Monday, November 19, 2012

The Violet Wand - it's nothing to be afraid of! Really!

The lovely Francesca Hawley brought her violet wand to the Ellora's Cave Romanticon convention last month, and when we weren't drooling talking politely to Cavemen, we gave it a try on Sunday night. In the middle of the bar. Now, before you go getting the wrong idea, we kept things aboveboard, and away from...sensitive areas.

If you're not familiar with a violet wand, here's a description of the Apprentice Kit from one the sites I use to research BDSM equipment, The Stockroom:


Take your first steps into the world of Nikola Tesla with this Apprentice Violet Wand kit, a sampler of the sensations that the Violet Wand has to offer. From a soft caress of static electricity to an acute zap with a smell of ozone, this kit delivers a wide range of electric sensation and is a great entry-level e-stim kit.
The large, medium, and small bulb assortment is a wonderful place to start with the included Edison bulb adaptor. The large bulb offers an adjustable, mild warm up while the smaller the bulbs become, the more intense and acute the sensation is for that special someone or naughty nobody.
The convex, rounded mushroom attachment is a natural for both male and female nipple and genital play and the small, straight probe attachment is great for delivering a spark of sensation with pinpoint accuracy.
Feeling creative? Manipulate the spark with the included Wartenberg wheel or slip on finger “eagle talons” to deliver a little, prickly tickle or sassy shock to you or your partner’s sensitive bits and pieces. 
For a more technical description, we'll turn to VioletWand.org:
The violet wand operates almost exactly as the Tesla coil described. The main difference is that the violet wand does not use a transformer, at least in the hand held models. Basically the wand uses another coil set up as an electro magnet. This set up is sometimes called a “Wagners Hammer”.
The pulsing AC current from the wall outlet causes the electro magnet to attract and then repel a permanent magnet that is attached to one side of a set of electrical contacts. By moving together and then apart, the circuit is made by the contacts and then broken, very fast. This is the buzzing noise you hear when using the wand. This making and then breaking the circuit establishes our electrical pulse.
When you adjust the intensity on the wand, you are positioning the permanent magnet closer to or further from the electro magnet. At low intensity the permanent magnet is far from the electro magnet. The electro magnet, when it is activated, has less of a pull on it because it has to overcome this distance. The contacts open and close at a slower rate. This has the effect of de-tuning the primary coil from the secondary and therefore there is less output (the pushes on the swing are coming at not quite the right frequency. The swing climbs, but not as high as it could.)
Incidentally, this is why at low levels the violet wands output will drop as its position is shifted. The distance between them is so great that the pull of the electro magnet is not enough to draw the permanent magnet towards it. Turning the wand upright adds a gravitational pull to the permanent magnet as well as the pull of the electro magnet. It is only with the gravitational pull assisting that the contact can open and close at all. Therefore the wand will work when held upright, but not when tilted.
This is the smaller "head"
Now for the fun stuff. What happened when Shoshanna Evers and I tried the violet wand? For me, though I had some trepidation beforehand, I LOVED IT. We used the wand mostly on our inner arms, which are quite sensitive, but I would less so than any female bits. It wasn't like we were going to do that in the middle of the bar. It was bad enough you needed to take off anything metal off, including, er, underwire bras.

So Francesca got everything out and explained some about how it worked. Then she put the "mushroom head" (no snickers, erotic romance writers, not that kind of head) on the wand and turned it to the lowest setting. Shoshanna and I both tried it and decided we could go higher. Francesca gradually turned it up, placing it on different spots on our arms. She asked us what "color" we were often and watched us closely.

Here's Shoshanna experiencing the wand...
Francesca showed another, smaller attachment which would concentrate the sensation more. We both agreed to try it, and once again, both of us seemed to enjoy it. I can't speak for Shoshanna, but it was a really cool sensation for me. Then she switched to another setting which electrified her and when she touched us, the current passed through her and into us. Very, very interesting.

I was feeling a little strange and tired from the aftereffects of a migraine, so I bowed out after that and went to sit and talk to a couple of hot Cavemen, but I know Shoshanna and Francesca continued to play for a while after that.
Shoshanna and Francesca after Francesca electrified herself

I'm guessing the most common question is going to be - what did it FEEL like? Well, that's hard to describe. It didn't "hurt" but it was a lot of sensations. If you have used a TENS unit as part of physical therapy, there are some similarities, but I'd say the violet wand is more intense.

I think someone who enjoys sensation play such as vampire gloves, the Wartenburg wheel, etc might be a fan of the violet wand. The main point is - don't be afraid of it! Make sure the person wielding it knows what they're doing and keep the lines of communication open, but don't be afraid of it.

Have you ever tried a violet wand? What did you think?

7 comments:

  1. We love our violet wand. I bought mine a couple of years ago from Dr. Clockwork at FetCon in Tampa, but Sir's had one for years. His died a few months back, and He needs to get it fixed.

    I'm surprised she made you take off underwire bras, etc. That's not an issue unless you're using the body contact probe on someone to electrify them. Which makes it fun playing with things like Mylar floggers. :) I also have the Edison adapter so we can use lightbulbs in ours, in addition to the standard electrodes.

    I also beg to differ with the info you quoted. The violet wands we've got (ours, and the Sir's, well, before it died LOL) will work regardless of how they're held.

    What they basically are used for in "vanilla" life are neon tube testers. (Which is why the electrodes look like miniature neon tubes and light up with different color gasses. *smile*)

    The old devices were used as patent medical devices back as early as the early 1900's (possibly earlier, but I'm not sure). My dad has one from the late 1920's that's still in the box and has the information. It was marketed as a "hair restoration treatment."

    Um, suuuure. LOL

    And ironically, it looks almost like the modern ones.

    http://www.drclockwork.com/

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  2. I think hers didn't work when she turned it one specific way but I could be wrong. Thanks for the correction.

    We did do the electrifying someone thing, though you might be talking about something different. I'm guessing it had to do with trying to be as careful as possible...

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  3. So I just wrote a whole long comment and it disappeared. Blah. But the basic point was OMFG we had so much fun! We stayed up till 4am playing! I loved being grounded and having my body be electrified so when I touched her sparks flew off my fingertips!

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  4. I learned about violet wands when Francesca, Kathy Kulig and I took Dr. Charley Ferrer's BDSM for Writers 3-day workshop in New York City last August. As part of the weekend, we went to Paddles, the longest-running BDSM club in America, where I got down and dirty with a violet wand under the expert hand of Traveling Fool. I wrote a 4-part blog series about my weekend. The 4th one details my X-rated violet wand experience. Check it out at http://crisansonspassions.blogspot.com/2012/10/getting-naked-at-paddles-bdsm-part-iv.html

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  5. Just thought I would share what I found at Dr Clockwork's website (you are both correct Tymber and Cassandra)
    "we've fixed a number of the intrinsic design flaws of mechanical wands. Our SSVW is omnidirectional, so you get no loss of power when tilting off of 90 degrees vertical."
    :O)

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  6. Okay, so maybe that's with some kinds then. Neither ours, nor Sir's (which is at least 15 years old) would fail regardless of way it was turned. (His failed because the coil burned out. LOL)

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  7. Very much enjoyed reading that! Thanks :D

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