A while ago, I ordered from alibaba (or dealextreme) bazilions of elastic bands for the kids. However, I forgot to buy a loom. Being back from vacation, sunday evening needs an occupation for the kids.
Time for some hacking! I’ve already used the elastics between 2 fingers and the kids are now good with it and ready to move to more complex figures. I had some spare wood (from doing the terrasse with IKEA Runnen)
First, unscrew the plastic holdings to get some fresh pieces of wood.
Second step, use a mail to help with drilling correctly. You can use this sample drilling plan (hosted on bitbucket, use RAW button to download).
Once all holes have been marked, switch to drilling (I used a 8mm wood bit).
And then use some trunnions (8mm) to make the pin. You might need to convince them in the hole with a hammer.
Once done, the result should look like that.
This allows to have a triangle, a square, an hexagon and 2 pins, each time with a hole in the middle, for various forms.
- 2 pins: you can do fishtail, single, triple looped fishtail
- 3 pins: you can do 3-pins fishtail
- 4 pins: you can do 4-pins fishtail, bobble bracelet
- 6 pins: you can do double-cross long heart stripe (really?)
Probably more, don’t really want to look for more patterns now