|A barbell of
any composition is suitable for the horizontal hood piercing.
A ball closure ring, circular barbell, or d-ring can also be worn.
A ball closure ring or circular barbell is the preferred choice
in the vertical hood piercing. The barbell is a little more difficult
to insert but can give a good effect.
The ring usually is a 1.6mm by 10mm internal diameter. The barbell
in the horizontal is usually 1.6mm gauge by the exact length from
hole to hole. The barbell in the vertical is usually about 1.6mm
in gauge by 6mm in length. The bar is curved to bring the ball
out a little. Gem balls can be worn in the rings or on the vertical
barbell. Spikes are not recommended, but there are some sick puppies
out there (you know who you are!).