June 16, 2021 / by Alex Peace
We have had a lot of customers ask us how we get shaped plugs into our ears. In this article, we cover a few of our hot-selling shaped plugs and how we get them into our stretched ears. We will cover Teardrop Plugs, Coffins, and Saddles. As always if you feel pain or discomfort you should stop wearing these shaped plugs. If you are having trouble getting teardrop plugs or coffins in your stretched ears your ears might not be ready for this size plugs. Wait a few weeks and do not force any plugs into your ears.
Shaped plugs like teardrop plugs or coffin plugs are to be worn for a short period of time. They are not to be used to sleep in or wear for extended days. If you wear these shaped plugs for a long period of time they can cause uneven pressure points that can lead to a tear or blowout.
It is important for your ears to be fully healed at the size where you want to put your shaped plugs in. If you are ordering from Two Feather Plugs you will need to order the same size that you normally order a round plug. If you have just gotten to your gauge size in your stretched ears you might want to wait 3-4 weeks before getting teardrop plugs or coffin plugs into your ears. Never force a teardrop plug into your ears.
If your ears are new to a certain shape plug I suggest making sure your ears are as supple and springy as possible. A hot shower might allow your ears to stretch more easily. Also, we recommend using natural oil. I always use Jojoba oil which works great with wood, glass, or stone plugs.
Teardrop Plugs are typically the first shaped plugs people start with. You can find designs made in wood, stone, stainless steel, or glass. One of our most popular pairs of teardrop plugs is our Amethyst Teardrop Plugs. To get these plugs in, use a bit of natural oil and rub it around either the plug or your ear.
To get the teardrop plug in your ears we recommend the button method for insertion. Start by putting the bottom of the plug (larger side) in the bottom of the ear and gently pull down on the ear. Then you can just pop in the top like you would pop in a button. Teardrop plugs are typically the easiest of the shaped plugs to get into your stretched ears.
If you are new to Coffin Plugs, they might be a little more difficult to get in than teardrop plugs. Typically customers with smaller ears (2G and 0G) have a bit more trouble getting the coffins in their ears. The reason usually is that they just got to the 2G or 0G size and their ears are not elastic enough to get them in. Typically I suggest these customers wait until their ears are slightly "stretchy-er" than the 2G or 0G to get these coffin plugs in their ears.
The coffin plugs are also put in using the button method. Start by putting the bottom (smaller side of the coffin) in the bottom of the ear and gently pull down on the ear. Then you can just pop in the top like you would pop in a button. This stretch is not going to feel the same as a round 360º. Your ears will need to get used to a little wiggle room in the North- South direction.
This year, saddles have been hugely popular for people with stretched ears! They sit on the bottom of your ear like a saddle and leave the top of your ear free. It is a really unique look.
To get the saddle in your ears start inserting them on the bottom and run your finger around to the top of the ear and the saddle should follow your finger and glide right in.
Other Odd-Shaped Plugs
Two Feather Plugs does sell other shaped plugs. We sell pentagons, triangles, hearts, ovals, and diamond plugs. Each of these will use a similar method to get into your ears. Use the button method! Push the bottom down and in first and then pop in the top. If you are having trouble, you might try using some Jojoba oil.
1/2" Odd Shaped Plugs
We always measure our odd-shaped plugs in millimeters. If you are at 1/2" make sure you know your plug size in millimeters. So if you are at 13mm, you should be ordering your shaped plugs in 13mm. For more on this topic, click here: Are my 1/2" Plugs 12mm or 13mm?
If you feel pain STOP.
The number one thing to remember while putting in odd-shaped plugs (or any plugs) in your ears is that it should not be a painful experience! You should not be forcing teardrop plugs or coffin plugs in your ears. Obviously, if you are bleeding this is not good. If you are feeling extreme pain or bleeding it is time to stop and allow your ears to heal. If you do not, you WILL have a tear or a blowout.