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Loombands: How to Make Advanced and Coolest Designs


I only encountered it first at Facebook, from then on, loombands became an immediate trend! Everywhere I go; from shopping malls, local markets, bookstores even at schools, you can see them everywhere! Well, needless to say, I decided to make my own.

According to Wiki, Loombands AKA Rainbow Loom is a plastic toy loom used to weave colorful rubber bands into bracelets and charms. Cheong Choon Ng of Novi, Michigan invented it in 2011. It had sold over 1.2 million units as of September 2013 according to Ng, who has sued the makers of rival products FunLoom and Cra-Z-Loom for patent infringement.

Just for a short history, Rainbow Loom was created by Cheong Choon Ng. He is a Malaysian immigrant of Chinese descent who came to the United States in 1991 to attend Wichita State University. He earned a graduate degree in mechanical engineering. He was employed as a crash-test engineer for Nissan Motor Company in 2010. He conceived the idea of a toy loom for rubber-band crafting while watching his young
daughters make rubber-band jewelry. His prototype, which he called Twistz Bandz, used a wooden board, pushpins, and dental hooks. Encouraged by his family to market the product commercially, he invested $10,000 and found a factory in China to manufacture the parts, which he and his wife assembled in their home in June 2011. Ng renamed his product after discovering an elastic hair band on the market named Twist Band. The name Rainbow Loom was his brother and niece’s idea.

A few dozen will surely keep you going, but as time goes by, it somehow seems to become boring. My nieces and nephews were so hooked that they never put those things down! But given an ample time, they are asking for more challenging designs.

If you're having the same dilemma, I took the liberty to research about great designs as well as their tutorials.

Hibiscus Rainbow Loom Bracelet



Letter Beads to a Rainbow Loom Bracelet



Heart Charm Rainbow Loom Bracelet



Ninja



Rock Candy Rainbow Loom Bracelet 



Feather Bracelet



Five Row Name Bracelet 



Kaleidoscope Rainbow Loom Bracelet




Mustache Tail Rainbow Loom Cuff 



Rainbow Loom Pony or Unicorn



Hair Bow Charm



Wonder Woman Charms



Triple Fishtail Loom Bracelet



Hope that these might be enough to tickle all your curiosity, as well as your children ;-) Just do remember a simple quote from Viswanathan Anand... Parents, first and foremost, it is important to... understand and recognise the activities your child is naturally gravitating towards. It's important also to ensure that your child likes what he or she is doing. I believe in exposing children to as many hobbies and extracurricular activities as possible. Who is Viswanathan Anand if you might ask me? I really have no idea ;-)

Cheerio!

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