stretched earlobes

anonymous asked:

You do threaten me though. Your existence threatens my world because you exist in a grey area. You dye your hair unnatural colours and stretch out your earlobes to show that you do not conform, but all I feel when I see pictures of you is fear. Because you pretend to be tiny and cute but who you truly are...well, it doesn't exist, so you are not supposed to be who you are, and I am terrified by that. Do you think you are so important that people must pluralize your pronoun?

Okay, I hear you. So I don’t think you have any reason to be afraid of me– you can’t really control how you feel, but you can control how you think, so I’m going to try to reason with you point by point and let you know why I don’t think you should be afraid of me. All that I ask is that you read this with an open mind.

- I don’t dye my hair or stretch my ears as some sort of exercise of non-conformity– I just like the way it looks. It isn’t even really an act of non-conformity because the society, that I live in permits that type of self-expression– it’s allowed. I’m not breaking the law or anything.

- I really don’t know what to make of you suggesting that who I am doesn’t exist, or that I am something that I am not supposed to be. I don’t particularly believe in any sort of creator so I don’t know who exactly would be the authority on what I’m “supposed to be,” but I really don’t think that you’re the authority on who I should or shouldn’t be, because we’ve never met. Also, you claim that what I am doesn’t exist, but I really think you should tell that to all of the terrifying, like-minded people in my inbox that are asking me if it’s okay to express themselves the way that they want to. They’re afraid to act on their feelings, or in other words: they’re afraid to be themselves. I personally don’t think that there’s anything scary about them.

- Self-importance is kind of tough for any individual to avoid, because we can only really experience life in our own shoes. We have to prioritize ourselves to some extent or else we won’t take care of ourselves– which is exactly what I’m trying to do. So yeah, I guess I do think I’m kind of important… at least important enough to try and give myself as good of a life as I can, but I don’t really think that’s abnormal. I like to be referred to a specific way, because that’s what’s most comfortable for me. You wouldn’t want someone to call you the wrong name; I don’t want someone to refer to me using the wrong pronouns (Quick sidenote: when referring to a shadowy figure whose identity is concealed by a cloak and a mask you would describe their actions by saying something like “they reached for the doorknob,” because their gender is indeterminate; therefore, singular they/them pronouns exist).

Look, the main thing to focus on is that I really don’t mean you any harm– I truly don’t! I hope that you can go on to live a happy life. I just couldn’t leave this, because historically, nothing good ever comes from this kind of fear.

Non-permanent Tunnel or Gouge Piercing BJD Modification

OMFG, so sorry folks I’ve neglected to update this blog for so long!
I am more active on Instagram these days.

Anyway! I thought I would show you how I’ve made this BJD mod of a tunnel/gouge earring/piercing on my doll. Please note that this modification does not involve altering the sculpt in any way and can be completely reversed.

There are several methods of doing this, the more popular one is perhaps using an epoxy based clay and sculpt an actual earlobe extension using it. The good thing about epoxy is that you can sculpt directly on the ear and it hardens by way of chemical reaction even if you sculpt under water. You can also sand and carve and even attach more clay on top once it is hard. If you want to go down this path, I suggest using the Miliput Superfine in white. However, I was concerned that I would have a hard time getting rid of the epoxy clay once it’s on as that stuff is pretty strong. I would need to scrape it off and in the process I may accidentally scrape the actual head. A method my friend Elfgutz suggested to take off epoxy is to heat it up using heat gun, but I haven’t tried this yet so I don’t know (*to experiment on another day).

So what I did was pretty simple. I owe this to LifeLike81, itsfansea and pocketsizedvampirepandah who helped discussed and showed me the idea.

Step 1: It’s preferable to do this modification BEFORE you paint the faceup on. But it is possible to do it after as well. I used an eyelet for the tunnel/gouge earring. It’s cheap and pretty easy to get :)

Step 2: Take a sculpey clay and mold the earlobe around the gouge. You may want to mix your clay into a colour that is quite close to your resin’s colour but please be mindful that some clay may darken a bit after they are baked. I used 2 brands of clay: Kato Clay in “white” and Sculpey Living Doll in whatever default colour they have. I mixed it in a ratio of 1 white+2 flesh, this for some reason seemed to match my Venitu pretty well, who is in Oriental Pureskin colour.

Step 3: Once I had like an earlobe shape I basically stuck this onto my doll’s ear and continued to refine the shape. I didn’t cover the ear with glad wrap plastic because I wanted to get the shape to fit as close as possible. I didn’t use any corn starch powder either like some people have done, but instead to stop it from sticking onto the ear I just used a bit of water (I wet the side of the ear that it’s going to go on and this seems to prevent the clay from sticking too well to the resin). Also I stuck this several times in the fridge as I sculpt along. Cooling the clay hardens it a bit so it helps me keep the shape when I don’t want my fingers pushing too much on it.

Step 4: Once I got the desired shape, I removed it from the ear and carefully placed my ear piece on a loose tile. Let any excess water dry then I baked the clay for about 10 minutes at 150 degrees (fan forced oven).

Oh I also made several pieces so I have some to choose from.

Step 5: Then quite simply, I used PVA or Wood glue to stick the earpiece to the doll head. You may notice that the lobe hangs a bit low, but that’s because as part of my character design (he wears a specific type of piercing, some bullshit symbols that only mean something to him yadda yadda yadda — I don’t know) I am having double earrings on that lobe so I need all that space above the gouge.

I used the glue to not just stick the lobe on, but also to fill in the gap between it and the doll’s real ear, kind of like mortaring bricks?

Step 6: Once the glue was dried and I reached quite a good seal, I covered the metal piece with craft tac (see below). This is so when I do my faceup, I don’t end up spraying the metal with my sealant.

Here it is midway during the faceup painting. The metal is nicely protected from any spraying.

And we’re done! Because I couldn’t find anything that suited, I made the “X” earring above it out of a black cardboard which I glazed with gloss after I cut it into the shape I wanted.

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Some more beautiful pieces from Namaste Adornments! These fantastic pieces are heavy brass featuring a really lovely sayagata pattern.

Must be at least 12g to wear.

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These plated yellow gold “Sayagata Coin” weights from Namaste Adornments are so gorgeous! They’re also pretty light-weight, allowing for comfortable all day wear. Must be at least an 1" to wear.

Available for purchase in the studio and our online store!

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Crystal stopped by a while ago and had Clay pierce her Daith with a yellow gold heart featuring a fancy mint green captive from LeRoi. She saw Kaylyn putting together this superb stacking job of Maya’s Road Warriors and Evolve’s filigree brass designs and fell in love. So into this combo!

Supernatural Body Piercing

Kansas City, MO

Stretched Lobes and Jewelry for Wintertime

As winter approaches in Minnesota, bringing with it cruelly-cold temperates and desert-like dry air, it’s time to start thinking about what you will wear in your stretched lobes.

If you live somewhere that doesn’t experience cold temperatures, you can probably wear the same types of jewelry all year-round. However, for those of us who deal with very cold temperatures this time of year, it is usually wise to avoid wearing jewelry made of certain materials, at least for extended periods of time.

The blood that flows through your earlobes is what helps keep them warm and keep them from freezing The skin at the bottom of stretched lobes, where it is the thinnest, tends to have less blood flow than the rest of your earlobes. When you reduce the amount of blood flowing through any type of tissue, you reduce your body’s ability to keep that tissue warm, which increases the chances of frostbite when exposed to extremely cold temperatures.

While short bits of exposure to below-freezing temperatures are probably fine, longer exposure times run the risk of simply being uncomfortable in the best-case scenario and run the risk of frost-bite and tissue death in the worst-case scenario. While the worst-case may not be likely, it is a real risk if you spend a lot of time outside with stretched lobes.

Because metal and glass are both excellent conductors of cold, they tend to make poor choice for wintertime wear. 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.

Materials such as wood, horn and bone tend to conduct cold less and therefore tend to be better options than metal or glass in the winter. Keep in mind however, these materials often do not react well to sudden, large temperature changes (i.e., going from 0 F outside to 70 F inside) and can sometimes crack, warp or completely break.

For wintertime wear, we are big fans of stone jewelry; especially stone plugs. Like wood, horn and bone, stone is not a great conductor of cold. In addition, it tends to fair better with sudden temperature changes (note: jewelry can still crack or break sometimes). One of the best features about stone is that it can absorb and retain a bit of your body’s heat. This means your ears tend to stay a bit warmer for longer, even when you are outside.

As a general rule, the larger your stretched lobes are, the less blood flow they will have and the greater risk of damage from cold exposure. Now, obviously everyone is different and it is certainly possible to have thicker, healthier lobes at 1” than at 1/2”.

Regardless of the material you wear, we also suggest wearing solid plugs instead of eyelets or tunnels. Jewelry that is open in the middle allows cold air to get to both sides of the jewelry/your lobes, causing them to get colder faster and to reach an overall colder temperature. In windy conditions, this issue is made even worse.

If you are going to be out in the cold for a long period of time, you may want to consider not wearing any jewelry at all. Also, it’s obviously a great idea to cover your ears with a hat, ear warmer band, ear muffs etc.

The warmer you keep your ears, the happier and healthier they will be.

You will spend plenty of time planning (and donning) your winter wear this year, so take a little time to plan (and don) something warm for your ears.

We always have a large selection of stone, horn, wood and bone jewelry in-stock. And, if we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we are always happy to order it at no additional cost.

We would really appreciate it if you would reblog so we can get the word out to as many people as possible. We want all the ears to be warm and safe. :)