You can email me at
I just watched your 4 videos on using the masking tape- I will have to give this a try at some point. I have ideas of doing some pretty large ones. I just started doing this about a month ago. I got that app called bead it. You mention something called bead sprite, I couldn’t find that one. I have a few questions….
If you want to do something really huge, could you do it in pieces (I have those giant boards), tape them, and lay the taped pieces next to each other and iron it like that? I’m so afraid of making something big then going to iron it and it getting messed up.
I have trouble sometimes decipering which colors are the ones mentioned in the app. Where can I find a good visual so I can match the bead to it to tell what it’s color really is.
Also, I see you sorted out a tub of 22,000. I bought one of those and have been slowly working my way through it. I’m guessing it’s cheapest to buy them like that, but then you have to do all the sorting, so I see the advantages and disadvantages. Where can I buy the obscure colors (other than online) that I can’t find at AC moore or Michaels?
Thanks- you rock!
I don’t use any apps right now to make my sprites, I use MS Paint zoomed to 800 to see the individual pixels on any given image, and modify it if needed.
I haven’t attempted projects that will be bigger than the amount of boards that I have, but when that time comes, I plan on building them section by section, and then joining them together backed with masking tape, and then ironing together.
Beadsprite is common terminology for perler art based on videogames/cartoons, but refers to most any Perler art.
You can find the colors in individual bags at http://perler.eksuccessbrands.com, but I don’t know of any retail that carries all varieties on a regular basis; it’s really hit or miss. JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby also carry Perler, so you might try there. Some of the stripeys, glitters, and pearlescent colors can only be purchased in themed mixed bags or trays, too.
Thanks for the feedback and questions!
I have done it- I completed my 24k+ using your masking tape method- I’ll email you the pics.
I am pretty proud of it.
Thanks for the tape method.
BTW, I just started beading about 2 months ago, and accomplished this.
That’s awesome Laurie, thanks for following up! I’m totally intimidated to make something that big, but you dived right in. =)
Where do you get all your different shades of beads from?
I buy the 22k buckets from Amazon (link on sidebar or Amazon store), and I buy other individual colors at perler.eksuccessbrands.com.
You buy the 22k buckets? Do you have a method to sort them? I just bought a 6k bucket to start with and it’s taken me FOREVER to sort the beads…the idea of planning something and having to hunt for a certain color drives me batty. I got 5 shades of red to orange that looked so similar that I need to go back and resort because they’er mixed in with each other.
Just to throw it out there, yes, sorting the big buckets does suck. It makes them quite a bit cheaper per bead though. Just takes the time. I usually just do it while watching a movie or something. And yeah, sometimes I do just have to re-sort the finite differences in the colors. When you get them next to each other, it gets easier to pick out the mis-matched ones.
Also, when I’m buying big packs of singles, and since Danthol mentioned he wasn’t sure about the stock/supply available, there are a few shops on ebay that do a great job supplying perler beads. I happen to use http://stores.ebay.com/bluedashleo/ . Good prices, especially in bulk. Get $60 and you hit free shipping and he starts throwing in a bunch of free beads like random mixbags or color sets you might not normally buy. The more you buy, the more free stuff, including pegboards, etc. I have no other affiliation with them except being a very happy customer when I get a chance to stock up.
Oh man, actually, I don’t know anymore. Looking at the Store again after a couple years, I feel like the color selection is a lot less than it was before. Without going up to my beads and crossreferencing what I have (which was a full set of colors as of the last Perler Bead color chart I had), I feel like his selection may not be as complete as it was. Hm. I just don’t know. Still worth checking out though.
I just wanted to say: your site is what makes the internet awesome.
Thanks for sharing with the world.
You are quite welcome, I’m glad to have been of service.
I recently watched your video about the masking tape method and was wondering if there was a way for me to fix my board that was already warped also do you have any tips on how to make what you want backwards so when you use the masking tape so you have it facing the way you want it to
Hey, you took my idea :p Guess I should have gotten on this a few years ago when I was thinking about it. Glad someone did though. It actually looks like several more Beaders have popped up on the Internet in the time I’ve been gone. I was pretty heavy into it a few years ago, mostly just on DeviantArt. Some on my personal page, Etsy, sales, etc. I am thinking about getting back into it, and wanted to focus on instructions and tutorials. Looks like you are getting that covered. Is there room for one more? 😀
As you can see on my dA gallery, my focus was mostly into 3D creations. I’d like to think that falls under “Hardcore Perler” 🙂 I’ve also said I was “coming back” twice now, and life just keeps me busy, so we will see.
Otherwise, I look forward to digging into the site and checking into what’s going on on YouTube and hopefully even being able to contribute myself!
Keep it going!
I would love to link any tutorials you make on the site for sure, and it would be great to have some contributors for content.
That 3D stuff is awesome, and the Tifa/Cloud you posted on the /beadsprites subreddit was awesome too. I am putting the Final Beads into one of my biggest sprites, too!
Hm, the Tifa/Cloud definitely wasn’t me. I have barely made 2D sprites relative to the 3D ones I was doing, and definitely didn’t do that one, but now that I know that subreddit exists, I will have to go check it out. I have so much stuff going on right now with work and family and trying to help my dad get his side business going, I’m really unsure when/if it’s going to happen. I want it to though, so we will see. Will keep watching this page for sure though!
Was wondering if any of you tried to use permeable tape , like medical tape, so you don’t have to poke holes everywhere?
Hey Dan, I was wondering what you use to make the designs of your art (Like Picture to Perler design) New to perler myself!
I mostly use MS Paint to zoom in on images I find online. 800% zoom will usually work best to see all the pixels.
What colors did you use for the parrot sprite?
I used at least 20 different colors on that, I don’t think I could name them all, lol.
Hi. I was just wondering what paper you use to fuse the beads? I am having trouble finding one that doesn’t stick.
I use Reynold’s brand parchment paper. You can find it in just about any grocery store in the U.S.
I wish I had watched your masking tape video before I started my big projects, although I think I made this one before you posted the video. It was at least 3 years ago.
The thing is 129 x 127 and measures about 29″ on either side. Over 16,000 beads were used in the making. If I ever do something this big again, I’ll be using something else as a background instead of 9,000 black beads to fill in the gaps.
It took about 2 weeks to set up and then I decided one night to start the ironing process. About 10 minutes into it I realized it was a HUGE mistake to try to iron it like I would any small project. I started ironing around 10PM and finally finished around 4AM. I’m amazed it came out as well as it did. I have touch ups to do and the corner needs fixing.
I was looking for advice on mounting. The piece weighs close to 2 lbs and a conventional frame, custom made, would be ridiculously priced. Have you ever mounted something this big, and if so, how did you do it? I don’t want it to just be nailed to the wall, or something like that.
Chris… Did you ever figure out how to mount your piece? I just did one about the same size. I want to mount it to a foam core board, but I am not sure which glue to use. I want it to be strong, but not dry too fast.
Danthol…Thank you for the videos! I used your tape method on my piece (ocer 20,000 beads) and it worked great!!
Hi I was watching your masking tap video and noticed that you said you use Microsoft paint to make the sprite and then was looking at it with a kindle picture viewer. I was wondering if you could tell me if you made the sprite from a paint app directly on the kindle or if you did it on a computer and then transferred it somehow? Thank you.
I made the image with paint, and then transferred the it to the Kindle via email.
Hi! I just caught one of your videos on you tube. I will have to try your method of fusing with masking tape. Usually I just use the paper and hope I dont screw it up and it all melds together. I just did a mega man scene (old school atari)for a friend and the scence was a bit tricky to get it all to hold together. Thanks for posting your stuff, it’s awesome!!
I just want to thank you for posting the four YouTube videos about how to do the taping method. WOW, what a life changer! I tape EVERYTHING I iron now, even the small projects done on the little pegboards. It really makes a huge difference and it’s worth the extra time and effort. This perler newbie appreciates you for taking the time to share your skills with the world!
Thank’s for the feedback, Rebecca! I’m glad I was of assistance. Perler crafting can be very rewarding. =)
What color beads did you end up using for Hulk Hogan? I know there are quite a few shades in there!
Hey man! I love the website – your Final Fantasy project is amazing. I was wondering what your thoughts are on displaying your perler projects aside from wall mounting. I spent the day making Christmas themed sprites before realizing that I have really no clue what I’m going to do with them.
Lol, I know how you feel. I have a big bag of xmas stuff, too. I used the ones I’ve created to decorate my desk at work. Many people put hooks and hang them on the tree.
Hi, first i want to thank you for your videos on the masking tape technique, it helped me a lot ! I use it for every project i do now.
I still don’t have your ironing level : almost every piece i make is over-melted on the back side, if i want to have the flat pixel aspect…. I keep trying but it’s a bit discouraging….
A precision : I use Hama beads ( I cannot find perler beads in France).
Anyway thanks à lot for what you do, and for sharing it with us !
Hey there! So I’m looking for a bit of advice regarding the perler colors. I bought 11k and 20k buckets from Joann’s, but I am missing a lot of colors like a normal green, normal purple, etc. My issue is I recently went to the store and bought seperate bags, only to get home and find I bought dupes of what I already had (except orange lol). Is there any really good color chart that you use to find the names of each specific color? I am about to place a huge order online and I really dont want to end up buying duplicates of colors I already have. With some, its so hard to tell the difference:/ thanks!
I just bought a brand new thing of parchment paper and it tore and is now stuck on my bead design, any way to get it off?
I’ve never heard of it sticking before. Can you take a picture? I would assume after it cooled, it would just come right off.
How would you recommend hanging large perler projects on the wall without using Velcro or nails?
The project isn’t wanting to stay 100% flat so it’s making it difficult to find a way to hang it well…
This one has about 15 pins holding it up. http://hardcoreperler.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/perler-on-display.jpg
I use little pins from the craft store and pliers. You can’t see the pins once they are in all the way, and they do less damage to the wall than thumbtacks. You can add as many pins as you need to hold it flat against a wall.
I was conversing with you a while back asking you about ironing my creation in sections. I haven’t been back in touch with you because my computer crashed and quite honestly I couldn’t remember the name of your website (I take medications that mess with my memory). Anyway, I finally remembered this morning, so here I am.
I finished my creation but it still has to be ironed. I would really appreciate it if you would go take a look at it. I need your email please so I can let you know where you can go see it 🙂 .
I just tried to email you at hardcoreperler.com but it said it was an invalid email. Is this an error?
Thanks for any and all help,
Hi Hard core perler,
I enjoy your work, and also enjoy making pixel art with perlers. I wanted to share with you my method expanded on your method of masking tape. I first learned how to do the masking tape method from watching you and got inspired to make it easier.
Hope this helps you to create in the future. It has drastically cut my hole punching time in half.
That’s awesome, I want one, lol!
Hey I’ve been watching your videos and following your perler/Hama bead method but after I iron my image the masking tape got stock onto my perler beads what’s should I do to take it off or how do I provent that from happening again any suggestions will help
The times I have had when the tape is difficult to remove has been due to the iron being too hot and for too long. Try reducing heat a little.
I have been struggling to make a 3D car, I have been trying to make a 3D replica of general lee from dukes of hazard. Could you help me out?
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *