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Topic: What to use to make perler designs more sturdy?  (Read 1318 times)
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« on: February 27, 2016 08:14:36 AM »

I've been making some perler bead designs for an event, mostly just to lay around on tables. However, some are larger, and I feel like they aren't sturdy enough to keep them supported as is without them snapping.

Essentially I'm looking for something to attach to the back of the designs that will prevent them from bending and snapping.

Is there anything I could use, that would attach easily to the beads, that's easy enough to cut to match the shape of the design? I was thinking a clear plastic but I don't know how easy it would be to cut that...

Or would it just be easier to use a non clear backing of sorts?

Thank you all in advance!
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2016 12:09:58 PM »

I don't know if most people do this, but I melt both sides of my perler designs. Once I've melted it on the pegboard, I take it off and lay it flat on the ground/table and melt the back of it too. I've never had any issues with any of them breaking.

Or you could glue them onto felt? It's fairly easy to cut through most of the time, and it's inexpensive. I wonder if self-adhesive craft vinyl (like for a die-cut machine) would work at all. It might not be supportive enough, but at least if the designs crack, the sticky vinyl will hold the snapped pieces together until you can et them home and melt them back together.

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