How to use a glass sex toy

How to use a glass sex toy

A complete guide to glass sex toys

There's no denying that glass sex toys are amazingly beautiful. The smooth contours and variety of unique shapes, coupled with the elegance of clear, coloured and marbled glass patterns gives them a visual edge over even the most sophisticated silicone sex toy. Take a look at the Icicles collection and you'll soon see what we mean. Knowing how to use a glass sex toy is a different matter, but this quick guide will give you all the tips and tricks you need to maximise your pleasure.

You may be forgiven for thinking that using glass can't be safe. Especially in such a delicate region. However, the majority of glass dildos and butt plugs are made from high-quality Borosilicate glass. This is the same type of glass that Pyrex jugs, dishes and kitchenware are often made of, so you can be assured that they won't break easily. Completely non-toxic and free from phthalates, they're actually one of the most body-safe toys you can get due to how easy they are to clean. 

Glass toys feel very sensual against the skin - the smooth yet solid material is great for those who prefer firmer stimulation. It's also possible to heat them up and cool them down adding a new dimension to your sex play that you simply can't get with other materials. But we'll get onto that later.

Why use a glass sex toy?

There are many reasons why people might prefer glass sex toys over silicone, rubber or plastic in their sex toy collection. These include:

  • Their one-of-a-kind attractive looks - Most of them are hand-blown and created individually rather than from a mould so look like unique works of art. They're a perfect option if you need a discreet-looking sex toy because they could be overlooked as an ornament if accidentally left out.
  • They're very hygienic - Unlike some sex toy materials, the hard surface of glass is non-porous. This means it won't absorb any fluids or lubricants, making them really easy to clean and extra hygienic.
  • Use with your favourite lube -Because glass is non-porous, it means you can safely use any type of lubricant with it. Coat it in water-based or silicone and there's no risk of the glass sex toy getting damaged by the lube in the same way silicone lubes on silicone sex toys can cause peeling.
  • Heat things up, with or without a partner - With their ability to incorporate temperature play, they're a brilliant addition to foreplay with a partner, as well as for solo masturbation.
  • They're amazing value -As they're made from toughened Borosilicate glass, when cared for properly these sex toys will often last much longer than other materials, meaning they're excellent value because you don't need to keep replacing them.

How to use a glass sex toy

Very versatile, glass sex toys, glass dildos or glass plugs can be used for external pleasure or for penetrative vaginal or anal stimulation. As mentioned, you're not limited to using water-based only lubricants with these sex toys so pick out your favourite thicker, longer-lasting silicone lube if you know you want an uninterrupted marathon session.

Apply as much or as little lubricant as you desire and, to build the anticipation as well as become accustomed to the feel of the glass, begin by rolling it over external erogenous zones. Try the neck, chest, nipples, circle it around the testicles or probe the outer labia and clitoris. This will feel especially good if the glass dildo has a beaded or textured surface and can even be incorporated as part of an erotic massage.

When ready, slide the glass sex toy inside. Expect a firmer, more rigid sensation as it stimulates the soft walls of the vagina or anus. Move the glass sex toy back and forth. If it’s textured try twisting it to get the most out of the dots or ridges, or move it in an upward motion to reach the G-Spot or P-spot. 

How to incorporate temperature play

Sensation play using temperature can bring a whole new dimension to your sex life. Part of the beauty of glass pleasure objects is that they can be safely warmed up, or cooled down in a way that other sex toy materials can’t. Once done, your glass dildo will hold and maintain the new temperature. Changing the temperature allows you to enjoy additional thrills as the difference will enliven sensitive sexual nerves in the area, potentially leading to a more intense experience.

How to warm them up

To heat up your glass dildo, first let it adjust to room temperature. While it’s doing that fill a bowl or pan with hot, not boiling, water from the tap. Submerge your glass sex toy in the water for roughly 10 minutes, or a shorter time if you don’t want it to be really hot.

Pour some of the water out and leave it for a moment before carefully removing it. Test the temperature on your arm first to ensure it’s not too hot. No one wants any nasty accidents, so if it is still warmer than you want it, leave it on a clean towel to cool slightly. Don't be tempted to put it into cold water straight away to cool it down which could shatter the glass.

How to cool them down

For cooling, you can either follow the same method as warming up your glass sex toy, but fill the container with cold water or ice. Again, leave the glass dildo in there for 10 minutes or so. Remove the sex toy and test that it’s not too cold. It’s still possible to get chill burns from cool items.

Alternatively, you can leave your glass sex toy in the fridge, or blast it in the freezer. Make sure that the shelf or draw is clean otherwise you’ll only have to wash it before using it, which will ruin the temperature effect you’ve just created. Some people like to put it in a zip-lock bag beforehand to be on the safe side.

Avoid extreme temperature changes

Whether you want it hot or cold, the trick is to increase, or decrease the temperature gradually by adding more cold or warm water. Don't ever take the toy from freezing cold into boiling hot water or vice versa, as this could shatter the glass.

A few of our favourites

The Icicles No.46 Glass Butt Plug is especially unique as it has an attached handle, allowing you to rotate it a full 360°, leaving no inner erogenous zone untouched, whether used for anal play or to stimulate the vagina.

Beautifully curved for G-spot and P-spot stimulation, the Icicles No.66 Glass Massager Wand is tapered for comfortable insertion, producing a sumptuous filling sensation as each bulb enters.

A little more than your usual solid glass dildo, the Icicles No 19 Glass Vibrator combines the luxury of glass with the thrill of a bullet vibrator for added stimulation.

For a bit of added kink, or some added elegance to your bdsm play, look no further than the Icicles No. 38 Flogger. With genuine leather tresses to deliver a firm thwack, the weighted handle doubles as glass dildo for vaginal or anal play.