Earpiece Hangers
Our Earpiece Hangers
While designing the system our hangers would use for attaching to the ear we pondered the inherent danger of having one’s earring get snagged  and tearing the delicate tissue of the ear, and didn’t like how easily such an accident could happen. Nor that jewelry designers simply don’t take this  into consideration. So we designed earring hangers that do consider it. Most of our hanger hoops will deconstruct (non-permanently) when  considerable force is brought down on the ear-piece (but before the level of tension that would tear through the ear). So that snagging dangling  embelishments is now a little bit safer. The hangers are used in our earpieces, or are available separately, perhaps to retrofit existing earrings.
The ‘Ti-’ type hanger is still in  development. Watch this space.
Ti-
More geometric than other hanger types, ‘La’  looks much like a stylized music note. The  attachment ring is complete and can’t be  opened. Because the loop is on the outside of the straight arm, the hanger uses the weight  of the earpiece to tuck ones ear lobe inward  toward the neck more than other hangers.  ‘La-’ is entirely stiff, and so does not deform  temporarily as the other hangers have the  capacity to do. Though ‘Fa-’ can be used in  new piercings, we suggest other hangers.
La-
Sol- features an extended open section  above the hanging point of the focal piece.  This creates a visual effect but also makes  the hanger longer. If the tip of the  companion thread is short (as pictured), the  hanger can easily be opened for exchanging  the earpiece it holds.
Sol-
‘Fa-’ is our simplest hanger. It holds an  earpiece directly below the ear lobe, and  quite close to the ear. The attachment ring is  complete and can’t be opened. ‘Fa-’ is  entirely stiff, and so does not deform  temporarily as other hangers have the  capacity to do to avoid injury if the earpiece  is ever pulled. Though ‘Fa-’ can be used in  new piercings, we suggest other hangers.
Fa-
‘Mi-’ is the least conspicuous hanger of our  range. Though up close it still has plenty of  form and character. It is the smallest, and  therefore holds the focal ear piece the closest to the ear. The stainless steel thread is tightly wrapped and the attachment loop is semi-  permanently closed. So ‘Mi-’ is not the best  candidate for a replacement hanger, unless  we are asked to do the replacement or create the hanger around your earring.
Mi-
Re-
‘Re-’ features a large opening and lengthy  distance from the point of the piercing to the  point of attachment for the focal earpiece. So  it should only be used with ear pieces that  are not very long themselves. However when  the best effect for the earpiece is when it is  positioned so that it is actually more in  conversation with the neck, then ‘Re-’ is a  good option.
‘Do-’ hangers are a pair of threads spiralling  together between the point of the piercing  and the opening for the attachment of the  focal earpiece. They have a short distance  between the piercing and the attachment  point of the focal ear piece. However a longer  version is also possible (mouseover pic). The  short version has the capacity to take two  forms depending on how the thread is turned  on itself (both versions pictured). 
Do-
Many of our cablery earpieces have a hanger component  integral in the design. This is perhaps the visual ideal, where  the entire piece is continuous, meaningful, and inclusive.  Especially in our cablery, with its waves and spiral form, this  creates a flow throughout the piece. However some pieces  benefit greatly from the extra movement that a pivot point  endows. And especially in our cablery, movement to  accentuate the shimmering light-play effect is a valuable  addition to the design of a piece. In this case the ideal is to  have a visually complimentary hanger from which the focal  piece suspends. Our earring hangers are exactly this for our  cablery earpieces. The attribute which we’re most proud of in our hangers is that  in one way or another they will harmlessly come away from the  ear under the kind of heavy forces which might otherwise  damage the ear by tearing at the piercing. For instance with  accidental snagging of the earpiece in extreme circumstances.  There are actually two features of the hangers which each  permit this. First is that the stainless steel thread from which  the hook part of the hanger is made is chosen to be springy  enough to temporarily bend out of shape and slide out of the  piercing. And second, the hangers are made from a single  metal thread which loops back and links or ties to itself, which  can open up or temporarily pull apart under extreme stress on  the hanger. However, the hangers are not a safety devise,  there are certainly conditions under which even the helpful  features of the hangers will not be able to prevent damage,  and their use is obviously not a guarantee of invulnerability.  Also, there is some variation accross our range of hangers in  the ease with which a piece reacts to heavy forces. If this is a  particular concern for you, let us know when you order our  cablery earpieces, and we will choose or create the most  reactive hanger to go with your cablery. By using stainless steel we create a hanger that is non-  reactive with the body (a concern for jewelry used in piercings), and that is easily cleaned of oily residues and makeup since  the stainless steel is also not reactive with (and susceptible to)  cleaning agents. The hangers are also highly resistant to wear  at the attachment point of the earpiece. An element to the appearance of an earpiece which is vastly  overlooked is the angle at which it is held suspended below the ear. This might be a consequence of the generic use of the  typical stock hangers in earpieces, which are available only  with the pivot point perpendicular or parallel to the earhole. All  of our hanger types come in variations that hang the focal  earpiece at a range of angles to the ear, the head, or the neck  as appropriate. All of our hangers also come in variations of  the lengths of their component sections, as described below.
Anatomy of a hanger (characteristics which can be customized)
The free-ending companion thread can be as long as desired. When it continues above the piercing attention is drawn away from the fact that a part of the hanger disappears into the earlobe, and the hanger appears rather to be pasted against the ear.
The tip of the thread that passes through the ear piercing is rounded (not pointed) so that it passes easily through the piercing but won’t pierce skin itself. It’s also sealed by metalwork so that individual wires can’t separate from the bunch.
The length of the thread that passes through the ear is entirely variable. In some cases a long ‘tail’ can visually ballance the hanger. It also allows the tip, (which in generic hangers can press against the skin behind the ear) to flow down and away from the restricted space behind the ear.
Generic hangers have a small apeture from which the focal ear piece is suspended. This limits the size and design of earpieces, or necessitates an intermediary ring that can break visual congruity. Our pieces are of any custom size to exactly meet the focal piece. They also can extend the visual ‘openness’ by including an extended open channel in their form, as shown here. A longer hanger can also be created to position the focal piece further below the ear when appropriate. The angle of the attachment apeture is also customised to the focal piece, so that it hangs exactly as the design intends.