I love the bright and colorful look that kandi gives to the arms of ravers at every festival. It's so fun to see the different patterns, color combinations, and silly slogans that people come up with. As much as I love the way it looks, an armful of kandi bracelets can get bulky and hot. After the Classy Kandi DIY tutorial I posted a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take it a step further, from single bracelets, to one big massive bracelet-- a swankier version of the kandi cuff, if you will. I used the charms created for the single bracelets to create a charm bracelet with just as much color and excitement as a full kandi sleeve.
You will need:
Jewelry Chain, Large Jump Ring, and Lobster Clasp (or a simple chain bracelet)
Decorative Beads in varying sizes
Jewelry Pliers and Wire Cutters
If you don't have an old chain link bracelet you can use, create one! Measure enough chain to go around your wrist, adding an inch or two. Then, open the chain links on either end of your bracelet length and attach a large jump ring on one end, and a lobster clasp on the other end. This bracelet will be the base for all of your charms.
Now create your charms! You can create a lot, for a fuller look, like the bracelet I created, or just a few, for a simpler look focused on a few special charms. To create each charm, slide beads onto a jewelry post and finish them off by bending a loop into the top with jewelry pliers. If the holes in your beads are too large, add a smaller seed bead or decorative bead first, to keep the rest from slipping off. Make sure your loops are closed tight to the post to make sure they don't slip off of your bracelet later.
Be creative! Use letter beads to create words, or just initials, use decorative beads in different combinations, or use them both together. I also used some beads that were shaped as charms already, skipped the posts, and just attached them to my bracelet with jump rings.
For each charm, open a jump ring, slip on the loop of your post, and then close the jump ring around a link of the bracelet. Make sure your charms are evenly spaced around your bracelet. To create a bracelet this full, I added two to three charms to each link of my bracelet, spacing out my worded charms, my beaded charms, and my single beads.
Create a kandi charm bracelet for yourself, for your festy-besty, or trade charms with friends. Show off your personality with your favorite colors and beads, and words and phrases that are important to you. Just like traditional kandi, the possibilities are infinite!
Did you create this DIY project? How did it turn out? Would you try different kinds of kandi, or are you sticking with the traditional version? Leave a comment and let me know!