So I raised the bar in #suspension and #bondage from using #rope to barbed wire a few years ago. I have noticed it gain some popularity so I figured posting this article might help anyone debating this kind of play.
Why would I play with this stuff? Because I can and I don’t see many people playing with it in this fashion. It is pretty when finished in a sadistic industrial sort of way and there is a huge rush from the risk factor involved. But let me explain something about barbed wire bondage and suspension most may not think about. It isn’t very safe, definitely not a thing in any realm of sanity and before attempting to do it understand the full risks involved. I think I’m an idiot for doing it so I won’t recommend anyone else trying to do it. But, if you do please fully understand the risk level you’re taking. Make sure your bottom fully and 100% completely understands the risks involved as well!
Top of the risk list is cross contamination! You’re taking metal wire with 1” barbs on it, wrapping someone’s bare skin in it then placing all their weight on it. What do you think is going to happen? It is going to cut, nick, possibly puncture the skin and there will be blood. The same applies to the top trying to work with the stuff. Your hands will get nicked, cut and punctured while putting it on a bottom. Therefore the risk of your blood contaminating them and vice versa is very likely. Wearing thick clothes and tough leather gloves can reduce this risk. But understand it is there just the same.
Next of the risk list is possible infection which can arise from doing this. There is no way to sterilize the barbed wire. All you can do is make it sanitary as possible before use. Baking it at 450 degrees for at least 20 minutes will help burn off oily coating on the wire and burn off viral and bacterial contaminates that may be on the wire. I also recommend using a brush and antibacterial soap on the wire prior to baking it. Is this method a 100% effective? I wouldn’t make that claim, but it will be as clean as you’re ever going to get it. Again, there is no way to sterilize barbed wire.
Number three on the list. Nerves/Nerve clusters, arteries and placement across bone areas like the ribs or spine for example. You absolutely must pay attention to where the barbs on the wire are being placed. 1” barbs can and will puncture. You do not want to make your bottom suffer permanent nerve injury, bleed out or chip a bone. Even with paying attention to all this, you have a high degree of fucking this up because you cannot make this stuff as tight as rope. There will always be slack and risk of it sliding, cutting and changing your placement of the barbs is pretty high. Rope also bends and is more forgiving when under load, metal wire is not.
Weight load break factor is next. There is no rating on the wire for how much weight it can actually support for this sort of application. You are twisting it up like a garbage bag twist tie to make your knots. There is a fair degree of risk that one of these twists could fail or even the wire itself. You cannot see what the wire looks like under a barb. What if there is a weak point behind there and it snaps? The simple answer is you’re fucked.
When your bottom is in trouble in rope, you reach for your safety shears and you can have them down and out in quick fashion. Your safety shears with barbed wire is bolt cutters and if they get in trouble people cannot rush up, take the bottoms weight off the rope while using shears to cut them out. If folks rush up to take the bottoms weight off the barbed wire, I promise you they will cross contaminate the wire and the bottom. There is no fast way out of this stuff!
This only is a topical glazing of the things that can go wrong with this stuff. It is not for the faint of heart and not for anyone who doesn’t pay absolute attention to what they are doing. You have to be zoned in to the scene and the health of your bottom at all times.
You need to be willing to accept the outcome of what you’re doing from both the top and bottom side of the coin. If this doesn’t scare the top, bottom or both from doing it. I’m not sure what will. In the end I honestly don’t recommend doing this. But if you feel the need to push your luck and you are both fully aware of the dangers and outcomes. Please proceed slowly.