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Tops and dominants, let’s face it, you are going to get shocked occasionally. There’s no way around it, but there’s a lot you can do to minimize it.

The most common circumstances to pull accidental shocks can include:

  • Getting too close to the wand’s business end.
  • Getting too close to exposed connections on wand accessories.
  • Forgetting that your ‘rig’ or setup is live.
  • Thinking your wand is turned down far enough when you change out electrodes.
  • Brushing against your cables, cords or wires.
  • Performing indirect and then touching your wand adjustment knob too near it’s metal stub.
  • Brushing against metal framework on which your bottom partner is positioned.
  • Your wand is live, or you or your bottom partner is live.  Yes, pretty much any time you have your wand plugged in, it opens the possibility of accidentally receiving a spark.

You can drastically reduce, or even eliminate many of the places or circumstances that you could accidentally receive a spark, even if you can’t get rid of them all.

For example, the MJOLNIR system cables with their isolation shielding, eliminate accidental sparks caused by brushing up against your body contact probe or extension cables.  So that solves the most common problem of pulling accidental sparks.  You can lay it across your bottom partner without it grounding out.  You can brush your leg against it while working, and you will feel no spark. But, electricity is always trying to seek the most direct path to ground.  So, if you touch your isolated cable with something metal, that metal object is more conductive than the air, more conductive than a human body, and your vw discharge will want to go to that metal object rather than where you intended it to go.  So managing your setup will keep that from happening.  Just like you want to control where the fire goes in fireplay, you want to control where your vw output goes as much as possible.

Another example are insulated handles.  Insulated handles take you out of the electrical circuit and keep you from feeling a spark.  However, any insulated handle is still going to spark from its exposed metal ends, and depending upon your wand and wand’s setting, the spark can jump up to 2 inches!  Exposed metal will always, always mean a spark, so keep back, and manage your metal.

For changing out electrodes, use a footswitch to turn your wand off.  Not only does this save wear and tear on your adjustment knob, but your wand will truly be ‘off’ before you change out electrodes, and you won’t get an accidental spark when you find out it’s not turned as low as you thought.

Keep back from the wand’s business end.  Again, any exposed metal is going to spark to you from as much as two inches away.

Its not ideal to get a spark from a wand’s knob, but it’s something that can occur occasionally when you are doing indirect or reverse, and ‘complete a circuit’.  Wand current comes out the wand, goes through you, you touch the knob too near the metal strut, and actually send a spark to the knob strut.  Again, a footswitch solves that.

Part of the fun of working with a wand, are the wired needle corsets, the ballchain linked between piercings, and other ‘conductive rigs’.  But you can pull vw sparks from any wire or connection just by getting too close, because that current is looking for the most direct path– why should it go the long way to the end of your wire to get to your bottom partner, when it can just jump there much quicker?  So for ‘wired rigs’ or other conductive setups, you can buffer with towels or other type wadding, or use rope or twine to help suspend your conductive rigs and keep them where you want them; and keep the vw spark away from flesh till -you- determine it should arrive.

Brushing against metal framework that your bottom is positioned upon is something we all do, but you will become more aware of it after you pull a spark a few times and it will happen less!  Leaning over a table puts you at about belt buckle height, and that belt buckle is going to be irresistible to vw discharge.  But, it happens, and its impossible to eliminate every circumstance where you could get an accidental spark.  Take it in stride and keep going, and you’ll figure out a better placement for next time.

 

 

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