Everyone should know by now how much I LOVE making kandi! Many people find it tedious and time-consuming, but I think of it more as a therapeutic practice. With that love, I have become the person to ask for any kandi questions since I make kandi pretty much every day and because I want to have everyone love making kandi as much as I do, I’ve decided to share some of my tips and tricks! As a bonus, I will not only share my kandi making tips, but also how to save money! I only pay half of the price for almost everything while I know people who spend hundreds of dollars when they could be using the money that they saved on tickets for their next event.
Clear nail polish after you tie off your kandi. This will help guarantee that your knot will not come undone; just make sure that you tie it at least 3 times depending on the thickness of your string!
Break away from the pony beads. After spending an afternoon with my friend Jake (IG: @jakeryanduh), I was inspired to break away from the typical pony beads and start utilizing Michael’s and Joanne’s jewelry section. Now my pieces have a lot more shine to them!
Use your imagination for centerpieces. I used to have to force myself to use perlers to make my singles or 3D cuffs look at the least bit interesting, but I’ve discovered that you have to break away from what you’re used to in order to keep the creativity juices flowing. Again, Jake helped me realize that the special centerpieces I usually only use for 3D cuffs could be used to make beautiful singles.
If you don’t have inspiration, look at the pieces you received from others. Inspiration doesn’t always have to come from within, sometimes it comes from those you meet at events! I love looking at some of the interesting kandi that I receive and I have seen a variety of centerpieces such as foam hearts, rubber ducks, and even a one of a kind gems that were found from hole in the wall stores.
For perlers, iron both sides. It will make your perlers stronger and hard to break. I’ve been having the problem of having one side being ironed perfectly and the other side not so much, so if anyone has any tips for me on that that would be amazing!
Tired of your pegboard warping? Trust me, I know the pain of having your pegboard becoming uneven ironing your perler. After ironing your perlers and having the beads melt together a bit, gently remove your piece from your board and immediately place something heavy (I use my laptop) on top of the board. Continue ironing your piece on something else; I have a big desk so I have my pegboard flattening on the left side and I keep ironing on my desk on the right side.
Thick fabric elastic string for your base, 0.7 or thicker string for the 3D part. I want to make sure that my base is strong so I use the Creatology Thick Elastic Cord. Since the string is super thick I only use pony beads with this type of string and save all of the prettier beads with the smaller holes for the Clear Stretchy Cord 0.5mm (or whatever thickness you would prefer).
Buy single colored pony beads online. If you know what colors you want ahead, buying online is the way to go. If planning ahead of time isn’t your thing, you better make it your thing because it saves you so much money! I have personally ordered from the Pony Beads Store and have not been disappointed once, but I have also heard BeadTin is equally amazing. Again, it’s all in your own personal preference so take a look around!
Add yourself to the Michael’s and Joann’s email subscription. This might add to your ever growing inbox, but it’s worth it when you get almost daily coupons from both Michael’s and Joann’s! I always get a 40%, 50%, or 60% off of one item and it’s quite helpful when you want to buy that 100 yards of stretchy cord for a much cheaper price than $20! I also get notifications of the sales going on specifically for jewelry as well as a plethora of other coupons as well! I’m always in coupon heaven!
Hop on that Michael’s Rewards Program. This is pretty new so I can’t say too much about it, but I have been receiving emails with sales exclusively for rewards members only so it’s got to have its perks. You also get points for each purchase as well! Join here.
Pass by Michael’s or Joann’s every day and buy only one item with your 40%, 50%, or 60% off of one item coupon! So if you can’t wait for your online orders to ship to you, pass by both stores (or even better, pass by these stores at different locations nearby you) and use the same coupon for each item you purchase
I hope I was able to make the kandi making process easier and hopefully more enjoyable! Creating kandi takes time and practice and not every piece you make may seem perfect in your eyes, but for someone else, it’s a beautiful piece of friendship. I know that I still find some of my kandi ugly, but as long as the person receiving it loves it then I guess I did something right
Happy kandi making my fellow ravers and I hope to meet some of you at future events!
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