Let’s Talk Perler Beads

I sometimes do other crafts like counted cross-stitch, sewing (everything from curtains to clothing), and now one half of TheCraftyGamers has gotten me into doing Perler bead projects. You know, those fuse-able plastic beads that you may have made things out of once or twice as a kid. Let me tell you, it looks easy but it takes some practice.

I mean, it’s not all that hard to follow a graph pattern and lay down your beads. It just takes some time and patience. The problem comes in when it’s time to fuse the beads together. I seem to do fine on smaller projects like these two small magnets that I made (crappy phone photos are crappy)…

…but the second it comes to larger projects things become problematic.

The idea is to make them look like pixel art, more or less. The duck and the butterfly actually turned out really good, not that you can tell from the crap picture. I have a really bad habit of taking quick phone photos at my computer while doing blog posts and they always look like crap. I need to stop doing that.

I think the corner to corner (C2C) zoodiac crochet patterns by One Dog Woof would make awesome Perler coasters. I love  her patterns. One Dog Woof is probably one of my most visited crochet blogs and I could go on forever about her patterns, but back to the zoodiacs. These patterns are adorable. I’ve not learned how to do C2C crochet (one day) so this is why I thought Perler beads. And this is where the problem comes in.

This is the first one that I made

The beads on the sides went all weird where things were over fused on the back and there are areas that come close to being flat. It doesn’t look very pixelated. The cute ox is rather sad about this.

This is the second attempt:

It looks better, but it’s still not perfect. I also didn’t head the warning that creases from the ironing paper will show up on your project. In fact, I had to dig bits of the ironing paper out of the Perler project.

Practice makes perfect and I’m not giving up yet. Like I said, it’s a lot easier than it looks. Especially the ironing part. It’s even harder when you have a brand new iron that refuses to heat evenly and you have to guess where the hot spot is.

This brings me back to C2C graphs. They are perfect to use for other projects like cross-stitch and Perler projects. I am sure there are other things they can be used for, but those are the two that come to mind.

As always with crafting, think outside the box. Personally, I have to think outside the box, my cat took it over…

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