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Body piercing is an age-old custom. The first nose ring dates back 4,000 years, and nose piercing is even mentioned in the Bible, says the website If you're brave enough to get your nose pierced, then you're brave enough to make your own nose ring to wear in that piercing. Furthermore, making your own ring capitalizes on what a nose piercing truly should be: highly personal, unique and individual, special particularly to you.

Cut a 1 5/8-inch piece of 21-gauge gold or sterling silver wire with your wire cutters. Rub a wire rounder against it so the ends of the wire are not sharp.

Wrap one end of the wire around the tip of your needle-nose pliers, making a loop. Adjust the loop you made so it is on top of the wire.

Curve the wire around a mandrel or a suitably sized solid tube. The other end of the wire should fit through the loop you made with the end slightly bent so it will stay in place.

Thread a small glass or metal bead onto the nose ring.

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Lane Cummings

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."