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Call to the Lazyweb

Since I have a diverse flist and I know a lot of you have all kinds of interesting skills and knowledge, and since I'm swamped with work at the moment and don't have time to do the research...

Anyone see any inherent problems with using sex toys made of pure silver? As in, safety or health issues surrounding silver dildos or other insertables?


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Apr. 25th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
LOL. That sounds extremely hot!!

However, there might be cause for concern...first from allergies, but I imagine anyone with an allergy knows it.

Second, I know different body chemistry's react differently with silver... a metalsmit friend used to have to polish anything she touched because it turned the meatal black, whereas I can practicly polich silver with my hands.

I don't know for certain, but I imagine that this might create problems in sensitive tissue...
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I imagine such a toy would need to be cleaned and polished often. While gold is inert, reacts with few things, silver tarnishes easily.

But I don't think there's be anything unsafe about it. We put silver in our mouths at fancy events, so putting it in our other sensitive areas can't be too bad.
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Apart from what it does to the people, I'd be concerned with how long the silver would last. How does silver handle mild acids (I know you're close to at least one chemist who could answer that)?
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Barring allergy (as others have mentioned) I don't think it would be an issue. I know that silver is actually slightly antibiotic, which is why all the colloidial silver bullshit gets a little traction.
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
And if it's silver plate, it will, eventually, wear off, so allergy to whatever metal it covers is an issue as well.
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
I'd grab the nearest sterling set and a willing lady friend and try some insertion tests.. you'll find the slight acidic environment of your ladyfriend's bits to tarnish the silver easily, even after washing. Another factoid: pure silver ions are quite bacteriostatic and as such, might have the potential to change the natural balance of flora occurring in said lady's bits. If it has to be silver, it would have to be coated with a polymer layer to prevent pure silver contact with nether-parts.

Gold would be an infinitely better choice.
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
if i had a choice i'd just lean towards the NJoy stuff instead of silver, and you know all about why. Easy to clean, don't need to upkeep it like you do with silverware, and it's pretty. I've had metal allergy/reactions before and it wasn't pretty... open sores on my earlobes :( Would hate to think what that would do to my more sensitive areas.
May. 13th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
I love stainless steel, but the advantage of silver is that it allows you to make your own custom toys without a machine shop. There are silver making kits which allow you to mold a silver "clay" which, when fired, turns into pure silver; making custom toys from stainless steel requires a lot of equipment and machinery I don't have.
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
This is the reason for the question: http://www.artclayworld.com/

fireable with a butane torch, can be layered over clay-cork so that the interior is hollow.....

The possibilities..ooh the possibilities.

Edited at 2008-04-25 08:39 pm (UTC)
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
The cork clay is designed for kilns, and is not recommended for use with torches. I believe it has to do with the way it burns off as the piece is fired.
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Silver, if it is fairly pure will bend in your hand, especially with body heat; unless it is heavily alloyed, it will oxidize at an alarming rate. I would not want that to go into my girl. Finally, silver has a fairly wide grain to it, which is why it is soft. That will make it difficult to sterilize.

Pyrex glass is so nice and cleans and disinfects. And makes a lovely sex toy.
Apr. 25th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
You got it -- thanks! :)
(no subject) - tacit - May. 13th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 25th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
It is, in fact, difficult to get pure silver. What the impurities are makes a big difference in all the above.

I'd go with stainless if you were getting super chic.
Apr. 25th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
In agreement with much/most of what has been said.

I'd also take into consideration the tolerance of the girl's skin. Some girls, even without any sort of metal allergies, are extremely sensitive to the goings-on in their bits. Others are super sturdy. And there's everything in-between. If she's super prone to yeast infections or UTIs I'd not even consider it.
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Apr. 25th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Cheap if you buy the art clay. It *says* it's non toxic. Well, not cheap, but 60 bucks, and you could design it yourself!
(no subject) - joreth - Apr. 26th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - dayo - Apr. 26th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - tacit - May. 13th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 25th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Allergies. It depends entirely on the person. My ex had a long silver rope chain and heavy crucifix given to him; he wore it for one night. The next morning he had the cross and chain burned into his skin, and the backs of them, where they'd touched his skin, were black and pockmarked.
Apr. 25th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
And make sure they're not a vampire or a wereworlf.

I'm jus sayin...
Apr. 25th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Sterling has copper, which is where the tarnishing and most allergy concerns come from.
Actual fine silver, which contains no copper, should not have those problems.
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