One fun way to play with sensation is to explore various things that poke. This type of sensation play is a great way to answer the question "Now that I have you tied down, what am I going to do with you?"
You can create sensation in your partner using all kinds of things, ranging from stuff you find lying around the house (forks, skewers, coarse hairbrushes, and so on) to gadgets made specifically for this purpose.
Sexy Fun with Common Everyday Items
The average house is filled with things you can use for sensation play. Once your mind gets going in the right direction, you'll probably see all kinds of devious uses for the things sitting around you right now. A partial list of easily "pervertible" things you can use for sensation play includes:
One improvised sensation toy I'm particularly fond of is the plastic spring-loaded hair clip, like the one shown here. (I include this as a sensation toy rather than in the "clamps" section because these are really much too mild to be counted as true clamps.) These are great for clamping onto breasts.
Of course, there are as many ways to use these kinds of improvised sensation toys as there are items you can use. The easiest way to use these implements is simply to run them over your partner's body; as with ticklers and other sensation toys, inner thighs, arms, chest, breasts, nipples, and back are all good candidates.
One game you can play with improvised sensation toys is to blindfold your partner, and challenge him or her to name the object you're using. Offer rewards for correct guesses (a kiss, perhaps, or some other fun stimulation), and a punishment for incorrect guesses. You can see the clamps pages for some ideas about what to do if your partner guesses wrong...
Or, you can just use them on their own. The combination of different kinds of sensation feels good by itself. If you like, mix in some temperature play as well; virtually any kind of metal object can be placed in the freezer to create new and interesting sensations!
Do-it-yourself sensation play toys
One of the most beloved toy among those who like the prickle and poke school of sensation play is the vampire glove--a soft leather glove with many short metal spikes protruding from its palm. Caressing your partner with a vampire glove is absolutely exquisite. What's more, a vampire glove is very easy to make.
Start with a leather glove and a bunch of thumbtacks. (Why leather? Because it feels good and because it holds the thumbtacks firmly.) Starting from the finger end of the glove, poke thumbtacks through the glove from the inside, in rows across the palm.
Keep adding thumbtacks, working from the finger side outward, until the palm of the glove has many rows of thumbtacks through it. I've found that the thumbtacks stay put very well on their own, but if you're concerned about them coming loose, you can hold them in place with strips of gaff tape on the inside of the glove. Gaff tape is kind of like duct tape, but the adhesive isn't as tenacious or as gummy; you don't want to use duct tape for this.
When you're done you'll have a very nice little toy that's all kinds of fun in the bedroom. I use a left-hand glove because I'm right-handed, so I can wear it and still use other items in my right hand.
Another fun, simple sensation toy can be made from a rubber glove and some wooden 12" skewers that you can find in a grocery store. Start by cutting the tips off the fingers of the glove. Put on the glove, then slip the ends of the bamboo skewers into the fingers like so:
This sensation toy was popularized by Freddy Kruger's less well-known brother Ned, who was responsible for really weird dreams over on Palm street. You can run the ends of the skewers over your partner's body, or wiggle your fingers along your partner's skin.
Ready-Made Sensation Toys
So, by now (unless you're already an accomplished perv) you're probably wondering what's up with that spiky thing in the picture at the top of this page. It's a Wartenberg wheel; a device invented by neurologist Dr. Robert Wartenberg as a way to test neurological function in the skin. Essentially, it's a small stainless steel pinwheel mounted to a handle. The spikes aren't terribly sharp (it won't break skin), and it feels quite yummy when rolled gently (or perhaps not so gently, if you like) over all kinds of body parts. It's arguably among the most popular of all sensation toys. It's kind of prickly, kind of tingly, and kind of unlike other sensations you've probably experienced.
It's hard to go wrong with one of these things. They feel good just about anywhere: along the sides and back of the neck, down the back, around the breasts, down the chest, on the legs and thighs, along the arms, on the soles of the feet...you name it. You can use it quickly or run it very slowly over your partner's skin; you can use it with firm or feather-light pressure. It's one of the most basic toys in a sensualist's toy bag, and I haven't met a person yet who doesn't like it.
There are numerous variations on this theme--I've seen double-wheeled varieties, and varieties that are a short (about 3" long) roller studded with pins and mounted on a handle.
What you'll need
A good sense of imagination and a dash of creativity are your best friends here. You probably have a dozen or so things around your home right now that will serve you quite well; in fact, I'm sure you've thought of some just reading this page. If you'd like to get some ready-made sensation toys, here are a few ideas for you.