How to make your own patterns for kandi / blank kandi patterns
Kandi pattern tools
The program I use to make my kandi patterns is called BeadTool4, and you can get it from Beadtool.net. If you want to make patterns for multis (like the ones on this site), you need to select Peyote under the "Pattern Properties" column on the right of the program. Only the trial version of BeadTool is free. The full version is $49.95. In the trial version, you can make patterns but you can't save your files so it's very easy to accidentally press "new" and lose the entire pattern, so I strongly recommend that you invest in the full version. The full version also gives you the option to export and customize what the pattern looks like. You can even export bead counts as a text file, which is how I'm able to show bead counts for my patterns.
? Tall patterns can be hard to make, and may not fit on your forearm. I recommend that you use a maximum of 18 rows.
? The taller your pattern is (i.e. the more rows you have), the wider it will need to be (more columns). This is because our arms obviously get fatter as they go up. If the cuff goes to the middle of your forearm, but is only wide enough for your wrist, it will stretch out too much and not look as good.
? If I'm making a pattern with 10-12 rows for a thin to average sized girl, I make it have 30-32 columns. For thin to average guys, I make 10-12 row patterns have 34 column, and this will fit towards the bottom of their arm. For thin to average girls, I use 34 columns if the pattern has 14-18 rows. For thin to average guys, I use 36-38 columns for patterns that have 14-18 rows. These cuffs tend to fit either on their wrist, or the top of their forearm. (these are just the rows/columns I use. Keep in mind they may not work for you)
? When making patterns of cartoons, it's best to try making the pattern without black lines, and only use them as a last resort. This is because black lines make the pattern much larger and can make the character look "blobby" if the lines run together
Number your BeadTool patterns
Here is a transparent PNG file that you can place over patterns made in BeadTool using a graphics program like Photoshop, Fireworks, or Paint Shop Pro.
You will need to have your BeadTool image saved at the right size to use these. When you export your pattern (using the full version of the program), set the size to 21. This will make your exported pattern the same size as the ones on my site, so that you can use the overlay.
Tip: if the numbers are hard to see, place a white background under both the overlay and your pattern, and then reduce the opacity of your pattern to fade it out.
Blank kandi patterns / templates
If you don't want to use BeadTool or EasyBeadPatterns, you can also download the blank kandi templates below. These are blank kandi patterns you can use for designing your own patterns. There are two sizes of layout: the first one (with the bigger boxes) is 32 columns across, and 18 rows up (or 25 rows up, depending on how you count). The second one (with the smaller boxes) is 48 columns across, and 22 rows up (or 43 rows up, depending on how you count).
If you want to color the blank pattern in on the computer, using a graphics program like Paint, you should download the GIF version. If you want to print the pattern out and color it in on paper, you should download the PDF version.
You are free to do whatever you want with patterns that you make with these blank templates, but you must not redistribute these anywhere. You can only link to this page.
To download, click on the icons, not the previews. Be sure that when you use these, you color in an EVEN number of columns.
For 30 more free blank beading patterns visit Shala's beadwork by clicking here