Hey guys! Today I want to show you how to do a project that is great for any nerdy crafters. I’m going to show you how to use perler beads to make an 8-bit necklace! This translates really well into most video games and cartoon characters because they convert so nicely into 8-bit, if they aren’t already.
For this project, I’m going to be making a Pokeball necklace, but these simple steps will give you what you need to do any perler beading and there are a TON of patterns online if you don’t think you can come up with your own.
You can get perler bead kits for super cheap in most craft stores or walmart/target and this is a GREAT project for kids too, just be sure to supervise with small beads and hot irons.
1. I found that using a pair of long tweezers works best for this. They aren’t required, but they help.
2. Be SO careful not to bump or jostle your beads while you’re working. They move a lot, and trust me, it sucks to have to start over when you’re almost finished.
3. Take you time. It’ll be worth it in the end.
My instructions said 10-15 seconds but that was definitely not long enough for me. Just keep an eye on it and when you can’t really see the holes in the beads any more, you’re good. Again, be careful because hot irons are hot. Then, peel off the paper, flip it over, put the paper back on and iron the other side.
If you want to stop here, you can & then add a magnet or whatever else you want to glue on, or just keep it as a decorative piece. However, if you want to make it a necklace or a keychain, let’s keep going.