Buying Body Piercing Needles

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If you are currently being trained in body piercing, you may find you want to buy some of your own supplies for practicing your new found skills. eBay can be a brilliant place to buy any supplies you find you need; from sterile markers and needles all the way to slotted Foerster clamps and septum tubes.

It is very much common sense to point out here, that if you don't know what you are doing or haven't studied the risks of contamination, then you shouldn't be going near anyone with a needle. Artificial skin or even animal skin (usually from a pig) can be a good, safe materials to learn with . 

The main things you need to keep in mind when buying piercing needles are what type of needle you are learning with, which gauge (size) and how confident you are in that the needles are sterile.
  1. The most popular type of needle to learn to pierce with is a cannula needle. This has an extra piece included with each needle, which is a kind of very thin plastic tube that the needle sits in. When using a cannula you use a different jewellery placing technique, so you need to be sure this is the right one for you. Instead of butting the jewellery up against the inserted needle, you pull out the needle, which leaves the plastic tube in the new piercing. You then place the jewellery inside the plastic tube and pull on it. This leaves the jewellery in the piercing, and removes the plastic tube. A cannula needle is a very common type used in hospitals, so are easily recognisable. 
  2. Size of piercing needles and jewellery is usually defined as a gauge; 14G, 16G and 18G are the most popular sizes. You'll need to keep in mind what you are actually piercing, as a navel piercing will need a larger size than a tragus ear piercing. The jewellery will need to match in size to the piercing "hole" you are creating. 
  3. Sterility is the single most important thing in body piercing or tattooing. The are countless blood bourne diseases, viruses and infections which can arise from bad hygiene in this area. Most people who learn the trade go on courses to ensure they are very clued up. With this in mind, you need to be confident that the needles you are buying are sterile. They will always, without exception, come in individual packets and are designed to be used once before proper disposal. On receipt you need to check the packets are all complete and not broken in any way.
The only other thing to keep in mind, as with anything, is that you get what you pay for. Cheap needles can result in the cannula tube kinking and bending, and it also brings sterility into question. Always be confident in what you are buying, and ask the seller, who is likely to be knowledgable about that product. 
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