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YKK Zipper Bracelet with Ring Pull

Many of the zipper bracelets sold to stimmers are cheap plastic that break quickly. Bracelets made with better zippers often don’t have a clasp that will hold up to repetitive stimming.

This bracelet is made with a brass YKK zipper with a ring pull big enough to accommodate most finger tips. The clasp is magnetic with a bayonet nut connect lock. This clasp will not come undone while working the zipper and is easier to fasten than a lobster clasp.

YKK Zipper Bracelet with Ring Pull on my wrist next to a wood and lava bracelet.
YKK Zipper Bracelet with Ring Pull on my wrist next to a wood and lava bracelet.
YKK Zipper Bracelet with Ring Pull lying on a red microfleece blanket.
YKK Zipper Bracelet with Ring Pull lying on a red microfleece blanket.
YKK Zipper Bracelet with Ring Pull being held up in my hand to show the locking magnetic clasp. A red microfleece blanket is in the background.
YKK Zipper Bracelet with Ring Pull being held up in my hand to show the locking magnetic clasp. A red microfleece blanket is in the background.
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Swarovski BeCharmed and Steel Mesh Bracelet

We’ve been playing with large holes beads like the Swarovski BeCharmed line. This bracelet features Swarovski BeCharmed rondelles in Siam (ruby red) color, silver-plated stainless steel mesh beads from Dione, silver plated heishi, crimped hook and loop findings, and 4mm rubber cord.

Folks seem to like this design, so I think we’ll be bringing this bracelet to the shop in Siam, Sapphire, Aquamarine, and Amethyst colors.

Swarovski BeCharmed and Steel Mesh Bracelet lying on a red microfleece blanket.
Swarovski BeCharmed and Steel Mesh Bracelet lying on a red microfleece blanket.
Swarovski BeCharmed and Steel Mesh Bracelet on my wrist next to an Apple Watch with Milanese Loop band.
Swarovski BeCharmed and Steel Mesh Bracelet on my wrist next to an Apple Watch with Milanese Loop band.
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Stimpunks Business Cards

We finally have business cards. On the recommendation of Wirecutter, we chose VistaPrint to print our cards. We went for a typographic look with a simple text-only design featuring the Prestige Elite font.

Stimpunks business card printed on brown kraft paper lying on a white canvas background. Line 1 of text reads: "Stimpunks". Line 2 reads: "Beadwear and Sensoryaware Jewelry by Neurodivergents". Line 3: stimpunks.com.
Stimpunks business card printed on brown kraft paper lying on a white canvas background. Line 1 of text reads: “Stimpunks”. Line 2 reads: “Beadwear and Sensoryaware Jewelry by Neurodivergents”. Line 3: “stimpunks.com”.

While getting cards, we also ordered a sample mug and tote bag.

Two Stimpunks cards lying side by side on a white canvas tote bag featuring the same text as on the biz cards. A white mug with a black handle featuring the same text sits on the upper left of the tote bag. Line 1 of text reads: "Stimpunks". Line 2 reads: "Beadwear and Sensoryaware Jewelry by Neurodivergents". Line 3: stimpunks.com.Stimpunks business card printed on brown kraft paper lying on a white canvas background. Line 1 of text reads: "Stimpunks". Line 2 reads: "Beadwear and Sensoryaware Jewelry by Neurodivergents". Line 3: stimpunks.com.
Two Stimpunks cards lying side by side on a white canvas tote bag featuring the same text as on the biz cards. A white mug with a black handle featuring the same text sits on the upper left of the tote bag. Line 1 of text reads: “Stimpunks”. Line 2 reads: “Beadwear and Sensoryaware Jewelry by Neurodivergents”. Line 3: stimpunks.com.Stimpunks business card printed on brown kraft paper lying on a white canvas background. Line 1 of text reads: “Stimpunks”. Line 2 reads: “Beadwear and Sensoryaware Jewelry by Neurodivergents”. Line 3: stimpunks.com.

Props to Hoban Cards for the design inspiration. I get my calling cards from them. Their letterpress cards our too pricey for the bulk needs of our store, but if you need a small run of calling cards, I recommend them highly.

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Mesh Shake Bracelets

When Fire Mountain Gems sent me some mesh tube as a gift with my order, I thought they’d be quite stimmy as a shake bracelet full of small beads. Here’s our prototype mesh shake bracelet featuring Preciosa silver-lined ruby Czech glass seed beads and cherry red wooden bicones:

Silver-Lined Ruby Preciosa Czech glass, Cherry Red Wooden Bicones, Silver Mesh, and Silver Magnetic Clasp Shake Bracelet lying on weathered 2×6 deck boards.
Silver-Lined Ruby Preciosa Czech glass, Cherry Red Wooden Bicones, Silver Mesh, and Silver Magnetic Clasp Shake Bracelet hanging from a black velveteen bracelet display resting on weathered 2×6 deck boards in front of a silver metal stock tank.

We keep picking this up to fidget with it. The bicones slide allowing the seed beads to be gathered together during wear or allowed free during stimming. The mesh has the qualities of finger cuffs: pulling on the mesh constricts the tube, pushing the mesh together expands the tube. This constriction and expansion allows controlling the cascade of the beads through the tube.

The magnetic clasp closes with a satisfyingly affirmative click and locks with a bayonet lug.

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What does Stimpunks mean?

We created a FAQ. The first question is, “What does Stimpunks mean?” Here’s some background.

Stimpunks combines “stimming” + “punks” to evoke open and proud stimming, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding our stims, we bring them to the front.

Everything that was normally supposed to be hidden was brought to the front.

Source: Punk subculture – Wikipedia

Stimpunks follows the terms cripple punk and genderpunk.

It’s about rejecting pity, inspiration porn, & all other forms of ableism. It rejects the “good cripple” mythos. Cripple Punk is here for the bitter cripple, the uninspirational cripple, the smoking cripple, the drinking cripple, the addict cripple, the cripple who hasn’t “tried everything”. Cripple Punk fights internalized ableism & fully supports those struggling with it. It respects intersections of race, culture, gender, sexual/romantic orientation, size, intersex status, mental illness/neuroatypical status, survivor status, etc. Cripple Punk does not pander to the able bodied.

Source: Urban Dictionary: Cripple Punk

Before I discovered Cripple Punk – a term originating as an angry post on someone’s blog and transforming into a global movement for disability pride – it never occured to me that I could like my leg braces.

Source: Cripple Punk: The hashtag that helped me wear my disability with pride | Life

Genderpunk: a colloquial term for culture and resistance against gendernormativity; an identity that in and of itself is a resistance against gender norms, homophobia and transphobia, oppression and societal status.

You don’t need to be transgender to be part of genderpunk movement. Your genderidentity has nothing to do with your eligibility to be a genderpunk. If you agree with mindset, you can be part of genderpunk movement.

Source: Have A Gay Day : What is ‘Genderpunk’?

What is stimming?

Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects

Source: Stimming – Wikipedia

Stimming is a necessary part of sensory regulation. Stimming helps keep me below meltdown threshold. “Stimming is a natural behavior that can improve emotional regulation and prevent meltdowns in stressful situations.” “Let them stim! Some parents want help extinguishing their child’s self-stimulatory behaviors, whether it’s hand-flapping, toe-walking, or any number of other “stimmy” things autistic kids do. Most of this concern comes from a fear of social stigma. Self-stimulatory behaviors, however, are soothing, relaxing, and even joy-inducing. They help kids cope during times of stress or uncertainty. You can help your kids by encouraging parents to understand what these behaviors are and how they help.

Source: I’m Autistic. Here’s what I’d like you to know. – Ryan Boren

We have seven senses:

  1. Taste
  2. Smell
  3. Touch
  4. Sight
  5. Hearing
  6. Proprioceptive
  7. Vestibular

We engage those senses with stimming for a few reasons:

  1. Self-regulation
  2. Sensory seeking
  3. Expression

At Stimpunks, we aim to provide sensoryaware jewelry and fidgets that engage all of our senses for all of the reasons above.

while stimming I am able to unravel the everyday ordinary barrage of sensory and social information that becomes overwhelming.

Source: The Predictability, Pattern and Routine of Stimming | Judy Endow

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Chewable Necklace: ChewsMe Pearlescent Blue Silicone Rounds, Dark Magkuno Wood Rounds, Light Blue Miyuki Glass Cubes, and Vintage Silver Chanel Ovals

The resident chewer is giving this test piece a workout. I like chocolate brown and light blue together. This long chewable necklaces features graduated dark chocolate brown Magkuno wood rounds alternating with light blue, silver-lined Miyuki glass cubes. Two pearlescent and two matte food-grade chewable silicone beads in light blue serve as the focal . Graduated vintage silver Chanel ovals repeat for every nine Magkuno beads.

ChewsMe Pearlescent Blue Silicone Rounds, Dark Magkuno Wood Rounds, Light Blue Miyuki Glass Cubes, and Vintage Silver Channel Ovals Chewable Necklace hanging from a textured hemp necklace display resting on weathered 2×6 deck boards in front of a silver metal stock tank.
ChewsMe Pearlescent Blue Silicone Rounds, Dark Magkuno Wood Rounds, Light Blue Miyuki Glass Cubes, and Vintage Silver Channel Ovals Chewable Necklace lying on weathered 2×6 deck boards.
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Chewable Stretch Bracelet: Food Grade Silicone Rounds, Pyrite Rondelles, and Unfinished Ebony Rounds

This is a test bracelet made for our resident chewer. ChewsMe food grade silicone beads in pearl and marble finishes serve as chewable focals. Pyrite rondelles and unfinished ebony wood rounds finish out the bracelet. We strung it on Powercord to see how stretch cord holds up in a chewable bracelet.

Food Grade Silicone Rounds, Pyrite Rondelles, and Unfinished Ebony Rounds Chewable Stretch Bracelet hanging from a black velveteen bracelet display resting on weathered 2×6 deck boards in front of a silver metal stock tank.
Food Grade Silicone Rounds, Pyrite Rondelles, and Unfinished Ebony Rounds Chewable Stretch Bracelet lying on weathered 2×6 deck boards.
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Scentable Bracelets with Natural Lava, Unfinished Ebony Wood, and Pyrite

We’re working on our line of scentable bracelets. Apply essential oils to the lava and ebony beads and sniff your wrist when you need an olfactory stim. These stretchy bracelets are strung on Powercord.

We use scentable bracelets, pendants, and pocket/keychain loops to satisfy olfactory stims without overwhelming others with perfumes and colognes.

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Candy Mountain Jade and Aqua-fired Crackle Agate Necklace

This necklace was designed by and belongs to our youngest. Multiple colors of candy mountain jade rounds alternate with smooth, rounded crackle agate ovals that evoke rusty coffee occluded with cream. This necklace is colorful candy.

Candy Mountain Jade and Aqua-fired Crackle Agate Necklace lying on weathered 2×6 deck boards.
Candy Mountain Jade and Aqua-fired Crackle Agate Necklace hanging from a black velveteen necklace display resting on weathered 2×6 deck boards in front of a silver metal stock tank.