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  • An 8-year-old entrepreneur, Paige Bradtmueller creates fidget stones out of clay to help people relieve stress and anxiety
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    An 8-year-old entrepreneur, Paige Bradtmueller creates fidget stones out of clay to help people relieve stress and anxiety
  • An 8-year-old entrepreneur, Paige Bradtmueller creates fidget stones out of clay to help people relieve stress and anxiety
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    An 8-year-old entrepreneur, Paige Bradtmueller creates fidget stones out of clay to help people relieve stress and anxiety

Fidget Stones By Paige — The Next Big Craze?

Sharon Mager
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June 27, 2018

Arnold resident Paige Bradtmueller is an artist who has her crafts in three locations, along with orders coming in through a Facebook page less than 24 hours after it was created. Amazingly, the successful entrepreneur is 8 years old. She’s already used her first earnings to purchase a large Lego set.

“It kind of blew up out of nowhere,” said Paige’s mother, Gillian. “We were sitting at the table playing with clay and made discs with thumbprints.”

They’re like worry stones, she explained — gemstones people rub their thumbs on to relieve stress and anxiety. The fidget stones are individually handmade out of clay.

When Gillian posted a photo of her daughter’s fidget stones on Facebook, people were excited. “It took off. She’s had quite a few large orders,” Gillian said.

Teachers love them. Similar gadgets spin, make noise and get in kids’ hair, Gillian said. “These are quiet. Kids can sit quietly and play with them,” she added.

“The first one I made was green and orange, but I really like the teal and gold one,” Paige said. She explained that she makes the fidget stones with different colors of clay, then bakes them in the family’s home oven. She said the colors change. “When we bake it, the dark gets a little lighter and the light ones get dark,” she said.

When she’s not making her stones, Paige likes to read chapter books. She particularly likes the “Underground Princess” series by local children’s book writer J. W. Zulauf. She also likes gymnastics.

She loves animals and has a cat, two guinea pigs and a puppy. In fact, she’s considering donating a portion of her earnings to an animal shelter. Asked about her favorite animals, she quickly stated that she likes ponies, cats and unicorns.

Gillian said Paige does most of the stones by herself, but she and her husband, Jon, lend a hand when there are large orders.

The stones are $5 or $8 on a keychain. Multiple colors are available.

They can be purchased at 1st Class Gymnastics in Annapolis, We Rock the Spectrum in Severna Park and E.L. & Company in Pasadena. Stones are also available at the Facebook page “Fidget Stones by Paige” or email at gbradtmueller@yahoo.com.

Asked if people have a lot of stress these days, Paige wisely answered “yes.”


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