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Bit-Bead Kickstarter Sprites

red-sword-bit-bead cute-chicks-bit-bead low-battery-bit-beadThe guys over at BitBeads.com are kickstarting a new case for the iPhone that allows you to create 21×11 beadsprites inside of a special frame, and slide it into the case; it’s really cool stuff.

Inspired by the designs they had on the site, I made a few of my own, and it really made me wish I had one of my own to put on my phone. My 10 year old daughter gave me the stink eye when she saw I made the little baby chicks piece, but I assured her that I also made a sword, so the balance was maintained. =)

Go check out the kickstarter and help fund it!

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Perler Christmas Tree

perler-christmas-tree perler-christmas-tree2I first found this on a subreddit that I post some of my work to. There are a few varieties of it, so I decided it would be cool to make one of my own. I made some variations in the bulbs, and the smaller gold “beads”. The lines are pretty crisp, and aside from the star, a really consistent flat iron.

I have some other good stuff in the works and I’m really happy with all the pieces I have made so far this month. This has been a really awesome holiday season, especially since I have an excuse to blog about Christmas and make art.

R2-D2 Perler Ornament

r2-d2-perler-ornament r2-d2-perler-ornament2R2-D2 was my favorite robot as a kid. I loved Star Wars, but not so much the real movie so much as my 45rpm Star Wars Read-along book. I listened to that thing 2-3 times a day on most days. I loved my little 45rpm stories. I still have the Star Wars Read-along and The Hobbit Read-along.

I attempted a C3PO one, too, but need to re-design before ironing. Check out this youtube video.

Terraria Santa Hat Perler

terraria-christmas-perler terraria-christmas-perler2My 8 year old son loves Terraria above all other videogames. He will play it in his room for hours on end. He knows all the best online videos to watch, knows every recipe for items, and how to beat all of the bosses. If I have time these next few weeks, I might make a couple variations on this guy.

I like how both the bead and the flat side came out on this Perler creation. The dark browns and blacks always have issues with the flat fuse, but the smaller the piece, the fewer the issues. I will likely be making this into a fridge magnet.

Scrooge McDuck meets the ghost from Christmas Past

scrooge-ghost-perler2 scrooge-ghost-perlerThese beadsprites were inspired by A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Pac-Man, and the game Ducktales on the NES. I was gonna have all three ghosts show up for Scrooge, but I didn’t know what color to make them. I still may make a Tiny Tim from one of the Huey/Dewey/Louie sprites. Heck, why not throw in a Donald as Crachit in there, too.



Chip and Dale Perler (Chip)

dale-perler-present dale-perler-present2I think that these beadsprites with the Christmas presents are really cute. I have the Super Mario 2 crew coming soon. I’m debating whether they should have presents, too, to to be bringing unwrapped gifts like bikes and big toys.

Chip is coming to Christmas, too! That gift looks a little heavy. I changed the sprite up with some different colors for the had and eyes, and I think it came out well. The lines are particularly clean.

Battletoads Christmas Perler

battletoad-perler-gift battletoad-perler-gift2Battletoads was one of the first games that I was much better than my friends at. For some odd reason I was really good at the super hard parts where you were riding the rocket sled and the surfboard thing. Granted, I never beat the game because the difficulty ran up to nearly impossible, and you had very few continues.

Here we see the Battletoad named Zitz with his present. It looks like he has something special for a little lady! I like the way the neon green beads look next to the dark green beads; even for a smaller bead sprite like this, it gives a little definition.

Chip and Dale Perler (Dale)

dale-perler-present dale-perler-present2Chip and Dale Rescue rangers was one of the best rebranding disney ever did, IMHO. Both the cartoons and the Nintendo (NES) games were pretty good. The theme song was super catchy, too.

I love the look of joy on his face. He is super stoked for this present. What can be inside? Is it an acorn, or a 2DS with pre installed Pokemon X? This is first in a series of characters with presents leading up to Christmas.

Candy Cane Perler

candy-cane-perlerCandy canes are waning a little as a holiday treat. More and more often you see Starburst brand candy canes, or Atomic Warhead brand candy canes, but no so much of the original.

This candy cane also includes a little Mistletoe tied on. This time it’s real Mistletoe, not Holly like I posted earlier. I like the way this looks, I would be neat to make like, 6 of these and use as holiday decorations outside.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Perler

rudolph-perlerI don’t think I’m alone when I say that I really identified with Rudolph when I was a little kid. I was the little red-headed step-child who was waiting to be of use to anyone instead of just being underfoot all the time.

I loved this animation as a child. I sat rapt with attention, laying on my belly, hands holding up my chin year after year as this special came on. I don’t think anything else on television was as important to me as the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials.

This Rudolf beadsprite came out really well. The flat side doesn’t look as good as it could, but the display side is perfect. I used a few sparkle beads, and put a light behind his nose for the picture, too. I might make his little girlfriend Clarice, too.

I found the full episode on YouTube, I don’t think it will be available forever, but if you wanted to watch it again, here ya go. =)