Introduction: Rings and Chain Fidget

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This Instructables you will learn how to make a fidget tool. This tool will help people that have a hard time sitting still.

Step 1: Rings and Chain Fidget

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What you will need

  1. Bike chain
  2. Two key Rings
  3. Chain breaking tool
  4. 2 to 4 Rainbow loom rubber band. (Personal prefers if and how many to use.)

Step 2: Breaking the Chain.

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Using the chain break. Break bike chain into two, one outer link and one inner link.

Step 3:

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Break the chain so you have 4 outers or inners that are the same. Outers/inners make the Fidget behave differently.

Step 4:

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Take two of your outers/inners and put them on the outside of your link piece. Run the Keyring through the eye hole of all 3 link pieces(the 2 outers/inners and one link pieces)

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Take the chain break and remove the pin. Back the chain break out slowly or the bushing will fall out. Rubber band links together then run keyring through eye hole.

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Link all rings together. Overlap the rings by feeding one ring over the other and your done


sdaluz11 (author)2017-09-25

what is the size of the key rings?

stevebarnett made it! (author)2017-09-20


stevebarnett (author)2017-09-20

I made several but only used 2 outers. What does the extra 2 outers do for it?

Maybe I miss understood. One of the pictures above shows 4 separate outer links in addition to the ones still attached to the inner links. Mine seem to work fine regardless.

S0dyP0p made it! (author)2017-07-21

This is a really nice, true fidget. The spinners are fun toys, but so disruptive in school in many cases. My rubber bands kept breaking, so I went with scrap bits of 14 ga. copper wire to bind the links together. That ought to hold it...

I got 50 25mm split rings from Ali Express for about $2 (the exact item doesn't exist any more, but I bet you can find something similar) so I'll have a bunch for students, etc.

InsomniacOlympian (author)2017-01-08

I couldn't get mine to work... The links are too big... What size did you use...?

It's the chain for 1 - 3 speed bikes. As I understand it, chains for higher speed bikes have different sized links.

GenerallyOdd (author)2017-06-24

You probably have everything you need to make "the best fidget in the whole wide world"!! Mine is made of copper wire but you can also make it of keyrings!

robypc (author)2017-05-14

Is there any way to take the bike chains apart without special tools?

Jamie JP (author)robypc2017-06-08

Use a nail and hammer to punch out the pin in the chain or a nail punch what ever fits in the pin hole

robypc (author)Jamie JP2017-06-08


mrsmerwin (author)2017-04-18

I know a few kids who will each want one. Thanks.

piperjon (author)2016-11-01

Nifty! So how do you get your parts so bright? Even the new chain I bought for my bike is not shiny like yours, much less the used chain I'm using to make my fidget. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

S0dyP0p (author)piperjon2017-01-27

I degrease bike chains with 1:1 Simple Green and water. Drop the chain (or separated links) into a sealed jar with the solution, hand to someone who likes to fidget to agitate the jar for a while, then pull the parts out and rinse. An old chain will probably come cleaner, since the factory lube on a new chain is very resistant to removal.

schaude (author)piperjon2016-11-08

I get things tidy when repairing bikes with "wet baby towel" or, for chains even better, the oily alternative product from the local drug store or pharmacy.

Mr_Baier (author)piperjon2016-11-01

It is just a bike chain. Nickel plated for rust resistance. you can buy them any where.

sshope1 made it! (author)2016-11-22

pretty neat and really easy to make.

thkshp (author)2016-11-01

I would love for you to make one for me and I will buy it. How much?

Mr_Baier (author)thkshp2016-11-01

There are a lot of places online to buy them. They can cost upwards of $20. That is why I made this instructable. It is not fair to have a Mom or Dad pay $20 for something that cost under $2 to make. I have more design coming.

AnneT36 (author)Mr_Baier2016-11-13 has really nice ones for 5-7$

Ekralt (author)2016-11-04

I love the idea but I don't have any bike chain that I can use laying around. Do you have any ideas of things I could use as a substitute?

adrian09 (author)Ekralt2016-11-09

use a lego beam 3 - i made one using that

Mr_Baier (author)Ekralt2016-11-07

Go to the hardware store. Ask for Roller Chain Links.

andyboy (author)Ekralt2016-11-04

Go to a bike shop. They may have a worn one they are throwing away.

Go a place that installs/replaces garage door openers. When replacing a garage door open they throw away all of the old one. More often that not the old one will be chain drive and they will give it to you. Bring a basic SAE ratchert set ad a screww driver for removing the chain from the old opener.

Ekralt (author)andyboy2016-11-06

I am aware that I can go and get one, I was hoping for something that I wouldn't have to go and get.

jrdavis0338 (author)Ekralt2016-11-06

If you have a store near you that repairs bicycles they may give you some that they have extra. And they'all usually break them for you as well.

0zzy made it! (author)2016-11-02

Yay I made one thanks for sharing ?

0zzy (author)2016-11-02

Yeah I need one of them I'm going to make one today as I've got lot's of old bits of chain I can clean up nice one

parisusa (author)2016-11-01

My 7th grade teacher played with the change in his front pockets all during class every day. I WISH he had one of these instead! He was creepy! But seriously, nice instructable for a much needed item for kids and adults alike!

Swansong (author)2016-10-31

I love this! I really need to make one, I fidget a lot :)

Mr_Baier (author)Swansong2016-11-01

I have more coming.

Anirudh Ralhan (author)Swansong2016-10-31

Me too :)

richpit (author)2016-11-01

Yeah, this is a great idea. I'm a pretty fidgety person as well.

SylvainM8 (author)2016-10-31

what is that made for ?

bucklipe (author)SylvainM82016-10-31

Search "fidgets"...
For some people they need a "fidget" to occupy the hands so they can concentrate more thoroughly.

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