Why use a Flat Back Labret vs. Traditional friction post?
Having multiple ear piercings, I understand the demand for high-quality, comfortable piercing jewelry. Traditional butterfly earrings work well if you have just one lobe earring and remove it at night. However, for people with multiples, we prefer to wear all of our studs with a flat back for added comfort and convenience.
I wear mine 24/7/365
I've come to understand the main difference between the two types of flat back earrings: threaded vs. threadless. I initially chose threaded earrings but soon discovered that the threadless option offers more versatility and convenience.
My threadless flat back earrings are compatible with any gauge labret, which makes them ideal for downsizing or changing jewelry with ease. Additionally, the threadless system eliminates the concern of threads wearing down over time and the jewelry falling out.
The benefit to threadless jewelry far outweighs any minor disadvantage, making them the preferred choice for many people with multiple piercings.
Flat Back Studs, how-to
Popularized by the alternative crowd and now making its way into mainstream jewelry, Flat-back earrings are super comfy and super trending. This guide is intended for jewelry stores aiming to capitalize on the latest trend by offering customers a selection of the trendy, comfortable flat-back studs to elevate their store offerings and attract savvy young consumers.
The current demand is for nicer, high quality piercing jewelry while not compromising comfort.
Traditional butterfly earrings are great if you only have one earring and are able to take it off at night. If you or your customers have multiple ear piercings like me, you are going to want to have all of your studs on a flat back.
There are two types of flat back earrings, threaded & threadless.
Early on in discovering the trend, we made our jewelry with threaded posts. We learned quickly that threadless is a better option for universally fitting into any gauge labret making it easy for down-sizing and jewelry change.
Another benefit to the threadless system is that you don’t have to worry about the thread wearing off and you losing your precious jewelry. Yay!
Threadless jewelry is recommended for both fresh and healed piercings. The key difference between threaded & threadless styles is how they attach to the super comfy flat-back labret. Threaded jewelry, as the name clearly states, has a threaded post which screws into a threaded labret. By contrast, Threadless jewelry slides into place and relies on friction to keep it there.
The Threadless method is far superior. The primary reason is that jewelry with threads can loosen over time, resulting in the potential loss of the jewelry. This is because the threads will strip, making it difficult to screw the jewelry tightly enough to remain in place. The wearer has to remember to tighten their jewelry every few days or there is a substantial risk of losing it.
Additionally, Threaded jewelry can be challenging to insert and remove. The sharp threading will get caught on the skin, causing pain and irritation.
Performed correctly, the smooth surface of Threadless jewelry allows it to slide effortlessly into the smooth labret, creating a snug and secure fit. (See instructions below)
While both Threaded and Threadless jewelry have their advantages and disadvantages, Friction jewelry is the clear winner. It is easier and safer to insert, while also offering a more secure fit.
Cleanliness & Sterility.
These are instructions for customers with holes that have completely healed. Generally this means 9 months for upper ear/cartilage piercings, 6-12 weeks for lower ear/lobes and soft tissue piercings.
Eager customers may try to rush the healing process. It is advisable to use gloves and have some wipes handy just in case their holes haven’t completely healed. BZK wipes work great. Asking the customer when they were pierced is a quick way to substantiate how far along in the healing process they have come.
Fitting Instructions for customers who have healed holes, with piercing style jewelry:
1. Testing the Fit:
The most important step is to take the Labret and the intended Jewelry and fit them together to test for snugness. If the jewelry slides in and out of the labret easily then it is too loose.
2. Bending the Push-Pin:
Use the labret to VERY GENTLY bend the stainless steel pin on the jewelry and retest for snugness. If the labret doesn’t go all the way to the hilt, you may have over-bent the pin and a bit of straightening may be required. If it’s still loose, then bend it a bit more. It takes a little practice at first but this should become second nature and take only a few seconds to accomplish.
Red Arrows = Pressure to close
Blue Arrows = Stability on the sides to prevent twisting
3. Tapering an existing hole:
A Taper is a pointy (rounded, not sharp) needle similar to a miniature knitting needle. It is fed easily through the ear hole from the back. If a customer has a hole they think is “closed” from not wearing jewelry, it can often be found using a Taper. If they still have a hole, no doubt they’ll want to stick something gold and sparkly in it!
4. Labret placement:
The Titanium Labret is placed on the pin at the end of the taper and both are gently pulled so that the Labret is seated in the hole from the back.
5. Remove the Taper:
Remove the Taper and the small end of the Labret will be visible in the front of the hole.
6. Addition of Jewelry:
Press the jewelry into the hole in the labret carefully making sure not to twist it. If you twist it, it will likely be painful. Using 3 or 4 fingers to stabilize the piece as you squeeze them together carefully is HIGHLY recommended. This is arguably one of the most important steps and rushing to finish the job at this point is ill advised.
Performed correctly, the piece may sit comfortably for years without needing to be removed.