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This is the second in the series of the single the single bucket challenge. I have a long term goal of creating ten of these over the next few years.  My first piece like this was a simple pattern, and I was thinking the whole time that the houndstooth pattern looked an awful lot like the ships from Space Invaders, and was inspired.

I worked out most of the design from a screenshot found online of the ships in formation, added the Mystery Ship looming large in the background, plotted out the curve of the “Earth” and continents (not to scale). The big challenge here was to use all the colors while creating a design spontaneously.

It took about 25 hours to sort the beads, 30 to lay out the design, and 3 to tape and iron.

space_invaders_perler_bucket (4)Gotta poke those holes to help the ironing process (important for bigger pieces like this)

space_invaders_perler_bucket (6) Two sheets of Reynolds Parchment paper covered it nicely. Getting read for a long ironing session. It’s stressful as all getout, and I have to switch up arms. Big stack of books on the ready. Yes I have a functional candy machine in my house.space_invaders_perler_bucket (7)I buy these books half off at Goodwill. No I didn’t read the Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh books. =)

space_invaders_perler_bucket (11)Closeup of the finished surface. I only iron the one side, and I display the bead side.

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New Space Invaders single bucket Perler project.

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New big project in the works. Gotta finish this up in the next 3 days. I separated an entire bucket again and the plan is to make one single piece with it. (Like I did with this)

I’ve laid out the Invaders, shields and laser cannon from the 1978 game Space Invaders, and was planning on what I would do to fill things in, and haven’t made a final decision, but I am going to get back to work on it now.

I will post the finished project or some more updates soon.

–Danthol.

More Super Mario Maker Perlers than you can shake a joystick at!

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Here’s the next batch of 40 or so of the Super Mario Maker Perlers. I’m two thirds done now. I’ll update with more pics once I get them on the wall with the others. I ironed all of these in one marathon session. I should’ve taken pictures or video. I will next time. with the final batch.

Can you name them all, or at least what other games they are from?

Merry Christmas!

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I got to decorate my tree this year with my favorite Christmas Perlers. I haven’t been able to have a tree for the last few years (small apartments), and was super stoked to show off my Christmas Beadsprites to friends and family.

Progress on the Super Mario Maker WiiU Perler Wall

 

I should have been posting these weekly, or at least not have waited so long to post anything on the page, but better late than never.

Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few weeks.

star_fox_perler_mario_makerHere we have the Amiibo costumes of the crew and ship from StarFox.animal_crossing_perler_mario_maker A few of the Animal Crossing costumes. (I wonder what angry song K.K. slider is singing).dr_mario_yoshi_perler_mario_maker Dr. Mario, Kart Mario, and some Yarn Yoshis.princess_peach_bowser_pit_samus_perler Bowser Jr, Waluigi, Pit, Princess, Bowser, and Zero Suit Samus.dk_donkey_kong_little_mac_shyguy_perler Diddy and Donkey Kong, Little Mac, Shellcreeper, Sidestepper , and a Shyguy.chibi_robo_splatoon_perler_mario_maker Question mark block, Toad, Dr. Lobe, Fit Trainer, Chibi Robo, and a Squid from Splatoon.king_dedede_toon_link_perler_mario_maker Majohng tile, King Dedede, Foreman Spike, Pikmen, Toon Link, and Mr Game and Watch.enemies_mario_maker_perler And finally some various enemies. mario_maker_perler_wallI project I am about half done with the project, and started putting them up on the wall. =)

Super Mario Maker Bullet Bill, Hammer Bros, and Piranha Plants.

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I’ve been continuing with more of the Super Mario Maker Perlers over the last few weeks. Next post will be a ton of the Amiibo costumes pieces, and then I will take a break and make some bigger stuff again. I only wish the big stuff was as easy to iron as these were!

More Super Mario Maker Amiibo Costume Perlers.

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Here’s the latest batch of Super Mario Maker pieces for the big project: Mario from the original Mario Bros, Mega Man, and Maker Mario Amiibo costumes, and a Thwomp. The next set of these will be mostly set pieces and enemies. I’m glad that I found another game with this many sprites that I want to make. The plan is still to get the total count to around 150-200ish so I can cover most of an entire wall in my kids room; my 9 year old son really loves this game. =)

 

Super Mario Maker Perler Art.

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My 9 year old absolutely loves the new WiiU game Super Mario Maker. For months before it came out, he obsessed about the details, and several times insisted that it was already out, and I should go and buy it RIGHT NOW! Alas, we had to wait until it was released to us mere mortals, and not play testers that have been posting unauthorized YouTube videos.

The game came with an interesting artbook in place of a traditional game manual that showcased some of the level creation ideas as well as new sprites they have added to the game, and of course, the latter inspired me to make the above beadsprites. You will be seeing a bunch more of them over the coming weeks/months, as I plan on having a large mural similar to my Final Fantasy wall. My favorite of this batch are the alternate koopa troopas, and for those of you asking what Pac-Man is doing there, yes, he is in the game. =)

My biggest Perler bead piece yet!

It’s been over a month since I have updated the blog here, and for good reason. This monstrosity is the result of taking a full bucket of 22k beads, separating them, and then making one single piece. There were 22,172 beads in total.

Here is the completed art. I wanted to make something with a simple repeating pattern that would be easy to put together, and Houndstooth is one of my favorite tessellating patterns. (shout out to whomever added Ricky from Trailer Park Boys to the Wikipedia entry).

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I started by ordering the colors in ROYGBIV, and then alternating dark and light colors. I think I could have come up with a better color arrangement, but I didn’t want to pain over what the final finished product would be, but simply wanted to get it done.

Here are a few of the single boards I used to test and start it off.
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I ran out of peg boards pretty quick, but fortunately, the local Joann’s had a sale going, so I was able to get everything I needed. The pattern quickly started to expand, and I was only able to estimate how big it would get.perler_houndstooth (3)

There were way more of some colors than others. Almost twice as many greys as there were yellows.

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I toyed with the idea of having the borders being rough, but shifted to having a solid grey border to frame it.perler_houndstooth (5)

All the beads that remained were dumped back in the sorting dish, mixed back up, and placed around the border so that I could use all 22k beads.perler_houndstooth (6)

It’s ready to get taped up at this point. (I later added my signature “D” in the corner.perler_houndstooth (7)

It is all taped up and holes poked.perler_houndstooth (8)

Just starting the ironing at this point. I knew it was going to take several hours to complete. I started ironing it like a normal “smaller” piece, but quickly determined that I needed to turn up the heat and get it done quickly.perler_houndstooth (9)

Here is the first sign that things are going wrong. perler_houndstooth (10)

As the tape and the beads started heating up, there was expansion and warping. I tried to keep heavy books on these parts as I was ironing, but they kept popping up.perler_houndstooth (11)

The parchment paper usually stays flat on the beads when ironing, but this clearly wasn’t going to be the case for this one.perler_houndstooth (12)

After the principle ironing, you can see how the masking tape wrinkles and pulls on the beads.  With small scale stuff, this isn’t an issue. perler_houndstooth (13)

The tape came off easily enough. Most of it was in one big ball.perler_houndstooth (14)

Here are a few spots that came out ugly as it warped. From a distance, it’s not bad, but as an artist, I am hypercritical of my own work.perler_houndstooth (15) perler_houndstooth (16)

This whole project was quite the undertaking, but I knew the first time would be a challenge, and I would learn a lot from it. I plan on making at least 3 more big Perler bead pieces like this in the future, with different designs, and I am confident they will turn out much better.

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Piston Hurricane from Punch-Out!! arcade Perler

piston_hurricane_perler punch-out_piston_hurricaneI know I’ve said it in previous posts, but I really liked the Punch-Out!! arcade game. There was a coin-op arcade in my home town called “The Gold Mine” that had the first one that I had ever seen, and I was totally impressed that it had multiple screens (one above) with the characters portrait and stats.

Piston Hurricane was the second opponent in the game, and wasn’t that much tougher than Glass Joe was, but if you beat Mr. Dream, you could face a “smarter” version of him with blue instead of red gloves (same for Glass Joe). I had one bead fall over during the ironing process, but I was able to cut it out and repair. The trio of these guys looks super cool, now I just need to find a proper place to display them. =)