You know when you’re making something and you catch yourself just playing with it over and over? That’s where I was with these. Get the beads in the exact right place when you’re wrapping them and you can just sit and spin them forever.
On the one hand, they’re just pretty. I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up making them in every colour of wire I can get my hands on, with every type and shade of 4mm round stones that I own.
On the other, they’re incredibly satisfying to sit and fidget or fiddle with, and as soon as I tweeted about them people mentioned stimming. I’ll be up front – I’m not autistic, my information comes second hand from friends. And I did hesitate about writing all this in case it wasn’t my place, I really don’t want to tread on toes. But I do know what it’s like using assistive devices – and I’ve got Opinions.
If you’ve met me in real life you know I use a cane. I actually use many canes. There’s the folding one for putting in my gym locker, the dark red one that goes with my good suit, the light brown that goes with everything (it’s the straightlegged jeans of canes). I’ve had a blue one that people said brought out my eyes, and a green one that sadly bit the dust at a Billy Talent gig.
Point being, I’m a big believer that assistive tech and devices should match *people*. You wouldn’t expect everyone to wear the same pair of shoes because “they’re fine, they do the job”. Some people are going to want heavy duty boots, some people like delicate sandals, low heels, high heels, buckles, laces. Or all of the above depending on outfit and mood. I happen to feel the same about other things in life.
I’m really happy with how they turned out, and I hope you like them too.