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Topic: Super Mario Super Coasters!!  (Read 33575 times)
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susieoregon
« on: March 10, 2009 07:00:27 AM »

Ok, I know we have all seen a lot of these perler beads Mario coasters (as have I, that's where I got the idea to do them Smiley  But I just finished a set of 6 and I was really happy with the way they turned out so I thought I would share.  Here's the finished product:



I had never done any work with perler beads and it seemed like a simple project and like it wouldn't take very long.  I decided to make my sister a set of these for her birthday coming up in a few weeks so I headed down to Joann's and bought the big bucket of perler beads that came with some pegboards.  I also bought some tacky glue and a roll of cork board.  When I got home and started sorting through my purchases, I quickly realized that the bucket just wasn't going to cut it.  First off it was missing some colors I really needed and secondly, the peg board it came with was way too small for proper coasters.  So first thing Saturday morning I went back to Joann's and bought a big tray of sorted beads and another small package of beads that came with a really big peg board.  So now I was really ready to go:



Most of the beads I used did come from the big bucket of beads which I sorted into that little paint palette thing I had lying around.  But I think if I were ever to buy more perler beads I would definitely stick to sorted trays.  There is something to be said for the hours and hours of time you spend sorting out the colors.  And I'm not being dramatic like "OMG!  That took like a billion years!!!"  I literally spent like 4 hours just sorting out colors.

I was really surprised at how long it takes to bead.  I started around noon and didn't finished all 6 of them until about 7:30 that night and I hadn't even done the cork backing yet.  It just takes a long time to sort and bead and iron.  And you really just do one bead at a time.  It definitely helps to have some tweezers.  I just used the ones I pluck my eyebrows with and they worked great.

I ironed each one a little longer than they said to.  My sister has kids and I wanted them to be securely melded.



I know what you're thinking, "her ironing board looks like a towel on her kitchen counter."  And you're right, it is a towel on my kitchen counter.  You take the towel off and it becomes my work bench. 

Once they were all ironed and ready to go I traced their size onto some cork board, then cut out the square and used Tacky Glue to glue it onto the side I thought looked not as nice as the front.



I used a lot of glue too.  Once I had them all lined up I place them on the board and weighed them down over night so they would dry flat.  I just used my yoga book and some 5 pound hand weights.



Here is a picture of the cork backing:



And it works!!



**EDIT**  I used the cross-stitch patterns from Birdy's post to make these designs.  She made Mario coasters too and they are awesome.  Check it out:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293851.msg3341090#msg3341090
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009 07:22:11 AM »

Awesome!! I like the idea of adding cork to the back, that is practical Smiley Where did you get a big perler bead grid like that? I only have tiny ones and it makes things pretty annoying. I also feel you on the sorting, I did the same thing and it SUCKS. I still have most of a huge bucket left to sort.. I really don't want to do it but I will eventually >_<
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009 07:25:22 AM »

I've never seen these before and they are awesome. I don't know that I would try and do some any time soon though. I've been working with seed beads lately and I know what you mean about taking forever. I think I'm thoroughly sick of beads right now.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009 07:32:44 AM »

I like your coasters & I have that book.  I hope she likes them =)
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009 07:33:42 AM »

Awesome!! I like the idea of adding cork to the back, that is practical Smiley Where did you get a big perler bead grid like that? I only have tiny ones and it makes things pretty annoying. I also feel you on the sorting, I did the same thing and it SUCKS. I still have most of a huge bucket left to sort.. I really don't want to do it but I will eventually >_<

I still have a huge bucket to sort too!!  Here is the thing I bought at Joann's for the big peg board:

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3000&PRODID=xprd903468

The one I bought was a little bit different, but it was the same price $4.99 and I bought it at my local store and they didn't have a very big selection of perler bead stuff, so I was kind of just stuck with that.  It's a really nice big one though and I had plenty of room.

Thanks for your comment!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009 07:42:42 AM »

This is amazing. I love how the pictures still look kinda pixeled. I'm a sucker for all things nintendo. I may just have to give this a try.
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2009 07:43:30 AM »

I like your coasters & I have that book.  I hope she likes them =)

That's a good book!! Cheesy Thanks for your comment!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2009 07:44:59 AM »

i used to love making these when i was a kid! it'd be so fun to do it again, but one question. doesn't placing hot drinks on the beads just make them melt more? maybe i'm dumb haha
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2009 07:46:05 AM »

My husband saw some of these on another thread and now is itching to make some for his brothers.  Thanks for the warning of the bucket, I think we will be buying the presorted trays, when he's ready.

I like the size you made yours, they seem big enough to cover bigger type glasses. Oh and the images are the best choices.
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2009 07:49:29 AM »

I'm new to this site so I'd never seen anything like these.  I like them a lot!  And even though it took you ages to sort the beads, I can see myself enjoying that part.  I like sorting things. 

We can work together on your next project, I'll sort beads, fetch supplies, and give opinions.  You can do the artsy part.  LOL!
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