The Chewable Block Necklace

The chewable block necklace is designed for less aggressive chewers. The rectangular blocks are relatively small (1.5 inches long and .5 inches thick) and more pliable than the chewable pendants. Because they're hollow, the blocks also have more give when you bite down on them. They make a good replacement for chewing or sucking on things like pen caps, pencils, erasers, straws, headphone cords, and hoodies strings.

I like the block necklace because it's light and small enough to tuck inside my shirt when I'm not using  it. The corners of the blocks create a different type of feedback than the smoother pendants and I like how there’s some give and rebound to them when I bite down.  As I was writing this, I even caught myself picking up one of the loose blocks to chew on whenever I paused to think or reread. (One important caution is that the loose blocks could pose a choking hazard.)

The  chewable block necklace package includes one block pre-strung on the necklace cord and 3 extra blocks. If you like, you can add additional blocks to your necklace, use the extras as replacements when the first one wears out, or even find more creative uses for them. For example, I discovered that sticking one of the blocks on my favorite pen gives me something to chew on instead of the end of the pen.

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The blocks could also be strung on hoodie or jacket hood strings. If your hoodie strings have shoelace type plastic endings, you can thread them through the block in a couple of ways. One method is to start feeding the end of the string through as far as you can push it with your fingers and then use a needle or some other thin pointed object to push it the rest of the way through. The other method is to tie a piece of fishing line or other stiff thread around the end of the hoodie string. Then thread the fishing line through the opening first until you can grab it and use it to pull the hoodie string through the block.

The string on the right shows how the fishing line is tied around the string to help pull it through the block. The string on the left has been knotted to prevent the block from slipping off.

The string on the right shows how the fishing line is tied around the string to help pull it through the block. The string on the left has been knotted to prevent the block from slipping off.

If your hoodie strings are too thick to go through the block, one solution is to replace the string with a regular shoelace.

An example of a colorful shoelace used in place of a hoodie string that was too thick.

If you find other uses for your blocks, let me know in a comment or send in a photo and I’ll share it here.

 

Posted on November 14, 2014 and filed under Product Write Ups.