If you are familiar with bead sprites, you’ll know what I’m referring to when I say “perler beads”. If not, I’m going to do a quick overview of what they are and what can be done with them.
What is a Perler Bead?
First of all, these can go by many other names: fusion beads, bead sprites, Hamma beads, etc. Regardless of the name or brand, the process is still the same. You use a special plastic pegboard to add each plastic bead and form a pattern of some sort.
After finishing your design, you can either iron over them with the provided ironing paper (in a kit or available separately) or use the masking tape method. The latter is my personally preference and used in a video below.
It’s a fun activity for all-ages and you can get creative with uses. Doubting how an adult could make use of this? I created bead sprites for each of my main social media channels. The plan is to integrate them in future videos. I’ve seen people do giant wall murals, desk weights, earphone cases, etc.
What can you create with them?
I’ve included a few YouTube videos that show both the techniques you can use, as well as just awesome work. It’s not easy to do, as you will discover in your viewing. But aren’t the best things sometimes challenging?
You can go the 2D route:
Or the 3D route:
Learning to use the iron correctly is by far the hardest part:
Let me know your thoughts. Great idea or a definite pass?