Double Rubber Band Fishtail with Fingers Tutorial

by Marie

See how to make a double band fishtail design bracelet without a rainbow loom and just by using your fingers. This step by step photo tutorial with included video shows you how.

Making bracelets and unique pieces of jewelry from rubber bands is a whole lot of fun. Luckily you don't need any special tools or equipment to get started with this craft - all you need are your fingers, some bands and a clip if you want to secure the ends of the design together properly.

Although this is largely touted as a kids craft and activity, there are plenty of adults who enjoy creating with these colorful and elastic parts and I'm one of them. My daughter and I first learned how to make these designs using our fingers and it is still one of the favorite ways to whip up a quick creation. Obviously there are things you should be careful about, as with any small items, like not leaving these unattended with a young child. Used sensibly and with adult supervision these are fun to make items with.

How to Make a Double Banded Fishtail without a Loom

You don't need any kind of loom or weaving implement to start making some cool looking bracelet designs and other pieces of jewelry like necklaces and keychains from your colored rubber bands. Luckily your fingers can be used instead. Find out how with this step by step photo instruction page below. Here's what you need to get started.

Materials and Tools:
A Selection of Rubber Loom Bands: two different colors are good to learn with
A Plastic C Clip or an S Clip to fasten the ends of the bracelet
Your Fingers!

Double Fishtail with Fingers 1Double Fishtail with Fingers 2

1. It is easiest to learn this double fishtail pattern by using 2 different colors and alternating them as you work it. When you know this pattern off by heart, you can then easily choose as many colors as you want and in the ordering that you would like too. But part of this design's appeal is the contrasting two colors repeated along the length.

NOTE: Color A refers to the first color (I picked black) and Color B to your second choice of color (I picked purple).

Using Color A, place this band around your index finger which is the finger that sits right next to your thumb. If you are right handed, you will probably want to use your left hand to hold the bands. And if you are left handed, you may prefer to use your right hand.

Twist this first band in the center which turns it into the shape of a figure of 8 and then stretch the other side over the top of your middle finger. Pull this band down a little on both fingers, leaving room for a new one to be placed on top.

2. Using Color B, stretch this straight over both the fingers as shown in the second photo. There is no twist with this one - you just add it on.

Double Fishtail with Fingers 3Double Fishtail with Fingers 4

3. Using Color A, stretch this over both fingers again without the twist - just the same as step 2.

4. Now you will start building your pattern by 'weaving' the bands. Get hold of the very bottom band on your index finger and stretch it up and over the other bands and right over the top of your finger and into the middle - between your index and middle finger.

Now get hold of the bottom band on your middle finger and repeat this process, stretching it up and over your finger and into the middle as shown on the photo.

Double Fishtail with Fingers 5Double Fishtail with Fingers 6

5. This photo shows what your design should now look like and resemble - obviously just looking different because of the colors you've chosen.

6. Now use Color B and stretch it over both fingers without twisting it.

Double Fishtail with Fingers 7Double Fishtail with Fingers 8

7. Now go back and repeat step 4 where you pull the very bottom band over into the middle on both sides.

8. Repeat this pattern from steps 3-7 and you will notice the fishtail design as it starts to grow from the middle of your fingers. You need to keep repeating this process until the whole design is large enough to make a bracelet or whatever else you want to make.

When you decide it is the right length, keep working the pattern BUT you don't add in any new bands, you just keep pulling the bottom band over your fingers until you have just one left.

Now attach either a C or an S shaped clip to the band on your index finger and once attached, pull this band off your hand. Then attach the clip to the remaining section on your middle finger and then remove from your hand completely. Now you just need to attach the clip to the other end of your bracelet design to fasten it all off neatly. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. Enjoy the video demonstrations below too.

If You Enjoy This Craft, Save Your Hands and Learn About The Monster Loom

The Double Rubber Band Fishtail with Fingers Step by Step Photo Tutorial
The Double Rubber Band Fishtail with Fingers Step by Step Photo Tutorial
Image belongs to the author of this article: Marie Williams Johnstone
Updated: 02/19/2016, Marie
 
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