"Temperature play" is an expression that describes a wide variety of different forms of sensation play involving creation of hot or cold sensations. It might mean stroking your lover's body with an ice cube, or dripping hot candle wax on your partner's bare body. There are more possibilities beyond these, though, that offer all kinds of potential.
Basic Temperature play
The simplest way to begin exploring temperature play is to bring some ice cubes or paraffin wax candles into the bedroom. I talk about wax play here, so this page will focus on temperature play using ice or heated or cooled objects.
Using ice is very easy. Ice cubes may be drawn slowly over your lover's bare skin; parts of the body that are especially sensitive to cold include the breasts and nipples, the hollow of the throat, and the inner thighs. As with many other forms of sensation play, blindfolding your partner before you begin is a great way to intensify the sensations.
Some people enjoy the sensation of penetration, particularly vaginal penetration, with ice. If you do this, be sure to use an ice cube that is already partially melted and has no sharp corners or edges. Run the ice cube under cold water before using it, to remove any frost from its surface and prevent it from freezing to your partner's skin.
Temperature play with Pyrex dildos
Glass and Pyrex sex toys are becoming extremely popular these days. These sex toys are very rigid and silky smooth, and many people love the feel. One of the things that makes these toys popular is the way they retain heat. Glass and Pyrex sex toys warm to body temperature readily.
Glass and Pyrex aren't the same thing. Plain glass is made largely of silicon dioxide (SiO2), or common sand, with calcium carbonate added. Pyrex is "borosilicate glass," glass made with the addition of the element boron. It was originally invented for the purpose of making stronger, heat-resistant glass.
Pyrex is very hard and very strong, much stronger than regular glass, and has high resistance to heat. Sex toys made of Pyrex are typically more expensive than sex toys made of glass, but the thermal properties and heat resistance of Pyrex offer all sorts of fun and kinky things to do.
Pyrex can be chilled by placing it in a refrigerator for about half an hour or so, or heated by submerging it in hot water for about the same amount of time. It retains temperature very well for a long time, which make it perfect for temperature play.
One particularly fun thing to do with Pyrex dildos or butt plugs is to get a pair of toys of similar shape and size, and heat one and chill the other. When they are both at the temperature you like, you can use them on your partner in succession, alternating between the hot and cold toy. For greater effect, restrain your partner before you begin.
Temperature play with metal and stone dildos
If greater extremes in temperature, particularly very cold temperature, is your thing, dildos and other sex toys made of metal or stone might strike your fancy. Like glass, these sex toys are very smooth and very rigid; unlike glass or Pyrex, they can be frozen before use, for more extreme sensation.
These toys also hold temperature well. You can stroke your partner's skin with a chilled sex toy, running it slowly down your lover's body before penetrating your lover with it. As with Pyrex toys, you can use a heated and a chilled toy in succession to create an interesting reaction.
Temperature play with beaded floggers
A delightful way to play with temperature is to use special "floggers" made from beaded metal chain. While you can't use these floggers the same way you use normal floggers (you can't strike your partner with them the same way you can with a leather or rope flogger), they are wonderful if you cool or warm them and then draw them lightly over your partner's skin. The lashes of these floggers are made of beaded metal chain, which retains heat and cold. The sensation is not as intense as it is with ice cubes or denser objects such as Pyrex dildos.
You can heat the lashes in warm water, or cool them in the freezer. Then, lightly brush and stroke the ends of the lashes over your partner's skin. These feel especially nice on the back, over the chest and breasts, and along the thighs.
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