BDSM Advice Series: Bondage Tape

July 18th, 11   •   Posted by Mistress Kay   •   No Comment

Bondage tape is honestly one of the most versatile and inexpensive bondage restraints you can purchase. It comes in a multitude of color and designs, and it can be used to bind pretty much anything. People use it for full-body bondage (mummification), beginner bondage, and even to make clothing! You can purchase tons of bondage tape, and the neat thing is that it looks like regular tape, so no one will question it when they see a roll of tape for bondage lying around. So, the big question is: how to use bondage tape?

How to use bondage tape

Bondage tape picture from EdenFantasys.com. Pictured is the Fantasy Bondage Tape.

What Is Bondage Tape?
Bondage tape is thin, slick layers of PVC that resembles regular duct tape and sticks to itself. The advantage of using PVC bondage tape over regular duct two is twofold: bondage tape is reusable and bondage tape doesn’t rip off any hair or skin when removed. Bondage tape leaves no sticky residue on the skin, has no scent or taste, and is variety in a multitude of designs and colors.

Bondage tape is reusable. However, because of the material, it can get kinks in it if you just leave it in knots for storage. After play, make sure to wipe off any sweat from the surface of the bondage tape, and then neatly fold the tape for storage. I wouldn’t recommend placing heavy objects on top of the folded tape as that will force the tape to crease which means that it won’t fold nearly as nicely (and if you use it for clothing, you’ll have creases in your tape!)

A neat aspect about bondage tape is the fact that it does not leave any marks. It might make the skin flush a bit red because of the heat, but once the tape is removed, there will be no marks leftover as long as you didn’t wrap the bondage tape too tightly.

Buying Bondage Tape
As all bondage tape is made of the same material (PVC), there really isn’t too much to know about how to buy bondage tape. You can certainly visit your favorite sex toy store and see if they carry bondage tape. I would recommend paying attention to how long each roll of tape is. Most rolls that I see are around 60 feet long. As long as you aren’t looking to do a full bondage tape mummification (see below), you should be fine with just a single roll of bondage tape.

Most rolls of bondage tape do not come pre-cut. This allows you to cut lengths that will work best for you, your body, and the uses that you want to use it for. Remember that you should wrap the tape around the area multiple times for optimal binding, so make sure to cut a piece long enough to wrap around multiple times.

When buying bondage tape, make sure to check out the reviews if they have any. If possible, check to make sure that the material is PVC; other materials may not do the things they promise to do. Pay attention to the length and the width of the bondage tape, and make sure it will work for the purposes you want it to. And of course, as bondage tape comes in a multitude of sizes, make sure to pick the size and design that is perfect for you! (Something of note: Some bondage tape has gorgeous designs like a red rose or vines on it. Those can be really pretty, but keep in mind that you need multiple layers of bondage tape to actually restrain, so by the time you’re done, you’ll have three layers of the design overlapping eah other.)

Safety Issues
Bondage tape is honestly pretty darned easy to use. There isn’t much to learn when you want to learn how-to use bondage tape. For the most part, as long as you wrap it tightly, but don’t stretch the tape, you’ll be fine. If you stretch it, when you let go, the tape will return to its original size, so your bondage restraint will become tighter than you intended it.

Because bondage tape has a larger surface area, it’s safer for use if you have an injury that keeps you from using bondage rope. However, always know your limitations and never do too much and also make sure to wrap it lightly. Bondage tape should never, ever be used for bondage suspensions. For safety reasons, you may want to have a pair of scissors around to cut your partner out in case of an emergency, but for the most part, you should be able to unwind the bondage tape easily enough that tape won’t be needed. It’s better safe than sorry though!

The only other safety consideration is the heat. Because the tape doesn’t “breathe”, you want to make sure that you don’t keep your partner in bondage tape for too long. Especially if it’s a full-body thing, the tape can trap body heat, so it can become surprisingly warm very quickly. Turn up the air conditioner, use a fan, or just take your partner out of the tape if they start to feel a bit warm. If the warmness continues, though, you should take them out. This is really only a concern with full-body uses of the tape though.

Different Uses

How to use bondage tape

Picture of the Pleasure Bondage Tape. Image from EdenFantasys.com.

This is the big section that you’ve been waiting for, right? Make sure you read the above passages to really “learn” what you’re getting into (and at least the Safety one!), but once you do, you’re ready to use your bondage tape and have some fun with it!

To use bondage tape, you just wrap it around the area where you would like to “bind” your partner. Once you have finished with the wrap, lay the end of the piece of tape securely (and fully – not half off) against another piece of the wrap, and smooth the bondage tape down. That will make it hold securely!

For restraint purposes, the biggest thing to remember is that you need to wrap multiple times. This stuff is certainly strong and can hold firm, but it’s a bit like saran wrap; it holds great, but if were to wrap someone in just one layer, they could easily pull free. Depending on the strength of your “victim” (i.e.: consenting partner), you’ll want multiple layers. Try it out and see what works best for you. For most uses, three or four wrap-arounds should hold it firm enough.

Restraining Wrists: You can restrain the wrists easily with bondage tape. As the wrists are the most versatile of the limbs, you want to make sure to put extra layers to “keep” your partner in the bondage. If you wanted extra bondage security, you could also wrap the bondage tape up the forearms to provide more binding. Remember that people move their wrists quite often, so after a long time, you may have to reapply as they may wiggle out of their bondage tape. Make sure to place the “end” point of the tape out of reach of the fingers to keep your partner from undoing their fun bondage. Wrists can restrained above the body, in front of the body, behind the body, near the ankles, or basically anywhere you can think of. Wrists can be restrainted to one another, and while it’s more difficult, wrists can be restrained to pieces of furniture, too, like a bedframe.

Restraining Ankles: The ankles can be restrained to one another or to an outside object. Restraining the ankles is just like the wrists, but the bondage tape tends to be more difficult for the captive to remove.

Restraint Props: If you want to try restraining your partner to an outside object, I would recommend looking for something long and slender. A great choice would be a spreader bar. Since the spreader bar is firm and slender, you can easily wrap the tape around your partner’s extremities and the bar. This would work great to have the bar rest behind your partner’s neck with the bar going out along their armspan. Other choices would include using the spreader bar along their leg, restraining their leg to a futon/bed/desk support leg, and other long and slender surfaces.

Gagging/Blindfolds: As you can make a bondage tape gag as it has no taste, you might want to think about trying this out. To make a gag, you’ll want to wrap the tape around your partner’s head to slide through their mouth. Be careful not to be too rough as the edges of the tape could possibly cut the sensitive tissue of the lips. A couple layers of this will be needed, and as always, make sure you have a safe word in play. For a gag, make sure you make it comfortably tight. The eyes are not the place to make the bondage tape too tight. Again, you can wrap it around the head really nicely. Depending on the color of the tape and how you wrap it, your partner may or may not be able to see around the the tape, so keep that in mind.

Bondage Tape Clothing: There are a lot of people who love the flexibility and fun of using bondage tape for making your own clothing. When making clothing, make sure to overlap the bondage tape at least half-way to avoid any gaps happening during natural movement. Make sure to make a couple layers if you are hoping to have the clothing stay on for awhile, and if you can make it discreet, you could tape it somewhere as well if you’ll be in the outfit for a long evening.

One of the tips I’ve always heard is that you should be careful when wrapping the breasts. If you start by wrapping the top of the breasts, it’ll push the breasts downward which isn’t what you want with bondage tape clothing. Instead, start towards the middle or towards the bottom of the breasts when you are wrapping to give the breasts a push-up look instead of a push-down look. With this, you can get creative and make mini-skirts, halter tops, tube tops, regular tops, pants (wow!), dresses, stockings, or anything else that you’d like to do.

Feel free to use multiple colors of tape when creating any outfit. Just try to keep the seams as even as possible and as out-of-sight as possible when you switch colors. Try to have a design in mind before you start wrapping, and be mindful of the place you are going. If it is a really hot place (nightclub with lots of dancing), the outfit is going to get hot (and possibly) slippery, so keep that in mind and be prepared in case you need to have a back-up outfit. For inspiration for bondage tape clothes, check out this bondage tape clothing gallery.

Mummification: While the word sounds a bit scary, mummification is just the act of “mummifying” your partner. Again, it sounds scary, but it isn’t. What it is it actually just having your partner laying flat while completely immobilized with bondage tape. For those that enjoy bondage and restraint, there really isn’t any more “bondage” than not being able to move at all.

I learned mummification from one of the best, and basically, you have to first decide whether you want to half-wrap someone or wrap them all of the way. A half-wrap is usually just the lower portion or upper portion while the full wrap covers the hole body. For safety’s sake, avoid including the head in your mummification. If you are going to just do the upper body, your partner can stand, and if you are just doing the lower body, they can sit with easy access to their legs. If you are going to do full-body, it is important that you start with the upper body first! This allows your partner to still be able to keep their balance with their legs while you work. Always do this near a soft surface when restraining the legs in case your partner needs to fall backwards after losing their balance.

Just like the clothing, overlap the pieces of bondage tape for optimal bondage and fashion. You can switch tape if you’d like, and if possible, try to keep all of the seems in one line towards the back of your mummification so it looks nicer. A mummification will definitely require a lot of rolls of bondage tape, but again, remember that bondage tape can be reused after you’re done with it. You can tape “around” the fun areas like the genitals or breasts if you want to play with someone while they are in bondage. If you do full-body bondage, make sure you can lift up the person to get them onto a bed or flat surface to lay them out after they have been fully mummified.

Video
Here is an video overview of Fantasy Bondage Tape to give you a good idea of how bondage tape acts and behaves.

Have fun with all of it! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at the.mistress.kay (at) gmail.com. I’m always happy to help!




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