Needle Play Tutorial
by Mistress Suzanne (SxySadist)
Play piercing is an S/m technique that involves
consensually inserting needles underneath the skin of another
person for mutual erotic pleasure. It is one of those activities
that either fascinates, appalls or frightens most scene players.
Due to its invasive nature and the risk of exposure to blood
borne pathogens it is definitely an activity that you want
to have proper training in before you dive in for the first
time. Care should be taken to follow all appropriate safety
precautions when engaging in this activity in order to avoid
infection or injury.
While I am hoping to provide complete &
helpful instruction in this article, I still strongly suggest
that you have someone experienced in this type of play available
to help you during your first time. Please keep in mind that
all of these items are suggestions based on my research, personal
experience and preferred style of play. Also, this is not
meant to cover every aspect of needle play, but rather is
intended to be an introduction for those of you new to this
exciting area of play.
What do you need to get started?
• Needles - Remember the higher the number
the thinner the needles. Common needle gauges for play piercing
are 25 through 18: 25 gauge are thin, 18 are relatively large.
Different gauges of needles have different color hubs, but
these colors are not consistent across brands.
• Latex Gloves (non-latex if you or the person being
pierced are allergic)
• Alcohol swabs, betadine or other cleaning supplies
for the skin surface
• Band-Aids or Newskin
• Sharps container (can be purchased in any medical
Also good to have on hand (just in case):
• Towels, drop cloths or chucks to protect
the table, floor etc.
• Cotton or gauze pads (for heavier bleeding)
• Small corks or Styrofoam for capping off the point
of the needles
• A battery operated light in case you need more lighting
• Dental floss for lacing needles
• A surgical pen for drawing more elaborate designs
• A vial of smelling salts
• Some sort of sugary snack & a cool beverage
Where to get needles:
• BME Toolstore - http://www.bme.freeq.com/store/tools/index.html
• Choice Medical Supply - (800) 456-3500
On the package, needles are commonly identified
first by gauge, and then by needle length (in inches). Therefore,
a package labeled "25 1 1/2" would contain 25 gauge
needles with a length of 1 1/2 inches. If & when you are
ready to place your order, needles are ordered by the box
of 100. Ask for the number of boxes by gauge and length. For
example 1 box of 25 gauge / one and a half-inches long. They
typically run between $10.00 & $15.00 a box, but expect
to pay a premium at “fetish friendly” dealers.
Note: I am able to order needles from these
suppliers over the phone & have them delivered to my house
without a prescription but laws vary from state to state.
It is not legal to posess needles in every state or country.
Please be aware of your local laws regarding this issue before
ordering needles, or before transporting them across state
of a Needle
• The sheath - the disposable plastic
protective covering over the needle
• The hub - the plastic end of the needle that you hold
when inserting or removing. The color will vary according
to the gauge (thickness) of the needle.
• The needle shaft- The business end that will be inserted
into the skin. The tip is beveled at the end to form a very
sharp angled point.
• Do not use any needles that are not
sterile & factory sealed. They must be used once and then
• Follow all safe sex guidelines with respect to body
fluids or blood, and dispose of any contaminated supplies
• Be cautious not to break your own skin with the needle
after breaking the skin of another or vice verse.
• Many people become faint or light headed after piercing,
watch them carefully and do not let them move about unaided.
• This is considered edge play - even by most hardcore
players - and there are several dangers associated with it.
Please practice with someone who has experience till you are
sure you know enough to do it on your own.
Preparation & Procedure:
- Find a good location to do the scene, preferably
where the subject can lie down and you will not be crowded
or bumped accidentally. Good lighting is also very helpful
but not always easy to find. I usually carry a battery operated
light for my needle play kit, just in case.
- Lay out your supplies neatly and cover the
area that the sub will lie on with a towel or other protection.
It’s also just nice to have something relatively warm
to lie on and may help the bottom feel more comfortable.
- Make sure the subject is relaxed and ready.
Needle play kicks up a lot of emotions for some bottoms and
it may conjure up childhood demons and fears of going to the
Dr’s office. Be VERY aware of your bottom’s emotional
and physical state throughout the scene.
(Fainting is not uncommon which is why I suggest
you have her/him lying down, have a vial of smelling salts
and keep a sugary snack nearby.)
If your subject is very nervous or frightened but still willing
to try it, speak very calmly to your subject and encourage
him/her to take slow relaxing breaths. Make eye contact and
take a few deep connected breaths. Smile. If you seem nervous
it will make him/her even more so. The more tense the bottom
is, the more this and most other BDSM activities will hurt
so if being nice and having your bottom enjoy the scene appeals
to you as a top go the extra measure to help the sub relax.
- Put on your gloves, double preferred, because
it is easier and faster to remove the outer pair if they become
soiled than to take off a set and put new ones on.
- Choose the site on the body to be pierced
carefully. To begin with I would start with the least delicate
areas that I could and build your confidence a bit before
tackling the more juicy bits. Look for meaty areas of the
body like the chest, upper arms, front of the thighs or buttocks.
Female breasts vary in sensitivity but nipples tend to be
quite sensitive and a bit tougher to get through for a first
Avoid sticking needles into:
• internal organs or bone
• joints like the knees, elbows, wrists, etc
• thin skinned areas like the sternum, shins, spine,
• any area that has veins close to the surface like
inner thighs and inside of the elbow.
- Clean the area to be pierced thoroughly with
at least alcohol (betadine first then alcohol for extra precaution).
Start at the center of the area and wipe outward in circular
motion the area thoroughly clean. Iodine should not be used
on someone with shellfish allergies and alcohol shouldn’t
be used on anyone who is on antabuse.
- Uncap the needle carefully and discard the
sheath (do NOT attempt to recap the needle). Please be careful
to NOT contaminate the needle while uncapping it. Sometimes
they can be a little tricky to open, if you have trouble hold
the sheath firmly & try giving the hub a twist to dislodge
- Pinch or stretch the skin smooth and taut.
Rest needle gently on the skin with the bevel side up or down
it doesn’t matter, but I prefer to have it up so that
I can see it enter the skin. Picture where you want the needle
to go in and come back out. You want to go deep enough that
you cannot see the needle through the skin but not so deep
that you are puncturing vital organs and arteries etc. (Just
teasing) Seriously though it is not an easy or precise measure
as to how deep to go but keep in mind the closer to the surface
of the skin that you stay the more it is going to hurt and
the more likely it could tear out if you attach anything to
it in more advanced play.
- Tell the subject to take a deep breath, wait
a moment and then as the subject releases the breath slide
the needle through smoothly, in one easy motion if possible.
You want to also try to remember that the slower you go the
more it hurts so depending on your objective you can try to
minimize or maximize the effect by varying the speed and depth
- That’s it! Those are the basics to play
piercing and you can now continue to add needles into the
body to forms pretty patterns or play with it gently and carefully
by tugging, tapping or slightly twisting it in the skin.
* Important! Please be very careful not to stick
yourself with the end of the needle once it has passed through
the submissive’s skin. That needle is now contaminated
and you could pick up anything in the submissive’s bloodstream
or pass along anything you have as you draw the needle back
out through the skin.
- If you and your submissive wish to keep the
needles in for awhile you may, but please remember that you
and others can be at great risk for infection and injury.
Many play parties have restrictions on where you can go with
needles in the body. Some that I have attended will not allow
you outside of the “medical area” with needles
in the skin while others let me move about carefully as long
as the tips are not exposed. This can be accomplished by either
burying the needle back into the skin again or by capping
off the end with a cork or similar object.
- When you are ready, remove the needle gently
by first spinning it slightly in both directions (they can
become slightly crusty if they have been in a long time and
spinning will help dislodge them). Then slide the needle straight
back, and apply pressure to the puncture wound with a cotton
ball or alcohol pad until bleeding stops. Place the needle
immediately in a sharps container (a capped bottle may be
substituted for a sharps container if necessary, but you are
far better off investing a few bucks in a legitimate container
as it will ease disposal and ensure safety). Dispose of any
infected or contaminated supplies in the sharps container.
advanced techniques in brief
Once you get some experience with the technique
you may wish to start trying some more elaborate needle designs
or other things such as lacing, adding weights or working
the needles into bondage.
To add weights:
• Tie some dental floss gently around the needle and
tug or add a small weight to it. Dental floss is my preferred
tying medium since it stays clean within the package until
you are ready to use it
If you do try lacing:
• Be careful that the needle is not so close to the
skin surface that it may rip out, if you can see it clearly
under the skin, it is too shallow.
• Do not tie them off to anything unless the subject
is securely supported or lying down. If there is ANY chance
the sub could fall, trip or be bumped DO NOT tie off to the
• If you wish to show off or display your work, it is
a good idea to have the bottom sit in the position they will
be in while it is being viewed. The skin tends to shift and
move a fair bit when someone gets up and your design might
be totally different in the new position.
• Gently wrap around the needles tips & hubs with
the string or floss but do not put a lot of pressure on them
or wrap tightly around the needles until you are very familiar
with the technique as it can cause an intense burning sensation.
• To remove the lacing, I generally find it easier and
faster to remove the needles and then pick up the string rather
than unlace them.
Play safely & have fun! Suzanne
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