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If you’re looking to upgrade your kandi skills from making stacks of singles, you’ve come to the right place! X-base cuffs are the easiest, quickest, and arguably the coolest looking cuffs you can make. They serve as the base of almost all bigger pieces; most commonly the basic 3D cuff, but the list goes on to include slinky cuffs, rotating cuffs, carousel cuffs and so much more. X-base cuffs are also perfect for attaching perlers and lights to, so once you have the basics down, your options are endless! If you’re interested in tutorials on any of these larger pieces, let me know in the comments below, but for now let’s get started on this one.
Choose three of your favorite colors - for the piece I chose black to be the main color, and pink and blue to be the main and secondary accent colors - and cut approximately four feet of elastic string. It’s better to have too much than not enough; the extra string can be used for a single later!
Bead the first layer of the cuff in a two, one, two, one pattern - two black beads and one pink - until you reach 36 beads or 12 repetitions of the pattern. Tie this part off with a few inches extra on one side, and a few feet extra on the other side.
For the second layer, start by pulling the longer side of the string through the pink bead. Add one black bead, one blue, and one more black to the string. Then pull it tight through the next pink bead, so that the three beads form a small triangle.
Continue this pattern all the way around, pull the string through the final pink bead, and continue it through the following black and blue beads, so that it comes through the top of the triangle.
For the third layer, after pulling the string through the top of the triangle, add one black bead, one pink, and one more black to the string. Then pull it tight through the next blue bead.
Continue this pattern all the way around, pull the string though the final blue bead, and continue it through the following black and pink beads. These three beads won’t form a triangle, but if you continue to pull tight, the cuff will start to stand up on its own.
For the fourth layer, you have two options. You can go back and repeat steps two through five until you reach the desired height, or you can finish it off.
To finish it off, after pulling the string through the pink bead, add two black beads and pull the string through the next pink bead.
Continue this pattern all the way around and pull the string through the final pink bead.
Weave the string down through the nearest beads, until you can pull it through the same bead were you left the few inches of string from step two. Tie it off tightly, and reinforce the knot with some clear nail polish or Elmer’s glue so it won’t break on you later. Cut the string and tuck it into the nearest bead.
And this should be your final product!
Congratulations! You just finished your first x-base cuff! If it isn’t totally tight or stable, don’t worry, practice makes perfect, and one day you’ll be well on your way to impressive and decorative cuffs.
Did you try this tutorial? Let me know how it worked for you with pictures in the comments below!
With peace, love, unity, and respect,