cannot be prevented from
rotating into the piercing. Flat-tipped rings may also be
uncomfortable in some areas, depending on the cut and angle of the
horizontal edge.

Asymmetrical teardrop / navel ring: A teardrop-shaped ring in which
the opening is on one side rather than at the bottom, intended for
navel piercings because it protrudes less than a round ring.

Teardrop ring: A symmetrical upside-down teardrop in which the
opening is at the narrow end. The inside width of the ring at its
widest point is considered the diameter.

Twisted Rings: A ring made of two or more wires twisted together.
This design is inappropriate for new or healing
piercings. Prolonged wear can cause the piercing to deform into the
crevices of the ring.

Large gauge rings with bevelled ends: The bead has shallow dimples
the same width as the gauge of the ring and the ends of the ring are
bevelled vertically to fit into the dimples with no gaps. The ring
has the appearance of passing through a hole in the bead. Because
the dimples are shallow, this design reduces the effort required to
release the bead. This design is comfortable to insert.

Rings in other shapes such as octagons, triagles, and ovals, are also
available but are often only appropriate for healed piercings.

Rings can be fitted with a wide assortment of beads. Decorative beads
such as cubes, skulls, and hearts are usually too heavy to be worn on
a new piercing.

Most quartz, chalcedony and obsidian stone beads such as amethyst,
onyx, and agate, can be safely worn on all piercings. Since stone
beads are usually drilled completely through with a small hole, the
entrances should be bored a bit wider to accommodate the gauge of the
ring. Soft stones such as malachite, lapis, turquoise, or jaspers
should not be worn in genital piercings or new piercings because urine
and discharge from the piercing can erode the stone. Malachite,
turquoise, and lapis can leach copper in these environments. Soft,
porous stones trap bacteria. Lesser grades of brittle stones, such as
garnet and amethyst, which are easily chipped should be avoided.

bead size      fits gauges    in diameters
1/8"        18 - 16ga      1/4" - 3/8"
5/32"       18 - 14ga      5/16" - 7/16"
3/16"       16 - 14ga      7/16" - 5/8"
3/16"       12ga           3/8" - 5/8"
7/32"       14 - 12ga      5/8" - 3/4"
1/4"        12 - 8ga       1/2" - 1" +
5/16"       10 - 6ga       1/2" - 1" +
3/8"        6 - 4ga        5/8" - 1" +       
7/16"       4 - 0ga        5/8" - 1" +


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