(A variation of Ms. Debi Lee aka @debsthing’s Pillbug Bracelet – below pic)
Pillbug 2.0 is an accidental design. It wasn’t my intention to make a variation at first. As I told Ms. Debi, after I posted this design, I haven’t seen her tutorial yet on YT. I usually check other designs if there is any similarities with mine but after seeing her Pillbug design (on picture posted in her Instagram), I concluded they are similar, but not really the same one. I pointed out in my post the differences in our designs. I decided to post today a variation of my variation so they could differ a little more.
Original post on IG:
(supposed to be the original Pillbug 2.0)
“koolitskee, 3 weeks ago
Hi everyone, I got busy. I almost got no time to loom today and go online. My “boss” is a little over demanding today. haha!
Anyways, this one I made about 2 days ago. Trying to experiment again on laying the bands and some looping. Looks like a #pillbugbracelet variation to me. I haven’t watch @debsthing tutorial for the pill bug but, Is it the same? This one has crossed bands on the sides.
Overall I think its the same one maybe just different on the number of bands layed for looping in the middle.
RL Bands used: Jelly Mix pack green and purple, Medieval Jade and Pearl Carribean Green
#koolitskeelooms #koolitskee #newloomdesign
Definitely check out my tutorial to see how mine is constructed and let me know, ok? Thanks!
Hi Deb @debsthing I just saw your video awhile ago. It is indeed almost the same one. The hooking process almost the same. The difference on yours and mine are the following: 1. how we lay the bands, 2. the number of bands we place in the middle, 3. the overall look because mine has some cross bands on the sides. But absolutely, a variation of the#pillbugbracelet. Do you mind if I call it#pillbugbracelet 2.0? I’m planning to post it on my website too so you can visit if you have time and see what I mean about the differences.“
Pillbug as the names comes from the isopod we called Roly Poly. These isopods are able to roll-up their body into a ball for protection. As a bracelet as it is, it can also does the rolling into a ball. At also has the segmented body similar to a roly poly. Some considers them as pets but these however requires a moist habitat and less sunlight. With proper diet of molds and some leftovers, they could last for at least 3 years.
I hope you like the facts about them, They may look like cockroaches but they are as gentle as a feather could be. So, without further adieu, here are the steps on how to make it.
What you need:
– A rainbow loom board – 1 loom for half bracelet with extension, and 2 looms for a full wrap.
– Rainbow loom hook, or a crochet hook.
– Rainbow loom bands or rubber bands of your choice. I used Opaques colors of the Magic Twists brand for the featured image. For my tutorial, I used Rainbow Loom Jellies in Clear, Ocean Blue and Rose Pink.
– and a C-clip.
Set up your loom board in a staggered 3 pin bars set-up (the regular set-up). Lay your 1st color bands around the sides. Make sure the arrow head of the loom is pointing away from you. In this tutorial, I use RL Clear Jelly bands as perimeter bands.
Lay another Jelly Clear bands in the middle pin bars, this serves as the backbone of the bracelet since all the bands will be piling up in the middle pegs which you will learn as we go along the tutorial.
Lay your left side color band as seen on the picture, going up the loom board as per your desired length for the bracelet. I used Ocean Blue Jelly bands in this sample.
Do this again on the right sideusing another color of band. I used Rose Pink Jelly bands for my example.
And now we loop!
Turn your loom board around and start looping the first 3 pegs, all of them going to the other end of their own. Starting from the middle (“a” on the picture), then left to right (b=left, c=right).
Now, loop the next band from the left and right, going to the middle peg, that is the second peg of the middle pin bar. As per the picture shown above, do this from left, then the right.
Loop the next side perimeter bands up to the next peg. Do this on both sides.
Loop the next bands as shown on the picture above, this time going downward to the second peg of the middle pin bar. This looping makes the effect of crossing the colors to look like it was segmented. Do this on both sides.
Repeat step “a” from Loop 1, where in you loop upward the middle band to the next peg. Then follow looping from Loop 2-4 until all the bands are looped. Put on a c-clip and attached the ends together. If you made it half, you can do a single chain for the extension before putting the end together with a c-clip. Or you can do whichever you desired design for the extension. Me, as for my extension, I always use the Fonzarelli design by Suzzane a.k.a. crazyjustmightwork as my bracelet extension. Now your very own Pillbug 2.0 is finished and ready to wear! Do you actually wear what you loom? Me? Yes! I do!
So here you go! I hope you liked and enjoyed it!
Should you try and make this bracelet, please don’t forget to hashtag it to #pillbug2bracelet and #nelldesign and tag me @koolitskee and @debsthing on Instagram
For further questions on this design, you can reach me through my social media at the top right of this page. Or follow me on Instagram @koolitskee. Thank you! See you on my next tutorial!
Pillbug 2.0 Gallery
(you can see here the crossing bands on the sides)
Top of the back view
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