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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. =)

Super Mario Kart Winners!

20150707_125409 20150707_125453I’ve been super busy with moving into my new house, and haven’t had a ton of time to keep up with beading, but I am getting back into the groove. It was heartbreaking to take all the Perler art off the walls and box it up. The Final Fantasy wall was only up for 6 months before it was removed and boxed up, and now with the new place, I don’t know where to put it all. I’m thinking that I will build all new stuff for the walls in my house, and here is the first set!

Super Mario Kart came out the summer of 1992, when I was about to become a Senior in high school, so I missed it when it first came out ( I was busy with a summer job and partying ). I picked it up a few years later, though, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I didn’t notice until after I was done that I made a mistake in Yoshi’s hand, so I might make another one and use a lighter shade of green to match the Luigi. All eight were made in the race winning pose with the exception of Donkey Kong, because he is always a loser. =)

 

Ironing tutorial for Perler Beads Donkey Kong and King Koopa.

Here is part 2 of the Donkey Kong and King Koopa.  You check out the guide to prepare them for ironing with the Masking Tape Method here. Let me know what you think of these videos in the comments. =)

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.

 

Millennium Falcon Perler

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After making the X-Wing last week, I knew I had to make the Millennium Falcon Perler next. I love the way this one turned out. I added the light blue border to match the color of the thrusters, and to give it some definition. I’m going to try to find some more sample sprites to make more Star Wars related stuff soon. =)

Batman Returns NES Perler.

20150204_100005 20150204_100016I made this for a co-worker who is really into Batman and the classic NES games.

This is from the game Batman Returns for the original Nintendo. I gave it a grey border to match the grey of the Adam West Batman suit, and I like the way that sprites with borders that aren’t the typical “black”.

 

Mouser Boss from Super Mario Bros 2

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I remember the first time I saw the Mouser boss battle at my friend’s house and being super impressed. In that time in the 80’s, dark shades like mouser is wearing were what the “cool” kids were wearing, and I wanted a dark pair of glasses like those right away.

I added a neon yellow border to define the borders and give the piece a different quality. I did the same with my Ren and Stimpy beadsprite, and I liked the way that one turned out, to.  I have a few other Super Mario 2 sprites , and plan to make more for my wall, now that the Final Fantasy stuff is done.

http://www.mariowiki.com/Mouser

 

Burgertime refrigerator magnet set.

burgertime-magnetsThe first time I played Burgertime was at Magic Mountain in California around 1984. Your character “Peter Pepper” would walk on top of giant food, and mash it down to the lower level of the maze structure until you built a complete hamburger, and the hot-dog, fried egg, and pickle-chip would try to knock you out.

It had the trope of ladders and beams just like Donkey Kong, but instead of jumping, you would throw pepper in the enemies face to stun them, and if you could time it right, you could also make them “ride” the hamburger ingredients, or squash them; fun stuff.

It was such a weird concept for a videogame, but I was enamored. I get the song from the game stuck in my head all the time. Every section of the hamburger is independent, as to be rearrange-able. I really like the way this turned out, and it looks awesome on the fridge.

 

The “final” Final Fantasy monsters

final-final-fantasy   I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally made the last of the monsters in the Final Fantasy Perler series.  I’ve made 112 monsters, 11 bosses, and all of the warriors of light in 6 poses each; 195 pieces in total. *phew*

I’m also nearly complete with affixing them to the wall up my stairway, and I’m on track to complete it before the end of the year. I have plans to add more pieces to it (buildings, NPCs, and swords/spell effects) over the years, but I am pleased to have achieved 1.0 on this project.

Expect photos and videos in the next few weeks!