Violet Wand

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Violet wands are modern electrical stimulation tools. They are used for the application of low current, high voltage (min 35 kV to max 65 kV typically), high-frequency, electricity to the body. They are most commonly used in BDSM though erotic sensation play is another known application. A violet wand typically consists of a hand held "wand" made of plastic which encases a high voltage electrical transformer. The base of the handle has a permanently attached electrical cord which plugs directly into a wall outlet. The use of a GFCI is recommended to protect users from failures or breaks in the case that could expose them to the high-current input voltage as is testing the outlet with a circuit tester to ensure the outlet integrity.

The wand has an intensity level control and sometimes an on/off switch, usually located near where the electrical cord is attached. Some models operate on an electromagnetic disruptive discharge circuit while others are powered by electronic circuitry (called solid state wands) or combinations of the two.

Typically various electrodes are inserted into and used with the violet wand to provide the sensations. A violet wand electrode is usually made of clear tempered glass which is sealed and evacuated and back-filled with a noble gas, typically argon and sometimes neon, in a process similar to the manufacturing of neon signs. The high voltage current causes the plasma inside the electrode to excite, emitting a glowing color when the wand operates and through which the spark emits. The appearance and process is identical to plasma globes, though the net discharge is higher in order to create spark streamers external to the glass which cause the desired sensation to the skin.

One popular misconception is that violet wands produce ultraviolet light, and sometimes violet wands are erroneously called "ultraviolet wands". Violet wands do not produce easily measurable amounts of ultraviolet light, except at the point of the full-spectrum spark external to the glass electrode. With sufficient time in one spot, redness or mild burns can result from the arc's heat. The arcs do generate ozone and nitrogen oxides, giving the skin the well known "ozone smell" similar to the smell of a lightning storm. Violet wands can possibly ignite flammable materials and melt artificial fabrics such as pantyhose with certain accessories and settings.

Violet wands have been made for the adult industry since the early to mid 1990s.

RACK and Technique

All typical concerns for electrical play apply when using a violet wand.

A violet wand creates shock sensation when there is a gap between the electrode or the attachment and the body. As the wand is held near to the body, the spark will jump, providing the sensation. Full contact with an accessory creates a slightly warm sensation, but a violet wand provides a wide range of physical sensation properties with different settings and attachments. Some typical uses for a violet wand include temporary or permanent branding of the skin for Body modification, electrically charged impact with paddles or other conductive implements, electrified touch or massage, or erotic stimulation of the genitalia. Violet Wands can be used anywhere on the body but should not be used around the eyes as they can cause severe damage, many recommend strongly avoiding any sort of play above the jawline of the bottom.

Some jargon used by violet wand enthusiasts includes:

  • Direct Users employ a violet wand by using various accessories which emit sparks for different physical sensations and purposes. These accessories include electrodes made of glass or metal and other conductive accessories and attachments.
  • In-Direct Utilizing a body contact accessory the person holding the contact becomes electrified to the touch. Any part of the body can be used to pass the arc to the recipient. Additionally the person holding the contact can utilize any conductive material as an accessory.

Reverse Users employ a body contact accessory by attaching it to the bottom subject, which electrifies the 'bottom' partner, and then conductive accessories are used by the top partner to electrify the bottom.

  • Extension Using an extension handle and cable, allows the most net discharge current to pass to the subject. Extension handles are used with many electrodes and accessories.
  • Branding Through the use of certain condensing electrodes, violet wands can be used to effectively "brand" or cauterize a design on an individual's skin which makes them popular in body modification. Violet wand brands can be semi permanent or totally permanent and are an easy and inexpensive method of "scarification" (the act of intentionally scarring one's own body) often used by professionals and avid enthusiasts alike.
  • Shielded Through using insulation gaps one can shield themselves from the effects of a violet wand for various purposes. Some popular shielding techniques including shocking the bottom but not the top by creating a shield for the top when contact is made (such as through striking or stimulation). A common example is to use black nitrile gloves as the top as the pigment of the black gloves offers minimal shielding while allowing some conductivity so that the bottom may still experience electrical stimulation from the touch of the gloved hand of the top.
  • Pervertables Violet Wands are often considered one of the most versatile tools in BDSM as they have a fantastic range of sensations they can offer and that their application into a scene with the use of an edison bulb adapter and a body contact probe turns functionally just about every light bulb and conductive metal object (or metal threaded object such as a paracord whip with copper lacing interwoven) one can acquire into a potential sensation tool. Popular common items to use in conjunction with a violet wand include jazz drum brushes, banjo picks, letter openers, wartenburg wheels and more. Always be sure to test new items on low intensity and gradually increase the sensation as conductivity may vary wildly between objects.

Additional yet more risky techniques will include mixing various mediums such as use of electrified knives or fire wands, additional use of wax or high density glass electrode insertables, or techniques such as interrogation or glow in the dark props during electrical play and more! To learn a lot more about safe use and techniques consider visiting the International Violet Wand Guild.