Mixed Pastel Bands: Rainbow Loom Bands Review
Mixed pastel bands are one of my favorite bands of all bands offered by Rainbow Loom Webstore. A mixed pastel bands pack consists of 600+ non-latex rubber bands & a bag of 24 C-clips. Non-latex which means, it does not contain any harmful substances and it meets the toy safety standards of the U.S. government. You may encounter a lot of counterfeit rubber bands of the same color and theme, but if you are a regular user of Rainbow Loom products, you can tell if its an original or not. I myself can tell with just the look and feel of it.
As per the website, mixed pastel means: delicate, feminine, springtime, easter. Colors may vary to all pastel shades of: 2 Greens (One light and one a little darker), Blue, Purple, Yellow, 2 Pinks (One darker pink and another which looks like coral)
Below is the sample bands for Pastel Yellow, Blue and darker Pink. Lovely isn’t it?
What is nice about pastel bands is that, they glides smoothly on hook, so it make a good use for hook-only designs. When I open a pack of mixed pastel for the first time, the feel is smooth and powdery-like, but no powder is present. So, I hope you could get me when I say powdery-like.
Another good thing about pastel bands are they have a good tension to stretching. As per my experience, doing a tension test on one band, it stretches a little over 4 inches without breaking. If you expect it to come back to its original size after the stretch, it may not happen, it may depends I can say on how long you have stretch it.
Curiosity strikes, I do a tension test on pastel bands. I made a bracelet with it and wore it without taking it off. Without taking it off means, it will go where I go. It is with me whatever I am doing. This is the bracelet on its very first day that I wear it.
Very fresh and smooth on the first day. Take note that I put tension on these bands already since I used hybrid fishtail design for the bracelet. To those who are familiar with hybrid fishtail designs, these design puts a lot of tension to the bands. If you can undo your hook-only design with no sweat and get your bands with the same actual look as it is before you used it, in hybrid fishtail you cannot. Just unwinding and undoing the stitches for the hybrid is tedious as it is. As well as, the bands, if you want to re-use it is impossible. You can, but the quality of the bands after may not be as good as the new ones. They maybe already too stretched and stretched band are not really good to re-use.
As per my experiment, the bracelet made of pastel bands experienced the following:
- Pulling on it of my LO when I nurse him.
- Frequent visit to the bathroom for my shower.
- Three times a week of doing the laundry.
- A lot of time on the sink, washing hands, and doing the dishes.
After 2 months of wearing, and tearing. It gives up on me. A band is broken. Though I can still wear it, I was hesitant because it may break and loose it. Here is my bracelet all bruised up. Comparing to the first day, the marks of being used is showing in this picture. You can see it all over that it is subjected to all possible friction he could get from all the activities I had made with it. The smoothness is gone, and the color is slightly faded.
Here is the picture of the broken band. 1st and second picture are the same spot, the third one (right) is a band is almost cut because of the stretching that I made. As you can see, it is still wearable. The colors were still pretty even with the bruises. If it weren’t for the broken band, this bracelet is still on my wrist.
For my overall conclusion, the rainbow loom mixed pastel bands are really pretty. And for the tension test that I did, it would only prove that, rainbow loom did a quality product on this one. The bands are not too shiny, has a right band thickness and most of all has the lovely colors! I would definitely buy again. This is the most used pack of band and easiest to run out on my bands collection.
I have a discovery on mixed pastel bands, did you know that US Rainbow Loom and Japan Rainbow Loom differ in Mixed Pastel Bands pack? Check out my picture below. Which pack do you prefer? For me, I loved the Japan pack in this case, though my friend pointed out that, Japan RL Pastel Bands has no Darker Pink in it, I wouldn’t mind, as long as there are pastel gray and pastel orange in it! What a lovely colors!
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