How to Pierce your Own Ears with a Sewing Needle

Earrings have been around for ages and it’s not a coincidence. Our ears are one of the sexiest parts of our bodies, especially when we see them adorned with beautiful earrings. The advantage is that we can pierce our ears in a safe way using materials used to pierce earrings, but I think the important thing is to know how far we can push it.

It is relatively difficult to pierce your own ear. It requires that the individual have a high degree of self-confidence and control because an incorrect procedure will lead to the necessity of repeating the process, possibly injecting liquid antibiotics and other solutions whose use can be complicated for people who are not familiar with their use. Therefore, it is inconvenient to perform these procedures at home if you don’t already know how to DIY safely.


Select the sewing needle. When inserting an earring into the ear, there are many things to be taken into account. The first thing you should do is select the needle. It is important that the needle is completely disinfected so as not to reduce the risk of you getting an infection.

The type of needle you need is hollow, so you can insert the earring more easily. Also, make sure the needle is a larger gauge than the earring you’re going to wear. We recommend that you use a 15 gauge or get a drilling kit. Consult a specialized beauty store!

sewing needle


I have three ways of sterilizing needles. The most common is to use boiling water for about five minutes. After that, let the needle dry and place it in an airtight container so that it does not touch other items.

Another method I use is to burn the needle with fire. First, make sure the needle comes in a sterile package. Then burn it until you see the tip turn red. Use latex gloves so that no microorganisms dirty the clean needle. Once you remove it from the heat, apply hydrogen peroxide or antiseptic alcohol. Be careful, because this sterilization is not completely complete, so there may be some bacteria or microbes in the needle. If you prefer, sterilize the needle with boiling water, for between five and ten minutes. Pull it out with tweezers and then apply the alcohol to it.

The third way is to place the needle in a container of bleach for at least eight hours. Then wash off all of the bleach with soap and water before using it on a patient.


Prepare for drilling

Preparing for a piercing is important. You need to make sure that you’re well-prepared, otherwise, your experience will be unpleasant and you’ll be at risk of infection. Follow these steps:

1) Wash your hands well with soap and water. This way you will avoid any risks of infection. However, wear latex gloves.

2) Tie your hair up, otherwise, it could get tangled up in the earring and hurt you.

3) As for the ear, disinfect it with isopropyl alcohol wipes (70%). You can find them in any pharmacy. In case you don’t have them, sterilize your ear with hydrogen peroxide. Once it has dried out, draw a mark where the hole will go.


When it comes time to pierce your ear, there are a few precautions you should keep in mind. For one thing, you’ll want to find some sort of solid object that you can use as a stop against your ear. This will provide a barrier between the needle and your neck, which is an area that’s easy to hurt. Some people choose to use a bar of soap or a cork, but I personally used the back side of my thumb.

Once you’ve chosen your weapon of choice, the next step is to position it on your ear in such a way that it can act as a stop for the needle—this means sliding the object so that it’s right up against the spot where you want to pierce. You can even move it around a bit until you feel comfortable with its placement. Once you’ve got it in place, all that’s left is to push through!


Next, place the needle perpendicular to the earlobe and use the mark you made as a reference. You must observe that there is, more or less, an angle of 90º.


The moment has come! Take your time. Take a deep breath and gently insert the needle into your earlobe. You want to make sure that it has gone through the entire point you marked. To do this, move the needle gently back and forth to insert it better and keep it in the angled position. If you used the hollow pin, place the earring in the center of the pin and it will be easier to put on.


Once the hole is made, slowly pull the needle out of the ear. The area is probably red and sore, but you must make sure that the earring is well placed and that there is no risk of it falling out. Otherwise, you will have to pierce the ear again.

How to pierce your ear - Step 8

  • We recommend you choose the earrings that you love the most. However, we suggest that they have a barbell bar and a needle of a greater caliber than the one that you are using. For the perfect earring, visit a jewelry shop. They will have better quality earrings, such as silver, titanium or gold plated. This will reduce the chance of getting an allergy or infection.
  • If your hole is already drilled, you can leave space between the perforations. This will keep the earrings from colliding. It is important to plan ahead where the new earring will be placed.
  • Do not pierce your ears by yourself. Ask your family and friends for assistance. This will make the process much easier.
  • The hole will close quickly if the earring is not returned to your ear immediately after being pierced.

What Do You Need to Pierce Your Own Ears?

Piercing your own ears is not for the faint of heart. It requires a great deal of preparation, as well as some specialized medical equipment. Before you attempt to pierce your own ears, make sure that you have done your research and know what you are doing.

Piercings can be more dangerous than they seem. Before you get started, you should have family consent, as well as consent from your doctor and an emergency contact. If the procedure goes wrong, there can be bleeding and infection, especially if you are working with unclean hands or in an unclean environment. You also will want to be sure that there is someone nearby to help if something does go wrong.

Piercings are typically performed by a professional in a clean environment using sterilized equipment. Ear piercings can be done at home with sterile equipment in a clean environment.

You will need Piercing needles, Ice, and sterilization.


Have ice on hand when you’re getting your ears pierced. The ice will numb your earlobe so you will feel less pain while you are piercing. Use an ice pack or put a few ice cubes in a cloth or baggie. Put the ice on your ear for about 15-20 seconds immediately before using the piercing tool. The pain you feel from getting pierced will be minimal, as there are not many nerve endings in the earlobe.

piercing needle

sewing needle

It is best to buy a real piercing tool to pierce your ears. The piercing tool will give you the correct size hole for earrings, and they usually come in a sterile package. Drilling tools can be purchased inexpensively at any drilling studio. If you don’t have access to a piercing needle, you can use a safety pin. A normal needle will not make a wide enough opening in your ear, so a needle is not a good option. You will also need a cork or other solid surface to place behind your ear as you pass the needle through, so as not to pierce other tissue.


Wash your hands before getting your ears pierced. Use hand sanitizer or if possible, wear latex gloves. If the needle didn’t come in a sterilized package or if you’ll be using a safety pin, put the needle over heat for a few seconds, then apply rubbing alcohol to sterilize it. This type of sterilization may not completely kill bacteria, so there is still a risk of infection. Place the cork or other surface behind the ear and slide the piercing tool through the earlobe. Go through it all and leave for about 5 minutes. Remove the needle from your ear, wipe off the blood, and place your earring in your ear. Apply to rub alcohol to the earlobes again. Use a mild pain reliever and clean your ears with a saltwater solution daily.


Is It Dangerous to Pierce Your Own Ear?

If you’re not careful, you can break cartilage on impact, which could leave you with irreversible bulges and a higher chance of jewelry rejection. Cartilage is tough but flexible, and in some cases, it’s more forgiving than bone. Your ear cartilage will stretch to accommodate most sizes of earrings, but if a hole is made in the wrong place or if you’re too forceful with the needle, you could cause permanent damage. The best way to avoid this issue is to know your body’s limits. If your ear is particularly sensitive or thin, for instance, it’s probably best to get pierced by someone else or at a studio (especially if the person doing the piercing has experience).

The most common problem for DIY piercings is an uneven piercing—it can be hard to tell how deep the needle will go when you’re doing it yourself. This can happen if you were not careful in your placement, or if the needle itself was crooked out of the package. The resulting hole might have a bump where it was pierced too shallow and skips over a bit of cartilage deeper in. The only way to fix this situation is to abandon that hole and pierce it elsewhere.

Can I Pierce My Own Cartilage?

Ear cartilage piercing can be a painful process and requires preparation and care in execution. While professionals can do it for a fee, it’s still cheaper to do it at home and if you have high pain tolerance, it’s pretty simple and stress-free.

What Size Needle Do You Use to Pierce Ears?

Standard ear piercings are 20g or 18g if pierced by a gun. If they were pierced by a professional, the lobe piercing will generally be 16g or 14g.

How to Sterilize a Piercing Needle at Home?

Sterilizing a piercing needle is important for preventing infection in the future. There are two ways to sterilize it: using boiling water or using an autoclave. Boiling water is used in many tattoo parlors. Put the entire needle in a pot of boiling water, making sure to keep the business end out of the water. Let it boil for at least five minutes, then let it cool down and remove it from the pot. Using sterile latex gloves, remove the needle tip from the water and clean it with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide solution.

The other option is an autoclave. This is used by many hospitals and doctor’s offices to sterilize things like surgical instruments and dental tools. An autoclave uses extremely high temperatures and pressure to kill germs and bacteria. It uses steam to create pressure, which allows it to reach very high temperatures without damaging anything that goes inside it.

If you have an autoclave at home, follow your manufacturer’s directions for use. Some things that go into an autoclave must be present in certain containers for safety reasons; read any instructions that came with your machine carefully before attempting to use it.

What Is the Easiest Thing to Pierce at Home?


What Is the Most Painful Part of the Ear to Get Pierced?

tragus piercing.

How Do You Make Your Piercing Hurt Less?

There is no getting around it—getting a piercing is going to hurt. However, you can minimize that pain for a more enjoyable experience.

To begin with, make sure it’s done at a clean, reputable shop by a professional.

If you have an old piercing, take care of it and don’t do anything that might mess up the healing process.

Another good idea is to really prepare yourself for the pain involved by thinking about it beforehand and making sure you’re comfortable with the thought of it hurting for a minute or two.

It’s hard to be calm about this when you are excited about getting your first piercing, but knowing what to expect will tremendously reduce your anxiety. 

If you are having trouble coping with the anticipation, there are ways to distract yourself from the pain: meditate and breathe deeply as soon as you near the place where your piercer works, watch other people getting pierced in the shop instead of focusing on yourself.

Think about how great it will be for you once it’s over and how awesome your new jewelry will look—and that might help get you through!

The most important thing is to find a good piercer; if he or she is not trustworthy and competent, stay away or don’t let them touch you!

Can You Get Paralyzed from Getting Your Ear Pierced?

The answer is yes. Still, while there’s a 1 in 100,000 chance of getting the same syndrome as Etherington, it pays to be diligent about security when someone comes at you with a piercing gun.

Can You Hit a Nerve While Piercing Your Cartilage?

The question of the possibility of hitting a nerve of the veins when piercing the ears is unfounded. This is because there are no nerve cells or blood vessels in the outer ear, the part that is visible to you.

Nerves are only found in limbs and organs like arms, legs, hands, feet, eyes, and ears. When asked whether getting a tattoo can hit any nerves or veins, most people respond with “no”. Getting a tattoo goes through your skin and pierces your epidermis, which is what we call our outermost layer of skin. There are no nerves or blood vessels in this layer of skin either.

The cartilage of the ear is continuous with that of the head and has connective tissue between its layers. The cartilage is not hollow and has no passages, so it will not be possible to hit a nerve or a blood vessel by piercing through this tissue. The only nerves are in the skin, but since only the edges of the earlobe are pierced, it will be impossible to hit any nerves while piercing through this area.

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