How to Open a Ball Closure Ring

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A ball-closure ring is simple and an effective closure in jewelry and is often used in body piercings.

Body piercings require secure jewelry, and ball-closure rings are a popular choice in both fresh and healed piercings. A ball-closure ring is also known as a captive-bead ring due to the shape and design. The jewelry consists of a metal loop and a small bead or ball. When tension is removed from the ring, the bead falls out. When closed, tension from the ring holds the bead in place securely. Opening a ball-closure ring requires a pair of inverse pliers. These tools grip the ring securely during opening, preventing damage to the piercing during jewelry changes.


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Step 1

Wash your hands and the piercing site thoroughly. This prevents any lingering lymph or irritants from being pulled into your piercing as you change the jewelry.

Step 2

Hold the ball-closure ring between your thumb and forefinger, cupping your hand underneath to prevent the ball from dropping.


Step 3

Insert the inverse pliers into the center of the ball closure ring. Squeeze the pliers gently to open them and settle the ring into the grooves on the pliers.

Step 4

Squeeze the pliers gently and slowly until the ball drops out of the center of the ball closure ring to open.