How to Make Kandi Bracelets

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How to Make Kandi Bracelets
Plastic pony beads are an essential element of kandi bracelets. (background from beads image by 26kot from

Kandi bracelets, also called kandy or candi, are commonly shared, given at raves and parties and worn by those in the rave scene. They are quick and easy to make, inexpensive and colourful. Play with colour, shapes and the appearance of different beads in different lighting for the best results when making kandi jewellery. Kandi bracelets are worn in large numbers and may be strung on a shoelace or string and tied to a backpack or waistband. Pony beads and elastic cording are essential, but any sort of fun, wearable embellishment can be strung on kandi bracelets.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Pony beads in various colours and shapes
  • Alphabet beads, if desired
  • Elastic cording
  • Black light (optional)
  • Large darning needle
  • Paper clip or bead stopper

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    Organise your materials. You will need elastic cording. This comes wound on a spool or bobbin and can be threaded on a large darning needle if you prefer. You may want to sort pony beads and other embellishments by colour. Bright colours are standard for kandi bracelets, and some colours may show up better than others under a black light -- common at raves.

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    Decide on your colours and patterns. You may want to take advantage of glow in the dark beads, add sayings with alphabet beads or add shaped beads. One of the most common alphabet bead sayings on kandi bracelets is "PLUR," which stands for Peace, Love, Unity and Respect.

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    Cut a 10-inch length of elastic cord for a kandi bracelet, and a longer length if you want to make a kandi necklace. Attach one end to a bead stopper or paper clip. This will keep your beads from sliding off the cord as you work.

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    String beads and embellishments as desired. A single strand of beads will make a basic kandi bracelet. You can also cut a longer length of elastic cord and thread it back through beads in the pattern, adding additional beads to create clusters where desired. Once your beads are strung, tie the ends securely together with a double knot. Reinforce by tying again if needed.

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    Share your kandi bracelets with friends, people you meet at raves and parties and others. In some areas and circles, kandi bracelets are exchanged by linking fingers with a friend or new acquaintance and sliding the kandi bracelet from your hand to theirs. In others, a more formal "PLURry kiss" may be exchanged, including hand symbols for each part of the acronym before the kandi is shared.

Tips and warnings

  • Children's craft sections offer many fun beads that work great for making kandi.
  • Consider how patterns and colours will look in black light.
  • Kandi bracelets are often wide cuffs with intricate patterns made using the peyote stitch.
  • Knot your kandi bracelets tightly to prevent breakage and loss.

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