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    Crystal Canary on “Dads Key Fob”:
    “Love this stylish key fob idea for men. No more misplacing those keys! :) …” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Mysterious”:
    “Isn't it exciting when you find a treasure unexpectedly? That glass bead is stunning! …” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Tibetan Life”:
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    Crystal Canary on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “It is wonderful the way you combined all those rich-colored blue elements into this beautiful asymmetrical…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I am very taken with this necklace. It is so ethnic and pleasing. I…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Mysterious”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Tibetan Life”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Mysterious”:
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    Little Round Chick on “Mysterious”:
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    Little Round Chick on “Tibetan Life”:
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    Maggies Mom on “Mysterious”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Mysterious”:
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    SilverCords aka Judy on “Mysterious”:
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    Creel U on “Mysterious”:
    “matte moss agate and chain mail. You had a happy muse!…” read »

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    kye on “Tibetan Life”:
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    S Katoll on “Mysterious”:
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    dolllady aka Pam on “Mysterious”:
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    kye on “Asymmerty One More time”:
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    kye on “More Bones and Leather”:
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    Crystal Canary on “Asymmerty One More time”:
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    Maggies Mom on “Tibetan Life”:
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    dolllady aka Pam on “Tibetan Life”:
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    dolllady aka Pam on “Blue Lagoon”:
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Rainbow Bracelet


About this design:

This is the prototype for my Autism Awareness bracelet. Knowing that many people with autism prefer a rainbow to the puzzle piece, I wanted it to be versatile and appeal to either group. The puzzle pieces are sterling silver and can be customized with an imprint of an initial - the M here is for my best friend's son Michael, who was diagnosed with Asperger's 2 years ago, after his mother fought for 3 years to figure out what was going on with him. She is the president of our local autism support group for parents/caregivers, and has been a wonderful source of information to me as my 17-year-old's most recent psych testing validated my concerns and clarified that yes, he does indeed show tendencies towards classic autism.

This bracelet is also going on my site as an option for gay pride - switching the puzzle piece out for a silver-toned awareness ribbon. 8 out of 10 of my closest friends identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Components:

Glass seed beads, silver plate cones and clasp, sterling puzzle piece

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    This is beautiful and for such a worthy cause (actually 2 great causes)
    Where do you get the silver puzzle piece? I walk in a local 10k in the fall for autism research. There used to be a woman who sold jewelry – I’d love to have a few pieces for next September.

  2. hlt Designs
    hlt Designs says:

    Thanks, Jeanne. I found the puzzle piece here: http://search.artbeads.com/?lc.....&y=13

    There are several other styles available, too…

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you theatrical me!
    Looks like I’ll be placing an order soon!

  4. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, Oh, OH…two of my foster boys have Autism. This is totally cool! I love it!!

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