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Ball Closure Ring

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Ball Closure Ring
Ring opening pliers

A ball closure ring (BCR), captive bead ring (CBR), captive hoop, or captive ball ring is a common example of body piercing jewellery[wp].

The captive bead or ball fits into a small opening in the circle of the ring. The bead is slightly larger than this opening and has small indentations or depressions that correspond to the ring's end-points so that it may fit snugly against them, thus completing the circuit of the ring. Often, a hole is drilled through the bead to allow easier fitting.

It uses the natural tensile[wp] or compressive[wp] strength of the metal the ring is made of, usually surgical stainless steel[wp], niobium, or titanium, to hold the bead tightly in place. The bead or ball itself may additionally be made from coloured glass, acrylic or ceramic, or a gemstone.

This is a popular piece of body jewellery[wp] because it conveniently allows the wearer to remove the ring by simply removing the captive bead, the bead is held firmly in place so that it will not easily fall out. Additionally, because of their closed shape and rounded edges, these rings do not easily snag on clothing, hair, or furniture, making them a popular choice for piercings which are still healing. However, its circular shape means that it can drag dried lymph back into the healing piercing, meaning that barbells[wp] are seen as being preferable for certain healing piercings.


Circular Barbell, Barbell[wp], Ball Closure Ring, Curved Barbell

A segment ring is not closed with a ball, but with a pin that corresponds in length, material thickness and radius of the ring opening, and forms a continuous ring.

Similar to the segment ring is the so-called bar closure ring; instead of a segment which continues the shape of the ring, a segment can be found here that is passing through straight. Segment rings can be very expensive under certain circumstances, for this reason, the bar closure ring is often chosen as an alternative.


When inserting prove latex gloves from the first-aid sector, so that the balls or the ring can be better hold. For small diameters and larger ring thicknesses, it may be necessary to use a ring opening pliers.

This article based on an article Captive bead ring (16 August 2017) from the free Encyklopedia Wikipedia. The Wikipedia article is published under the dual license GNU-License for free Documentation and Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0). In Wikipedia is a List of Authors available those who worked on the text before being incorporated in WikiMANNia.