Advances in piercing equipment have made the process safer and less painful than ever. For a process that has been around for thousands of years, the tools used are now more advanced than ever before. To start off as a body piercer, there is some basic piercing equipment you will need.
First, an autoclave is one of the most important pieces of piercing equipment. This is a medical-grade machine that will sterilise needles, clamps and other tools before use. This prevents contamination and opening the sterile package in front of the client shows them that sanitary precautions are being taken. While an autoclave will be the largest monetary investment, it is also one of the most important pieces of piercing equipment that you can buy.
The needle is the main piece of piercing equipment. Unlike sewing needles, piercing needles are hollow and specifically produced for the skin. Clamps and forceps are also necessary. Clamps are used to hold and stretch the skin so that the piercing will be correctly aligned and performed. Forceps are used to hold the skin during the process if necessary. Septum forceps are a specific type used for the septum of the nose, so that the needle does not damage any surrounding skin accidentally. Tweezers are also helpful as piercing equipment for holding very small pieces of jewellery, such as the balls from captive bead rings.
Jewellery is a necessary type of piercing equipment too. Depending on the piercing, there are different sizes, shapes and styles of jewellery that can be used. One type is the captive bead ring. For this type of jewellery, you will need pliers to open and close the ring correctly. The rings are often fairly small and too stiff to open and close with just the fingers, especially after it has been inserted into a fresh piercing. Gauge wheels are simple instruments that allow you to quickly measure the gauge, or thickness, of a piece of jewellery. A receiving cork is a small, disposable piece of cork used to ‘catch’ the needle after it has pierced the skin. They are important as piercing equipment so that the piercer does not accidentally get stuck by the needle and, in some instances like nose piercings, so that another part of the body does not accidentally get stuck either.
There are a variety of other types of piercing equipment that may be helpful. Sanitary supplies like anti-bacterial solution, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, iodine solution and latex gloves are important to protect both the piercer and the person being pierced. Other helpful tools include marking pens, to ensure the correct position of the piercing, gauze and cotton balls. While there is a lot of piercing equipment, it is necessary to complete a good job.
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