Budding fashion designers and jewelry makers can use the Shimmer n Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Rubber Band Bracelet Maker from Cra-Z-Art to turn small coloured rubber bands into bracelets and other accessories of their own design.
The Cra-Z-Loom is great value, priced a lot lower than most of the popular rubber band bracelet makers on the market. But does it work as well? Let’s fire up the Cra-Z-Loom and see how it performs.
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Shimmer ‘n Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Rubber Band Bracelet Maker – Main Features
* Loom makes customized rubber band jewelry: bracelets, rings and more
* Comes with 600 latex-free rubber bands in many colours
* You can add a second loom (sold separately) to make even bigger items
* Simple loom design
* Age range: 6+ (we think 8+)
Cra-Z-Loom Rubber Band Bracelet Maker Review
The bracelets that you’ll make from rubber bands with the Cra-Z-Loom use a simple loop, weave and wear pattern. You can get started right out of the box using the included package of 600 latex free rubber bands in a variety of colours. Young girls love to express themselves through their jewelry and clothing, and this will appeal to some boys too. Now they can express their personality in an almost limitless number of ways.
The Cra-Z-Art Shimmer ‘n Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker includes an “S” hooks weaving hook tool, instruction booklet, loom and rubber bands. Take a few trial runs and add some patience and you will be making pretty, personalized bracelets in no time – or so the makers say.
The box says that this unit is perfect for children from 6 to 8 years of age, and girls as young as 6 will certainly like the bracelets but we think they will find it frustrating and difficult to use the loom. We think age 8 and over is more realistic. Even in the 8-10 age range, kids might need some help from parents at first.
You do get instructions, but they could be better. In fact, don’t expect to rely on the illustrated step-by-step manual but look at videos online. A search on YouTube will reveal several excellent videos with ideas for custom rubber band jewelry that you can make with all brands of loom as well as video instructions on how to use the Cra-Z-Loom specifically.
The price is excellent, and if you can get around the poor instructions, kids will love the rubber band bracelets made with this loom. Once you figure out how to use it, this is a simple and quick personal jewelry maker at a great price. But before you buy, we recommend you also take a look at the Rainbow Loom Rubber Band Bracelet Kit which is a little more expensive but has much better feedback.
Published 19 October 2013