Flower Kandi Cuff Tutorial (Basic and 3D)
In this tutorial I’m going to cover how to make a basic flower kandi cuff, give it a border and then add 3D elements to it. The pony beads styles I’m using for this tutorial are pearlized yellow, green and purple beads as well as neon yellow beads. It doesn’t matter which colors or styles of pony beads you use as long as the are the normal size. The string is just elastic cord you can get from any crafts shop or sometimes from a discount shop like hot dollar. If you enjoy this tutorial please recommend it to your friends, check out my other hubs and visit Ravebuddy.com where I have loads more tutorials on the forum amongst other goodies.
Remember to snip the end of the cord and tie it off after each step.
Step 1 – The Basic Flower Cuff
First of all make the basic piece of kandi to use as a foundation. The pattern used is purple-green-green-green. This will work with any length as long as the number is divisible by 4 i.e. 28/32/36 etc. Pick a size depending on how wide your arm is and where you want to put it on your arm. I used 28 beads for mine as I have small wrists.
The next step is to add another 2D layer to it as shown below. For the new layer the cord will be threaded through one of the side green beads, then you put a yellow beed on the cord, thread it through the other green side bead, add a purple bead to the cord and then repeat this all the way around. If you don't understand which green beeds I am refering to its making reference to the pattern used in step one.
We now thread the cord through the yellow bead we just added and then put a green bead on the string. Following that thread it through the purple bead we just added and then put another green bead on the string. Repeat this pattern all the way around.
Thread the cord through the green bead we just added and then add another green bead to the cord so that it will fall into place above the yellow bead. After that thread the cord through the next green bead we just added and then add a purple bead to the cord. Repeat this all the way around. You should now have your completed basic flower kandi cuff. If you want to add a border move onto step 5. If you want to skip adding a border and do the 3D part without one then skip to step 7
Step 5 – The Border
To add a border first thread the cord through the top green bead and then add a purple bead. After this thread the cord through the next top purple bead and then add another purple bead. Continue this pattern all the way around.
Next thread the cord through one of the top purple beads and then add another purple bead so that it will fall into place above the top exposed green bead. After this thread the cord through the next top purple bead along and then thread it again through the next bead directlye next to it (diagonally). Repeat this all the way around.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other side and you should have a flower kandi with a border around it. The next part of the tutorial will add a 3D layer on top of this.
Step 7 – The 3D Layer
This part is not only a bit tricky to do but also quite tricky to explain. The beads I’m going to make reference to relate to their position on the flower. Thread the cord through the bottom right green bead and then add three beads in the pattern green-yellow-green-yellow. After this thread it through the top right green bead and add a purple bead. Then thread it through the top left green bead of the next flower and add three beads in the pattern green-yellow-green. Finally thread it through the bottom right green bead and add a purple bead. Repeat this pattern all the way around. Once you get back inline with where you first started you will either be at the start or directly below the start depending on how many beads wide it you made your foundation. If you are back at the start of the cord cut it, tie it off and repeat the step starting from the other side. If you are directly below then keep going. The only difference this time around is when adding the three beads you instead add one green bread, thread it through the yellow bead and add another green bead. When you finnish this you should have your complete 3D Flower Kandi Cuff, however depending on how tight you have pulled the string on the 3D layer you may want to tie together the top purple bead on the 3D layer with the one directly below it all around the cuff to make them stay in place.
You can take this even further with more 3D layers if you like but this is a nice and unique design which isn’t too large but looks great. When it comes to Kandi the possibilities are almost endless. For more info on kandi check out my other hubs or visit our site RaveBuddy.com