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Picture of How to Painlessly Pierce your Septum.
Normally, I could never poke holes in myself, nor get a tattoo.

I'm too squeamish.

However, I can see the attraction of a pierced septum, so, what the heck - I tried it.

This was supposed to be painless, but it hurt. A lot.

Step 1: Materials and tools

Picture of Materials and tools

The most important part of this project is a pair of small neodymium magnets.

I had a pair left over from my ROV Instructable, but they are easy to obtain anyway (don't you love the internet?).

Apart from that, you will need something to put "through" your septum. Pick something suitable for where and when you intend to wear it, maybe a chicken bone for that cave-man look, a long bolt for that trip to the hardware store.

I intend this to be a wind-up-the-pupils-near-the-end-of-term accessory, so I am going to use a handwriting pen.

You will also need a variety of normally-in-the-shed tools - fine-toothed saw, file, glue-gun and something to snip bamboo.

zakbobdop4 days ago
The first image scared the life out of me!

Kiteman (author)  zakbobdopyesterday
All that is that you cut it in half and stick it on etch sides
U4567 years ago
That would of hurt.
Kiteman (author)  U4567 years ago
Oh, it did...

How does it hurt to put a thing with a magnet attached to it in one side of ur nose then do the same thing to the other and align them? It doesn't seem like it would hurt at all, so I might just do it (or actually get my septum pierced.)

Kiteman (author)  kay1501rogers1 year ago

These were powerful magnets, so it was like having a pair of pliers gripping in there. Smaller magnets should not be so much of a problem.

U456 Kiteman7 years ago
How did you take it out?
Kiteman (author)  U4567 years ago
I just pulled at each end of the pen.
U456 Kiteman7 years ago
Kiteman (author)  U4566 years ago
hflorman4 years ago


-CCCP-4 years ago



love the title
jakee1176 years ago
I actually have a 2 gauge septum (body jewelry goes by the american wire gauge system) and piercing/stretching it is almost painless! since the captive bead ring is so heavy, I find that after a week or two of wearing it, I'll have enough space to stretch up again, though I still wait about 2 months between sizes. my goal size is 1/2"
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This is neat! It gives me so many ideas..
Advar7 years ago
Pretty cool gag!
Mutantflame7 years ago
" it hurt like... a very hurty thing that hurts a lot "

That, is my new favourite quote.

Looks painful though
Kiteman (author)  Mutantflame7 years ago
Oh, it was.
Ha! Rather you than me.

zzoe7 years ago
Tried this at home years ago, but i didn't have any small rare-earth magnets lying about, only this pointy thingy, et voilá. More painful (!), but the creep-out effect on the little nieces and nephews is greatly multiplied when i pull the toothpickish thing (or wooden match) through the hole and out the other side (and it doesn't hurt anymore). Also, i can hang socks on it.
juicymoose8 years ago
to stop it hurting sooooo badly would you use smaller magnets and/or less powerful ones??
Kiteman (author)  juicymoose8 years ago
Yes - I used relatively large/powerful magnets, but only because I had them lying around.
what magnets would those be?
Kiteman (author)  juicymoose8 years ago
They're countersunk neodymium magnets I got for another project.
ooooh i get it now... thanks
vishalapr8 years ago
I did this and my little cousin was freaked out! I enjoy freaking him out! Thanks for an awesome instructable!
Kiteman (author)  vishalapr8 years ago
Here! My magnets weren't strong enough so the pen kept bending but it still freaked my cousin out! I just used magnets from my old cube toy that I bought! They were neodymium magnets but they were old so they weren't strong!

I didn't want to put these in my nose again so sorry about no pic with them in my nose!
Kiteman (author)  vishalapr8 years ago
It bend through weakness, it bent through roundness - the magnets I used were flat, yours are rounded.

If you built a little epoxy or similar around the magnet to sort of square it off, it would be much steadier.
I guess I will use some sugru to make it into a square shape because I did not have any other magnets! I used these magnets from a Neo-Cube!
juicymoose8 years ago
I dont understand why it hurt so much...
I'm so sorry, but this picture just cracks me up. Sitting here laughing out loud. Like the Instructable too =)
Kiteman (author)  cdawisconsin8 years ago
Thank you.
tilmen8 years ago
Very good...I will do this as a joke
Kiteman (author)  tilmen8 years ago
Post a picture when you do!
The Jamalam8 years ago
I just looked at the title for the first time in ages, saw the saw (no pun intended, but oh how I enjoy the english language) and then eagerly went to the next step before remembering this was a trick. Nicely put together.
codongolev11 years ago
never-NEVER- do this just with straight magnets. it took me forever to get those out of my nose. and they were just the kind out of the magnet/ball bearing building sets, so I can't even imagine neodymium.
that reminds me one time I got a bead stuck up my nose it was up so far you couldn't feel it if you stuck your finger as far up as you could. that night I went to a hospital and it took 4 nurses to hold me down while they stuck small vacuums up my nose. ( I was actually over powering the nurses and I was only 7 years old.) I could see blood going up the vacuums tubes.... all failed that night so I want home and went to bed. the next morning my mom took me to a eyes nose and ears doctor ad he just numbed my nose with a little dropper and suck a piece of curved metal up there and hooked it around the bead and he pulled it right out. one try. it felt so weird with that thing up my nose. on the way home my mom took me to toys 'R' us and bought me two lego sets. I was like "oh yeah"!!!! whoa sorry this was so long lol.
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