If you’ve been considering getting your nose pierced, there are many factors to consider; maybe you’re afraid of the pain, unsure of how you’ll look with a new piercing, have metal allergies, or are underage. Making a fake nose ring is the perfect (and realistic) alternative to the real thing.
Making a Nose Stud
1. Purchase your supplies
You’re going to need something to that resembles a small gem to use as the nose stud, and glue to secure the nose stud in place. The stud can be made of jewels, beads, sequins, or anything with a tiny, flat surface. For the adhesive, fake eyelash glue is recommended, as it is soft and doesn’t harm the skin.
You can get these materials online or at any craft store.
Avoid any glues that can be harmful to your skin, particularly super glues. These can be dangerous and cause harm.
2. Prepare your materials
Once you’ve gotten your fake eyelash glue and gem of choice, it’s time to make your nose stud.
Place your materials on a flat surface covered in paper towel, ideally close to a mirror. The paper towel will prevent eyelash glue on any surfaces, and will catch your nose stud if you accidentally drop it.
If you’re not sure what type of gem you’d like to use, hold a few in place to see which you like the most.
3. Apply your nose stud
Start by putting a dab of fake eyelash glue onto the back of your chosen gem. Using too much glue will look sloppy and prevent your nose stud from drying. Let the glue set for 20 seconds, then place the stud on your nose.
4. Hold your nose stud in place until the glue dries
Do not press hard on your nose stud, holding it gently in place will suffice. It will take roughly 30 seconds for the nose stud to dry.
5. Look in the mirror!
Welcome to your new reflection, nose stud and all. As long as you do not play with or move your fake piercing, and as long as you don’t sweat, it should stay in place for a full day. Remember, it is being held in pace by glue.
6. Remove your nose stud at the end of the day
To remove, simply twist your fake nose stud, and it will come right off; extremely easy and painless.
Making a Nose Ring
1. Gather your materials
Whereas making a stud relies on glue, making a nose ring requires a bit more effort. You’ll need a pair of pliers, a pen or pencil, a file, and either some wire or a headpin.
Use wire or a head pin depending on how you want your nose ring to look. For example, do you want your hoop to be thick (head pin) or thin (wire), gold or silver. Florists wire works well if you’re interested in a thin hoop.
These supplies can be purchased at any craft store.
It may take a few tries to get your nose ring just right, but once you become comfortable working with these materials, you’ll be rocking a unique hoop in no time.
2. Make your nose ring
Place your materials on a flat surface, ideally near a mirror. If you’re uncomfortable working with any of these materials, ask a family member or friend to help you.
3. Shape your wire
You’ll create the round shape of your hoop by bending your wire/pin around a pen/pencil.
- Grab your wire/pin and pen/pencil and bend it around your pen/pencil to form a circle. Then slide it off the end of the pen/pencil.
4. Cut the nose ring to the right size
Take your pliers, and cut the ends of your wire/pin so that the ends meet. At this stage, your hoop should look like a circle. Don’t worry about the ends meeting perfectly.
5. Finish the ends of your nose ring
You will use pliers to bend back the end of your wire/pin. Do not bend back more than 1⁄4 in. Once the wire/pin is properly bent, you should see a tiny “O” or closed “U” shape at the end of your wire. This round end will make your piercing safe and prevent it from scratching your nose. The “O” end will go on the inside of your nose.
- File the other end of the pin/wire. Using a file on the other end of your wire/pin will prevent it from scratching the outside of your nose.
6. Put on your nose ring
Slide your new nose ring in place, and squeeze it to secure. You should be able to bend your hoop fairly easily, and your nose ring should stay in place until you take it off.
Remember, this is not a real piercing, and could potentially slide off at anytime. For this reason, it’s best to take off your nose ring while sleeping, showering, swimming, or doing anything overly active.
From nose to belly-button rings, there are many different types of fake piercings you can experiment with. Before you get the real thing, consider a trial period with a fake piercing.
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