Ear Stretching Tapers are used to stretch piercings such as the earlobe, this increases the gauge (size) of the piercing. A Taper is a specific type of ear stretcher, it is called a taper due to it's cone shape which is wider at one end than the other. The narrow end is inserted into the piercing and then slowly over a period of time the taper is slid further into the piercing, widening it. Tapers are available in PMMA acrylic, 316L Surgical Steel and organic materials. They come in gauges from 1.6mm to 24mm gauge (US 14g to approx 1"). For help with sizing please read our Sizing Guide. Please read our Body Jewellery Guide if you need more information about ear stretching.