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.
A ball-closure ring is simple and an effective closure in jewelry and is often used in body piercings. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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