The Violet Wand – Electricity and #BDSM

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The violet wand is termed as ‘a stimulation toy.’ If you want to use one, you need to find a victim/volunteer who’d like some low current/high voltage/high frequency electricity shot through their body.

Wait. It’s not as bad as it sounds.

It’s a hand held, plastic device with a plug. The idea is that you plug it in (and use a GFCI for safety’s sake to protect from current overloads etc) and play about with the ‘intensity control.’

Yep. Start low and slow – and work your masochist towards bigger and better things!

Violet wands do not produce continuous ultraviolet light, as the picture would suggest, but there is a full-spectrum spark will occasionally give off the delicious looking glow you see above.

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CAUTION:

You’re playing with electricity – so if that doesn’t ring any warning bells, it should. If the wand is left for long periods of time in one particular spot it will burn.

Where Can I Use it?

Pretty much anywhere you dare, bar the face. That takes the idea of clitoral stimulation to a whole new level, doesn’t it?

Let’s Talk Sensation

There’s no dancing around the fact that the violet wand gives off a ‘shock’ sensation. You aim the wand at a naked body and fire the spark at your victim (I really can’t say volunteer here – you’d have to be tied down to try this, right?)

On a low setting it’s reported that you receive a pleasurable sensation. On a high setting, let’s just say that the masochist in your life is going to love it.

The Bottom Line:

It’s fun and it’s pretty. There’s lot of room for exploration – such as the use of a body contact accessory, which can make both parties electrified to the touch which means that any part of your body, fingers etc. can be used to conduct the electricity arc from yourself to the other party.

Want to Know More?

Violet wands are definitely one of the most desirable toys available. They are incredibly versatile, providing many different levels of intensity, technique and sensations.  The basic techniques are so easy to learn that you will be using your wand right away, and yet you will be able to build on those techniques into a marvelous range. Violet wands can provide an incredible range of sensations, from lush tingles to sharp shocks to simulating the feelings of burning and cutting.  You will be limited only by your imagination.

Eroticism

A Violet wand (or Violet ray) is a device used for the application of low current, high frequency, high voltage electricity to the body using an arrangement similar to a Tesla coil. The purpose was originally for purposes of electrotherapy, though there were few or no identified therapeutic benefits. Violet Ray devices of this era (broadly, prior to WWII) are popular among collectors of “quack” medical devices. More recently, since the 1990s, the devices have become popular in the BDSM community for use in sexual stimulation (electrical play), where they are more commonly known as Violet Wands. The colour in the common used name is due to the colour of visible light generally produced when using glass electrodes.

 

In use, a violet wand typically produces a fine shower of electrical discharges (i.e., sparks, more or less) from the tip of a glowing glass “wand”. The wand can be set to a range of intensities from very mild tickling to excruciating pain, and interchangeable glass or metal electrodes can be used to distribute the charge to the body in a variety of different ways.

Most violet wand kits include a variety of different glass tubes of different shapes, sizes and colours (the colour depending on the type of gas within the tube).  Different tubes produce different intensities of shock and the various shapes allow the spark/s to be applied with greater or lesser precision and spread.  For example, a rake-shaped tube may be used to apply four or five sparks, more or less simultaneously, from the tip of each tine.

Some kits also include an electrode, in the form of a metal plate, which may be used in place of the glass tube.  The electrode is not applied directly to the bottom – which would be very intense – but, rather, somehow permanently connected to top’s skin, such as by tucking it into the waistband.  When the top caresses the bottom, there is an electrical discharge between the players which both feel.  Alternatively, the top may hold something metal, such as a small chain or Wartenberg Wheel, to apply the effect.

Violet Wands cause sensations such as tickling or  when the (small) electrical current impinges on the nerves, and by the (temporary) very high temperatures present in the electrical discharge to the skin. These temperatures, UV light emissions (generally low, but not always negligible), and the damage (and reaction to the damage to the skin) can produce skin reddening, similar to nettle rash, or to mild sunburn (the sparks emit UV light and should not be stared at), or even result in temporary or permanent branding if sufficient intensity is prolonged.

Like any electrical toy, a Violet Wand has an obvious psychological effect, especially on players new to it.  Besides the spark that the Violet Wand produces, the psychological effect is heightened by the eerie glow of the tubes, the buzz of the Tesla coil, the crackle of the sparks, and the distinctive smell given off by the production of ozone gas.

Risk Awareness

Circuit Breaking — safety

Safe use of Violet Wands (VWs) will benefit from the use of a residual-current device (RCD) circuit breaker (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) in North America), especially if there is any danger of the cable from the wall socket to the wand generator being damaged, or of the generator or cable getting wet (NB: sweat, drool, soft drinks and urine all conduct electricity well).  If this happens, the RCD will most likely prevent the generator or exposed cables from remaining live. However, it is essential that the bottom is further isolated from the generator and mains by means of electrical insulator between the bottom and the electrode in use. (High frequency violet wand signals are readily transmitted through thinnish insulators by capacitive coupling, but mains frequency current is not; this will help block any mains electricity attempting to pass from a fault within the generator through anyone, especially the bottom). For glass electrodes, the air gap present between the central electrode and the glass bulb or rod provides an insulator, but when using metal electrodes (for example, when passing the VW signal through the top to the bottom) the electrode plugged into the VW generator must include a plastic or ceramic insulating section.

 

Overheat

All violet wand equipment, especially older ones, may overheat if used for extended periods of time, especially on high settings, because their capacitors will get warmer from whatever equivalent series resistance is present. Some older units were built using wax as a dielectric, and wax will melt at sufficiently high temperatures, causing perhaps dangerous conditions immediately or later. This is less of a problem for many modern violet wands; some can be used for as much as an hour at a time.  When acquiring a wand, it is well to seek advice from knowledgeable practitioners about durability and deterioration issues.

 

Arcs and sparks

The electrical discharge, being high frequency and so generally preferring to travel near the surface of materials, will preferentially follow routes involving metal conductors, and will arc to metal objects which may result in the top or the bottom receiving unexpected VW shocks from odd directions. Like all spark producers, a violet wand will ignite flammable liquids and gases. Never use one in the presence of flammable gases or liquids.

The sharper the electrode, the more intense the discharge and usually more intense the sensation; this should be borne in mind when planning a scene. (For example, if the bottom is restrained with metal cuffs, sharp corners on the cuffs may suddenly produce a much more intense discharge if the VW arcs to the metal.)

 

Safety

Drugs

Doctors advise against electro play if you are on Cocaine or using any form of solvent (which includes poppers / amyl nitrate / hexane (ie, many glues)). Cocaine alone increases the risk of arrhythmias in the heart (North Americans will probably remember the basketball player Lenny Bias), and solvents generally render the heart muscle much more sensitive to the effects of physiologically released adrenaline, again putting recipients at risk of sudden stress induced arrhythmias.

 

Electricity

Just as the static electricity from a rubbed balloon will not kill you, a Violet Wand stroked down a back (above the chest) is unlikely to cause a problem. Note the use of “unlikely” here. Little is certain when mixing biology and electricity; you must weigh the risks and benefits, just as when smoking or driving a car.

A violet wand should never be used on someone who has a pacemaker, insulin pump, or other electrically operated medical implant. And VW should not be used near other electronic devices, as the high voltage can damage electronic components.

Due to the very low current, most experts in the use of the Violet Wand agree that it can be used above the waist on a normal, healthy person – for example on the back, breasts and nipples.  Some medical practitioners and some Safe, sane and consensual (SSC) proponents advice against use of any electrical toys on the torso or head, including the arms (especially against both arms at once).

All agree that Violet Wands should not be used on or near the eyes, nor on mucous membranes.

Like all electrical devices, the Violet Wand should be kept away from all conductive fluids (e.g., water or drinks, …); thus VWs should not be used in connection with watersports.

The sparks from a violet wand can ignite flammable liquids and gases, including those from some fragrance burners, hand cleaners, alcohol, etc. VWs are entirely incompatible with fireplay using such liquids as alcohol.

 

Ozone

Like an electrical storm, a Violet Wand breaks down Oxygen molecules in the air to form Ozone.  This process gives off a distinctive smell.  As Ozone is a poisonous gas, care should be taken not to use a Violet Wand in a confined space for too long.

 

Glass Fractures

Many violet wand attachments are similar in appearance to butt plugs and dildos; it can be tempting to use them as such. But there are several reasons not to do so. The glass used in the electrodes tends to be fragile, unlike glass dildos and butt plugs, and great care must be taken with it in any case. Internal use of any kind is not great care. And when used internally, the discharge will be to mucous membranes which should be avoided.  Many medical doctors and surgeons advise never using them internally due to the fragility of the thin glass used and the severity of injury possible.

 

Overuse

If sufficient intensity is used, a blurred but permanent branding can occur, representing an electrical burn in miniature.

Read the rest of the article, including techniques within BDSM here.

As always – thanks for reading 😉

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4 thoughts on “The Violet Wand – Electricity and #BDSM

  1. An excellent post, while I don’t have a Wand….at least not a Violet Wand I had the chance to play with one a few years back. They can be a lot of fun.

    Now I have to admit when you referred to it as a VW at one point I had a minor brain fart and thought to myself why is she suddenly talking about Volkswagen’s?? LOL

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