CR9Designs

Unique Handmade Autism Awareness Jewelry

Fresno, California · 579 Sales

CR9Designs

Unique Handmade Autism Awareness Jewelry

Fresno, California 579 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(124)

Announcement   Hello. My name is Chris. Welcome to my shop.

You may have noticed that much of my work revolves around the autism puzzle piece theme. I am the father of a wonderful 10 year old boy named Matthew who was diagnosed with autism 7 years ago.

Every single day my wife and I struggle along with our son as we try our best to get through each and every day.

I have heard many stories about why the puzzle piece is the symbol for Autism Awareness. My own interpretation of it is this; Each day we wake up and there are pieces everywhere. Our puzzle has been undone while we sleep. Every day it's a new challenge. We never know what to expect. We cannot sleep again until all of the puzzle pieces are back in line and our puzzle is complete.

That is our goal each and every day. Solve our own puzzle any way we can. If today's was easy, tomorrow's might be incredibly challenging. We never get complacent when it comes to solving our puzzles.

Each piece in this shop was created by me, in my own home using my own tools. There is nothing mass produced here.

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 16, 2017

Hello. My name is Chris. Welcome to my shop.

You may have noticed that much of my work revolves around the autism puzzle piece theme. I am the father of a wonderful 10 year old boy named Matthew who was diagnosed with autism 7 years ago.

Every single day my wife and I struggle along with our son as we try our best to get through each and every day.

I have heard many stories about why the puzzle piece is the symbol for Autism Awareness. My own interpretation of it is this; Each day we wake up and there are pieces everywhere. Our puzzle has been undone while we sleep. Every day it's a new challenge. We never know what to expect. We cannot sleep again until all of the puzzle pieces are back in line and our puzzle is complete.

That is our goal each and every day. Solve our own puzzle any way we can. If today's was easy, tomorrow's might be incredibly challenging. We never get complacent when it comes to solving our puzzles.

Each piece in this shop was created by me, in my own home using my own tools. There is nothing mass produced here.

Chris Raley

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Chris Raley

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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
(124)
cjmc4e

cjmc4e on Jun 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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Fast shipping, and as always, simply beautiful craftsmanship. This was a Father's Day gift to my hubby and he loves it. Thank you so much!

jamibjensen

jamibjensen on May 16, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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I cannot praise both this necklace and its seller enough! I am absolutely thrilled with how the pendant turned out, but even more so, I'm just so impressed with the help and communication of the seller. I had contacted Chris through IG when I saw a post with his design. He immediately got back to me and said he could make me one. And then when I changed my mind about the color of the leather and hardware, he was so nice and accommodating about making the changes. I've never had such a pleasant experience with a seller online! He worked quickly, and it shipped so fast! Not only that, but he included an extra gift for me with one of his autism designs. His work is beautiful and high quality, and he was absolutely wonderful to work with. I cannot recommend highly enough!

mlbjrgranny

mlbjrgranny on May 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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This piece is amazing. The workmanship is Outstanding.

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About

Handmade Autism Awareness Jewelry by a Real Life Autism Dad

When Matthew was diagnosed, I looked around for something I could wear to show my support for him. I wanted to spread awareness and start conversations.

I quickly noticed that most of the stuff out there was mass produced and impersonal.

That's not my style.

Fast forward to early 2013. I read about a polymer clay artist in the Costco Connection. She made beautiful pieces and sold her work online and at a booth that she set up at events.

My mom is an accomplished polymer clay artist so I'm familiar with the medium. I plopped down some cash and got started.

It was terrible. My puzzle pieces were more like amoebas. The clay cracked and fell apart. I kept experimenting.

After a month or so of trying, I started creating items that I was happy with. I set up my booth 2 times in a week at local Autism events. Things sold really well. I was energized.

I am now entering my 5th year making my jewelry and I am happier than ever with the product I am turning out.

Thank you for reading this. Please e mail me at rales9 [!at] gmail.com or convo me if you have any questions about items in my shop.

Thanks again,
Chris Raley
Matthew and Karen's dad.

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  • Chris Raley

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    I am a married father of 2. My son was diagnosed with autism 6 years ago. I am a credentialed teacher and USAF veteran.

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Last updated on January 16, 2016
I am the father of a child with autism. He was diagnosed 5 years ago and it has impacted every single aspect of our lives. Having seen pretty much all there was for autism awareness gear, I decided to do something about the (my opinion) somewhat boring autism pieces out there.

My creative side comes from my mom and my mechanical skills from my dad, plus 10 years or so as an aircraft mechanic.

I'm pretty no-nonsense but I'm a stickler for detail. I take pride in my work and it shows.

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Payment is required at the time of purchase. Insurance is included in the shipping cost. Items will be insured for their purchase price.
Shipping
My turnaround time has increased as my schedule has become more busy. I'm a stay at home dad to a kiddo with Autism and a seizure disorder, so I need to build in some flexibility.

Officially I will only ship orders on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If your order is ready and I am able to ship it on an earlier day, I will.
In response to 2016 raises in flat rate shipping, I am now offering less expensive First Class shipping in a bubble mailer. I apologize for this change but it just cost too much for the flat rate small box now.

International orders ship via USPS First Class International.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you have any issues with your purchase please convo me immediately of receiving your order, and before leaving feedback. I will try my hardest to answer any questions or rectify any issues you may have.

I'm very conscientious about what I list and I'm sure that you will be more than happy with your purchase. However, if you feel that it has not been properly described. I will send you a refund minus the price of shipping. The item must be delivered back to me in its original condition at your shipping expense before I issue a refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
At this time, custom orders are not available.

I will respond to etsy conversations between 8am-2pm, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.