21st Century Kinkycrafts - book by Greenery Press - review by KinkyShay

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21st Century Kinkycrafts

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BDSM on a shoestring budget

21st Century Kinkycrafts is a smorgasbord of ideas for the kinkster on a budget. From novice to expert, this book has something for you. Although you may not be able to apply a great many of the suggestions, it provides creative and useful suggestions that can be altered or added onto with the goal of creating effective devices to play with. If you want to try out a certain toy to see if the sensation floats your boat, without investing a bundle, this book may be just the right fit for you.
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Pros:
Enough variety to meet the needs of many, regardless of kink or skill level, good categorization.
Cons:
Illustrations lack detail, some crafts aren't classy, at times directions needs elaboration.
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

About author

21st Century Kinkycrafts is edited by Janet Hardy with ideas by Jaymes Easton. I've read several books authored by Janet Hardy and James Easton, former Dossie Easton, as I recall. Their writing is easy to understand and straightforward.
    • Engaging
    • Expert author
    • Well known author

Content / Style / Audience

21st Century Kinkycrafts is a book about how to make a wide variety of kinky items at home, for far less than they would cost to purchase. The book is organized in two ways: an alphabetical table of contents and indexed by classification. The classifications are fundamentals, bondage furniture, erotic pain toys, flagellation toys, restraints, sexual and sensual toys, and unclassifiables.

Janet's writing style in some of her other books, such as The Bottoming Book, is more engaging and personal. In fairness, this book is intended to be purely instructional. She certainly could have livened it up a bit by including personal anecdotes at the close of each chapter or craft.

This book is geared towards people who don't have the means to purchase high quality BDSM items. One needs to have an understanding of the function of the crafts she presents, as the pictures are not always adequate to grasp what the final outcome should look like.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Beginners
    • Budget-conscious
    • Laborer
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Home
    • Play parties
    • Public
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Bdsm
    • Instructional / educational
    • Non-fiction

Design

The book is paperback and the binding is firm and made to withstand long-term use. I liked that the layout of the book was both alphabetical and by classification. This greatly improved the ease at which I could locate topics of interest to me.

At the start of each kinkycraft, there's a list of materials needed, the tools you'll need, the time it takes to make them, and what it will cost. This streamlined my desire to become ensconced in the details of the project. I knew if the cost or the time involved were too lengthy, I wouldn't spend the time on them.
    • Diagrams / photos included
    • Discreet cover
    • Soft cover

Personal comments

21st Century Kinkycrafts is a worthwhile book to read. I found that about half of the suggestions would make interesting projects. However, there were some really low class suggestions that I would have excluded it I were the editor of the book. One example is to use the plastic rings on a milk jug to create a cock torture device. Another is using bubble wrap to make a dildo.

When I've created my own kinkycrafts at home, I make them so that I'm proud to bring them to play parties and use them. As I was reading through this book, I asked myself how many of these crafts I'd be ok bringing to a play party. There were quite a few that I'd be shaking my head no to; about thirty percent of them, such as the neoprene athletic waist belt as bondage hood.

I also think that the illustrations left something to be desired. For a few of the crafts, there is one picture and that picture isn't an adequate representation of what one is creating, such as with Big Jim's meat tenderizer. Also, I found that the layperson would not have an easy time creating some of the crafts, such as the adjustable ankle spreader or the motion detector vibrator.

Experience

Some of the crafts in this book that I found ingenious are the lucite paddle, blackjack cane, inner tube whip, garter clips, and the bottom stretcher. These are definitely crafts I will be making. I've successfully made the bootlace mini-whip, the tit wrangler, the cane, and the snapper, and they work marvelously!
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  • Lisa72
    Lisa72  
    thanks
  • KrissyNovacaine
    KrissyNovacaine  
    Thanks for the great review
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