Category Archives: Perler beads

Using the masking tape method on larger Perler art.

Here’s part 1 of 2 of my latest YouTube instructional video. This video covers the latest version of the masking tape method I have been using to make the bigger Perler creations.

This is the making of the Overwatch Bastion Perler from the last post.

I’m really happy how good the video turned out, and I did a little different format with slides in the videos. Check it out, I narrate the process and make stupid jokes and stuff! =)

Overwatch Bastion Perler.

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I love Blizzard games, and have played pretty much everything from Lost Vikingsand the original Warcraft, to their most current game, Overwatch.

I wasn’t originally going to play Overwatch until it had some extra content or a price drop, but when I started seeing the reviews and fan reaction, I picked it up and only stopped playing long enough to make this Bastion Perler piece. =)

Bastion is a transforming assault robot who is looking for his place in the world a decade after the war he was created for is over. This sprite is based on the “8-bit spray” that is unlocked in a Loot Box for leveling up, and when I unlocked it, I knew I had to make and post this. It took about 6 hours to bead and iron, and I will be posting a video on YouTube of the masking tape prep and ironing.

Perched on his recon rifle is his bird friend Ganymede.

Hang-On, Final Fantasy 2, and Super Mario Maker sprites.

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Here’s some of the random sprites I’ve made over the last few months. After my big Space Invaders piece, I took a little bit of a break. I’m about to wrap up the Super Mario Maker project, and am considering moving into Final Fantasy 2 for my next big project.

I’ll be pinning the Super Mario Maker sprites to the wall soon, and will post update pics. =)

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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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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.

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. =)