Captive Bead Ring Information



Captive Ring / Seamless Ring / Segment Ring
Instructions and Information

Captive Rings Seamless Rings Segment Rings
Captive Rings can be tricky. Many people have trouble getting the ball in and out until they learn the trick which usually takes some practice.

The ball is held in the ring by the pressure of the ring snapping into the two small dimples (one on each side of the ball). The ball does not screw in. The ball will only pop out of the ring when the ring is opened slightly.

To change Captive Ring, hold the ring on each side of the bead, and pull it apart just a little. The bead should fall out. Then (still holding it the same way), twist the ring. In other words, turn your right hand clockwise, and your left hand counter clockwise. That will make it more like a spiral so that you can take it out, our put it in. The bead is just held in by tension, nothing else. There is a small dimple on each side of the ball that the ring will click in to. It is easier with the thinner gauge captive rings. Once you get into the 14 gauge and thicker, opening the ring by hand is harder.

It does take a little practice. One thing that will make working with these rings easier is Captive Ring Opening/Closing Pliers. You just need to be careful not to stretch the ring open too far. Damage caused by opening or closing these rings improperly is not considered a manufacturer defect. BodySparkle is not responsible for damaged caused to these rings by opening and closing them improperly.

captive ring pliers
Seamless Rings do not have a ball. They are just a ring with one split. They must be twisted open and closed. Please be sure to follow the image below when opening these rings. If you stretch them open incorrectly, it will be difficult to close them nicely again. It is easier to open the smaller gauges, 22 gauge, 20 gauge, 18 gauge by hand than the larger gauges such as 16 gauge and 14 gauge. We do not recommend using captive ring pliers on seamless rings. Pliers may stretch these the incorrect way, not the way shown in the image below.

Damage caused by opening or closing these rings improperly is not considered a manufacturer defect. BodySparkle is not responsible for damaged caused to these rings by opening and closing them improperly.

captive ring instructions
Segment rings have a small segment that comes out when the ring is opened slightly. There are two small prongs that hold the segment in.

Do not just pull the segment straight out or put it in without opening the ring slightly first. This may cause the prongs to break off.

To open segment rings, hold the ring with the segment at the top. Hold the segment and push it gently to one side, easing the pressure on the other end of the segment and it will come out. Getting it back in is not as easy! You can try putting the segment back in by putting one end of the segment in the ring. Push the segment in toward the end in the ring and pull the other side of the ring out. You want to make the opening a little larger so the segment will go in easily, then snap the segment back it. This must be done gently, without stretching the ring out of shape. This will be easier with the smaller gauges, 20 gauge and 18 gauge. The 16 gauge and 14 gauge segment rings may need a tool to get the segment back in.

Damage caused by opening or closing these rings improperly is not considered a manufacturer defect. BodySparkle is not responsible for damaged caused to these rings by opening and closing them improperly.

To use the ring opening pliers, put the ring on the pliers so the points of the pliers are coming through the middle of the ring. Open the ring very slightly with the pliers, just enough for the ball or segment to fall out without permanently stretching the ring. If you open the ring too far, use the closing part of the Open/Close pliers to gently close the ring sightly. If you don't have Open/Close pliers, you can use any flat type of plier. You may want to protect the ring with a cloth when using tools to prevent scratching. Use the same process after putting the ring in your piercing. Open the ring slightly and pop the ball or segment back in.

Here is a link to the pliers that we carry:

Captive Ring Open/Close Pliers

Captive Ring Open Pliers



We carry a huge selection of unique captive rings that are not available anywhere else. Here are links to our most popular items:

Genuine Stone and Natural Stone Captive Rings

Jeweled Captive Rings

Titanium Captive Rings

Unusual Captive Rings

Black Captive Rings

Captive Ring Replacement Balls

pink jade captive ring
Genuine Pink Jade
Captive Ring
black captive ring
Black Steel Captive Ring-18g
natural stone captive ring
Genuine Australian Jasper
Captive Ring
hematite captive ring
Hematite Captive Ring
flower captive bead ring
Pretty Flower Captive Ring
glow in the dark captive bead ring
Glow in the Dark Captive Bead Ring
jeweled captive bead ring
Jeweled Captive BeadRing
glitter captive bead ring
Blue Goldstone Captive Ring
white shell captive ring
White Shell Captive Ring