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Ear stretching, also known as gauging, is a popular form of body piercing. Many devotees sport larger-than-average holes in their ears, which can be inches wide. With these varied sizes, it can be difficult to find jewelry that fits in your particular stretched ear. Making homemade ear gauges is one way to make sure that you have the right fit, and have a piece of jewelry that no one else owns.

Determine the type of homemade ear gauges you want to make. You can choose to create gauge plugs, swirls and curls out of clay. The easiest of these is a standard plug.

Measure your old jewelry to find the appropriate gauge.

Shape your clay into the desired pattern. Layering two thin sheets of Fimo clay on top of each other, then rolling them up will create a swirl.

Roll the clay into a snake-like shape against a smooth surface. Create texture with clay tools, if desired.

Compare the width and length of your clay piece to your old jewelry, and cut the clay at the desired place to form your new gauge plugs.

Bake your Fimo in an oven at 230 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Allow your new plugs to fully cool, then try them on. Use O-gauge-rings to hold the homemade ear gauges in place.


Fimo doesn't dry out like other clay, so you can remold it many times before baking.


Don't wear homemade jewelry in freshly stretched piercings. Wait at least six weeks after a new stretch before putting in the Fimo jewelry.

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Victoria Clayton

Victoria Clayton has been writing professionally since 2003, serving as a featured writer for various online publications. She is pursuing a B.A. in human development from Empire State College.