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While using a Rainbow Loom to create awesome colorful bracelets is not the most difficult thing to do, anybody new to this creative and fun way of making bracelets can benefit from the many helpful video tutorials that are available on YouTube. The following are videos that teach the basics regarding how to make bracelets using these crafty looms, including how to get started.
The story of how this crafty invention came about is very interesting and is detailed below.
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What Is a Rainbow Loom Bracelet?
Have you noticed all the small colorful rubber bands that any store connected to toys or crafts is selling in a high profile location? The small colorful rubber bands are used to make bracelets using a plastic loom contraption that is used to arrange the rubber bands in a preferred color pattern to create a beautiful bracelet. A number of bracelet weaves and designs are possible using this innovative bracelet maker.
What is a loom? A loom is a device used to weave cloth. A loom is used to hold threads under tension to facilitate the interweaving of them into cloth. Rainbow Loom uses the loom concept to allow anyone to weave a beautiful bracelet using rubber bands instead of threads.
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Rainbow Loom Bracelets
The Invention of the Rainbow Loom
The invention of the Rainbow Loom is a story typical of successful entrepreneurs who just wanted to make something that worked and had no intention of creating a hugely successful product. The loom, which was initially called Twistz Bandz, is the brainchild of a Malaysian immigrant to the United States named Choon Ng who resides in the State of Michigan.
In 2011, Mr. Ng was looking for a way to show his daughters how to make bracelets out of rubber bands. The problem he faced was that his fingers were too big to manipulate rubber bands efficiently to make bracelets. He decided to put his engineering background to work (he was working as a crash-safety engineer for Nissan Motor Company) and constructed a crude loom device in his garage workshop that consisted of a single row of pushpins pressed into a block of wood.
His daughters were unimpressed with his first attempt at making rubber band bracelets with a loom because they could create the same bracelets by hand. Mr. Ng thought of a way to make the loom more useful and impressive by creating a loom with three rows of pushpins. He showed his daughters that by wrapping rubber bands around the three rows of pushpins in geometric patterns and then removing them from the loom, he was able to create more elaborate rubber band bracelets than they could create with their hands. At that moment, Mr. Ng realized that he had discovered a new craft device, but didn’t realize how big a success it would eventually become.
After making colorful bracelets for family and friends and being met with overwhelming approval, Mr. Ng’s oldest daughter suggested that he make a business out of his invention. Despite some reservations and financial challenges, Mr. Ng invested his family’s modest $10,000 nest egg into the creation of a business to build and market his rubber band loom invention. He continued to improve the loom and patented it, calling it the “Brunnian Link-Making Device and Kit”. He named it in honor of Hermann Brunn, a mathematician from the 19th-century who was the first to study convex geometry, which is the study of convex sets. Convex sets require every point on a straight line segment that joins them to also be within an object. In the context of the Rainbow Loom, it just means all of the rubber bands have to be within the loom, but they can be arranged in different ways to create different patterns.
Mr. Ng found little success in trying to sell his bracelet making loom kits through brick and mortar retail outlets at local shopping malls. Instead, he turned his attention to selling his bracelet making loom kits online by creating a YouTube channel that included a number of step-by-step tutorials that demonstrated how to use his device to make beautiful bracelets.
Mr. Ng’s success online was also limited, with monthly sales reaching $1,000 per month within a year of starting his YouTube channel. It was some nice extra money, but certainly not an income that he could support his family on.
He then had the good fortune of attracting the attention of the co-owner of two Learning Express store franchises in the suburbs of Atlanta, a woman named Cindy O’Hara. She ordered several of his bracelet making loom kits in the summer of 2012. O’Hara was able to sell the kits to young girls who visited her stores by demonstrating how to make colorful bracelets with them, and she soon placed another order for $10,000 worth of kits. The rest is history. The popularity of Mr. Ng’s bracelet making loom device kits spread throughout the Learning Express store network, and soon became a nationwide craze with many retailers offering Mr. Ng’s kits throughout the United States.
Mr. Ng is emblematic of someone who is living the “American Dream” of coming up with a good idea and putting the entrepreneurial spirit to work to turn his idea into a successful business.
Choon Ng - The Creator of Rainbow Loom With His Family
© 2013 John Coviello
Jennifer from La Habra CA, on June 29, 2016:
Awesome article about The rainbow loom band company and how it started my favorite loom bracelet to do is the fishtail bracelet.
John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on April 25, 2016:
Rainbow looms are still popular after all of these years. Lots of different bracelets to try.
Michelle Cesare from New York on November 05, 2013:
Excellent gift idea. I can see why the videos would help to learn how to create a bracelet.
Dianna Mendez on November 01, 2013:
I know my granddaughter loves these bracelets. I can see why after looking in on your post. Yes, they would make great gifts.
Virginia Kearney from United States on October 30, 2013:
The story of Mr. Ng is interesting. I like the fact that these bands actually demonstrate some math principles. My girls have just gotten interested in these and are making some bracelets for friends. I'll have to show them the videos of more complicated designs.
John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on October 29, 2013:
Thanks everyone for your comments on my Hub about the Rainbow Loom. I found it fascinating to see the Rainbow Loom popping up all around me and had to look into where it came from. It's such a nice story how Mr. Ng came up with the idea and how well he's done with his business. The bracelets made with the Rainbow Loom are beautiful!
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2013:
These are so lovely and creative and you made it so easy to understand with your pictures and videos.
Nice for gifting, thanks for sharing the details!
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 28, 2013:
I’ve been seeing those in stores and wondered how they work. This is a very well-written and informative hub. I’m glad you included Mr. Ng’s story. Voted up++
Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on October 26, 2013:
Excellent gift idea!!!
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on October 26, 2013:
I love these - and especially enjoyed the video. I think this the loom would make a terrific gift for Christmas.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 26, 2013:
Rainbow Loom Videos That Explain How To Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets awesome, beautiful and a useful hub. The bracelets are such a creative idea. Voted up.
Kristy LeAnn from Princeton, WV on October 25, 2013:
I was wondering how these worked. Thanks for the videos. I know these are for girls but I'm totally not ashamed to admit I want one, and I'm 29. lol :)