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« on: January 12, 2014 12:33:43 PM »

I've recently been playing with perler beads with my 8 year old daughter, and I've been wanting to make something that was Northern Lights. So...I thought, why not perler bead Northern Lights and  winter cabin?  This is my first attempt at free-handing and I've only made possibly a handful of these before. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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This is actually the back side. I'm still getting the hang of fusing them together, and I like how this side turned out better.
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014 12:56:06 PM »

Oooh what a neat subject matter to do in Perler beads!  The effect is very nice!

I'm still getting the hang of fusing them together, and I like how this side turned out better.

How evenly do you think your iron heats?  My friends and I have discovered that mine heats VERY un-evenly, so when we do perler bead projects at my house, we have to very carefully apply heat just long enough at first so that the beads won't move/jump on the peg board, and then start doing circular motions from all four directions in order to achieve an even melting.  We don't have this same problem when using one of their irons though.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014 01:01:19 PM »

When I first started doing them, I thought I had to iron them so that all the holes were flat, but once I learned that's not the case, I've gotten better. I certainly need to do more than the 10-20 sec that is suggested, and I don't think it's very evenly heated, but I'm starting to get the hang of it, and how my iron works with the beads. I was so happy that none of the beads moved when I was ironing it, because that happens often to me too.  Thanks for looking and the suggestions.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014 02:38:14 PM »

Looks great! Another hint: if you need to replace the fusing paper that goes between your iron and the beads, parchment paper works very well.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2014 07:53:33 PM »

Love this!

My perler tip is that I actually iron both sides to help strengthen the piece.  This worked really well with cub scout ornaments that were handled a bit because the kids were displaying and selling them.

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2014 07:58:15 PM »

I think it looks really cool! I like that the design comes into focus when you look at it from further away.
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014 01:53:30 PM »

That's so creative! I love the colors that you used.
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