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Chewable Jewelry Design Contest

Design Stimtastic's next piece of chewable jewelry! 

Do you have a great idea for a chewable pendant? Enter your idea in our design contest for a chance to see your creation become Stimtastic's newest chewable necklace!

The Chewable Jewelry Design Contest is open to all. Here's how to enter: 

  1. Create a 2-dimensional sketch or 3-dimensional rendering of your idea. 
  2. Submit it by email to stimtastic@gmail.com by May 15th with the subject line "Design Contest Entry". 
  3. In your email include: your full name, the name of your design, and a statement saying that you have read and agree to the contest entry guidelines (you can copy this if you like: "I have read and agree to the Stimtastic Chewable Jewelry Design Contest guidelines posted at Stimtastic.co.").

Contest Entry Guidelines

  1. Submissions should be either (1) a 2-dimensional sketch showing the front, side and back of your design or (2) a 3-dimensional rendering of your design. See below for 2-dimensional examples.
  2. Format:
    • for 2-dimensional images, submit a .jpeg or .png file;
    • for 3-dimensional submissions submit an .STP or .IGS file.
  3. Your submission must be your original idea. No copies, derivatives or otherwise modified versions of copyrighted work. 
  4. You must be willing to give Stimtastic exclusive permission to reproduce your design as a chewable jewelry piece for sale by Stimtastic in perpetuity.
  5. Submissions should be reproduce-able in a single color.
  6. Submissions should be suitable for production in a 3-dimensional format (i.e. a single continuous object).
  7. Submissions should be suitable for use as a chewable pendant (i.e. not have multiple small protrusions or especially thin/narrow parts that would be easily chewed off).

Sample Entries

The illustrations that follow are intended to give entrants an idea of suitable 2-dimensional sketches or computer-generated renderings.

Example of a concept sketch (purple ink) and finished submission (black ink) with a different design for front and back  (Illustrations and design notes by Elizabeth Porter ( snowbringer@gmail.com , twitter: @snowbringer)

Example of a concept sketch (purple ink) and finished submission (black ink) with a different design for front and back (Illustrations and design notes by Elizabeth Porter (snowbringer@gmail.com, twitter: @snowbringer)

Additional Design Notes: 

You don't need to do your submission digitally – All you need is some blank or graph paper and a black pen. (Black pen will reproduce better than pencil in most cases without image editing.) What you want to do is make your design easy for other people to visualize or understand. Don't worry about making it “perfect.” What you want is something understandable. 

To help this, add measurements for parts – even if they are a little rough. If you are having trouble with drawing a circle, draw what you can and add an arrow to where you want it to go. If you want a textured area or a repeating pattern, say that. You can't have too much clarity. 

When you go to put your image on the computer, scanning is preferable. You want a larger image – you can always make it smaller later if you have to. (300 dpi will get you a better, more legible image.) Alternately, you can take a photograph in good light (sunlight preferable) with the best settings for image quality you have available on your camera. 

What you will want is to show your idea for the front, the back, and the sides. If front and rear are the same, then you can just draw one and make a note of that. If you want something where the one side is thicker than the other, make sure to draw that and add notes about thicknesses. 

Example of a drawing of a piece with identical front and back sides  (Illustrations and design notes by Elizabeth Porter (snowbringer@gmail.com, twitter: @snowbringer)

Example of a drawing of a piece with identical front and back sides (Illustrations and design notes by Elizabeth Porter (snowbringer@gmail.com, twitter: @snowbringer)

How the Winner will be Selected 

Semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges based a set of judging criteria to include originality and feasibility of production as a chewable pendant. Semi-finalists will then be voted on by the public to choose a winning design. 

What the Winner Will Receive

  1. Your design made into a Stimtastic Chewable necklace, with full credit to you as the artist on the Stimtastic website.
  2. $500 cash award
  3. 20 pieces of the finished necklace in your choice of available colors

 

Stimtastic News

Giveaway A Day in April

Stimtastic is doing a Giveaway a Day in April!

April is Autism Acceptance and Autism Awareness month. It's also a month that can be really hard for autistic people to get through. So we're hoping to making things a little less hard by creating a fun new giveaway each day.

Most giveaways will be small - stim toys and jewelry - but we've also got a few big days planned, including a premium AAC software app,  an iPad mini and noise cancelling headphones. We'll also be doing second-chance giveaways--one more chance to win a giveaway you entered during the preceding week. That means each giveaway you enter gives you two chances to win! 

Bookmark this post and check back regularly for updates. We'll post details on each days' giveaway here, including how and where to enter, who won and what's coming up next. 

Image by Lil’ Pink Coupe.

Image by Lil’ Pink Coupe.

April 1st: Giveaway announcement - spread the word

  • How to enter: Like/Share/Comment on the giveaway announcement post on Facebook or Reblog on Tumblr to enter
  • Prize: Chewable jewelry item of your choice
  • Deadline: 1 PM (EST) April 2nd
  • Winner: earthgirlfrombakerstreet and stopwatchplz on Tumblr and Cinzia Procter on Facebook (3 winners were chosen due to the high number of entries and because these are small prizes and because I felt like it)

April 2nd: Are you Walking in Red today? Tell/Show us how!

  • How to enter: On the designated Facebook post, share a photo of or tell us about your Walk in Red participation
  • Prize: Surprise pack of red chewable jewelry and stim toys
  • Deadline: Any time on April 2nd
  • Winner: Jen Davis

April 3rd:  Tweet about your favorite stims

  • How to enter: Tell us your favorite stim using the hashtag #stimtastic
  • Prize: Dog and Robot fidget necklaces
  • Deadline:  9 AM (EST) April 4th
  • Winner: Casper Devlin

April 4th:  Share a photo and tag Stimtastic on Instagram

  • How to enter: Snap a photo of a pattern or other visually pleasing design and tag stimtastic
  • Prize:  Thinking Putty in color of your choice
  • Deadline:  9 AM (EST) April 5th
  • Winner: Pamela Ceresani Gilbertson

April 5th:  Second Chance Drawing

  • How to enter: If you entered any of the previous 4 giveaways, you're already entered in this one! We'll randomly draw one person from all of the past 4 days' entrants.
  • Prize: Same prize that was up for grabs on the day you entered originally. (example: you entered the April 3rd drawing and your name is drawn in the second chance drawing then you win the two necklaces)
  • Deadline:  9 AM (EST) April 5th
  • Winner: autistically-trans-boy won on a second chance entry from giveaway #1

April 6th:  Stim Toy Collections

  • How to enter: Share or submit a photo of your stim toy collection or favorite stim toys on Tumblr. If you share on your own Tumblr blog, be sure to tag Stimtastic using an @ mention (@stimtastic) so we see it.
  • Prize: Set of 4 tangles (your choice of colors)
  • Deadline:  1 PM (EST) April 7th
  • Winner: anonymus-maximus-er

April 7th:  Autism Acceptance on Facebook

  • How to enter: What does autism acceptance mean to you? Share your thoughts on the Facebook post today.
  • Prize: A pair of spinner rings
  • Deadline:  1 PM (EST) April 8th
  • Winner: Kassiane Alexandra S. 

April 8th:  Autism Acceptance on Twitter

  • How to enter: Complete the sentence "Autism acceptance is  . . . " using the hashtag #autismacceptanceis on Twitter.
  • Prize: A "Keep Calm and Stim On" maze pen, "Nothing About Us Without Us" keychain and "Flappy Hands Are Happy Hands" stim toy
  • Deadline:  1 PM (EST) April 9th
  • Winner:  Tavros Makara

April 9th: AAC App Giveaway - win either Verbally Premium (iOS) or TalkTablet (iOS or Android) - US residents only. AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) apps are used by people who are primarily nonspeaking, have unreliable speech or sometimes require a text-based means of communication. Please only enter the giveaway if this describes you (parents may enter for a child).

  • How to enter: To enter, comment on the AAC giveaway announcement post on Facebook or Reblog on Tumblr with the name of the app you are entering to win (Verbally or TalkTablet). 
  • Additional rules: (1) To use the app, you must already own a compatible Apple or Android device. (2) US residents only. (3) Winner will receive either Verbally Premium (typing-based AAC) or TalkTablet (picture-based AAC) app as stated in their entry. 
  • Prize: Verbally Premium (iOS) app or TalkTablet (iOS or Android) app
  • Deadline: 1 PM (EST) April 13th
  • Winner:  Peter Lepera

April 10th:  Share a photo and tag Stimtastic on Instagram

  • How to enter: Snap a photo of something that makes you happy and tag stimtastic
  • Prize:  Snake Twist in the color of your choice
  • Deadline:  9 AM (EST) April 11th
  • Winner:  Claire Walker

April 11th:  Youtube Subscribers

  • How to enter: Be a subscriber to Stimtastic's Youtube channel - we'll randomly draw one subscriber's name at 9 AM on Sunday the 12th
  • Prize:  Color in Motion and Spiral Color in Motion visual stim toys
  • Deadline:  9 AM (EST) April 12th
  • Winner: Rachel Sales

April 12th:  Second Chance Drawing

  • How to enter: If you entered the previous week's giveaways, you're already entered in this one! We'll randomly draw one person from all of the completed giveaways during the past week.
  • Prize: Same prize that was up for grabs on the day you entered originally. (example: you entered the April 10th drawing and your name is drawn in the second chance drawing then you win the snake twist)
  • Deadline:  9 AM (EST) April 12th
  • Winner:  deafdestroya on instagram (second chance on giveaway #10)

April 13th:  Stimming Haikus!

  • How to enter: Write and submit or share a haiku about stimming (or a stimmy haiku) on Tumblr. If you share on your own Tumblr blog, be sure to tag Stimtastic using an @ mention (@stimtastic) so we see it.
  • Prize: A set of 4 building block highlighters and a pair of "Keep Calm and Stim On" maze pen
  • Deadline:  1 PM (EST) April 14th
  • Winner: failingguide 

April 14th: Help spread the word about the Stimtastic Chewable Jewelry Design Contest

April 15th:  What Stimming Means on Twitter

  • How to enter: What does stimming mean in your life? Let us know using the hashtag #Stimmingis on Twitter.
  • Prize: A pair of Klixx stim toys
  • Deadline: 1 PM (EST) April 16th
  • Winner:  Moonygirl

April 16th: iPad Mini Giveaway - Today's giveaway is for an iPad Mini. Many autistic individuals use a tablet to assist with communication, executive function and/or sensory regulation (stimmy apps!). If you or your autistic child would benefit from using an iPad and don't already own one, this giveaway is for you.

  • How to enter: Like/Share/Comment on the iPad Mini giveaway announcement post on Facebook or Reblog on Tumblr 
  • Additional rules: (1) US residents only. (2) Entrants should be autistic individuals or the parent/guarding of an autistic individual who will receive the iPad.
  • Prize: Apple iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi)
  • Deadline: 1 PM (EST) April 20th
  • Winner:  Olivia Montoya

April 17th: Treat Yourself! (Instagram giveaway)

  • How to enter: Do something nice for yourself, snap a photo that captures it in some way and tag stimtastic. Need some ideas? Paint your nails, change your bed sheets, make a smoothie, wear your favorite shirt, make a blanket fort, twirl in circles, pet your cat, play your favorite video game, do something fun with your hair, take a nap, infodump about your favorite subject. 
  • Prize: A trio of stress balls (choose from gel, felt, bead or bi-color)
  • Deadline: 9 AM (EST) April 18th
  • Winner:  violetsunflower16

April 18th: Pin it to Win it

  • How to enter: Repin any product or product video from Stimtastic's Pinterest 
  • Prize: The item that you repinned
  • Deadline: 9 AM (EST) April 19th
  • Winner:  Merel

April 19th:  Second Chance Drawing

  • How to enter: If you entered the previous week's giveaways, you're already entered in this one! We'll randomly draw one person from all of the completed giveaways during the past week.
  • Prize: Same prize that was up for grabs on the day you entered originally.
  • Deadline:  9 AM (EST) April 19th
  • Winner:  elliefint on Tumblr, with second chance win for the haiku giveaway

April 20th:  Cute Baby Animals

  • How to enter: Post a picture of a cute baby animal on today's Facebook post or submit a picture of a cute baby animal to Stimtastic's Tumblr.
  • Prize: A chewable snail, dog fidget necklace, and a snake puzzle stim toy
  • Deadline:  1 PM (EST) April 21st
  • Winner:  hands-full-of-hospital-bands

April 21st:  Stimming Selfies

  • How to enter: Post a stimming selfie on today's Facebook post or submit a stimming selfie to Stimtastic's Tumblr (tagging us with permission to reblog is good too). Note: can be hands or feet only if you prefer not to include your face.
  • Prize: Choice of Bike Chain bracelet
  • Deadline:  1 PM (EST) April 22nd
  • Winner: come-into-my-closet

April 22nd:  Favorite Stim Toys on Twitter

  • How to enter: What's your favorite stim toy? Share on twitter with the hashtag #favoritestimtoy to enter today's giveaway.
  • Prize: A surprise package of stim toys based on your favorite.
  • Deadline: 1 PM (EST) April 23rd
  • Winner:  Jaden

April 23rd: Favorite Way to Stim on Instagram

  • How to enter: Share a photo of your favorite way to stim or your favorite stim toy/object and tag Stimtastic on Instagram.
  • Prize: A surprise package of stim toys based on your entry.
  • Deadline: 1 PM (EST) April 24th
  • Winner: dannyleture

April 24th: Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones Giveaway - Today's giveaway is for a pair of adult-size Bose noise cancelling headphones. Many autistic individuals use noise cancelling headphones to help with sensory overload. If you would benefit from using noise cancelling headphones and do not already own a quality pair, this giveaway is for you.

  • How to enter: Like/Share/Comment on the noise cancelling headphones giveaway announcement post on Facebook or Reblog on Tumblr 
  • Additional rules: (1) US residents only. (2) Entrants should be autistic adults/teens (or their parent/guardian). 
  • Prize: 1 Pair of Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Deadline: 1 PM (EST) April 28th
  • Winner:  Sally Senft

April 25th: YouTube Commenting

  • How to enter: Comment on any video on Stimtastic's Youtube channel - we'll randomly draw one commenter's name at 9 AM on Sunday the 26th
  • Prize: Any pair of handheld chewables
  • Deadline: 9 AM April  26th
  • Winner: Megan Lambert

April 26th:  Second Chance Drawing

  • How to enter: If you entered the previous week's giveaways, you're already entered in this one! We'll randomly draw one person from all of the completed giveaways during the past week.
  • Prize: Same prize that was up for grabs on the day you entered originally.
  • Deadline:  9 AM (EST) April 26th
  • Winner:  soundingonlyatnightasyousleep, on Tumblr, with second chance win for the stimming selfie giveaway

April 27th:  Choose your Own Prize on Facebook

  • How to enter: Comment with the name of the Stimtastic prize you'd like to win (has to be something from our website :-) ).
  • Prize: The item the winner named in their comment
  • Deadline:  1 PM (EST) April 28th
  • Winner:  Teddy Caddy 

April 28th:  Mystery Giveaway

  • How to enter: This giveaway has an element of skilled guessing, so it will not be announced until it opens on the afternoon of the 28th. Keep an eye on our Tumblr for details!
  • Prize: A felt fidget ball and knitted fidget cord (your choice of colors)
  • Deadline:  Open until someone guesses correctly
  • Winner:  tinypuppykieren

 April 29th:  #reasontohappyflap on Twitter

  • How to enter: What makes you happy stim? Share on twitter with the hashtag #reasontohappyflap to enter today's giveaway.
  • Prize: Any two items of your choice from Stimtastic.co.
  • Deadline: 1 PM (EST) April 30th
  • Winner:  Ian Mahler

April 30th:  Choose your Own Prize on Tumblr

  • How to enter: Reblog the announcement post with the name of the Stimtastic prize you'd like to win (has to be something from our website :-) ).
  • Prize: The item the winner named 
  • Deadline:  1 PM (EST) May 1st
  • Winner:  

Questions? Leave a comment here or use the contact us form.

***A note about deadlines: Doing a giveaway every day is a lot of work so some drawings might not happen right at the announced time. Some drawings might happen later than announced, but we will never draw a winner before the stated deadline. 

Product Write Ups, Stim Toy Write Ups

Handheld Chewable Stim Toys

Stimtastic's chewable stim toys are made of the same food-grade silicone as our chewable jewelry. Each one is a unique mix of textures and shapes, making them fun tactile stim toys that are safe for chewing too. 

Chewable silicone elephant, smooth on the front and bumpy on the back

Handheld chewables are durable and flexible, which means they are suitable for light, moderate  and moderately aggressive chewers. 

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Chewable Unicorn

Handheld Stim Toy

Chewable Raccoon

Handheld Stim Toy

Each handheld chewable has at least one cutout, making it easy to attach to a lanyard or cord for safekeeping. Most are also small enough to be tucked into a pocket. Whether you keep your chewable stowed in your bag or use it as a fun desk accessory, you'll be comforted by knowing that it's never far away when you need it. 

Chewable Owl

Handheld Stim Toy

Charitable Giving

Making Weighted Blankets Affordable

Weighted blankets can be a big help for individuals on the autism spectrum, but they can also be prohibitively expensive, especially in adult sizes. Stimtastic has partnered with Isaac Inskeep of Autistic Rabbit to help make weighted blankets more accessible and affordable. 

Free and Subsidized Weighted Blankets 

As part of our commitment to give back to the autistic community, we're setting up a program to help those who can't afford weighted blankets by fully or partially subsidizing the cost of a small number of blankets each month. 

If you (or an individual that you are the parent/guardian of) would benefit from using a weighted blanket but cannot afford to purchase one, we invite you to enter our ongoing weighted blanket giveaway. (See the link for complete details)

 

Affordable Weighted Blankets Custom Made by an Autistic Adult

If you would like to purchase a weighted blanket at a very affordable price, check out Isaac Inskeep's Etsy shop. His custom handmade blankets are priced at a small amount above the cost of materials and your purchase will support an autistic adult who is trying to make weighted blankets more accessible and affordable to those who need them. 


Product Write Ups

What Kind of Chewer Are You?

Many of the product descriptions for Stimtastic's chewable jewelry mention the level of chewing that the piece is suitable for. But how do you know what kind of chewer you are?

Generally we describe the levels of chewing as light, moderate or aggressive.

You are an aggressive chewer if you often destroy objects, such as pens, pencils, erasers or clothing by chewing on them. You're a light chewer, in contrast, if you leave some tooth marks on those types of objects when chewing or if you find yourself putting objects in your mouth without necessarily biting down on them. You're a moderate chewer if you fall somewhere between the two--sometimes damaging objects by chewing on them but not regularly shredding objects to pieces.

 

Aggressive Chewing

For aggressive chewers, we recommend pendants that are very thick (such as the Phoenix) or that have a wide, thick section (such as the Annular, Mushroom or Droplet Pendants) which stands up longer to heavy chewing. Ultimately any silicone piece will be broken down by aggressive chewing, but choosing the right piece for your chewing style can maximize the life of your chewable.

The cuff bracelet (left) is also a good option for aggressive chewers who bite their wrists or hands. The wide, cuff style bracelet is durable and provides a convenient, protective layer over the skin of the wrist or arm. 

 

 

Moderate Chewing

For moderate chewers, we recommend our more compact pendants (such as the Alien or the Kleintastic) and our medium weight Faceted bracelet. Of course moderate chewers may also enjoy the pendants designed for aggressive chewers, particularly if they are looking for the kind of feedback that a firmer or denser piece provides. Many of our handheld chewables are also suitable for moderate chewers. 

Thanks to it's flat woven structure, the Braid pendant is able to accommodate moderate to heavy chewing, while still creating an understated look.

Thanks to it's flat woven structure, the Braid pendant is able to accommodate moderate to heavy chewing, while still creating an understated look.

 

Light Chewing

For light chewers, we recommend one of our smaller or softer chewables such as the Dulcimer or Trapezoid pendants.  Many of our lighter pendants are also suitable for those who are looking for oral sensory feedback without chewing (for example, having a clean, safe object to suck on or hold in the mouth without chewing).

The slim profile of the Trapezoid pendant makes it suitable for light chewers or those who are oral sensory seekers. 

The slim profile of the Trapezoid pendant makes it suitable for light chewers or those who are oral sensory seekers. 

 

Does your chewing style vary? Check out the No Gloom 'Shroom. With a thick durable umbrella and a contoured flexible stem, it provides options for light to aggressive chewing. The stem is also ideal for sucking on. 

Charitable Giving

Giving Back: November

As we wrap up our first month of sales at Stimtastic, I'm pleased to announce that we've already been able to make several contributions to organizations in the autism community including Autism West Midlands, the Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Library and the Dutile Tremblay Community Fund. We also contributed to the fund to help autistic presenters get to TASH, which is taking place this week in Washington DC. 

Major initiatives in December include a 2-week fundraiser for Autism Women's Network (Dec. 1st - 14th) and the launch of our weighted blanket giveaway/subsidy program. Look for more details about the weighted blanket program coming soon. (Teaser: blankets made by an autistic adult for autistic adults at low or no cost to the receiver!) 

Stimtastic News

Stimming as a Coping Tool for Holiday Stress

This is a short excerpt from an interview posted at Connect, an online social network for autistic people and their families. 

 

Do you have any advice for parents of autistic children who find the season difficult?

I'm sure most parents already have many strategies, like giving a child plenty of notice about schedule changes and watching for sensory overload during social events or shopping trips.

What I'd add to that is the idea that autistic children have a lot of "built-in" resources. They can be remarkably good at self-regulating if they have the opportunity. For example, a lot of kids will instinctively know when they need to move to a quieter room at family gatherings to prevent an overload-induced meltdown. Parents can help them out by designating a quiet room and explicitly giving the child permission to go there whenever they need to.

This sounds like a small accommodation but it can increase a child's sense of control in unfamiliar or difficult situations and help them build coping skills--like being in tune with their body's signals and advocating for themselves-which they'll use for the rest of their lives. In the immediate term, accommodations also conserve cognitive resources, extending the child's capacity for other activities.

Similarly, most autistic kids will stim more when they're excited or stressed and that's an instinctive therapeutic response that helps them cope with those strong feelings. I remember as a kid always taking along my Silly Putty or Rubik's Cube on outings so I would have something to keep my hands busy. It's very calming and even as an adult, I find that having something close at hand to stim with allows me to enjoy social situations for a longer period of time. In that way, stimming is both a distraction from environmental stressors and a way of focusing internally.

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Stimtastic News, Charitable Giving

Autism West Midlands Fundraiser

Over the next two weeks (November 17th to 30th), Stimtastic will be donating 10% of all sales to Autism West Midlands, a regional organization in the UK that provides support and resources to autistic people and their families. As part of their Christmas Campaign, 100% of the money donated will go directly to services for autistic children and adults and their families. 

Product Information

How to Shorten the Cord on Your Chewable Jewelry Necklace

This short close captioned video shows 3 ways to shorten the cords on our chewable jewelry necklaces: 

  1. Removing the clasp, trimming the cord to the desired length, and tying the cord in a simple knot (also good for anyone who doesn't like the feel of the clasp on their neck). 
  2. Pulling the cord through the clasp, snipping it shorter, and then knotting the ends of the remaining cord and pulling them back into the clasp. This option allows you to shorten the necklace and continue using the clasp. 
  3. Removing the clasp and tying the cord into a surfer's choker configuration to create an adjustable length cord.

What Does Stimtastic Mean?

Stimtastic is a combination of the words Stimming and Fantastic.

Stimming is autistic body language. Have you ever seen an autistic person rocking, spinning or flapping their hands? Those are all forms of stimming. But there are many other kinds of stims, too. There are visual stims, tactile stims, auditory stims, verbal stims, pressure stims, and movement stims. 

Stimming is something that all autistic people--young and old and in between--do and we think that's fantastic

About the Logo

We wanted our logo to capture the movement that is so often a part of stimming and present it in a joyful, positive way. 

The five colored fronds represent 5 fingers, symbolically representing a hand in motion.  The colors of the fronds together with the Stimtastic text evoke the spectrum--a common symbol of autism and neurodiversity.