Introduction: Ultimate Boredom Toy, or for Just Whenever

This a fun little toy is very; cheap, easy to make, and inexpensive. I have played with it for countless hours, and haven't gotten bored of it yet. I also have friends who love it as well, one friend has bought one from me already.

By the way this is my first instructable so bare with me.

What you need-

Wire

Pliers

Wire cutters

1/2 in. wrench socket

Pencil

Hands

Brain

Step 1: Wire

The fist thing you need is wire. You can get this at almost any hardware, home improvement, or craft stor. I got my wire out of some wire for houses I found in my garage , so it was free. Although I did have to strip it of its plastic coat, you can buy wire bare. The copper one shown in this Instructable is the house wire and about 14 gaged, the silver one is 12.

Step 2: Coil the Wire

Next you need to coil the wire. To do this get a 1/2 in. (You can choose the size, but this is the best I think) and hold your wire at one end, holding it with your pliers. Hold the wire in your hand and twist it around to socket. Try and keep them nice and together, it helps in the end. When your done pull the wrapping off. Each wrapping will equal one ring. I recommend 10-20 rings.

Step 3: Rings

After you are you done wrapping the coil take it and draw a line down the center. Try and keep this line as straight as possible. Then cut down the line with wire cutters. The best way to do this is to pull the coil apart a little, so it cuts one at a time, and cut down the line. You should end up with a bunch of little rings.

Step 4: Looping Them Together

To put them together just bend them apart and loop them together. Every ring needs to go through every whole. Bunch them up into a ring shape and slide the new ring through the whole in the center. Make sure they all fall flat with each other and you don't put any through while rings are going to opposite direction of the twirl. The last picture is an example of what not to do. Try and make all the individual rings as flat as possible, this just makes it more comfortable.

Step 5: You're Done

well now you should have a finished product to play around with. They really are fun and there small and fit in your pocket or wherever. I do not recommend though giving these to kids under 3 years of age.

Thanks for reading, and please vote for this (unless your reading this in the future and votings over, if you are hello future person).

I also need to thank my friend (whose name I don't know if I should say). He made one first and gave me the idea, and the privilege of making this instructable. Also Mrballeng inspired the idea with his woven rings necklace. His stuff is amazing and if you don't understand how I made it or you want to check it out go here https://www.instructables.com/id/Woven-Ring-Pendant... Go look a this and all his other stuff. Bye

Comments

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LiamK7 (author)2015-11-13

I made it but can't upload an image at the moment. This is THE BEST!! Love fiddling with it and just the way it feels is really satisfying. Really convenient as well, as it's pocket-sized and you can use it with one hand. A lot of store-bought toys like this are either bulky or require some focus, which isn't always a bad thing - but I like how I can just absentmindedly play with this one while doing other things (like right now!).

I used jewelers beading wire, which worked but is a bit thin. I just added more rings to compensate.
I've made 2 now, one of which I added some pony beads to for some colour and for an extra fiddling feature. Would definitely suggest people try this.

Thank you for uploading!

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notyart made it! (author)2015-06-29

I made this and it turned out well. It is fun to play with and I used housing wire. The housing wire comes with three strands. I used 20" of the bulk of 3 so its more like 60" of wire. It reminds me of playing with keys like you said. I just soldered the rings together just out of safety because I don't want them coming apart.

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bsharma9 (author)2015-05-01

I don't understand how to play with this
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Marvellous me (author)bsharma92015-05-03

You can toss it around, or just fumble it through your fingers. It's sorta hard to just explain, you really just have to hold one to understand. But it's worth it.

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doug.daluga (author)2015-02-08

Step 5 - You ARE done

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OjoeMDC (author)doug.daluga2015-03-20

Yes thank you! I caught that with my grammar Nazi eye... he put your instead of you're :P

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You're right, I did get that wrong. I'll have to try and fix that.

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OjoeMDC (author)2015-03-20

this looks a little complicated as for looping together but... this instructable is very great! wish I had the brains to figure out how to loop together! Nice job! :)

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EliM14 (author)2015-02-06

cheap AND inexpensive

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Marvellous me (author)EliM142015-02-28

Thanks for realising that mistake, it was supposed to say "cheap, easy to make, and entertaining". I don't know what I was thinking when I typed that.

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andrewclark made it! (author)2015-02-05

I had a package of key rings I bought for a dollar or something at a craft store. I only needed one but it was much cheaper than buying a single one at regular store. Wasn't sure what to do with all the rest (give them away, throw them away?) till I saw this post, so I tried this out with key rings instead of wire and voila I'm a happy camper.

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Did you cut the rings or string them same as loading keys?

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I just strung them like loading keys. They are the split ring kind (most common I think).

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that looks great, good idea.

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Misac-kun (author)2015-02-01

it's really nice, but, how do you play with it?

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JoYo1298 (author)Misac-kun2015-02-09

I think its the fact that you can unwind and loop it together again.

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Marvellous me (author)Misac-kun2015-02-08

build one, toss it around, and you'll see.

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wobbler (author)Misac-kun2015-02-05

That's what I was wondering too!

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griffen.herrera (author)wobbler2015-02-08

Me three.

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wavndav (author)Misac-kun2015-02-05

I usually get it hard first....

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Marvellous me (author)Misac-kun2015-02-01

sorry I guess I didn't really make that clear. You just fumble it throughout your finger, or throw it around. It is kinda like playing with keys.

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Marvellous me (author)2015-02-08

Hey for everyone who liked my Instructable check out how to make a wooden ball here https://www.instructables.com/id/Wood-Ball-Without-a-Lathe/?ALLSTEPS

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saversa made it! (author)2015-02-07

I originally made the half inch one. I soldered the ends so it would be a little stronger. Then I made one approximately an inch and a half. Same thing, soldered the ends. I don't know about it being the "ultimate boredom toy," but it is cool looking.

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Marvellous me (author)saversa2015-02-07

That looks great, I might try making a bigger one.

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tnetcenter (author)2015-02-06

This is called a mobius knot or loop. Each ring is threaded through all of the other rings. If you're going to solder each ring, the ends need to be square and flat to each other. Solder won't bridge any gaps between the two ends so the ends need to be flush to each other. I've made earrings and pendants this way out of copper. You can use copper, brass, stainless steel, as well as precious metal wire like gold silver, etc.

Nice instructable.

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ranvirdesai made it! (author)2015-02-06

Thank you for the instructable.

I made it with 21 rings of 1/2" diameter and very thin metal wire. It feels great and I'm sure it will stand as a perfect gift. Going to solder the ends of each ring separately.

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looks great, and they do work well as gifts.

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camalo171 made it! (author)2015-02-05

check it out. I made it out of a wire hanger. it worked pretty well

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Marvellous me (author)camalo1712015-02-05

That's great I was going to make my first from a hanger, but my friend gave me some wire. Awesome job though!

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YahtzeeHobo (author)2015-02-05

Cool. #I'mlovinit p.s. I do not work for mcdonalds

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nathanaloysiusbash (author)2015-02-05

Nice. Good job.

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Diesel Weasel (author)2015-02-05

This is a Mobius Ball. They're rather common in chainmaille. I prefer to make them in solid colors and then string them together in the order of the rainbow. I also run a chain through the centers and place a black Mobius in between for contrast. I highly recommend aluminum for Mobius Balls. Its easy to work with but much stronger than copper. Copper is too soft and mars very easily. Colored copper has a plastic coating to provide color and it chips off like crazy.

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techmonkie (author)2015-02-05

Got some typos you might wanna fix in your Instructable. Pretty interesting design otherwise.

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ki4oyh (author)2015-02-05

Very enjoyable instructable. Thank you.

Just a suggestion: To separate the rings from the coil leave them on the 'mandrel' and make your line. Then use a very fine jeweler's saw blade in a coping saw frame to cut through the rings, on the line.

Note: It may help to wrap the wire with painter's tape first, to ensure everything
stays together, reduce flying filings, etc.

When you are done, you will have your rings with mostly square edges. Also, there will be less chance of a ring flying across the room as you clip it loose (I know!).

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Omnitus (author)2015-02-05

Just throwing this out there in case anyone had the interest but didn't already know. How you go about making the rings for this toy, is the exact same method to make your own rings for making your own chainmail. There are varying methods, but this is the most basic version. Just found that entertaining and thought someone might be interested to know that.

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CherylL3 (author)2015-02-05

Made it! It would look cool on a necklace. I didn't realize how easy it was to make rings like that; had never tried it before, so thanks! (oh, I want so badly to go through and help you with your grammar and spelling! It would make some of these instructions more clear!)

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Petra Silverbird (author)2015-02-04

so cool! I have a ring just like this, but your way is definitely cheaper! I wonder if you make the rings a bit bigger, you may be able to wear it on your finger?

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I've thought about that and I'm sure you can, because it fits my pinkie.

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X Caliber (author)2015-02-04

Oh okay thanks. And I like my name too.

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X Caliber (author)2015-02-03

Hey awesome creation, your really good at innovation. But I have a question, I'm still wondering how do you play with it? I saw the comment below and I'm still a little confused. But other than that, nice job!

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Marvellous me (author)X Caliber2015-02-03

First I would like to say cool name, second it's hard to explain really how you play with it, it's just fun and addicting. After you feel it and toss it around, and move it in your hand you'll understand.

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rcarr8 (author)2015-02-01

Uh, maybe I missed it but, what is it? I see all the directions but have no idea what it is or how you get "hours of fun".

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Marvellous me (author)rcarr82015-02-03

if make one and mess with it, you'll know.

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In the maille artisan book, it is called a mobius weave. It is usually a decoration/pendant on a necklace, bracelet, etc

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That is cool to know.

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leash9418 (author)Marvellous me2015-02-03

cool it helps me get through tests

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CountParadox (author)rcarr82015-02-01

I see I'm not alone..

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constructobot (author)2015-02-02

One of the best instructables I've ever seen

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Havadurumu (author)2015-02-02

cool, it looks great.

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craftcrafty (author)2015-02-01

coolest instructable, could you explain the looping a little more??

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