Introduction: Rainbow Loom Pen or Pencil Cover or Grip
This instructable (my first one) teaches you to make a pen or pencil grip or cover. It is a very easy project.
If you know how to do a rainbow loom fishtail bracelet then you will have no trouble with this. It is the same as the fishtail, but it goes in a square.
Step 1: Choosing Your Colors
You can use as many or as few colors as you want for this project.
I recommend choosing at least two different colors, otherwise it could become difficult to tell which pieces to loop.
For this instructable I used three colors. Blue, yellow, and pink (respectively).
Step 2: Setting Up the Board
Make sure your board is set up as a rectangle.
Step 3: Creating the Base
As I mentioned, if you know how to do the fish tail, you will have no difficulty with this instructable.
***Make sure you place the bands somewhere on the peg board that would allow the project to hang through the middle. If you have the base of the board below your pegs, there will be no where for your project to go and it will not work.
To begin, you must take your first color (mine is blue) and create a figure 8.
TIP: I find it easiest to put one end of the band around a peg and THEN twist it before wrapping it to the other side. Of course, you can wrap it around your fingers first if you prefer.
Next, place another figure 8 perpendicular to the first, another perpendicular to the second, and one more to complete the square (see pictures).
Step 4: Adding a Level
For the rest of the project you will not need to create figure 8s with the band.
Take your next color and create a square on top of your base.
Step 5: One More Layer
Take your third color (Or repeat a color you have already used) and make another square above the previous.
Step 6: Looping
You will need your hook for this step.
Like with the fishtail pattern, you now loop the bottom layer over the peg and to the middle. Do this on all sides.
(See pictures for clarification.)
Step 7: Add Another Layer
Take your next color and add another layer.
Step 8: Looping Again
Loop the bottom layer over the peg and to the middle again.
Step 9: Continuing the Pattern
Now you have to continue the pattern over and over.
Make sure your project is being fed down the center of your project.
Step 10: Choosing a Length
Have your pen or pencil near by so you can use it to compare length to your project.
You can make a small grip, or you can continue with the project to make it span the length of your pen or pencil.
Step 11: Removing From the Loom
Usually we only bring the bottom layer around the pegs and to the middle, but for the last step, we have to bring the bottom TWO layers over. (Again, see pictures.)
After that you will be left with just one layer of the pegs. Pull your hook through each corner and pull it off the loom. Then, pull your project through the center of the loom completely.
You then want to use two tooth pics (Or two hooks, or two straws, etc) to hold onto that last loop.
Step 12: Inserting Your Pen or Pencil
Now feed the pen or pencil through the center of your project, eraser/bottom end first. The project will be a little tight, but I promise you will get the pen or pencil through. You may need to stretch or squish your project to get it to fit the way you would like it to.
Next, use your toothpicks to loop the ends over the tip of the pen or pencil.
As an option, you can loop the bottom most loops as well. It is not necessary, but I like to play it safe :)
Step 13: Congratulations, You Are Finished!
Congratulations on your new stylish pen or pencil! As another option, you can add a hook or key ring to your project so you can attach it to things and not loose it.
I suppose you can use any loop on the bottom for this, but I used my hook to insert an extra band just in case the weight caused it to break. I doubt it would, but as I said, I like to play it safe, and I would rather loose one band than end up ripping the whole project.
Also as an option, you could twist your grip/cover to make it look a little more nifty!
I hope you enjoyed my instructable, and I hope you enjoy your stylish writing utensil(s)! :)
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