Today a large number of children older than 6-7 years is passionate about weaving all kinds of crafts-figurines made of gum, and this activity is interesting not only girls but also boys. In needlework this area has a special name – «amigurumi» or «lanigerum», and every day his popularity is gaining more and more momentum.
Usually in this technique are bracelets, pendants, necklaces and other ornaments, and figurines of various animals, flowers, crafts, timed for the holidays, clothes for dolls, cases for mobile phones, key holders, purses and other decorative items. For weaving DIY rubber band will require not only the gum of a certain shape, color and thickness, which can be purchased in a huge number of stores, but a special machine, fork, slingshot, or hook.
In this article we will tell you what is the difference between these devices from each other, and how they can be used to create original crafts.
How to make crafts from gum in the machine?
Machine for the manufacture of articles made from rubber bands commonly constitutes the longitudinal Board with the cells. The size of this device in most cases is 51 mm by 200 mm, however, there are machines with completely different parameters, as well as having a circular or polygonal shape.
On a standard machine there are 3 rows of cells, which is and weave. These rows can be swapped and rearranged in a variety of ways. Rubber bands for operation are placed on special pegs as indicated in the instructions. The time-series themselves during weaving are interconnected by means of a special hook.
Although at first it may seem that to create crafts from rubber bands on the machine is incredibly difficult, in fact, far from it. This kind of weaving is most simple and pleasant, and even a child of primary school age in a few days of training will understand all the subtleties of the work and will be able to make their own original accessories.
For example, using the following step-by-step photo instructions, you can easily carry a small figure of a Koala:
Is it possible to make crafts out of rubber bands without a loom?
Children and adults who have already mastered the technique of weaving elastic bands on the machine, can try to perform DIY without it. In this case, as a rule, as the framework uses some of the same pencils, but with some dexterity it can be done and on your toes.
For this gum a certain way is fixed on the pencils, and then, alternating layers, pull them over each other and weave a desired pattern. If necessary during the weaving used in this way pulling of the loops and other tricks. This technique allows to perform not all the pieces – the best of all in her work uniform long webs of various widths.
In particular, the fingers can make a simple bracelet:
How to make crafts from gum on the slingshot?
Slingshot is another tool which you can use to make crafts from gum. The netting on this fixture is similar to the technique of work on the pencils or the fingers. First, one or more rubber bands are placed on one side of the slingshot. If necessary, this step can be done up to 4 turns.
Then both sides are joined a new slingshot rubber band or use one of those already in work. Next, with the desired periodicity loop edges are removed from the speakers and moved to the center of the weave, and is made of nodes and other elements are placed on a slingshot. The work is constantly included new rubber bands need colors and sizes.
In particular, a bracelet, similar to the previous one, can be done on the slingshot. The technique of weaving in this case would look like this:
To weave on the slingshot is not difficult, however, it allows to perform only the most simple circuits. If you decide to seriously engage in producing Handicrafts made of gum, you better buy the machine.
In our gallery you can see examples of work that can be created from loom bands with the help of special tools:
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