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    My VCH is the only place I can't wear steel, which is fair enough as it's a sensitive area.

    I'm now also having issues with anodised titanium; it makes me itch :( a lot of my coloured Ti stuff is seriously cheap, from the likes of Wildcat and Crazyfactory. I don't know if the quality is the problem or simply the fact that it's anodised, and anodisation (is that a word?) wears off and maybe that's causing it.

    I've got a plain Ti barbell from BJS in it now and it's been completely fine.

    I've been wondering whether it's worth forking out for a better quality piece from somewhere like Anatometal but I'd probably want it coloured - but there's no point if all coloured Ti is going to make me itch!
    I might be better sticking with decent-quality-but-not-uber-expensive plain stuff.



    Anyone got experience of this sort of thing? Any thoughts?
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    Anatometal does not use a "coating" for it's colours, it uses chemicals to change the colour of the metal, really. If it wears off, it will do zero harm (unlike cheaper companies eg. wildcat). The coloured stuff is the exact same as high polish stuff, quality wise. I would most absolutely definitely invest in their jewellery!


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    Contrary to that, Anatometal anodizes their metal in the exact same way everywhere else does. It's not some magic chemical that changes the colour of the metal, it's an electrical process used to induce a particular type of corrosion which presents itself in a variety of colours. This corrosion makes the metal a tiny bit thicker and resistant to damage and further natural corrosion but it can wear off / chip / flake away.

    While Anatometal jewellery is good quality stuff it doesn't necessarily mean you wont have problems with an an anodized coating on their products. The only way you'd be able to find that out is by testing it unfortunately.

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    why not use plain ti for the bar and try high quality anodised for the balls?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford Prefect View Post
    why not use plain ti for the bar and try high quality anodised for the balls?
    Because the balls can still irritate the site.

    Anne I often found the same even with high quality anodized stuff in my VCH so had to stick to standard titanium even cheaper end stuff was fine.
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    ^ yeah it's the area around the piercing, not just the piercing itself sadly.

    Quote Originally Posted by watermelon View Post
    Anatometal does not use a "coating" for it's colours, it uses chemicals to change the colour of the metal, really. If it wears off, it will do zero harm (unlike cheaper companies eg. wildcat). The coloured stuff is the exact same as high polish stuff, quality wise. I would most absolutely definitely invest in their jewellery!
    I don't mean coated/painted/plated stuff, I mean anodised. It's an electrical process affecting the surface of the material but it does wear away over time. I have coloured balls that are worn back to half-grey after being worn in my tongue.


    Looks like I'll stay with plain high polish then. Maybe wear pretty colours for special occasions lol. Thanks folks.


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    You could still get gemmed plain ti balls if you wanted sparkly lady bits ftw!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitey (: View Post
    You could still get gemmed plain ti balls if you wanted sparkly lady bits ftw!
    Some people find the faceted edges to be a bit sharp in sensitive areas like that. Though gel coated ones may work, so long as you don't have a reaction to those.

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    Or if you can get 'em try cabochon ones? Is that the word I mean? The rounded gems!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitey (: View Post
    Or if you can get 'em try cabochon ones? Is that the word I mean? The rounded gems!
    I have a cabochon style garnet in my VCH. It's so pretty and because it isn't faceted it doesn't irritate me.
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