We really appreciate our customers and an overwhelming amount of you have had a plethora of questions about nipple clamps. We hope this quick guide alleviates any reservations you have about incorporating them into your playtime.
Clamps are commonly associated with the kinkier side of bedroom play and are quite popular in the BDSM scene because they provide a sensation where they are applied to the body. The sensation is created because clamps increase blood flow to the area. Clamps provide a heightened sensitivity to the body and for some translates as pleasure, not pain. There is a fine line between pleasure and pain and clamps provide a way of exploring your limits. The BDSM scene isn’t for everyone, but I encourage you to invite aspects of BDSM you are curious about into your safe place for exploration.
Not Just For Nipples
Clamps have been around for what seems to be forever. Pretty much anything that can provide a pinch can be used as a clamp. The classic that many people thing about are traditional wooden clothespins. These can still be found on the market, but provide little adjustment in pressure. Nowadays, manufacturers provide not only the wooden clothespin, but also clamps made from nickel or brass with rubber tips. The rubber tips provide a safe barrier which allows even those with skin sensitivities to try out the metal clamps. These new styles are not just for nipples. Clamps can be applied to the clitoris, taint, testes, penile shaft, or any place where a small part of flesh can support a clamp.
How to Select your Clamps:
Adornment vs. Pressure
When you are deciding on a pair of clamps there are a few things to take into consideration, primarily your own personal pain limits. Clamps come in two forms, adjustable and non-adjustable. Adjustable clamps are more popular because they offer a degree of pressures to diversify your play time. A generalization that may help you decide is the thinner and narrower the tip, the more pressure that will be applied. A great place to test the pressure is on the skin between the index finger and thumb or your earlobe. When you attend an As You Like It home party, we provide a tester of all the clamps we offer to better aid your decision making.
With the industry becoming more mainstream there are even more options for clamps than ever before. If you are interested in wearing clamps to provide a visual stimuli for your partner you may want to look into clamps that have accessories like feathers, colored glass beads, or colored metal clamps. Clamps can also come attached to collars or in a ‘y-style’ which has three clamps connected by longer strands of chain that allows you attached to both nipples and genitals all at once! My favorite accessory are the magnetic weights. With metal clamps adding weight will increase the intensity of the clamps easily.
Japanese Clover / Butterfly Clamps: These are not just my favorite, tons of our customers enjoy them as well because when you tug on them the clamp actually increases the pressure on your nipple. Other clamps require an adjustment of the clamps separate from pulling on them. This allows you to just keep going!
Brass Barrell Clamps: One of the few clamps made with brass and not nickel is another unique clamp on the market. Other adjustable clamps require a screw to be twisted to adjust pressure. With these, the whole clamp needs to be twisted. This just adds another dynamic to your play time.
Tweezer Clamps: These made it on my list because they are so versatile. Coming with a tiny metal ring around the clamp allows you to adjust the pressure easily at any time. Many companies use the tweezer clamp when designing more ornate clamps because of their ease and versatility.
Clamp Care & Cleaning:
- First take a clean towel and wipe off the clamps of any excess liquids off the clamps (whatever you were using at the time).
- Secondly, use rubbing alcohol to rub down the clamps to kill of any bacteria.
- After letting them air dry store your clamps in a dry place to avoid bacterial growth and moisture build up –this can prematurely age your clamps (ie rust).
- Rubber tips are designed to come off for easy cleaning. Also this gives you the option to remove them for added intensity.