Ever fancy making your own bondage gear? Well, I don’t know about you, but I never did until I learned that the fabulous Kink Craft existed. But even then, I liked the idea, but my hand eye coordination is crap, and I knew I’d fuck it up, so I just kept on liking from afar. I tried – and loved – their nipple sticks first, and when I was given the opportunity of trying something else, I plumped for the readymade version of the Figure 8 Cuffs, but changed my mind to the kit at the last minute.
I’m glad I did, and I’ll tell you why in a minute.
Kink Craft packaging is so cute. It’s just simple purple box with a pretty purple ribbon, and your goodies are all tucked up inside, wrapped in pink and purple paper. In my Figure 8 Cuffs Kit, there was 24m of beautiful blue paracord, a black plastic buckle, a 25mm o-ring, and what looks like an orange stick. There’s also a card in there with instructions on how to get access to the ‘how to’ video course.
The first video tells you what extras you need (scissors, tape measure, and a lighter), and the ones that follow are step by step instructions on how to measure out your required length, attach your cord to your buckle, and then turn your masses of paracord into something pretty.
Now, I’ve never done anything like this before. I can just about braid my own hair, but only when it’s wet, and only in a simple three piece affair that begins just beneath my ear. Start talking to me about French plaits and I’ll run a mile, cos it’s just too fiddly! Bearing that in mind, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that, just as I’d predicted, I fucked it up.
What the fluff is this supposed to be?
You messed up, Ella.
The braiding method used for these cuffs in the cobra, and once you get going your braid is supposed to come out in a straight line, but I made an extra twisty turkey twizzler. Back to the drawing board, Ella.
So, once I’d unravelled it all and made myself pay attention to the video, I started again. I realised that I’d been going in the same direction for the whole thing, rather than crossing back and forth, left and right. There was a crucial part of the video that I’d completely missed, and it caused me to make a hash of what I was doing.
Once I’d picked up the technique it was ridiculously simple, and I soon found my rhythm and sat happily on the floor at the Fella’s feet, braiding away with him watching over me like a proud parent. It didn’t take long at all before I was watching the last video and making sure my freshly cut ends were tucked in and secure.
Just like the example in the videos, I needed a 37.5cm length, and that’s almost what I got. I think I must have slipped up on my measurements and lost half a centimetre somewhere. But the cuffs fit beautifully nonetheless, if a bit snug, and they feel so solid and sturdy it amazes me that I made them all by my own self. Oh, the cleverness of me, lol.
I did suffer for my art though. My delicate little fingers aren’t used to anything more strenuous than typing (that doesn’t involve lube), so imagine their shock when they were repeatedly rubbed with paracord. Yup, you guessed it, both of my index fingers are sporting blisters, right on the first knuckle bend. Ouch! But still, it was worth it, cos my new cuffs are gorgeous and special, and I love them.
Like I said at the beginning of the review, I liked the idea of the Fella and I making our own sexy stuff, but was too chicken to go for it until I had a last minute decision to make. Now, after making these stunning cuffs, I’m seriously considering buying another couple of kits, cos I want ankle cuffs and a collar to match. Once I have those, I’d like some of the different styles too, and the Fella has a mini flogger to make soon. Kink Craft kits are one of the best things a couple into BDSM can buy, and I can’t wait until the Fella and I get to discover more.
The Kink Craft Figure 8 Cuffs Kit was sent to me by Kink Craft in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions, which are now, and will forever be, my own. No affiliate links have been used in this post.