What is a Zipper?
Zipper is a BDSM term used to describe a string of clothespins connected by a cord, yarn or light chain. The clothespins are then attached to the soft skin of the body, usually inner arms, legs, nipples, and over the ribs. They are then pulled off quickly or very slowly. A zipper is called such as it resembles the interlocking teeth of an actual zipper.
The use of Zipper is common in heavy BDSM scenes. It can be bought from sex shops or be made at home. Materials needed to make a home-made Zipper include clothespins and string (can be a cord, a yarn or a light chain).
Steps in making a D.I.Y. Zipper:
- Insert the string through the middle hole of the clothespin.
- Tie a knot to keep the clothespin in place. To make sure that the clothespin does not break off or move from its place, apply some superglue.
- Repeat the process one clothespin at a time until the desired length or number of the clothespin is achieved.
Once the strands have been made they can then be applied to the body. Once in place they can be left on during a scene or immediately pulled off. Left in place they can be a reminder that removal is a possible punishment for disobedience. Once it is time to remove the zipper it can be done in two ways. Removed slowly it is an extended agony with sharp pains each time another set of pins is yanked off. Done quickly it is fast but excruciating. It is common to see zippers ripped off immediately after a submissive achieves orgasm, to heighten the pleasure and pain, or ruin it.
Practicality/ Do’s and Don’ts
There is not much potential risk associated with using a zipper. Accidental tearing of flesh, bruising, and the occasional splinter can happen. Due to the low tension of most clothespins, there is no risk of serious injury.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Zippers are a modified use of many kinds of clamps. Other kinds of clamps used in BDSM are nipple clamps, forceps, clover clamps, and the like. Clamps can be made for a particular purpose or modified for use in BDSM.
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