Slippery balls, lost balls, darn fiddly little balls.
Those little round things on body jewelry–barbells, CBRs, circular barbells, and other threaded ends–sure give piercees a lot of grief. There’s nothing worse than losing a ball down the drain, or in your sleep, or worse–having a ball fall off and bounce down the hallway at work in full view of all your coworkers. Believe me, it’s happened.
Ball Handling Tips:
1) Check your balls every day to make sure they’re not loose.
2) Buy quality jewelry that’s been precision machined.
3) If you have a continual problem with your balls falling off, you can try adding something to the threads to make them stickier. Various piercees have tried beeswax, archery wax, Loc-Tite, or superglue.
Get a Grip
To get a good purchase on your balls, try wearing latex or nitrile gloves. For slippery oral jewelry, try tearing a bit of paper towel off and using that to handle the balls. Or, as my friend suggested, you could try these:
These are sold as “barbell grips” at Steel Navel (from whom I totally stole the picture, but you can buy them here ).
When I saw this, I about fell off my chair laughing. Those are my “rubber fingers” that I use every day at work! I’m addicted to the things, and can’t handle paper without them. It’s a running joke with my coworkers and family. (If you want a laugh, try handing one of these things to a baby and watch their reaction. )
So, I’m thinking, in some skewed, chaos-theory fashion, I made this happen. Cloud + piercings + rubber fingers = barbell grip!
Top photo courtesy of Tomsaint11’s photostream at Flickr.