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“Whirlpool Coaster” John Stone, 1989

Today’s post is a bit of an exciting find, albeit one with scarce information. Apologies in advance for the lack of high-quality photos! Seen here in concept work by Imagineer John Stone, we see a roller coaster-type attraction that seems to be a precursor to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Guests would have made their descent beneath the earth’s surface via a stormy whirlpool. From there, they would careen through all sorts of caves, caverns and fantastical locales, experiencing icy areas, subterranean waterfalls and lost shipwrecks. The top right image also displays what appears to be a giant squid, so perhaps a climactic creature finale was in the cards too! These pieces were displayed in a 2015 Van Eaton Gallery auction. If any of our readers know further information about this very intriguing attraction, please feel free to share!

Art ©️Disney

Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg in Performance directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, 1968

Brian Jones and Mick Jagger by Linda McCartney, 1966

glitterstumph-deactivated-deact  asked:

hey i was wondering if you knew of stim toys that may be good for people with dermatillomania? all stim toys are good but things that are textured and handheld as opposed to like. stress balls? for example i love sensory stones, but do you know of anything similar to them

I think we can help! And I agree: all stim toys are good, but some toys just don’t offer the same sort of redirection stim or level of engagement. We’ve all got preferences, in any case; I know people who didn’t mesh with a Tangle Jr. And while I tend to laugh at the idea as a fan of Tangles (how can you not like them?) the truth is that there are very stimmy people (who are valid in their stimming) who have a better relationship with other toys, and that’s absolutely perfect.

For more suggestions, you might like to check out our picking and peeling category tag and our BFRB discussion tag.

All links go to that item’s tag, where we’ve collected links for buying or even making. If you need specific resources for purchasing, I’d be happy to help you when I open the ask box up again.

Textured and Handheld:

Marble Mazes or Marble Loops: fleece or flannelette, with a marble inside that you can push through a sewn-in maze or a single loop of fabric. Very soft and textured (I make mine with a dotted minky fleece backing for double the texture) and great for keeping the hands moving.

Tangles: a plastic loop of 18 links that can be twisted or rotated. Great for keeping hands busy. You might prefer the Fuzzies (links covered in a layer of flocking), the Textured (some links with scaling, raised lines or ribbing) or the Hairy (covered with a plastic frond coating with strands that can be pulled and picked at) as these offer the most texture.

I find the Hairy a lot overstimulating (watching the fronds wriggle and bounce is too much) but for pulling it’s unmatched. (It’s like a puffer ball but so much better.) If you want a toy to pick at, I recommend the Fuzzies - the coating is very, very nice for picking/scraping off. I’ve discovered that the fakes, when worn thin, pick clean almost as easily as the branded Fuzzies (they just don’t peel as cleanly, though) and neither leave residue on the Tangle or your hands, so I’d recommend either depending on your budget and ability to purchase online.

(Note: for another picking replacement stim toy, you can cover any cheap ABS plastic toy, like a snake puzzle or knock-off Tangle Jr, with a couple of layers of PVA glue, applied with a makeup sponge. It’s not as nice to pick off as is the flocking, but it’s much cheaper and it’s easy to replace the glue layer. If you’re like me and dermatitis means it isn’t a good idea to use non-toxic (PVA or clag) glue, liquid latex or bandaids directly on the skin as a picking or peeling replacement stim, something many folk do, this might be a more affordable alternative to the Fuzzies.)

Twiddle: if you get on with a Tangle, I recommend the Twiddle. It’s more expensive, so I recommend it for folks who’ve tried the Tangle first, but it has a lot of joints and can be pulled apart and made into many shapes, so it’s got more puzzle elements (good for busy hands) and more texture.

Moosh / Smol Bean / Bean Bags: mini bean bags, containing everything from plastic pellets to rice, soup mix to beans, lentils to split peas. I fill mine with a soup mix, so there’s a variety of different sizes and shapes in the filler, and I often sit there poking at the items inside the bag. My mix has a few large kidney beans, for example, so I play “find the kidney bean”, poking the mix until I find one. Lots of texture, and they can be tossed and crunched as well, and made from flannelette or minky fleece for even more texture.

(For bean bag variations and marble mazes, check out @dragonadventurescrafting, @stimtastic or @asenseofselfshop here on Tumblr.)

Fidget Cube, Fidget Shape and Fidget Pad: in terms of keeping fingers busy and moving with a variety of options, it’s hard to go past these. Not all sides appeal to all stimmers, but most people should find one or two sides worth their while. The Zuru and Antsy Labs cubes are better than the imitations, but if you’re unsure if it’ll work for you, I absolutely recommend getting a fake one to try out. (I bought one for under $3 AUD off eBay for my spare kit.) You might like the breathe/worry stone side and the roller ball, as they’re smooth and nice to stroke (I roll mine over my face) and I’ve found these sides to work best on the fakes.

The fidget pads have a section with raised dotted lines that’s very nice for stroking, and meant as a more textured alternative to the smooth worry stone side of the fidget cube.

Puffer Creatures and Puffer Balls: these are pretty cheap and easy to find in dollar shops (if you don’t mind the light-up versions). The fronds are great for tugging, stretching and pulling. Some of these are too big for subtle stimming, but I’ve seen many stress ball size or smaller.

Koosh and Bandy Balls: these are made from latex, but like the puffer balls and the Tangle Hairy, they’re got lots of fronds for stretching and tugging. Most are stress ball size or smaller.

(If these appeal, check out the “stretchable fidgets” section on our manipulative stim toys tag page, too.)

Spinner Rings: most of us buy these from Stimtastic, but they’re also available on Etsy. For a very stealth stim toy that keeps your hands busy, there’s little to match it if you like wearing rings.

(There’s also a lot of fidget jewellery options, so I’ll link you to our tag. Many of these, especially the spinner necklaces, are great for keeping hands busy. If you’re after fidget pendant and spinner necklaces, please check out @neurodelightful and @spacerobotstudio here on Tumblr.)

Worry Stones and Tactile:

Corks: you can get these in bags in the craft sections of your dollar shop. Great for a picking stim, but also just for stroking and rolling. Mine are a little firm/hard for my finding the picking to be comfortable (I prefer the Tangle Jr Fuzzies) but they’re a very inexpensive option.

Eos Lip Balm Cases: I’ve had these recommended as being quite similar to a worry stone to touch/stroke and they’re as stealth as anything for femme folks.

Dice: these are as stealth as anything for gamers if you’re after something to roll in your hands or worry at in your fingers. I find the D20s are a good size for this sort of thing, but polyhedral dice are readily available in a range of colours and styles at most (if not all) game stores. Q-Workshop make beautiful dice with engraved textures.

Actual Worry Stones: I’ve found these available at markets, craft stores and dollar shops (I bought a box at a dollar shop). These vary, too, from natural polished stones to semi-precious gemstones to glass counters (the kinds used in vases or as gaming counters) and home decor pieces. If you’re looking at the glass counters (or glass marbles, either in the toy section or the home decor section) you can usually get a whole bag for $2 AUD or less, which is great for stowing in pockets and bags.

(You also might like to check out our tactile fidgets tag page, as it lists many things really meant just for holding and stroking. Just skip past the stress ball section at the top!)

There’s more things I could suggest in terms of texture, small/handheld and keeping hands occupied, but this post is getting very long.

I hope this gives you some ideas and some places to start. Good luck with your redirection stims!

- Mod K.A.

Let the games begin!

The “games” include a protracted conditioning procedure for a really expensive leather-covered rolling pin which will be used to apply burnt cow bones and linseed oil to a dampened slab of limestone hewn from a Bavarian quarry which has been treated with the sap of an African tree to preserve and reproduce a drawing of a line from a Wutang song. (Or something like that…)