Looking to start stretching your ears, but don't want to spend a ton on itty-bitty tapers? Here's how I made a set of 12g tapers with household things.
NOTE: These are NOT jewelry, and should never be worn as such. These tapers are for temporary use and should be replaced with real jewelry within a few hours of insertion.
Step 1: Gathering Supplies
What you'll need:
-2 wooden toothpicks (I used square picks but round ones are easier on your ears)
-A few inches of electrical tape
-A whittling knife (any pocket or other small knife is fine)
-Emu oil or other gauging salve (I like Holey Butt'r)
-Heavy-duty scissors (kitchen shears work)
To start, you're going to want to exaggerate the taper of your toothpick by whittling away at one end, but maintaining the length. I compared my toothpick to a 10g taper, but uncooked spaghetti and wire hangers are closer to 12g.