Example of what can happen if you don’t poke holes

butthead-torso-fail butthead-legs-failEven after practicing with the masking tape method, and failing with my Excitebike test first, I still thought it would be okay to iron this Butthead anyways. I should have known it wouldn’t work; I just assumed that I didn’t iron it right.

When I got about 2/3 of the way through, I decided that something needed to change.

The reason that these holes wouldn’t close is because the air was getting trapped inside the beads because the masking tape was creating a seal, resulting in an air bubble inside.


2 thoughts on “Example of what can happen if you don’t poke holes

  1. Alice

    I can’t thank you enough for this post, honestly, honestly, honestly! I’ve been wondering why I’ve been getting these massive holes in my work, if my iron was too hot or cold, or I was on the wrong surface, or using the wrong tape. It’s a problem that started rather recently after setting up a little perler work station in my room with my own iron to avoid transferring bigger projects downstairs (and the tape failing apart and it all getting ruined – bad experiences, ho!). I searched for ages online and nobody seemed to have the same trouble. I’m going to try poking holes in the tape for my next few projects but your examples above are exactly what is happening, and I’m honestly just so grateful someone has put up a post explaining what is happening. Thank you!

  2. Allysha

    I appreciate this post so much! I recently started doing the tape method due to having warped my boards in the past! And I couldn’t figure out how to close the holes and why they started doing that. Thank you!!

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