Plug Tunnel Jewellery

Find all your need-to-know information on plugs and flesh tunnel piercings here, including the different sizes, materials and types of piercings we have available.

First, check out what kind of piercing you want below with our handy comparative list.

Different Kinds of Ear Plugs and Tunnels


There are 5 main types of ear plug and flesh tunnels. Below you can find a list of the different types, containing pros and cons of each and a general description to help you decide what jewellery type might be best for you.


Screw-Fit Jewellery

Screw-fit ear plugs and flesh tunnels are flared at each end, like a double-flared piercing, but as the name suggests, one end can be easily screwed off, and the piercing inserted without any stretching issues.

All it takes is unscrewing one end of the piercing, inserting it, and screwing the top back on: it’s that easy!

Very easy to insert as you just need to unscrew the top and screw it back on once inserted.

The screw-on top can become looser after prolonged use, unlike fixed products.


Double-Flared Jewellery

Double-flared ear plugs and flesh tunnel piercings are flared at both ends and fixed, meaning the ear piercing needs to be stretched a little bit more than the gauge size of the piercing itself.

The double-flared piercing has a lipped edge that curls in on itself, and do not require o-rings.

Suitable For - Ear cartilage piercing, lip piercing.

Fixed ends so should not fall out.

As both ends are flared, piercing must be stretched to the size of the ends rather than the gauge of the piercing itself.


Saddle-Fit Jewellery

Both ends of a saddle-fit piercing are flared ever so slightly, with a smoothed out edge in comparison to double-flared.

The smoother edges make them easier to insert, but it is still not recommended to use saddle-fit jewellery on healing piercings.

Similar to the double-flared, the ends are completely fixed, meaning no o-rings are required.

The flared ends cause the healing time to take a little longer.


Single-Flared Jewellery

A single-flared ear plug or flesh tunnel piercing is ridged, or flared at one end, making it larger than the specified gauge size of the plug itself.

The non-flared end is held in with an o-ring, and is the side that is inserted, which means no additional stretching is required for the flared end.

Suitable For - Ear cartilage piercing, lip piercing.

Easy to insert and only need one o-ring to secure the piercing.

O-rings may fall off if not secured properly.


Saddle-Fit Jewellery

No-flared plugs and tunnels are the same size throughout, and usually held in place with a silicone o-ring.

As they are the one size all the way across, non-flared plugs and flesh tunnels are great for ear stretching and healing as there is no added stress on the piercing.

Usually cheaper than other ear plugs or tunnels, as well as being the easiest to insert.

If you lose even just one of the o-rings and don’t have another lying around, the piercing is essentially useless as it will just fall out, so make sure you have spares.

Materials Available


Surgical Steel Plug Jewellery

Surgical steel is one of the most popular material choices for most jewellery types. It has a natural silver look and is very affordable. As well as that, it can be combined with many other colours and platings such as dark titanium or gold.

Quality steel, polished silver look, very affordable.

Contains small amounts of nickel which can cause allergic reactions.

Acrylic Tunnel Jewellery

Acrylic is a hard, plastic-like material made from a substance known as PMMA. It is easily dyed with vibrant colours which make it so popular among people who like to get flashy with their piercings. It is a lot softer than steel but still rather durable, and does not easily discolour.

Comes in a wide variety of vibrant colours.

Cannot be used in the healing period as it is not suitable.

Silicone Plug Jewellery

Silicone is a very soft and durable, rubber-like material which does not degrade and is easily cleaned, making it a hygienic option. It is also very easy to combine with bright colours, which makes it a popular choice among people who enjoy a brighter piercing such as pink or green.

Very long lasting, lightweight product, making it a good investment.

Limited choice in terms of shape and design.

Wooden Tunnel Jewellery

Wood is one of the most natural materials you can find on the planet, and has become a very popular jewellery material choice in recent years, especially with the rising interest in environmental protection. Wood is recyclable and easy to clean, and will last long if properly cared for.

They won’t irritate stretched lobes as wood absorbs dead skin cells rather than having them sit in place to gather infection.

Wood can become misshapen or cracked in wet or extremely hot weather, which means the jewellery needs to be properly oiled regularly, especially if living in a wet or cold environment.

Organic Plug Jewellery

Organic ear plugs and flesh tunnel piercings are generally made of stone or bone, ranging from marble to water buffalo horn. For people with sensitivity to metal they are a great choice, and the natural material makes it easy to create wacky and interesting designs on the material.

Very large variety of colours and patterns available with organic materials.

The heavier weight makes ear stretching happen faster, which can be great, but also needs to be managed properly.

Guide to Ear Stretching


Thinking about stretching your ears, but not quite sure where to start? Luckily we have everything you need.

When ordering your piercings, you can order a Stretching Guide free of charge.

As well as this, we also have a brilliant All-In-One Ear Stretching Kit which contains everything you need to help stretch that piercing.



Tunnel Jewellery

Keeping Your Plug and Tunnel Piercings Fresh

Ear plugs and flesh tunnel piercings look awesome, and they are very popular right now, but there is no denying that sometimes they can start to smell a little bit funky, especially when they are healing.

Luckily, there is an easy way to prevent this from happening and put your mind at ease: Piercing Mania’s Piercing DEO.

Not only will it keep your ear smelling fresh, it also nourishes and heals the piercing. Think of it as a deodorant for your piercing which also helps with the healing process.

You can apply it as liberally as you like, as the butter-like texture is non-irritating.

As this product contains perfume, be sure to wait 2-4 weeks after getting pierced to avoid irritation in the early healing stage.

Some Aftercare Advice

1. Disinfect your jewellery! Use antibacterial soap and warm water for most jewellery types, while your organic jewellery should be simply rinsed in cool water with the mildest soap you can find. Wooden jewellery should never be soaked in water, but simply dabbed with a damp cloth.

2. Wash your hands and use a cotton swab to remove dead skin around the piercing. The wash your pierced site with antibacterial soap, drying with kitchen paper.

3. You should soak a cotton ball with a saline solution, or simply use one of our Salt Sprays with Tea Tree which will aid in the healing process.

4. Lastly, you can always drop some tea-tree oil or Healing Oil onto the piercing before inserting it, which can help fight infections before they begin.