Bondage

I don’t think you need lots and lots of gear to get started on your BDSM journey – be selective and choose quality over cheap and cheerful. Well made, handcrafted, leather and rubber gear should last you a lifetime.

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Books
» SM101, Jay Wiseman
» The Seductive Art Of Japanese Bondage, Midori
» Showing You The Ropes, Two Knotty Boys
» Complete Shibari, Douglas Kent


Rope
You should use natural fibres like cotton, hemp and jute rather than man-made materials like polypropylene. Natural materials have a higher “burn speed” so you’re less likely to do damage.
I like making my own hemp rope and I’ve posted my recipe so you can too.
I also have a few tutorials on starting with shibari.
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Restraints
Wrist and ankle restraints are made of leather or rubber and you’re better off buying a decently made, padded and lockable set.
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Handcuffs
Don’t buy those cheap nasty ones from “sex shops”. They can potentially close further once “locked” on (despite any advertised double locking mechanism) and the locks can also jam causing a mildly embarassing callout to the fire service. Personally I feel that rope or wrist restraints work just as well, but if you want cuffs, buy some expensive ones.
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Your bed
By tying the arms and legs to each bed post, you have a fairly immovable sub. You can also get devices that fit under the matress and provide discrete tie points.
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Hoods
There are lots and lots of different styles of hood in leather, rubber and neoprene. They’re not for everyone, some people are freaked out by the look or claustrophobia, but they’re fantastic for breath control of transforming your own rubber gimp.
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Tape & cling film
Use cling film (saran wrap), duck tape or Vetrap (a self-adhesive veterinary bandage is lots of different colours) for mummification:
With the sub standing up (preferably near a bed), feet together and arms by his sides, wrap just one layer of cling film around him. This is just top stop the duck tape sticking. Then, starting, at the top neatly layer the duck tape all around the body working downwards. Around the genital area, cut small strips rather than continually applying the tape. When you get to just below the knees, lower the sub gently onto the bed, so the feet stick off the end and finish those off.
» Vetrap on ebay