21st Century Kinkycrafts - erotic book by Greenery Press - review by Eclipse

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21st Century Kinkycrafts

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Like The Anarchist's Cookbook--For Perverts!

If you already have all sorts of tools and know how to use them (no pun intended!), this book is definitely recommended. However, too many of the suggested crafts assume that you do, both in the materials they require and the skimpy explanations, to be useful for those of us who are more on the kinky than the handy end of the spectrum.
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Pros:
Great variety of 'recipes' for toys, easy to customize or just to take inspiration from.
Cons:
You need to already have some crafty know-how to get the most out of this book.
Rating by reviewer:
3
useful review
Those of you who are familiar with do-it-yourself publishing and California-style skill sharing will recognize this book’s lo-fi layout, illustration and typography as holdovers from its first incarnation as a spiral-bound collection out of Janet Hardy’s kitchen. (Yes, that’s the same Janet Hardy who gave us The Ethical Slut.) She draws on the expertise of “perverted handypeople and handy perverted people all over the world,” including BDSM education stalwarts like Jay Wiseman, in putting together this collection of toys and accessories that range widely in the price of materials and tools, the effort and talent required, and the kinkiness level of the resulting product.

In fact, the book is remarkably uneven, which may be the downside of its homespun charm. Some of the ideas in this book–like “The Tongue Condom,” which explains how to turn a latex glove into a dental dam–are more basic sex ed than kinky crafts of the 21st century. Some of the ideas are intimidating and depend on you already having some serious tools, like jigsaw, anvils, files, sawhorses, along with the expertise to use them. In this sense, it’s a little intimidating. The ‘recipe’ for the “Motion Detector Vibrator” calls for the splicing of wires–yikes!

However, there’s plenty to work with in here for beginners. My partner and I have had great results with the various floggers and paddles Hardy includes in the book. They make great toys and great gifts for your kinky friends. For those of you who love leather, making these with your partner(s) can be a lot of fun, and with a little practice you can make ouchy hitty things just as awesome as the ones you buy and much, much cheaper. Personal tip: sometimes your local leather store will have scraps they can give you for free or almost free, it’s always worth asking.

For me, the book was a little bit of a let down, probably because I was actually looking for more of a specific leather-crafting how-to, but all in all this is a good resource with something for everyone. Another personal tip: watch out for the “Inner Tube Whip”–it’s evil! This is the kind of book that would be good to check out from the library, if libraries were more inclined to carry books like it--that is, not only kinky but self-published to boot.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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  • Cock Wrangler
    Sounds like fun. Wire splicing is actually not that big a deal, for some people. I do wish crafty things didn't often assume so many other tools and know-how.
  • Epiphora
    Hm, sounds interesting. At least it tried to have a range of crafts? sort of?
  • Madeira
    Thank you for the review, this sounds really cool
  • M121212
    This book sounds so cool!
  • Lady Neshamah
    thanks for the review
  • richsam
    thanks for the review
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