How to Make Rave Kandi Bracelets and Patterns

Examples of Rave Kandi

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Flower KandyLeather Rainbow KandyKandy glows under blacklightFlower KandyAssorted KandyChecker-board CuffFlower KandyRainbow Triple CuffAhhh PrettyFlower KandyNeon UV ReactiveFlower KandySingle Rainbow KandyFlower KandyAlphabet BeadsGlow In the Dark mixed shapesGlow in the Dark BraceletGlow in the Dark BeadsStar Beads (blacklight reactive)Star Beads under black lightHeart Beads (blacklight reactive)Heart Beads under black lightPLUR stands for Peace Love Unity RespectGlow in the Dark kandyRainbow Alphabet Beads
Flower Kandy
Flower Kandy
Leather Rainbow Kandy
Leather Rainbow Kandy
Kandy glows under blacklight
Kandy glows under blacklight
Flower Kandy
Flower Kandy
Assorted Kandy
Assorted Kandy
Checker-board Cuff
Checker-board Cuff
Flower Kandy
Flower Kandy
Rainbow Triple Cuff
Rainbow Triple Cuff
Ahhh Pretty
Ahhh Pretty
Flower Kandy
Flower Kandy
Neon UV Reactive
Neon UV Reactive
Flower Kandy
Flower Kandy
Single Rainbow Kandy
Single Rainbow Kandy
Flower Kandy
Flower Kandy
Alphabet Beads
Alphabet Beads
Glow In the Dark mixed shapes
Glow In the Dark mixed shapes
Glow in the Dark Bracelet
Glow in the Dark Bracelet
Glow in the Dark Beads
Glow in the Dark Beads
Star Beads (blacklight reactive)
Star Beads (blacklight reactive)
Star Beads under black light
Star Beads under black light
Heart Beads (blacklight reactive)
Heart Beads (blacklight reactive)
Heart Beads under black light
Heart Beads under black light
PLUR stands for Peace Love Unity Respect
PLUR stands for Peace Love Unity Respect
Glow in the Dark kandy
Glow in the Dark kandy
Rainbow Alphabet Beads
Rainbow Alphabet Beads

Video Demonstration for Leather Kandy Bracelet

How to Make Kandi

Rave Kandi (aka Kandy, Candy or Candee) in its simplest form involves anything colourful, often plastic beads, strung together to be worn as jewellery. Kandi bracelets are made to share as a gift to new (or old) friends. Kandi is often made with neon or fluro colours that are uv reactive so will glow under black light at clubs or raves. Black lights are easy to get - you can swap them with your ordinary light bulbs at home and throw a dance party!

When creating your own kandi, first collect your materials. Kandi can be as individual as the designer - so anything goes - anything threadable, accessible and light enough to wear. Acrylic beads are popular because they're easy to get and come in many varieties and colours. Any threading material will do, as long as it is not too thick for whatever you are threading. You could use wool, yarn, hemp cord, embroidery thread, string . . . you get the idea. Most of my simple kandies are made with strong elastic, specifically 0.8mm black elastic. So, beads and thread are the basics but if you want to use any other materials, you could need additional tools to attach them eg. glue, a threading needle, a hole punch.

Think through your design before you begin. This seems obvious, but it is good to remember - there is nothing more frustrating than putting time and effort into a project that doesn't turn out as you wanted. Know how you want your bracelet to look, decide how it will be worn and attached, will it require a clasp? Be sure of the design before you cut your thread so you have enough towards the end and leave extra to tie off. Decide on colours and think about your pattern if using beads. I use 9mm pony beads and find 30 beads makes a good sized bracelet to fit almost anyone. Many of my patterns are of 6 beads repeated 5 times or vice versa. You could write down or draw your pattern idea, this helps if you have to put your work down and come back later or if you want to remember your pattern to use again. Check that the pattern will 'make sense' at the end of the bracelet where the first row joins the last.

You have what you need and you have a design so next, start threading! When you are happy, tie off your thread or create / attach your clasp. The straight-forward elastic bracelets need to be knotted at least double. I knot mine 3 times. Stretch out the bracelet and check the knots, tension, fit and design before cutting off any excess thread.

Thankyou for reading, this has been an introduction to making kandy. Stay tuned for how to make more complex and specific kandi jewellery items. Start by viewing the instructional video (link above right) of how I make my knotted leather kandi bracelets.

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nikki1 6 years ago

wow, love ur hub.


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Doll Heart Candy 6 years ago from Belfast

Great hub. I have just set up my own website selling my handmade jewellery. It's www.dollheartcandy.com

I am currently writing hubs about my designs so any feedback is greatly welcomed.


Marie  6 years ago

hey thnks so much for the designs they look great!!!!


Sara 6 years ago

Thanks for the great tutorial. Just read on someones profile about Kandy (she collects them) and was curious as to what it was. Now I know and might even try making one myself. (except I'm way too old for raves) :)


tiifiny 5 years ago

Hey I was looking if you can do a hello kitty bracelet design.


@WeezyBaby__ 5 years ago

@Tiifiny , go to kandipatterns.com & you'll find a Hello Kitty Cuff pattern you can follow =).


Laurie Richards 5 years ago

Thanks for the photos. Your kandi looks great. Take a look at our website at BuyKandi.com we make kandy -- and we can do custom orders. Great sales going on now. I really liked your triple rainbow bracelets looks awesome. Elle.


SpliftedStumblez 4 years ago

Goto KandiPatterns.com ...It Has A lot Of Awesome Stuff (:


SpliftedStumblez 4 years ago

BTW Follow My Tumblr welcometokandiland.tumblr.com .

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