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Stress Relief Keychain

About this design:

This was inspired by a keychain I saw that was called a 'fidget', which was made with cord and pony beads. It acts as a worry bead keychain and is great to release frustrations or stresses. The beads slide along the cord and is surprising really relaxing and sort of 'addictive' once you start. :)
Also, I made all the polymer clay beads. I started making the clay beads recently because I wanted a creative hobby to help balance out my science/logical side.


handmade polymer clay beads, braiding cord, glass beads, and key ring.

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  1. Atomic Toad
    Atomic Toad says:


  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Lots of fun! :D

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks! I like the feel of the beads and that all the beads are one of a kind.

  4. miss mymom
    miss mymom says:

    is this a bracelet? if not it should be,, i love how colorful..and always to hear where people get their inspiration..good work…or good fun.

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    olive penguin says:

    No, it’s a keychain. Though I agree it would make an interesting design for a bracelet.

    The beads slide and it is meant to be ‘played’ with. I tend to have a lot of nervous energy, so sliding the beads back and forth is relaxing. I’ve made these for family members with pony beads and everyone who has one is always surprised how well it ‘works’ to help relax.

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    K H says:

    These are sometimes called good deed beads…you pull one each time you see or experience a random act of kindness. The goal is to be see, do or experience 10 RACs each day.

  7. nancykathryn
    nancykathryn says:

    The beads you made are lovely. What a great idea for a worry piece, I sure could use one of them, lol.

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    olive penguin says:

    K H- I hadn’t heard that before, but that is a great concept/idea! I really like that alternative use.

    Thanks everyone!

  9. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Your beads are fantastic!

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    olive penguin says:


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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    This is so cool. I am familiar with fidgets from my son who has ADHD. He has a fidget with him in classes that he fiddles with. Helps keep him in his seat and focused.

  12. Beads247
    Beads247 says:

    Really cute and fun. I like the bright bead contrast to black.. always a nice concept. You inspire me to get back to my clay bench!

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks Coral and Robins Nest!

    Robins Nest it make me happy that I could inspire you to get back to your clay bench. I hope you have fun creating!

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    olive penguin says:

    oops, makes not make.

  15. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Olive..This is just fab! I just love the beads,and must say they remind me so much of those giant lolipops! You do excellent work! :)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Fantastic idea! Love your clay beads. I really like the colors and especially the two little dangles on the end. They remind be of bird eggs. :-)

    Similar to KH’s good deed beads, I’ve also heard these called St. Therese’s Chaplet. We make them for our Confirmation candidates to carry in their pockets and help them remember to do good deeds/RACs for others.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks Nancy and Mary! I never thought about giant lolipops when I made the beads, but now that you say that I agree! :D

  18. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Hi Olive~~~My fav place. Look to the left! ;)


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    olive penguin says:

    LOL, Nancy! That’s a great photo! Thanks for the chuckle and illustrating my secret(even from me…hehe)inspiration when I make beads. :D

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