Rainbow Loom Herringbone Rope Pattern
We are White RabbitJewelry.com, a division of MagicTricks.com
We make unique jewelry for magicians and magicians assistants
We don't sell the Rainbow Loom- so why are we offering you these Rainbow Loom patterns and instructions?
Like learning magic tricks, rubberband weaving develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Both are creative and fun activities!
And as you can see- it's not just for kids!
Please enjoy making these designs, just like we did. Here are ideas and all the how-to information you need!
And if you want to shop for magic tricks and party favors while you're here- that would be just fine with us! :-)
Click to see ALL the different kids of Rainbow Loom Patterns we've made!
|example of Stacked pattern
|Band colors used: olive, black, fuschia
Here's a great instruction video we found on YouTube from Kimaufman Aufman:
|Tips and Tricks
|We are a magic shop- so "Tips and TRICKS" is pretty funny, don't you think? :-)
If you want to make your design look more grownup and sophisticated, choose more muted and darker colors. The way the Herringbone Rope pattern weaves the colors makes it possible for you to give your bracelet a bargello-inspired look.
Choosing Rubber Bands
Pick through the rubber bands you will be using for your design. The bands are NOT exactly the same! Make sure to only use the thicker bands- the thinner bands will break (if not as you are making the bracelet, then later as you are wearing it).
C Clip or Jump Ring?
The plastic C clip that comes with each bag of rubber bands is great because it's easy to use, it's practically invisible in the design, and it is not metal (for those who are allergic to metal jewelry). A jump ring is great because it's much sturdier and will hold up under rougher wearing conditions- say, if you get the bracelet caught on something. The jump ring will hold, the C clip will probably snap. Also the jump ring has a more finished and sophisticated appearance; the C clip is plastic, after all.
It is really important that the rubber bands are placed around the Rainbow Loom pegs without any twist in them. Otherwise, the twisted band will stick out in the design, making the bracelet look sloppy. If it is hard for you to get the bands on the pegs without twisting them, then use the hook tool to straighten the band once it's on the pegs. Simply put the hook on the inside of the band, and gently run the hook around the inside of the band, like you are stirring a cup of coffee. The band will untwist for you. Be careful not to pull upwards and pull the band off the pegs while you are stirring.
Keep the Bands From Popping Off the Pegs
First- slow down! Second, your fingers are actually your most useful tools. As you are working, use your fingers to hold the other bands on the pegs as you are stretching and looping the bottom band in each step.
Complete the Loop
As you make each loop, make sure to complete it. That means make sure to pull it enough so that the part of the rubber band that's looping around other rubber bands actually forms a V shape. If you leave it as a U shape, it's not pulled enough, and you'll have to do a lot of fussing with the finished bracelet to get the bands to lay the way you want them to.
Smooth Out the Bracelet
After you finish your bracelet, it will probably look a little lumpy because you need to straighten and even out the loops. It's easy!. Starting next to the C-clip, gently stretch the bracelet. Pinch with your left hand, and with your right hand, stretch the bracelet in a stroking motion. Repeat along the entire length of the bracelet. If there are still some lumpy spots, try pinching them to make them lie down. If you see any twisted bands, use your hook to straighten them. Insert the hook into the twisted loop, and gently run the hook along the inside of the loop. It will usually cause the band to flip and untwist itself.
Caring for the Rubber Bands
Rubber bands dry out. To make your loose bands stay stretchy for as long as possible, STORE THEM IN THE REFRIGERATOR. Not in the freezer, though- frozen bands become brittle. In our magic shop, we sell rubber bands for coin tricks, and this is what really works to keep those bands fresh. You could also store your finished bracelets in the refrigerator. You'll have your friends talking about you for sure! :-)