Balls and the Butterfly Effect

January 14, 2009

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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:

grip_135These 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!

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Spooky!

Top photo courtesy of  Tomsaint11’s   photostream at Flickr.