Yep, I’ve posted about it over at Instagram and on Facebook. And yes, it is driving me crazy. The excitement of doing something new every night – when I really should be reading a book and creating a summary about it. But you see, it’s something new and it’s something creative and I really look forward to doing even just one single bracelet every day. Call me crazy if you wish, but yes, I am crazy about it and so are a few friends. 😛
What is Rainbow Loom?
Rainbow loom is actually a plastic toy loom used to weave colorful rubber bands into bracelets and charms, according to Wikipedia. And although here in the Philippines it just took off (I think) late last year or this year (but I really think I am a bit delayed on this), it was invested in 2011 by Cheong Choon Ng of Novi, Michigan.
Unfortunately for Mr. Ng, there has been a lot of products that have been created like FunLoom and Cra-Z-Loom, who are now being sued for patent infringement, that are also being sold in the market. Moreover, there are a lot of no-brand products that are being sold, too. I for one am guilty of that. :/
But honestly speaking, there is a BIG difference between using the counterfeit product and the original one. So if you ask me, I would still encourage you guys to buy the real thing.
What is the main difference between the Rainbow Loom and all the other loom boards?
The main and stark difference between the two products would definitely be the hook.
The Rainbow Loom Hook looks like that which makes it easier to get something or really hook the bands as opposed to the counterfeit hooks that looks like the one below.
Notice anything? Doesn’t it look like a plastic crochet hook? 🙂 Well, to me it does. And that was the reason why when I first used a counterfeit product, I used my crochet hook (which was made out of steel) because it was sturdier. A friend of mine actually broke this hook. Haha. 🙂
But last weekend, I couldn’t take it anymore so I bought an original kit with metal hook and boy, that felt like Christmas to me! 🙂
So my hook now looks like this but in the standard color of yellow. 🙂
Another big difference would be the board itself.
Check out the base of the board. There are 3 connectors – 2 small ones and one big one. These connectors really hold the loom strips together as opposed to the counterfeit products which would most likely look like this:
Oh and you know what. Even the rubber bands are different. The original bands are really different when you make them into bracelets as opposed to the generic bands.
I would highly encourage you guys to really buy the original one as opposed to the counterfeit ones mainly because of those differences. 🙂
Checkout the Rainbow Loom Philippine Fan Page for more information! 🙂