I hate perler beads. There, I said it. I know they're a kid-level craft, and many adults are super-masters, and their stuff looks great, but I cannot work with them. I'm normally a very patient crafter, but these little things just drive me up the wall. And I'm horrible at getting them to fuse properly. But this time...
(Full disclosure: these are borrowed supplies, and the bead were all in a mixed tub, and they may - well, apparently were - from different sets/batches?)
So I start sorting, and I need a dark pink, light pink, white, and black. Not tough. I'm using a paint tray to sort because it's what I had on hand.
These all look the same, right? Okay, a few seemed a little more... transparent? But not hugely obvious or anything, I figured it was just a little color variation, it would blend... it would be fine...
Nope. Nope. Nope. Not even close, once ironed.
Once I saw the color difference I just went on ironing to see how flat/melted I could get it, to see if I could get it smooth (the answer is no, I could not, it just started to look over-melted and weird).
I know there are all these methods with tape and fancy things and whatnot, but I'm pretty sure I'm just hanging up my perler bead apron forever. It's just too time-intensive and far, far, far too easy to mess up after you've put all that time into it. I don't mind spending time on things, but I prefer it when I have a little more control over it... and/or am better at it... D: