I’ve been spending more and more time lately watching people craft on Twitch.tv in their creative section. One streamer I watch just about every day she streams does a lot of perler bead stuff. And she makes it look so easy, I decided I wanted to try my hand at some perler bead stuff!
I bought a kit off of Amazon.com (because something else I needed was an add-on item only and I didn’t really need much of an excuse to buy something crafty) and decided to make some magnets. The kit I bought is bakery themed, so of course I’m putting these sweet things on my fridge.
It’s super easy to get started perling. If you’re like me, you probably made little perlers back when you were a kid. When I told my mom I was getting back into perler beads, she reminisced about the summer she kept the ironing board out every day because my brother and I would make so many little designs and needed her to iron.
Find a pattern you want to make. Or make one up as you go along! I followed the patterns provided in the kit. I started with a pretzel.
Place the beads on the peg board according to the pattern. Move the board over to your iron (or visa versa) and use the perler paper (basically wax paper) as a go-between for the beads and the heat of the iron. The instructions that came with the kit say that each side only needs about 10-20 seconds of heat to melt the beads. I don’t know if I didn’t have my iron set hot enough or if my iron is too old or what, but it took more like 45+ seconds per side to melt the beads.
When I say per side, what I suggest is to briefly iron the beads on the peg board – get them to stick to the paper at least. Then, remove the peg board very carefully. The beads should stick to the paper and peel off smoothly. Then go on and melt the beads fully. Let the piece cool, peel it off the paper, flip it over, and reapply the paper and the heat, melting that side. This is all to prevent the board from warping.
The kit I bought had all the beads mixed together in three large bags. It wasn’t helpful in trying to follow patterns with more than two colors, so I spent about 3 days worth of my free time sorting through them. And to give credit where credit is due, my lovely fiance helped as well. While the kit was a good starting point, but I don’t think I’ll be buying another kit. I’d rather get single bags of color from here on out.
To make my lovely creations magnets, all I did was buy a pack of .75 inch magnets and glued them on the back of the perlers using E6000 glue. I let them set for about an hour before I stuck them to my fridge.
Overall, I’m really pleased how these came out! I will definitely be doing more perler bead stuff in the future! Did you ever make anything using perler beads? Even back when you were a kid? Let me know in the comments!