So I decided to show off some backpack charms I made with melt-beads, also know as Perler beads.
To begin, you will need the following:
- Melt beads
- Clear peg boards in a various shapes and sizes.
- Parchment paper
- Standard iron for ironing clothes - craft irons take 'forever'. Set iron to polyester, never steam.
- Heat proof surface- I used 2 layers of cork boards.
- Volume 3 All Seasons, pattern pad. Great patterns plus blank templates in the back to photocopy and color in!
- Assorted crayons, colored markers, a pencil and a white out pen.
- Paper piercer
- Elastic twine, 5" long and clips.
To attach the twine, simply put one end through a open bead and tie to make a loop. If the bead you want to use is partially closed up, a paper piercer will help open that up for you!
If you Google melt beads/perler beads craft...you will find tons and tons of images.
When you see something you like, you can make your pattern from the blank templates. Simply count the finished ideas 'beads' and color code them on your template. Working horizontally will ensure you don't make a mistake. but if you do...the white out pen is a true lifesaver!
Anything that is supposed to be "white", write a "W" with your pencil so not to be confused with no-color. You could also write a "C" for" clear beads"
I Love the Ewok! He's so cute!
If you don't know where to start, visit your local craft store and buy a bucket of assorted colors.
Its a better value. I only buy the packages of one color if its a color I used more often than others.
Then dump some of the beads onto a velour bead mat and begin sorting.
Do this at a table while you watch a movie or listen to a audio book.
The reason I sort the beads is that some colors have shade variations that are hard to see when all in the tub. So I sort then use a spoon to scoop beads into my storage box.
Makes it easier to create with.
I don't recommend to use the bead cases that have removable sections because they tend to come undone, messing up your (color-coded) system.
Here are some more ideas.
(Above) - I used no pattern. Just played away. :).
The Mine Craft charms were made from images found on the web and colored onto the blank template. I have also used design ideas from cross stitch patterns.