<b>Gryffindor:</b> high-fiving someone so hard it hurts your hand (on purpose, and you just get even more pumped up + happy), catching things right before they hit the ground, "home is not a place, it's a person", buying dozens of notebooks but only writing a couple of things in each of them, balconies, assuming everyone speaks the truth, instant noodles, carefree jokes in the middle of fighting in action movies, hitchhiking, board games (with friends), adopting slang words/expressions from other people, road trips, drinking/eating straight from the container, forgetting to brush your teeth, explaining things with your hands or by showing, volunteering (sometimes just so that those who REALLY don't want to do it won't have to), constantly changing your ringtone<p/><b>Ravenclaw:</b> reading funny/interesting facts and forgetting them right away (except for the VERY fascinating ones), going to a foreign country without knowing the language; learning as you go/by experiencing it yourself and through failed attempts, multitasking (with questionable results), space, tearing paper as a stress reliever, preferring ballpoint + mechanical pens because the line they draw is even, procrastination, blushing easily, either REALLY neat or REALLY messy handwriting, making sure everyone is drinking enough water (and not too much alcohol), never borrowing money but always lending it to others (with no rush to get it back), wind, green tea, talking really fast/loud when you get excited, laughing and smiling silently, only paying attention to the things that interest you<p/><b>Slytherin:</b> having a discussion with someone across the room by using just gestures and facial expressions/lip reading, ending up sharpening all the pencils instead of just the one you need, string instruments, both judgemental eye rolls and friendly and teasing eye rolls, never ignoring problems, taking one (or two) for the team, cutting your own hair/making your own jewellery and clothing; DIY, formal language with strangers and at work but swearing/using (internet) slang with friends and at home, never letting fate decide, keeping secrets (both others' and your own), forgiving relatively fast but NOT many times, avoiding telling white lies, mostly listening during conversations but impressing everyone with how intelligent and insightful you are when you do comment/speak<p/><b>Hufflepuff:</b> sunflowers and dandelions, (cookie) dough, colouring books, choosing the slightly smaller half of a halved pastry even though the other person said you could pick either one and they'd have the other one, bumblebees + honey bees, listening to loud music with headphones and constantly fearing others can hear it, humming and whistling, coffee and hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream and spices, blanket forts, not feeling pressured to do anything "productive", always thinking it's your fault (it's not), having days for yourself; peace and quiet and self-care, movie/TV/Netflix marathons, procrastinating at first and then working for hours and hours straight just before the deadline, rain (heavy or light), chocolate and peppermint and fudge<p/></p>
Do you have any tips on DIY chew stim toys? I cant afford to buy any
Absolutely! I’ll also include a few cheap chew stim toys at the end that don’t involve purchasing online and paying shipping, just in case it’s easier to buy those as opposed to buying materials, but I’ll also talk about ways to do the DIYs that, hopefully, don’t involve buying anything.
Firstly, the DIYs. There’s two ways to go about it, cloth or silicone. I’ve mentioned the cloth DIYs before on this post and I’ll quote my comment below:
There’s a no-sew necklace tutorial here at Hdydi and a slightly-more-complicated (but nicer-looking) bangle tutorial here at Craftaholics Anonymous.
(The bangle does require a little sewing, but it can be done via hand
or machine.) Both use cut-up T-shirts or T-shirt material. There’s also a
tutorial here at Lemon Lime Adventures for a version using wooden beads.
The Hdydi tute involves only the ability to cut up an old T-shirt into strips, braid it and knot it into a loop that can be a necklace or bracelet. It’s super easy as DIYs go if you can braid and knot (I’m aware that not all disabled people can manage even the super easy DIYs). If you want to turn it into a necklace, you may need to sew two strips together at the ends - a running stitch will do the job - in order to have length long enough that you can pull the braid over your head.
The Craftaholics Anonymous tute requires scrap fabric (again, you can cut up an old T-shirt). Instead of knotting the end of the braid, they’re sewn across (again, a running stitch will work just fine) the ends to finish them. The two sewn ends are then sewn to each other to form a bracelet, providing a neater finish.
If you’re making bracelets, you’ll want material with a little stretch: most cheap T-shirts are made from polyester. This will be fine. If your material doesn’t stretch at all, keep your braid a little loose or make the bracelet a little larger than needed - this gives you more play in the fabric to pull it over your hand.
These braids could easily be turned into keychain attachments or zip pulls, for those who want something chewable but don’t necessarily wish to wear them!
(For both of these tutorials, you need an old T-shirt and scissors. For the second, a needle and thread. If you need to borrow these from someone and don’t want to explain what you’re doing, just say you’re mending a tear in your own clothing.)
The Lemon Lime Adventures tute uses socks, shoelaces and wooden beads. The beads can be omitted if you don’t have them - just tie more knots in the socks. This might be an option for those who can’t/don’t wish to sew.
(If the bead is going in your mouth, don’t use painted or dyed ones. Plain, unpainted, undyed, unvarnished, untreated ones are safest.)
Other options for fabric chewing involve buying thick, soft woven fabric cord - think the kind used for hoodie strings, which I’ve
seen in many a dollar shop craft section - and tying knots in it before
knotting the ends in a loop to make a bracelet or necklace.
You may even have an old hoodie from which you can acquire the strings! Shoelaces, likewise, especially the thick ones. These probably won’t last as long as the Lemon Lime Adventures version, but they’re easily replaced.
(I’d wash everything mentioned above thoroughly before using, even if it’s new: you don’t want dye leeching from the cloth into your mouth.)
The silicone DIY method involves getting a silicone pot holder or some other silicone kitchen object, cutting it up and using it as a handheld chewable or putting a hole in it and stringing it on a cord (even a shoelace) for chewellery. (There are so many silicone kitchen items these days: you could look at the bottom part of a spatula, the edge of a baking tray, a shaped part from an ice tray or chocolate mould … whatever you think works.) Now, finding something silicone and thick will be the hardest part, as most of these things are pretty thin, and I think even a moderate chewer might go through these pretty quickly.
(I’ll stress here that I do not know what degree of food-safe some of these items may be. If it’s designed to hold food or have a lot of contact with food, I’d think it’d be pretty safe; if it’s not designed to have contact with food, it may be questionable.)
Lastly, I’ve found relatively inexpensive plastic and silicone teethers in stores like K-Mart and The Reject Shop. (I’ve posted about them here and here.) These are probably far better for tougher chewers, especially the silicone ones as they’re quite thick and sturdy, and may be worth the investment. I don’t know where you’re located, so I don’t know what stores to suggest, but I’d try looking at the better discount stores - the ones that stock cheap and clearanced brand-name items - and cheap department stores. From the right store, teethers aren’t expensive. The silicone ones I found are pretty cute (clearancing at $1 AUD!) and aren’t that different from the handheld chewables sold on Stimtastic. I say this because it may be as cheap to buy a silicone teether as it is to buy a silicone pot holder for DIY.
I hope this gives you some ideas. Followers, please feel welcome to add!
Hiya! I've got a friend I'm trying to help out. He stims by pulling the hoods of his hoodies over his shoulder and chewing on them. I'm not sure how hard he chews but I do know he does it almost constantly (If we're not talking, he's calmly chewing away). I've seen so many of his hoods fall apart in just a matter of weeks. I've offered to buy him chewelery in the past but he says he prefers fabric textures. Any stim ideas?
I do have a few, anon, with the proviso that we’re merely exchanging the hoodie hoods for something else chewable. If he’s chewing that much, that fast, I think just about anything else fabric will be chewed up as often, if not sooner. So you might have to teach him how to make these chewables, or make a lot yourself on a regular basis, and you’ll have to put some thought into the materials from which you make them, particularly with regards cost and toughness.
I wear men’s winter-weight hoodies when I’m not dressed up (bigger, warmer, less dysphoria-triggering) and most of mine are made from a thick one-sided fleece. Some hoods have an additional knit lining, making a two-layer hood, but the cheaper hoodies or the non-fleece hoodies (also usually made from a thin knit) often have only one. Unless he’s chewing through light knit or summer-weight hoodies, it’s not a super fragile material. It’s also not cheap to buy off the bolt.
(Fabric is expensive. Sometimes you luck into cheap bits second hand at markets, and most fabric stores have a remnants or offcuts bin where you can find good discounts, but many fabrics bought off the bolt cost more than buying the same thing as clothing.)
For sourcing materials, I’d be looking at op/thrift/second hand shops for old hoodies and, if he doesn’t mind chewing on denim, jeans. (Otherwise: outlet stores, sales at department stores.) Also things like workwear-weight shirts and cargo pants, usually made from a tough cotton drill. (Clothes like Hard Yakka workwear, for example.) Men’s clothes are generally thicker and sturdier than women’s clothes, so I’d direct tough chewers wanting fabric chews towards them regardless of their gender, and I think this is, honestly, your best bet for finding affordable, sturdy material. Note that you’ll need to be a little careful: don’t buy clothes with paint marks, for example, or anything that smells of chemicals or must, or is more than very lightly surface dirty/dusty. Holes don’t matter, but cleanliness does! Wash thoroughly before handling - I’d be using the least-chemical detergents possible and wash the garments a couple of times.
Once you’ve sourced and washed your bait garments, you can look at how you want to construct your chewables. If there’s any buttons, press studs, buckles, zippers, clothing tags or other plastic/metal attachments, cut them off. You can then cut the items up in strips (either across the torso of the shirt/hoodie or up the leg of jeans/trousers) and start braiding/plaiting.
I will note that I don’t actually like the look of most fabric chewables. They’re acceptable for kids, but most adults, I suspect, won’t be able to get away with wearing these in school or office settings. I cut up one of my own T-shirts a while back and started experimenting, and I ended up with a variation on the necklace by making a braid, knotting both ends, folding the braid with the knotted ends together and then tying a knot part way up the length, forming a loop to go over the head with two dangling knots at the bottom:
[image description: two plaited fabric chewable necklaces made from lengths of purple and grey T-shirt knit braided into a long rope, knotted at both ends and then tied with a large knot a few centimetres above the ends, forming a loop large enough to fit over the head. The necklaces sit on a red and green circular watermelon slice pillow.]
Because this one is getting long, anon, I continue under the read more cut:
Here is a quick tutorial on how to make your own chainmaille bracelet or necklace using the 4 in 1 pattern. I have also included pictures afterwards of other chainmaille projects which I hope will further inspire you.
You will need jump rings, pliers and a lobster clasp. Jump rings from a local craft store are sufficient for jewelry. The size of the rings is really up to you and what’s easiest for you to work with. I did use 0.27 in (7mm) rings for this tutorial though.
Open one ring and slide four other rings onto the first. Close the first ring.
When you lay it out on a flat surface it should look like this:
To add to this pattern simply open another ring and slide it into the hole where two of the side rings overlap like a Venn Diagram. Add two more rings onto your open ring and then close it.
Repeat until you have reached a desired length. Finish with a single ring on each end. One of the ends will need to have a lobster clasp. And then you’re done. Unless you want to increase the width.
To increase the width add a ring through two top rings.
Next add two more rings to your open ring then close it.
To continue slip an open ring through 1 top most ring, and 2 rings a level below the top row.
Add a ring to the open ring and close it. Repeat along the entire length of your piece as many levels as desired. Then add a clasp of your choice.
Begin as before by slipping 4 rings onto 1 open ring. Close it. You should be at this stage again:
Next slip an open ring through the top 2 rings.
Add 2 rings then close it off. Repeat until desired length is reached.
Finish it as before with a lobster clasp. However, adding more rings is possible.
Slip an open ring through the mid level and bottom level rings.
Add 2 rings and close it.
Next, slip an open ring through the top most and 2 middle level rings.
Add 1 ring and close it. Repeat along entire length of piece and until desired width is achieved. Add desired clasp and you’re done.
Here are some examples of my finished work so you can get ideas of how finished pieces can look. Different patterns were used in some cases but you should be able to copy those patterns from the pictures if you so desire. If you have any questions let me know.
Queen of Hearts Necklace:
Sword and helmet earrings with shield necklace:
Chainmaille is pretty versatile and won’t necessarily take up a huge amount of your time. You can also mix and match different patterns.
There are tons of free patterns online which are yielded easily enough through a search engine. Pinterest also has a few decent pictures and tutorials.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the extra pictures and that it was all helpful. If you have any questions please ask. =)
Also, much thanks to rubylis for reminding me that “jump rings” are typically sold in craft stores and not “o-rings” and that I should mention that the 4 in 1 pattern is usually done horizontally for jewelry (the “alternate method” in this tutorial).