First DIY Piercing
Yesterday, I finally got all my jewelry I ordered. I was excited and opened it in front of my boyfriend and his friend, Jake. I ordered a lot of eyebrow rings and some other stuff, it was cheaper to buy in bulk. Jake wanted to see my jewelry and I showed it to him, he picked out an eyebrow ring and asked me if he could have it. I was a little confused at first, because he does not have his eyebrow pierced. Confused, I told him he could have it.
About an hour after I gave him the jewelry, he asked Josh and me if we could help him pierce his eyebrow again. He said he had it done for over a year, but took it out a few months ago. Josh said he would watch but refused to help him. I have never done a piercing before, but I agreed to help him. I have been planning to try some DIY piercing on myself and I thought it would be a good first try. The needle we had was already sterilized and we put the jewelry in some boiling water for like 20 minutes to be sure it was sterilized to. I had just received the jewelry in the mail from a trusted store that sold brand new jewelry, but I wanted to be safe. After washing my hands and setting up the stuff I would need on the kitchen table; I had Jake sit down in front of me. I had the needle, the jewelry, and a pair of clamps (I brought them just in case, but I did not plan on using them. I heard the simpler you make things the easier they go), cotton swabs, a thing of Dial, and a bowl of warm water. I cleaned off his eyebrow with a cotton swab and was all set. I did not have to mark it, because I could still see where the old one was and we agreed to try to redo the same spot. The first thing I did was line up the jewelry and try to stick it in the old hole to see if it had indeed healed up or if I could force the jewelry in. The jewelry was a 16g and Jake's orginal piercing was a 14g so I thought it might slide in better. I found the hole and the jewelry pushed in a little, I could tell the hole was still there, but it would need to be reopened. It was too hard to shove the jewelry in and I did not want to hurt Jake, so I grabbed the needle. I have watched people getting piercing done numerous times and I have read numerous stories, so I knew what I was doing. Jake took a deep breather and I slide the needle in slowly. I know some people like doing it fast, but it was my first time and I wanted to be extra careful. The needle slides in easily and came out the other side without much force, probably because of the old hole. After the needle was in, I asked Jake if he was ok. He looked surprised I had even put the needle in; he said he did not feel anything at all. Glad to hear that, I slowly took the needle out and exchanged it with the 16g barbell. The exchange was fast and simple and again Jake said he felt no pain. The hardest part of the whole thing was putting on the ball to the barbell. I had gone from top to bottom putting in the jewelry; I always found that easier. I was as gentle as I could be and finally got the ball screwed on about a minute later. Jake said the tugging on the new hole stung a little, but it did not really hurt that much. He did not bleed at all, but I cleaned around the piercing with the Dial I had brought in the kitchen anyways. I told him how I cleaned mine, 2 times a day with Dial and use Sea Salt. He seemed to know how to clean it, but I wanted to make sure. I seen him today, its doing great. It has not swelled at all and it's perfectly straight in the old hole. My first DIY piercing turned out to be a success! However, I would not suggest trying DIY unless you are fully prepared. I did a lot of watching and reading before attempting this and even then I was not as fully prepared as a professional would have been. Also, because it went well for me, does not mean it will go well for you.
Thanks for reading my experience and if you have any questions feel free to send me an email. Happy piercing!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 07 June 2006
in Eyebrow Piercing