A DRESS made from loom bands is taking the craze to new heights by reaching bids of £153,921 on Ebay
Helen Wright said she was "shocked" when bidding went through the roof on Thursday night for the dress made from 20,000 elastic bands.
Helen said she had the idea after helping her 12-year-old daughter Sian who is "mad" about making loom band designs.
"My friend Katherine physically made it because she's out of work and gets bored," said single mum Helen who is studying degree in forensics in Wrexham.
"I said why don't we make a dress from loom bands and Katherine said she'd be happy do do it because she's too ill to work.
"She did an hour here or there in between her house work to keep her busy.
"It took her about 45 hours to make but that was over weeks and weeks.
"She made it by running one long strip of loom bands then got one of Sian's dresses and laid them both on the floor and got the pattern from there.
"We worked out that we'd spent £47 on 47 packets of loom bands so we wanted to cover our costs.
"When it was done we thought we'd stick it on Ebay as a bonus for £50 and thought if it went over the fifty pounds we might have a day out.
"Last night we checked Ebay and thought it was a joke when we saw the sum it was going for.
"My daughter's a size twelve and it took two of us to get it on her. It's not comfortable and it's very heavy.
"It was made as a novelty and we never intended it to be worn.
"I'm still in shock and I can't believe it. I still won't believe it until the bidding's finished and the money is in the bank.
"We're trying to be realistic. We both rely on benefits to live but we get by," she said.
The rainbow loom was invented by Cheong Choon in 2011 and children are normally happy to make bracelets and necklaces.
The bids rocketed after buyers waged war on each other in a tit-for-tat contest for the dress modeled by Helen's daughter Sian.
Helen's friend Kim Graham said she was "ecstatic" when she heard the bids had reached so much.
"I can't stop telling everybody. Isn't it fantastic news and I'm made up for them because it couldn't happened to nicer people," she said.