ese have come into mainstream usage due to Lance Armstrong who began to use them to raise funds for his cancer foundation. Since the days of the Livestrong wristbands of 2004, which came in a golden yellow color, silicone bracelets have become very famous. Today, these can be availed in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Most of the readymade ones come with motivational messages. These are used by lots of individuals the world over, in order to raise awareness about various health issues, such as cancer or AIDS, for environmental awareness and more. The bracelets can be very useful in creating awareness without the need of any verbal communication.
Why is Silicone Used?
Many people end up wondering why silicone is used for the creation of these types of bracelets. The fact is, silicone is a material that is more durable as compared to stuffs like leather which tend to wear out fast. Leather is costlier to buy than silicone rubber and also tend to wear out quite faster when used more frequently. Silicone rubber, on the other hand, can be bought for just a fraction of the price that bracelets made of costlier materials tend to come in. There is also a health benefit in using bracelets made of silicone rubber, considering the fact that the material does not cause skin irritation in the same manner as leather. This type of rubber is found to preserve its original shape for a longer time span. The vibrant colors and the superior technology used in imprinting the messages make these bands identifiable even from some distance away.
Why are these bracelets used?
These kinds of wristbands are used for specific purposes, right from 2004 when Lance Armstrong used them for spreading cancer awareness. Many people use them in order to promote various causes such as cancer, AIDS, leukemia and more. Some use them to get support for different charitable organizations. Others wear these bands for promoting the ideals and messages of a political party or a religious group. Companies also use these for promoting their products and services or to make potential customers aware of upcoming corporate events and advertising campaigns. These are also used by government organizations in order to raise sudden awareness about tsunami, cyclones, earthquakes or flash floods.
How to get these bracelets?
Some of these kinds of bracelets can be found at various clothing accessory stores. More commonly, they can be purchased from many online stores, including directly through some manufacturers that offer you a wider scope of customizations. There are different styles, colors and messages that you may choose from, and these are also available in a wide range of prices. You can easily get one in the type of budget that you have.
camo-silicone-wristbands in discount stores and even some upscale boutiques for teens. However, there is no reason to go out and buy a bracelet that is just like every other rubber bracelet in town. Creating simple bracelets using rubber bands is not as hard as you may think. In fact, it is possible to assemble a great-looking bracelet in a very short period of time.
Select a rubber band that fits comfortably around your wrist. It is okay if the band is slightly loose, as it will form the core of the final design for your bracelet.
Choose thinner rubber bands of different colors that will work with the color of the core band. Cut the additional bands into strings that you can weave or wrap around the core band to create texture.
Use the sharp tip of the scissors to create a small puncture in the body figured-wristbandof the core band. Slide one end of a thinner rubber band through the slit. Tie a knot on the back side in order to hold the string in place.
Settle on one of two design elements for the bracelet. One option is to tfigured-wristbandie a second knot on the surface of the core band, then clip off the excess. Repeat the pattern around the core band, using a mix of different colors. An alternative approach is to space additional slits so the strings can be used to create the look of stitching. Remember to tie off the end of the string by making a knot on the back side of the core band.
Consider personalizing the surface of the rubber bracelet with stenciling. Position the stencil in between the stitches or knots. Use the markers or the model paint to fill in the design or letter on the stencil. Contrasting colors for the stenciling will make the bracelet even more original.
Skill: Moderately Easy
Rubber bands in various colors and sizes
Model paint or permanent markers
Tip: Always make sure the bracelet is comfortable and does not restrict blood flow through the wrist. Also make sure the body of the bracelet does not pull on any small hairs in the area of the wrist.
Warning: Test all the materials used to make the bracelet in advance. The goal is to make sure you are not allergic to the rubber or the ingredients of the ink or paint. An allergic reaction could be painful as well as cause the wrist to discolor.