Thursday, January 30, 2014

Multiple Button Closure for Rainbow Loom Bracelets

I really like the look that buttons add to the Rainbow Loom bracelets. And besides, it's not just that, but they are functional as well. I don't have to mess with the ugly, not always secure c/s-clips that come with the loom. You can find some adorable buttons to add, dinosaurs, hearts, robots, flowers...anything. I even see buttons on several bracelets being called charms (please don't buy these "charms" at jacked up prices when they are just buttons you can find at Wal-Mart, Michael's, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, etc)

And they are soooo easy to add! Any place you can place an end cap (doubled rubber band on one peg) you can place what I'm calling a button cap. You simply pull a rubber band through the button holes and then take the ends and wrap them around the peg. It doesn't matter if you button has a shank (loop that sticks out from the back of the button) or regular buttons like those below that you can put the bands through. You can take a look at this post to get a better idea of what I mean. I plan to do a video tutorial explaining a lot of this, but for now, a blog will have to do.

Quadruple Double X bracelet with 4 buttons

Bracelet with 2 buttons

See how the button caps are looped around the pegs? This is done in place of the end caps that you would normally put on the bracelet to secure the the bands when you are first looping. (So, the opposite end from the red arrow.)

After looping the entire bracelet, you take any open ends and wrap them around the button to secure it. Cute and functional!

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