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Dragonair Gauges by ChibiSilverWings Dragonair Gauges by ChibiSilverWings
A variation on my Dragonair earrings. This is the first pair of gauge earrings of ever made. I think they came out looking really pretty and the commissioner was overjoyed so, it was a very satisfying project. I just wish I could have a photo of them in an ear, but I don't have gauged ears so.. what can I do? XD
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TheDappledDragon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student General Artist
maybe you can get the person you sold them to yo take a picture of them wearing them and have them email you that photo?
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe I'll try to do that next time!
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THEpit101 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to get a pair!!! But can you do single flares and with a different Pokemon??
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure, we can chat details via note or email. My email is ChibiSilverWings@gmail.com :D
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chibelin Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   General Artist
so cute!! >w<
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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xmissaleex Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
woah O.O so cool. such a good idea. Wish i had my ears stretched xD
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hahah aww thank you so much!
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aishiteru420 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
This is nice! Where do you order plugs for these? :3 curiosity....
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I got them over here: www.kingsbodyjewelry.com/ :D
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aishiteru420 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
okay :)

I buy my plugs and stuff here; www.crazy-factory.com/
Its even cheaper than that "your place", you should check it out! :)
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much for the advice! I don't have stretched ears myself so I don't know too much about where to look for them, but this is really helpful thank you.
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AlouAyumu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
asdfghjkl; I'll Buy A Pair Of These Off You If You Make A 2g Paair. o.o
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well I'd be glad to take commissions, you'd have to pay for the plugs and the work I make too, but if you're interested, just note me or email me and I can talk about materials cost and price etc :)
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AlouAyumu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'm Interested. :3
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
My email is chibisilverwings@gmail.com feel free to contact me :)
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cddmanful Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool idea!  Nice of you to include a plastic gauge thingie for the part resting in the ear~~
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wanted to make sure they were able to fit right and be safe. Honestly I think even if I was silly enough to try making a plug of pure clay, I wouldn't have any chance of getting the measurements precise! I wanted to get metal ones but I was really worried about the weight.
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cddmanful Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering, too, if the front and back parts were balanced so that they would hang just right--I bet you were wondering this, too~~~
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, It seems they're a bit front heavy according to the commissioner, but they said they're still happy with it, so I'm glad! I always get a bit nervous when I can't really TEST the item first to make sure it hangs right etc. But in the end this one worked out okay XD
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FattyKatty Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
How did you get your clay, (I'm assuming you used polymer clay?) to stay on the gauge? 
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It just sticks on there when baked on, but Krazy Glue also works well.
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FattyKatty Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Thank you very much <3
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KronicMawnchiez Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i will be taking PLENTY of pictures when they arrive! still very excited to get these! Glaceon La icon
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay! Thanks so much for the photos! :)
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Jagger-wolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Stretched ears. You wear plugs/tunnels/etc. in stretched ears. Gauge is the unit of measurement used to size those earrings, it is never ever used to describe the ears themselves, the process of enlarging the ears, or describe the jewelry in anyway other than the actual measurement of the piece. You can even completely do away with the confusing gauge system and use millimeter equivalents instead.

Unfortunately, polymer clay is incredibly toxic when worn inside the body, and very harmful to ears. There is no safe way to wear these, as cute as they are. 

So what can you do? Not advertise these as wearable in the human body. 
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vajrasana Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgive me if there's another issue with polymer clay  that could be considered toxic (the only thing I'm aware of that is could be considered toxic is the phthalate ester content in the clay) I am no expert. However, your conversation got me curious so I did a bit of research and according to tests done by the Duke University Medical center: 

"Testing for  skin irritation and sensitization of these esters has been negative"

"The major route for absorption of these phthalate esters is by ingestion. Appreciable absorption via skin is unlikely. These phthalates are poorly absorbed through the skin with absorption rates ranging from 0.002 to 0.05% per hour."

".One concern of exposure to phthalate esters found in polymer clays is reproductive effects or liver effects. Our risk assessment has been modified to include the recent findings of the National Toxicology Program’s Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction Expert Panel on Phthalate esters. Using a 100 fold uncertainty factor, incidental exposure from working with polymer clays would not be associated with any risk of developmental effects, reproductive difficulty or organ damage."

"In summary, phthalate esters found in these polymer clays offer little or no acute toxicity concerns  and are not a chronic hazard concern even assuming a large (24 mg) daily ingestion of these clays. Analyses of these clays for residual vinyl chloride found non-detectable (<1 ppm) levels. The clay matrix does not break down to release hydrogen chloride gas until temperatures of 350o F. or greater are reached, with progressive release at higher temperatures: curing at temperatures low enough to prevent destruction and blackening of the clay body will prevent appreciable hydrogen gas release.  Little phthalate ester is released during curing, even when heated to the point that the clay breaks down: there is little opportunity for incidental food contact."
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taconacho Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Polymer clay is safe for jewelry like bracelets and such but not for being worn "through" the skin. It's a very porous material that harbors bacteria very easily and could easily cause very bad irritation and infections. It also breaks down very easily and it's near impossible to get an accurate and even fit when sculpting it. I forget wich ingredient is most dangerous in polymer clay ( PVC I believe? ) but it's quite toxic and even with "coatings", it's quite harmful. It's just not worth the risks... Even cheap acrylic jewelry is very bad to wear.

If you're curious and would like to know more about why it's best to avoid polymer clay jewelry for stretched ears, awful mods on tumblr did a wonderful post on them here: awfulmodifications.tumblr.com/…

These earrings are quite cute but I think it'd be best if the artist went in another direction and would use glass instead. It's safe and a lot more durable anyways and easy to clean and disinfect. 
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't do anything with body modification so, you're talking to someone who has no idea about this sort of thing. Honestly I see them called gauges more so that's what I called them.

In the case of them being toxic, is there any coating one can paint over them? I see people use nail polish on earring backs when they're allergic to the metal, so I'm sure there are safe ways to avoid them. In the case of these, I used plastic plugs at the part that'll be actually in the ear, so the polymer clay part isn't inside the ear. But I'll let the person who ordered them know either way.
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Jagger-wolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
I've been studying body modification for 13+ years, and have been getting modified for at least that long. Trust me when I say that using the word gauge as anything other than the unit of measurement it is is wrong. You don't wear gauged gauges in your gauged gauges. You wear plugs/tunnels/whatever in stretched earlobes, and the size of those pieces (I sometimes just use the word earrings as a full coverage blanket term) is measured using the gauge system, officially called the American Wire Gauge system. It's most common usage is among welders. But, seeing as it's confusing and there is a lot of misinformation about it, you can do away with it completely and use millimeters to measure pieces instead. So those pieces should be measured around the wearable area, the part that goes in the ear, and use the millimeters measurement.

No, nail polish is not an appropriate coating. It also contains potentially toxic chemicals that can leech into the body and cause irritation at best, infection at worst. There is pretty much no coating available that I've ever heard of that's appropriate for wear inside the human body. Plastic can also be a bad material for long term wear. The most common plastic for plugs is acrylic, and while it's not so bad for occasional wear, it shouldn't be worn long term, showered in, slept in, or anything like that. 

If you are allergic to metal, it means you're allergic to the nickle content in the metal, nickle being the reactive material. The best way to avoid nickle is to not wear crap jewelry, or jewelry that you don't know what it's made from. The best metals to avoid nickle allergies are titanium and niobium, both being "pure" metals that contain no nickle. Depending on the severity of the allergies, 316LVM ASTM F-138 Implant Grade Steel can be worn in the ears as well. Sterling silver is not an appropriate long term wear material, and gold of 14k or 18k only is appropriate for long term wear (24k is too soft). Gold can sometimes contain nickle as well, so depending on the severity of the allergies, either avoid it completely or be very careful. 
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Okay thanks for the info, I'm sure you know what you're talking about, but that doesn't change what I said, which is "gauges" is what people usually call them. I mean, I understand that as someone who does a lot more of it, you have more distinctions/terms, I was only using the common vernacular. It wasn't meant to spark any debate about what size distinctions people use. I can change the title to "Plugs" is that what you're trying to ask me to do? It seems to me like you're just trying to tell me I don't know what I'm talking about rather than trying to correct my mistake. I readily admit that I don't know what I'm talking about in my original comment and in my reply to you. I said that I've never done any body modification and I don't know anything about it. This is not me trying to say I know better than you, there's no need to feel like you need to tell me you know better, I know that this is not an area where I know much of anything.

I do understand metal allergies, though thank you anyway. And I wasn't saying that's what I did personally. I don't have any metal allergies, and when anyone asks for me to due to allergies I buy and use steel backings. I can't speak to how this person will be wearing these, though I assume the person won't be sleeping in them or showering in them, considering they're pretty large. Either way I will let them know. I okayed the parts I used with the person who ordered them in the first place anyway. I used plastic because it's light and most useful for holding the clay part. I appreciate you doing your best to be informative.
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Jagger-wolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
It may be common vernacular, but it's also wrong vernacular. Common doesn't mean right.

I'm not telling you to do anything. I'm letting you know that this can be potentially harmful to people who don't know any better. There is nothing wrong with honest ignorance, meaning you don't know better simply because you were never told or taught. Everyone is that way about one thing or another, honestly just simply not knowing isn't necessarily a bad thing. The problem comes when one DOES learn better or is taught better, but one chooses to continue to do things improperly or unsafely. I understand you were just doing what you were commissioned to do, but in the future, know that these materials can be harmful to your customers, whether they ask for them specifically or not, they're harmful.

If you want to continue making these, that's up to you. It is nice knowing that the clay is not part of the wearable area, but even resting against the skin can be harmful. If you want to make these in the future, invest in quality organic materials, like glass, horn, bone, or wood plugs. Many can be bought wholesale online, or on a pair-by-pair basis from some fantastic online retailers. They may cost a bit more than acrylic pieces, but they're much, much better for wear in the long run. 
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's fine with me, what I'm interested in is people knowing what I'm trying to say. So this works.

And as I said, thanks, I'll be sending them a message about it and I'll let them see what you said. I have nothing to hide nor do I ever attempt to be deceitful about what I make. I'm upfront about what I do and I will buy what my customers ask me to buy. That's their choice, and while I'll be glad to inform them of what I know, it's still up to them what they want to do. I really don't plan on selling pairs of these in bulk. This is a commission for one person. If someone in the future orders something similar, I'll ask them what their prefrence is for materials or what they're comfortable with. And that's basically how I operate. As much as I appreciate information from someone with a better knowledge of the subject, I might suggest in the future you learn to share it a bit more tactfully. Most people get pretty defensive when you lecture them like a child, or call them "ignorant" or accuse them of wanting to harm people.

I understand that you're only trying to be helpful and I'm not trying to take this personally, but it's be rude to accuse me like that. If that wasn't your intention, I'm sorry, but it certainly feels that way.
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Jagger-wolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Again, honest ignorance isn't such a bad thing. Ignorance only becomes a problem if one refuses to learn better. How could you know better if you've never been taught or told? Ignorance shouldn't be used as an insult, and it's not a bad thing in the right circumstances, and I certainly didn't intend for it to be taken as one. 

I don't think I could be any more tactful than I already have been. I don't believe I've been rude, condescending, or talking to you as if you're a child. I was straightforward, there have been no insults slung around, and I certainly didn't accuse you of purposefully or deliberately trying to poison anyone with materials. You were simply doing what you were commissioned to do, and honest ignorance told you that the materials you were working with were safe. Again, ignorance is NOT an insult, it's NOT necessarily a bad thing, and it is NOT something you should be offended by, at least in this conversation. You couldn't have known better unless you were told, or spent a lot of time researching the materials. Most people assume the stuff is safe because it's sold in stores readily, there's nothing on the packages to indicate its toxicity, and it's frequently sold in the children's sections/areas of craft stores. But to be perfectly honest: Have you ever seen professionally manufactured clay jewelry of any sort? I'm not talking Etsy "professionals" or other DA crafters, I mean name brands you'd find in reputable stores or piercing shops. There's a reason why you don't, and that's because it's unsafe. 

As I said, there are ways to safely continue to make this kind of jewelry. It may cost you/your customers a bit more, but it can be done fairly easily. So long as the clay itself doesn't come into contact at all with the skin or internal parts of the ear, it's fine. There are lots of sellers on Etsy who fill hollow flared eyelets with cupcake shapes, donuts, and other cute things with polymer clay and these are fine because no part of the clay (or the glue that is sometimes used to hold the decoration in place) comes into contact with any part of the ear. 
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well I thank you for the help, I'll keep it in mind.
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Mighty-Dragon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thats awesome
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Mighty-Dragon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome
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gabrielsangel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
AHHHHHH! WHY MUST I HAVE NO MONEY!!!
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww sorry!
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gabrielsangel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Artist
It's okay. :cling:
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rizutsuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ever make faux gauge earings? they open and clasp in the middle but look like gauge

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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have made those before, I think they're in my gallery. Not sure. Either way, yup! The person who ordered these actually has stretched ears though.
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rizutsuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice :) Either way they look great!
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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ArcMoonblade Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Get the commissioner to take a picture for you? 

They're very well made- good job!  Though the gauging makes me wince, because I don't do holes through my body.  But to each his or her own.  As long as it makes them happy. 
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've done so in the past but usually they don't get around to it/can't take a very well colored one. I don't blame them, these things are surprisingly annoying to photo. I'm sure you know from the chain mail it can be an ordeal.
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