How to iron/fuse creations

I’ve finished my first set of tutorials using my masking tape method for beadsprites, and posted the HD videos on YouTube! You can see the videos in the links below. Enjoy and post in the comments here, and on YouTube.

This is for the flat fuse style of ironing. The Perler website suggests that you leave the beads open in the middle, and iron both sides, but this is a method I have adapted from other styles. These videos break it down by the steps.

  • Part 1 : Prep and taping

  • Part 2 : Poking, repair, and final inspection

  • Part 3 : Ironing

  • Part 4 : Cleanup and completion

34 thoughts on “How to iron/fuse creations

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  2. Austin Babcock

    I would like to know if you could send me some photos of some of you creations. Becuse of watching your videos i have decided to take it up as a hobby, and would like to do or “copy” some of your stuff……if that is ok?

    1. 3 years late but someone aught to adress this

      I’m a *little* late to the party here, but on the off chance someone else sees this down the line, I wouldn’t recommend it. You need high constant heat for a longer period than a pre-heated metal object can provide without maiming the beads. A frying pan will also have a very rough bottom surface, when in general you want the smoothest iron possible to avoid weird defects in the finished product.

  3. Michelle

    What exactly are you doing with the tip of the iron when you use it to rub? Are you pressing down and trying to “spread” the beads to close the hole?

  4. J

    Hey Dan,

    Thank you so much for your tutorial! I found it easy to follow, and it helped me to get it just nearly perfect the first time around on a big project!

    I was wondering if you have any methods for touching up the fused project. For instance, for a cleaner and straighter edge, I was wondering if sandpaper would be appropriate. Have you ever tried sandpapering the edges? What were the results?

    Again, thank you for sharing your tips! Your work is amazing!! I hope to see more!

    – J

    1. Danthol Post author

      I’ve researched trimming the edges, and I’ve seen mixed results. Those who do it best make the art with a border of clear beads, and then cut them off with scissors and x-acto knives. I don’t think sandpaper would be a good option for that. If you try, please let me know the results.

  5. Emily

    Thank you so much for these tutorials!!! Your work has inspired me to get back into perler beading! I’ve been working on my pixel art over the past year, and I think perler beading would be the next best route for me! 🙂

  6. ccs

    I didn’t know you could lift the paper up to look at the beads to see if they are fused. I like the hard fuse as well and some of my things didn’t fuse well (half of it not fully fused) cam I go back and reiron the ones I messed up on?

  7. D

    I was thinking about getting an electric flat iron, and i was wondering would that make a difference at all?

    1. Danthol Post author

      Do you mean like a flat iron for hair? I have heard that can work, but I would still suggest just a normal clothes iron.


  8. Tara Wallace

    I was playing with my perler beads one day and found that my little jewelry torch cleans up the edges beautifully. And gives a cool shine to the finished products. I don’t iron my projects as much.

    Awesome site.

  9. Todd Christensen

    Hi, how do you stop your bead creations from curling. I just made a Cloud and Sephiroth from FF VII and parts of the edges curled up while they cooled. The Cloud used 5 peg boards and Sephiroth 4. Please let me know.

    1. Arya

      You just have to make sure you put enough weight on top of the creation while it cools down, and let it sit for a while. I honestly leave mine overnight. I use a wooden cutting board because it’s flat, and then I pile books on top of it to weigh it down. Hope that helped!

  10. Caleb

    Thanks for the tutorial! Quick question; If I were to use this method, would it be safe for me to iron the other side of my pixel art once I finish the first side? I would imagine that it would make it even sturdier, but let me know if I’m wrong 🙂

    1. Danthol Post author

      You can’t really iron the other side if you flat fuse the one side. They are plenty sturdy. I have made keychains only ironing the one side that have lasted well over a year.

  11. Katie

    Hey! This post is a life saver. I spent a whole weekend this weekend to create a large 3×3 piece as a gift to my mother and everything was going great until it was time to iron. I tried ironing it right on the pegboards. All hell broke loose. D:

    Project is completely ruined but now I;’m going to try again with this tape method!
    (at least I got a photo of it still on the pegboards)
    If you want to see it, heres my post:

    I’m going to follow you now, I love watching everyone else’s work come to life too!

  12. Shiro

    Hi! I saw your tutorial time ago and it was really helpful! Before seeing this, I always ironed my beads on the pegboards and, well, after doing that I had to ‘eliminate’ them XD So thank you!

    Now I do more creations than before and they are getting bigger each time!

    But I have a question yet: Is it needed to poke the tape to get those results? I mean, I really like how it comes but the tape I use is very difficult to poke :/ and I’m a bit afraid of doing this and ruin my bead because my budget isn’t too big xD

    So, thank you for everything! (And sorry for my bad english but it isn’t my mother language >-<')

  13. Debra

    I am truly inspired by your videos and I too have a question for you…On a very large project, does it all need to be ironed at one sitting or can I do one section at a time (until I get tired as I am disabled) or do I need to find someone who would be willing to spend hours ironing the entire project at one time?
    I am making a nerd “poster” for my daughter and am including all of her fandoms in one project…I am currently at over 50,000 beads and am afraid of the ironing step. I am making it in sections and am taping it off as I go making sure holes are poked in every. single. bead. LOL
    Thanks so much for your help in this matter!!!

  14. Danthol Post author

    I haven’t ever ironed anything in more than one sitting. I have seen other people do it before, so it is possible. I’d love to see a pic of your progress! =)

    1. Debra

      Thank you for the quick response, it gives me hope that I won’t ruin it when it comes time to iron it 🙂
      One more thing… you say that you’ve seen it done before, do you know if you just don’t iron the last row of each section quite all the way so the beads will fuse together at the different iron times? Does the wording of my question make sense? I hope so…I just want to make sure after all the hours I’ve spent putting this piece together that it doesn’t get ruined due to my lack of knowledge to finish it.
      Where can I send you a pic? I’ll try to post one this weekend!

  15. Kelly Applegate

    Is there a certain brand/type of masking tape that you prefer? I have tried both Scotch & Duck brands and they don’t adhere to the beads very well at all.

    Thank you!!

  16. Kelly Applegate

    Edited to add that I see you used the 3M for the bigger stuff, what about “normal” sized pieces?

  17. Cassandra

    I found your videos super helpful, but I have a quick question. Any suggestions for eliminating the random shin that occurs when ironing? I’ve heard that it happens when the ironing paper gets lifted, but on larger projects it always seems to happen to me. Also, it looks…somewhat wrinkled? I even bought a brand new roll of ironing paper and it still occurs. Help!

  18. Sarah Brookshaw

    Hi –

    I just wanted to thank you. My son made a big Mario out of beads and it got destroyed when I tried to iron it. Going to try this method after we rebuild and hopefully avoid another disaster!


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