Rings and Chain Fidget

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Introduction: Rings and Chain Fidget

About: I'm a dad, husband, son, teacher, special ed teacher, and person with dyslexia.

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

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.

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

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

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)

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

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

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32 Discussions

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beverlyaa
beverlyaa

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

This looks like a great fidget and project. Thank you for sharing! I read that you use a chain for a 1 - 3 speed bike. What size key ring do you use?

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sdaluz11
sdaluz11

3 years ago

what is the size of the key rings?

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stevebarnett
stevebarnett

3 years ago

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

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stevebarnett
stevebarnett

Reply 3 years ago

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.

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InsomniacOlympian
InsomniacOlympian

3 years ago

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

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Anianna
Anianna

Reply 3 years ago

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

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GenerallyOdd
GenerallyOdd

3 years ago

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!

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robypc
robypc

3 years ago

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

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Jamie JP
Jamie JP

Reply 3 years ago

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

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robypc
robypc

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks!

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mrsmerwin
mrsmerwin

3 years ago

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

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piperjon
piperjon

3 years ago

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!

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S0dyP0p
S0dyP0p

Reply 3 years ago

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.

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schaude
schaude

Reply 3 years ago

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.

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Mr_Baier
Mr_Baier

Reply 3 years ago

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

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thkshp
thkshp

3 years ago

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

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Mr_Baier
Mr_Baier

Reply 3 years ago

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.

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AnneT36
AnneT36

Reply 3 years ago

fidgetland.com has really nice ones for 5-7$

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Ekralt
Ekralt

3 years ago

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?

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adrian09
adrian09

Reply 3 years ago

use a lego beam 3 - http://www.brickowl.com/catalog/lego-beam-3-17141-32523-41482. i made one using that