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Posted on Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:08 pm
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I made a small sheet of European 4 in 1 for a friend who does counseling for children. She had mentioned she had fidget devices for them to occupy their hands while they talked so I had her try this. It was a success!

First sheet I made for her was made out of bright aluminum but this leaves a lot of grey dust on the kids hands (which they are made to wash off, it's metal dust after all). I made a much smaller sheet out of stainless steel once she mentioned this. She requested a sheet of dragonscale for them to play with. This one is being made out of stainless steel so it's less messy.

I don't know if anyone has found this application for chainmail as a tactile tool for therapy, thought I would share. I'm sure there are plenty of fun to touch weaves that can be applied like this.

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Posted on Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:08 am
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Welcome and well come, burnttoastv.

We have seen the like before, usually from people talking about how making the mail is their fidget-therapy. But there certainly is nothing else that feels like mail!

Semi-relevantly, sometimes I like to play Bach or other baroque composers' works in mailmaking -- and assembling jigsaw puzzles; it's the making of a whole from myriad tiny pieces, properly assembled.


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Posted on Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:40 pm
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Since I've posted this I've been asked to supply more of these sheets. Simple European 4in1 squares made of anodized aluminum and a strip of dragonscale that was 15 inches long and two inches wide out of stainless steel. My therapist friend works with children and her fellow therapists asked for some so their clients can use them. These sheets have become the most popular toy in their office. If you know of people who work with children this seems a popular outlet, at least for the person I'm giving them to.

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Posted on Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:05 am
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I make fidget balls from loose Japanese dodecahedra with a marble captured inside. They feel firm and squishy at the same time and are very soothing. I sell lots. Also once at a show I gave an autistic boy a 8” length of stainless steel Full Persian which he got really attached to.

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