Wanting to add some new tools to your S&M play toy box? Then Jillian Boyd’s got two deliciously deviant ideas for you. In one corner: a small metal plaything that could easily be mistaken for something used in dressmaking. In the other: a pair of leather gloves that pack an unexpectedly sweet sting. You’ll learn pretty quickly that with these two BDSM toys, looks can very much be deceiving.
 

Sweet Pain: On pins and needles and wheels...
 

Wartenberg wheel

What is it? – Originally designed by neurologist Robert Wartenberg as a medical device to test nerve reactions, the Wartenberg wheel (or pinwheel – it’s basically a spiked wheel that revolves on its axis and has a handle) may be small, but don’t let its size (or sizes) fool you. This is one versatile toy.  Intensity level – ideal for everyone from fledgeling players to experienced kinksters.  

How to use a pinwheel

There are plenty of ways to use a pinwheel, but one of the most common involves playing around with speed and pressure. The harder and slower you roll the wheel across your sub’s body, the sharper the sensation. This makes it a great toy for teasing, as lighter and faster movements can feel almost like tickling. In combination with a sub in bondage, you’re guaranteed some wriggly fun times.

Other ways of pinwheel play could involve a blindfold and a game of “guess where”, temperature play (so either cooling it down or heating it up with warm water), tracing a particular pattern (which, if you think about it, could turn into a game of “guess what”), and switching up the prickling sensation with another one (could be something softer, or cold, or harder...)
 

Play it safe

Although Wartenberg wheels are commonly made of metal, there are some models in plastic out there, which would be suitable for some one-off fun. Skin can be broken with a pinwheel, but that depends entirely on how much pressure is used and how delicate your sub’s skin is. Make sure to sterilize and clean your pinwheel. Be sure to store it in a method to avoid infections via skin contact.  
 

wartenberg wheel
You've got me on spiky wheels...

 

Vampire gloves

What are they? – Designed for enhancing both sensation play and impact play (so, think spanking and such) these babies pack a sweet, sweet sting. Usually wrist-length and made of leather (although vegan alternatives are available), vampire gloves are distinctive gloves with small metal spikes or tacks which are set into their palms and/or fingers.

Intensity level – they are adaptable to the skill levels and play preferences of the users, but can look slightly intimidating if you’re just starting out and experimenting with BDSM.
 

How to use vampire gloves

Vampire gloves are pretty wicked-looking, but in the end, it all depends on how you choose to play with them. They are quite adaptable toys, which means that you can use them to suit your skill level and play preference. If sensation play is your thing, gentle scratching caresses over a naked body with these gloves could be just the ticket. But if you’re an experienced player feeling in the mood for something harder, vampire gloves can be used to grip harder and even draw blood with the right amount of force.
 

Play it safe

Because the studs can draw blood and leather can’t be sterilized, make sure you don’t share your vampire gloves with other partners. This goes for any toy that is fluid-bonded, for that matter. Also, as a more general rule, always keep communication with your play partner open before, during and after a scene, no matter the toys you are playing with.

A note on communication and negotiation:
No matter what kind of toy you’re playing with, there’s one constant that needs to be held up not just before but during and after a scene: communication. Make sure to listen to your play partner/sub, talk to them and keep tabs on how they are feeling. Agree on a safeword upfront, and make sure that your play partner/sub can communicate to you whether or not their limits are being reached.

As mentioned, communication is a constant and important element of your play. This goes double in the case of playing with a toy that can break the skin and draw blood – like vampire gloves. Talk it out beforehand and get a sense of how far your play partner/sub’s limits go on the matter at hand. Negotiate on how the scene will go, and whether your partner is okay with the idea of something like blood or not.
 

Got your own spine tingling stories of sweet pain to share? Share your experiences with these S&M toys on the forum! Exchange tips, swap pleasure (or horror) stories. Do you have advice for making your own? Let us know about it!

Images from Flickr Creative Commons user taymtaym


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