Category Archives: How-To

Sped-up video of Cookie Clicker Cosmic Grandma with Perler beads.

I’ve seen a few different beadsprite build videos on YouTube, but not many where you get to see the entire process unfold from start to end. I made this video as a response to that.

I loved how it turned out. I wanted to have time to write a song for this, but I was running out of time, so I picked a few free songs to use from the YouTube library. I really like the songs and think they fit the video well. The first song, however, is mine. It is a work in progress that I still need to complete before I name.

Tell me what you think in the comments, and please give it a thumbs up on YouTube.

 

Why you don’t just toss a Mtn Dew in the craft bag.

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I was in a rush to get to work today, and just tossed a buncha boards, and the colors I needed for the day in my craft bag. In my haste, I didn’t want to have to bag things in a lunchbag, and just tossed a few sodas and some snacks in with it.

When I got out of the car, the soda must have popped on a board, because the hole in it was consistent with gauge of a peg on the board. It was a debacle; I had to empty the can out into the rocks, and bundle a half dozen pulls off the auto towel dispenser. It totally sucked. I was able to clean them enough to build with, but I had to wash them like dishes when I got home.

I just thought it was funny to have to wash things like this, and to have to stack them to dry on the crafts table. Also, to a certain extent, I look like some kind of crazy bead hoarder with all of the creations I make in a single day. (Fun fact: There is not a White Mage included in the second picture).

Perler Key Chains

keychains2 keychainsMy favorite part of making Perler beadsprites is being able to give them to friends and family. Keychains are by far the most popular of the gifts, as they have an actual use, can be highly personalized, and if made correctly, can last a while. I have a Mario coin on my keychain that I think is one of the coolest things ever. =)

I made these to give away to friends and coworkers. the tongue out winky was by far the most well received. The recipient says that everyone who sees it, loves it, and loves that it is something handmade, not store bought.

I will be making a tutorial video on this soon, and will update this post with a link to the video.

 

New tutorials now on YouTube!

I’ve finished my first set of tutorials using my masking tape method for beadsprites, and posted the HD videos on YouTube! You can see the videos in the links below. Enjoy and post in the comments here, and on YouTube.

  • Part 1 : Prep and taping

  • Part 2 : Poking, repair, and final inspection

  • Part 3 : Ironing

  • Part 4 : Cleanup and completion

Put some weight on it!

Put some weight on it!Make sure to put something on the medium/heavy side on top of your perler immediately after fuse; if you don’t, the will warp at the edges, and you will have to heat it back up to get it to lay flat again. I’ve seen other people use heavier items like dictionaries, but I don’t see the benefit. I’ve had success with DVDs and smallish books.

If you can, take your creation off the pegboard before it’s cooled (don’t burn your fingers!) and lay it on a piece of parchment paper, give it a few passes with the iron to heat it up a little before putting another piece of parchment on top, and then applying the weight.

It doesn’t take much weight, all you really need is a couple of DVDs or books. 15-30 minutes should be fine to let it cool.

Transporting from one location to another.

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If you are just moving a board that you have made from one room to another, you just have to be careful as you walk.

If you need to move them longer distances, I have found that it works really well if you take a second board, line it up on the top, and tape it down with masking tape.

I start by taking one corner, taping the top, and then sliding it to the edge of the table and taping underneath, and rotating it 180 and getting the diagonal corner, and then just repeating until it is secure. When they are solid like this, you can even transport them vertically. When you get to the place you will be fusing them, you can just cut it with an exacto knife.