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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.

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.

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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The Final Fantasy misfits.

20150314_230715You know by now how many Final Fantasy Perlers I have made already. Apparently I can’t stop making them. =)

Right to left is a cross dressing Black Mage (assuming the White Mage is female), A Fighter with Cloud Strife’s uniform and hair, and Orko from Masters of the Universe.

I made these, and more for a new Perler refrigerator magnet series that I will give more info on next post. I’m working on some more tutorials, too that should be complete by the end of March.

 

Town & Country Surf Designs Perler

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When I was a tween on the California coast in the mid eighties, there were very few articles of clothing that I loved more than my  T&C Surf Designs shirts and board shorts. The clothes were stupid expensive compared to the stuff you could get at K-Mart, but I begged to be dressed like the other cool kids at school. I wore them until they were way too tight.

The NES game Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage wasn’t the best skateboarding game ever, but it was on a very short list of games that included “extreme” sports. Skate or Die was the only other one, and it was equally as bad.

Pictured above are Joe Cool, Thrilla Gorilla, and Tiki Man in action. I’m starting to put colored borders on almost anything I make anymore, and I particularly like the neon borders to give these a little extra 80’s flair.

Christmas in River City.

river_city_xmasI made a ton of Christmas themed Beadsprites last year, so I’m not going to be able to keep up the pace for this year, but here is the first in the series.

I got the sample sprites from River City Ransom and the Japanese counterpart Downtown Nekketsu StoryI don’t know what exactly is going on in this scene, I was just kinda riffing, and thought it would be funny if one was angrily giving an Xmas present and the other was overjoyed. I don’t know if it really works, but it’s funny none the less.

Smarf the cat from “Too Many Cooks”.

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Days after watching this video, I still have the song stuck in my head, and I love it!

This viral video was created by Casper Kelly and his team over at Adult Swim, and aired at 4am in a timeslot labeled “Infomercials”. (warning, there is blood). =)

I was inspired by the Smarf character, and created this Perler piece. He started off much happier and healthier, but after some adjustments, he found his final form.

 

Halloween Perler Pumpkins

happy-perler-pumpkinminecraft-perler-pumpkinsilly-perler-pumpkinfunny-perler-pumpkinangry-perler-pumpkinMikki and I made these tonight. I saw something like this somewhere on the internet, probably Pinterest or something like that. If I do this next year, I will do some cooler ones based of video games or something like that. (Although there is one of them based on the game Minecraft.

I think these are super cool, because we can have them for display in the house for a week before carving them. There were a few other eyes, fangs, ect not displayed, but I don’t think they really worked.

If you like these, and are looking for other Halloween ideas, go check out this really cool blog at http://hauntinglyfun.wordpress.com/ . There is a whole section for Pumpkins, and even some links for other “no carve” pumpkins as well as costume ideas and recipes.

–Originally Published on: Oct 23, 2013 @ 6:46