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Captive bead very difficult to open

Postby owenblaylock » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:08 pm

I'm working my way up to a 00 gauge, and I've run into a problem.

I purchased a 0 gauge captive bead ring, anticipating my next stretch.

I've discovered that I cannot open the ring, working as hard as I can with the correct ring opening pliers.

So my question is, how do I get this ring open? Are there ratcheting pliers or compound pliers which reduce the manual force required?

Related question: Some companies sell a captive ring which has a spring-loaded snap-in ball. Does anyone have experience with these? Do the snap-in balls stay in place during sex? (It's a non-starter if it cannot be worn during intercourse.)

In the meantime, I'm looking at switching to a curved barbell. It's easy enough to unscrew a ball.

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