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How our pieces are made. Inside the making of a pair of custom Sterling silver Ear Plugs.

Often, LUGDUN ARTISANS is tasked to create a unique piece that not only is "different" in design, but also functional in use. Last month, our focus was on Ear Plugs.

Now, what are Ear Plugs you might ask. A plug (sometimes called earplug or earspool) in the context of body modification, is a short, cylindrical piece of jewelry commonly worn in larger-gauge body piercings. Modern western plugs are also called flesh tunnels.


The request from our customer was very simple; "make me a pair or silver Ear Plugs that I can use in combination with your available ear weights." As an artist in his own right, he gave us the creative freedom to develop a design that would distinguish itself from the rest and be representative of an international figure. With that said, LUGDUN ARTISANS' founder, Marcos Miranda got busy.




The design would consist of 2 overlapping pieces that make a tight lock in lieu of using a more common thread lock or concave design. One of the reasons for this design, was to ensure that the plug would not easily fall off the ear while supporting a hanger or ear weight.


Its distinct design consists of a decorated face on the front side of the piece, while having a protruding rear end that is tapered on the lower half to allow for the use of hangers.






Sheets of sterling silver were measured to produce disks that would later become the "face" of both sides. These serve as the parts that lock the plug onto the ear. Cylinders were also made to serve as the channels for the plugs. Engraving was the last part of the process prior to final finish. Instead of describing each detail of the process, let's take a look at the video which will reveal to you the process from start to finish, and bring you into the private workshop of our founder. As always, handcrafted in the USA.




Interested in Ear plugs, and weights? Here's some additional reading:


The use of Earrings and Ear Weights throughout human history.


History


Earrings are an ancient jewelry. Since the beginning of time, earrings have come in all shapes, sizes, materials and even weights. They’ve been sought after and worn by the powerful, the confident, the rebellious, and the distinguished. From ancient civilizations like those found in Mesopotamia, to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Western Europeans, Asians, Africans, Inuit and Native Americans, earrings are a piece of jewelry that continues to be worn.



Use


Worn by both men and women alike as a form of statement jewelry, earrings and ear weights remain a top fashion accessory in any culture. This fashionable jewelry lends distinction and is ideal for casual or dressy occasions. They can work great as party wear, or simply to change to a particular look during your day. Ear Weights allow individuals to wear interesting materials and styles that may not be possible with standard piercings. Some of the most popular mens & womens earrings and ear weights are made from silver.


In this article, we are going to emphasize on the topic of ear weights. They are cool, distinct, and artful. Wouldn’t you agree? But when it comes down to ear weights, there is a lot more to them than just style. Regarding their proper use, not knowing what’s a misconception and what is a fact can lead to blood loss to your ear lobe, uneven stretching and even shrinking of your ear altogether!


The term “ Stretching “ is the means by which one slowly enlarges a body piercing to accommodate increasingly larger sizes of jewelry. The way this is done is by slightly stretching the earlobe tissue and allowing it to relax and heal at an increased size. This process is repeated over and over again until you reach your desired result. Slow, proper stretching will leave a piercing elastic and healthy.


Now, the way ear weights work in terms of stretching, is that they will only stretch the skin on the very bottom of your ear lobe. When stretching your ear, you want to avoid this. Stretching the entire diameter of the ear is super important. Not doing so may lead to breakages when the skin begins to thin and even scarier loss of blood flow which may lead to the skin dying off.


Stretching a piercing is a very individual act, and everybody is different. It’s important to listen to your body. Your skin may be more or less elastic, or your body may heal faster or slower, so it is best to simply pay attention to what your body is telling you. As a rule of thumb, you should wait a minimum of 3-4 months before stretching a fresh soft tissue piercing. Healed ear lobe piercings can often be stretched at the rate of one size (about 1mm to 1.5mm or 1/16") every 30 to 45 days, (minimum.) Good practice is to stretch every other month, however, the longer you wait, the healthier your ears will be.




Stretching with weights


Since the beginning of time, weight has been used across many cultures as a way to stretch piercings. It’s possible to stretch by wearing jewelry specifically designed to act as a hanging weight, or by wearing weight through tunnels. Weight through tunnels is the healthiest method for stretching because it allows you to vary the amount of weight, and the tunnel allows the weight itself to be distributed across a larger surface area. Tunnels should be made of a rigid material. Ear Weights should only be used periodically and you should permit your lobes extra time to relax after their use.


The Key to proper stretching is Rotation. It’s important to rotate your ear weights during the week, in order to help retain the structure and existing size of your currently stretched ears. Wearing different size ear weights will prevent the ear from shrinking and from stretching at the very bottom of your ear skin.


When stretching your ears, stick to professional ear weights! Wearing heavy objects that were not intended to be used as ear weights or plugs in your ears is just plain dangerous. Items like locks are definitely a “no do”!




Proper ear weights can come in all range of styles. Styles include:


Hoop weights – Designed like a heavy opulent circular bar bell with its weight sitting balanced through the stretched opening.


Coil Weights – Similar to hoop weights. However, rather than a simple opening at the bottom, their ends continue around to create a coil shape design.


Shield Weights – Similar to plugs in the way they are inserted. Their design is made to slide over the bottom edge of the stretched lobe, resting on it when fully inserted.


Keyhole weights – A very common design. Their opening looks like a keyhole. The stretched ear slides through the thinner opening and sits at the larger circular area center of the design.




Below is a list of 7 Top handcrafted Ear weight Designs by LUGDUN ARTISANS, perfect for those looking to style their stretched ears.


For all you new to the brand, LUGDUN ARTISANS is a New York City born company dedicated to creating quality handcrafted jewelry. The company’s goal is to create mens and womens rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants and necklaces with designs that are rugged, tough, big, heavy, modern, sophisticated or just plain cool! Favored by the elite biker, tattoo, rocker and rebel community, LUGDUN ARTISANS has become a known brand amongst celebrities and the average rebel alike.


Never mass produced, each piece is artisan handcrafted in their NYC workshop with a unique personality as a result.


As makers of quality handcrafted jewelry, LUGDUN ARTISANS currently offers 7 beautiful and stylish Sterling Silver Ear Weights perfect for any man or woman looking to stand out from their peers.


Check them out below:

Designer silver ear weight. Ankh style earring for men and women handcrafted by LUGDUN ARTISANS


Hand crafted / Solid Silver Ear Weight with Opal stones. U.S.A. Made.


This beautiful set was inspired by the ancient Egyptian ANHK, the symbol for “life”. A unique clever design that folds open to facilitate its application and that contains a “hidden” pin screw key to secure itself safely onto your tunnels and stretched lobes. It incorporates an opal stone in each extremity and is meticulously handcrafted by American artisans entirely out of sterling silver. It’s an excellent accessory for a man’s or woman’s distinct casual look. * Please note that the lower base is 11mm wide. We recommend a minimum diameter of 12mm for these to fit through. See more now!


Approximate Specs (Individual):


Length (mm): 44.5

Width (mm): 30.2

Weight (Gr.) 24.9

Weight (Oz.) 0.87



Designer silver ear weights. U-lock style earring for men and women handcrafted by LUGDUN ARTISANS



Hand crafted / Anvil Forged Solid Silver Ear Weights. U.S.A. Made.


These raw, chunky, heavy silver Ear Weights were first born through the hands of LUGDUN ARTISANS founder Marcos Miranda. An Anvil forged design that is made to resemble a “U Hook” or “U-Lock”. They are fashion accessories that are meant to demonstrate your confidence, edge and power. Sticking to the company’s basic principles, these heavy silver weights represents every individual, whether man, woman, biker, rocker or common rebel, with a quality piece that is made of pure solid sterling silver. An excellent accessory for a man’s or woman’s casual look. Click to see more!


Approximate Specs (Individual):


Length (mm): 31

Width (mm): 22

Weight (Gr.) 45

Weight (Oz.) 1.6