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.
NEVER EVER use electrical tape, medical tape, duct tape, or any other tape that is rough or has an adhesive, the adhesive can run and irritate your ear, and some are sharp and can cut your ear. Use PTFE, teflon or bondage tape, these are body compatible.

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