Kyphi: This is the story of my branding and is not intended
as any type of teaching tool so you can do this at home. There
are a few facts about technique here but by no means all.
This is something that absolutely takes training to do if
one wishes to do it him/herself. If it's not something you
wish to learn to do for a one time thing, I strongly suggest
having it done by a professional. It is my belief that it
in no way lessens the connectedness with one's owner. It sure
didn't for me anyway. Enjoy ......
basic branding info taken from bodyart/alternative-faq Last-modified:
February 10, 1997 This FAQ is maintained by Lani Teshima-Miller"
full-scale branding, the iron is heated hot enough, and applied
long enough, that the resulting wound is a third-degree burn,
which destroys the nerve endings and doesn't hurt as much as more
minor burns. However, areas that have been third-degree burned
*never* regain sensitivity. It will make a silver scarred area,
in the shape of the third-degree burn, due to destruction of the
entire dermis layer of the skin (through to the underlying tissue).
The surrounding skin, with years, will eventually fill in areas
that haven't been too badly damaged.
Second and third degree burns can become majorly infected. Third
degree is slightly better, due to cauterization. Where it gets
you is if the scab cracks. [Just remember that your skin is your
first line of defense against infection.]
an article written by Steve Haworth, of HTC Body Piercing in Phoenix,
who was interviewed at a branding demonstration at "El Rancho
de los Muertos". Haworth said "human branding is very
different from cattle branding (which would just leave a big blob-scar
with no definition) because the human body has more curves and
fewer flat planes. To fit the topography, he uses small irons
of stainless steel 1/16 to 1/32 inch thick. Brands tend to spread
2-3 times the width of the iron. The length of steel is rarely
more than an inch long. Heated with a propane torch until red
hot, it's tested on a piece of cardboard (1,800 F is the preferred
temp.) and held on the skin no longer than a second or two--and
apparently produces quite a stench.
is known as a multi-strike brand and is the technique used on
branding ceremony was held at the home dungeon of friends, JG
and Laura, with nine people present.
had a lovely dinner preceding the ceremony. I ate in the kitchen
with my friend, Laura due to nerves and needing to be in a quiet
place to prepare myself. I ate lightly because I didn't want my
body to be working on digesting too much when it came time for
the branding. The week preceding I ate well and got lots of rest,
also put in some extra time at the gym to prepare by body. I also
did a lot of meditating and preparing myself mentally, by focusing
on the purpose of the brand and it's meaning to me.
we finished eating, Laura and I went upstairs where I changed
into a simple over-sized black blouse and my formal beaded collar.
Laura had fun taking pictures of me taking my pre-branding piss,
brushing my teeth and photos of us in the mirror, fun stuff to
help alleviate nervousness.
all gathered in the dungeon where the cd Obsidian Butterfly was
helping set the mood. Folks were setting up cameras, the brander
was getting his equipment set up and I took this time to present
Master with a knife I had bought him to commemorate this time
for us. It was engraved with ZD/k and the date. After I gave him
his gift, he spoke to me. (I'm so full of emotion by this time,
I'm crying buckets.) The words he spoke to me were private, but
their meaning was "This is it kyphi girl. You are totally
and completely mine now through thick and thin. After this brand
goes on, there is no turning back. You are mine for all time and
will never be allowed to leave." Total peace surrounded us.
Then I was led to the brander.
KNOW your brander. Ask to see examples of his/her work. Ask questions
and get answers. Ask about technique, healing care, etc. ASK TO
SEE EXAMPLES OF HIS/HER WORK!!! I cannot stress that enough. NEVER
take anyone's word that they have done 25 brandings or whatever.
chose the circle which is our symbol surrounding his initials.
It is two inches in diameter. It was to be placed on my right
thigh, slightly lateral and about six inches above the knee.
begin, the brander placed a stencil of the actual brand on my
thigh. He used deodorant to do the transfer and we had fun with
this because we couldn't find a deodorant that would work on my
skin! Everyone's deodorant came out! Ken's one the prize!! It
worked. And my thigh won't stink for months with all the stuff
that was put on it! LOL
ten minute wait for the stencil to dry, then it's time to begin.
had been discussed as to whether I would be immobilized during
the branding or not. The brander preferred immobilization because
he didn't want any involuntary reactions to spoil the brand. So,
our friend JG got his wish finally and he bound my legs, then
I was lowered into position on the floor.
spoke softly to me and held my hand. The brander instructed me
to breathe in and out slowly, then he would tell me to take a
deep breath and hold it. When he told me to let the breath out,
that's when he would strike. Laura is holding my right hand, my
left hand is on Master. His job is to keep the skin of my thigh
stretched just right so the circle will go on as a circle. This
means his hands will encircle the branding area at all times,
which is a comfort to me.
friend Inky will be the torch bearer for the brander. MsMaeve
is taking pictures with our camera and JG is recording and also
taking stills. DrNeedles is in charge of lighting. Everyone is
involved as we begin.
kyphi, deep breath and hold....now breath out...
You can hear it on the film.
is it? That's it?" It barely registered as any type of pain.
first strike he tested the skin with because everyone's skin reacts
differently. First strike I rated on the pain scale as a 3 so
it was more of the intensity of the filler strikes.
brand I received was 16 strikes and three smaller filler strikes.
The actual branding segments are sheet steel, about .032"
thick... there were about 7 pieces to the brand.
brander was quite meticulous in testing the placement of each
strike before he actually did it. Then he would heat the metal
and set the strike. By the third strike I was really feeling it.
The ones I felt the most were strikes 3, 4, 5, 14, 15 and 16.
Fifteen was a doozy because it made me sit straight up. LOL
the procedure, which lasted just under a half hour, I received
encouragement from everyone. (and a great blowjob from Laura who
was hot so thought I must be, too. LOL I don't remember.) I was
intermitently giggling and crying. The emotional high was incredible.
it was finished. I was crying and laughing and everyone else was
doing the same. It was quite a moment in time. I just laid there
at first, not wanting it to be over. Then Master helped me sit
up and I looked down at the brand that would be with me for the
rest of my life for the first time.
brand was something that I had desired for about 35 years. I got
the idea in my head that I wanted a relationship of this type
from some slave book or other that I read in High School. I was
addicted to them back then. LOL
in our exploration I had asked Master what he thought of branding,
because it was something I have always wanted. Body modifications
and marks are not something that he has ever desired or required,
but he told me that if our relationship ever reached that point
that he felt comfortable in marking me as his, then I could have
he, at last, deemed that it was time, I was the one who made all
of the arrangements. He chose the actual brand and the basic location.
It was a gift he was allowing me, but I could tell he just wasn't
"with it" about the branding.
let me tell you all! Something changed in him as his hands encircled
that brand. These are his words from shortly afterwards. "I
really got stoked about it... It wasn't something that I was particularly
wild about conceptually, but it simply couldn't have been more
exciting in the doing of it. I was astounded at my own change
of attitude about it."
by the way. Master has decided that I need one more brand...and
it will be done by HIM!
6 of the 16 were a pain scale 8. The rest were about a pain scale
6. What makes the whole process tolerable is the fact that you
just have the initial pain...no after-sting at all.
this (if allowed) take a thick rubberband...snap yourself with
it hard. That's the basic sensation but remember NO after-sting...that
makes ALL the difference.
don't want to downplay the pain too much either. I'm a painslut
and though the intent of the branding ceremony was not about pain,
pain was certainly involved. It WAS painful. But I don't feel
the pain was of such an intensity that anyone except those with
the lowest of pain thresholds could handle it just fine. I tried
to base my pain scale numbers accurately from my own perception
of pain and my observation of the pain levels of others as I have
seen in my profession. (physical therapy)
thing I'm trying to do is dispel some of the myths of branding
and also do some teaching on the aftercare. That has actually
been worse for me than the branding, because I hadn't prepared
myself for it. I focused on the branding itself.
brander feels you get a more even scar if you just leave it alone.
Don't put anything on it except for some aloe (which I didn't
even do that). The second day wasn't too bad for pain, though
it did start a little. The third day was when I had the most pain.
All those little nerve endings were reconnecting!!! So this is
when you get the after-sting. But it's not as intense of a pain,
just real naggy and I limped. It really hurt with each step and
also lifting heavy objects. I stopped limping by the fifth day.
tip: the day after you receive a thigh brand and your Master is
doing tickle torture on the top of your toes on the opposite foot
while you are standing...do NOT stomp the foot on the branded
side to help yourself overcome the sensation!!! (which a girl
is not allowed to do anyway *deep sigh*)
was very inflammed on day three also. It looked (and WAS) so sore!
the inflammation is lessening now but still there. Also about
the third day it will start weeping. oozing a clear liquid.
brings me to cleaning. The first two days I cleaned it by scrubbing
it with a soapy water mixture made with antibacterial liquid soap
and used sopping wet sterile 2x2 gauze pads to scrub. (I am a
physical therapist assistant trained in wound care). The third
day after the scab was starting to form real good I cleaned it
in the shower with antibacterial soap and rinsed it holding the
shower head close to it to remove any loosened dead pieces. Plus
it was waaaay too sore by this point for scrubbing.
will not want ANYTHING touching it..so hopefully it's being placed
somewhere that is doable. Our brander said inner thigh brands
are the worst, followed by butt brands (no sitting for a couple
of weeks). Wow, was I glad Master had chosen the spot wisely!!!
day six: It's still inflamed though not as intensely red. Still
oozing a bit if it cracks and wanting to be picked at!!! lol but
NO NO NO NO NO picking.
day ten: Today it's very scabby and cracked looking. Some of the
scabs are beginning to loosen and fall off. There is no pain now
only that increased sensitivity one gets with a scar. It's not
even itching (which I was told would drive me nuts but so far
day thirteen: Most of the heavy scabbing is off now. It's very
scaley and sensitive. But looking sooo great! It was talked about
that I may need to have a few touch up strikes and I can see where
they may be needed, but time will tell that a bit better.
of the big surprises for me (which wouldn't have been if i'd thought
about it) was how drained and tired it made me for several days!!!
But get it into perspective as a major wound. It's a third degree
burn after all! Intentional or not. Your body is traumatized and
fighting infection in a major wound. Rest rest rest, drink LOTS
of water, eat well and take a good multi-vitamin.
and kyphi Aug. 31, 2000
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