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Autoclaves
 
An autoclave is an essential tool for a Body Piercer, from sterilising jewellery and tools.

There are 3 types of Autoclaves that Environmental Health recognise, which are hospital/dental grade sterilisers. On the course we will show you the best one to get for your studio.

There is no way round not having an Autoclave and Environmental Health will not give you a Body Piercing License without one.

With modern production there are disposable clamps available. The downside to these are they can break/Pinch and are not sturdy enough to hold the skin. Also in the long run they can cost more.

With metal tools they can be re used after going through the cleaning and sterilisation process. Which make it more economical and safe for the Client/Piercer to use. It is also much better for the environment.

If you was to go down the disposable route to get around not having an Autoclave, there is one main problem after that, and that is the jewellery. Jewellery generally does not come sterilised, which is another reason you will need an Autoclave. Some companies do advertise sterile jewellery and is often imported from foreign countries. But they are often lacking one important thing… an Autoclave READOUT receipt. So with no proof of sterilisation it is bad practice to use this item. This in turn could lead to an infection from a non-sterile item. 
These items are also advertised at a much higher price normally 7 x the original price. Because it is imported there is then a problem of metal purity, sometimes imported metals from China can contain a high Nickel count which is the main thing most people are allergic too.

When coming on the course we will advise you the most affordable option for Autoclaves and recommend a company we use. We will also recommend jewellery suppliers which have the best metals.

If purchasing the Body Piercing Kits they contain metal clamps that will last years, and jewellery which comes from a great supplier and will have no allergic reaction to any person.
 
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What is the average salary for a Body Piercer?

Salaries vary upon person to person, the only person who can make it work... is you!

A full time Body Piercer will make more money than a part time Piercer. But some part time Body Piercers do make it work as they will book them self-up for those few days they are working.

Patience is key and once you are established, you will see a regular income.

Newly trained Piercers will start off slow, but we will be able to show you how to get clients in the door. This is a valuable tool which will be taught, also pricing is key to your success… we will help you there too.

Once established and full time (5 days a week or more) your weekly income on a self-employed basis could be between £350-£600 a week. This potentially could rise depending on a really busy work week.

A part time Piercer could earn between £250-£350 (3 days full work).

The incomes I have listed is the take home price.

Quiet spells do happen in any career, but luckily there is more busy periods than quiet.

Weekly expenditure on Piercing supplies can vary from £30-£100, depending on how busy you have been that week.

I have never regretted becoming a Body Piercer, for the passion of it and the financial stability… it is a great job.

What you waiting for? Become a Body Piercer.

 
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Why change Careers to become a Body Piercer?
Life is very hard and sometimes the jobs we are in don’t make us happy and have very little rewards.

The rewards of being a Body Piercer are massive, from job happiness and through time financial stability.

I was not born into Body Piercing, I had a normal job before Piercing which paid very little and didn’t give me job satisfaction. I reached a point in my life where I wanted a change, I then did something about it and made that dream job become a reality. Months of hard saving to go into this new job would eventually pay off through success. Spend a little to accumulate a lot.

It does not matter how old you are, it’s never too late to change careers.

If you are unsure or don’t know where to start, you can start with us we can help you become a successful Body Piercer.
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Age Restrictions for Piercings and the Law


There are no real Legal age limits for most general Piercings, on the other hand Genital Piercings must not be performed on under 18s as this is classed as Child abuse.

The same rule would apply for Tattoos too… if a consenting Parent was to give permission for a 17-year-old to have a Tattoo, and then if that artist did that Tattoo… they would then be breaking the Law. This would then result in the Artist/Studio being prosecuted and the Parent for giving permission, this could result in a Prison sentence and being placed on the Violent and Sex Offenders Register (ViSOR) and this includes the Parent who gave permission. This is because it is classed as an assault on a Minor. This applies for Genital Piercings performed on anyone under the age of 18.

When it comes to Piercing ages most Studios have a set age limit, set either by themselves or the council in their area, No Piercings without parental consent for under 16 or 18 is the most common. This is where Parental consent comes into play, so if a 15-year-old wanted a Navel Piercing… they can with a Parent/Guardian present and signed forms by the Parent/Guardian. (In Wales it is Illegal to perform Tongue, Navel and Nipple Piercings on anyone under the age of 18)

Because there is no real legal age for Piercings it can be hard to judge if someone is too young to have a Piercing even if their Parent says yes. So, what do you do?! We will help you make that decision on the Piercing Course.

As part of the Body Piercing Course we will explain and make you aware of certain ages for Piercings and Rules and Regulations set out by Public Health England and Model Bylaws.


Also, we will help you with what types of Piercings are suitable for certain age groups and whether that person maybe too young to have a certain Piercing.

We will provide printed literature of consent forms to all students to help them with Parental/Guardian consent and Piercing consent forms.
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