Gir and Pig

3552 Perler beads, 12.38" x 18.08" on an 18"x24" acrylic painted canvas.

3552 Perler beads, 12.38″ x 18.08″ on an 18″x24″ acrylic painted canvas.

Gir and Pig
Approximately 12.38″ x 18.08″
Pattern Width: 70 beads
Pattern Height: 91 beads
Total Colors: 9
Total Bead Count: 3552 beads

This is my largest installation made to-date! I am extremely proud of this piece because it turned out better than I had expected! I pulled the pattern from Deviantart and made a few adjustments to it (http://www.deviantart.com/art/Gir-s-Dream-Come-True-264070279). I was extremely nervous going into this project because I did not feel I was ready. However, I really wanted to make this for my good friend for his birthday. It arrived a week late because of packaging and shipping issues, but it arrived safe and sound! Yay!

Some people have been wondering how I make these Perler designs. First step: I use interlocking pegboards and place a bead on each peg to make my design. Like so:

Gir and Pig

After my design is completed, I tape it with painter’s tape to keep the beads together. Like so:

Gir and Pig

After this, I pull the beads off the pegboard and poke holes into the painters tape for each bead. I forgot to take a picture, but I have an example of this from my Recon Corp project. The painter’s tape I used is extreme low adhesion so a BUNCH of beads popped off when I pulled this off the peg board. It was a nightmare! I kept my cool and was able to get all the beads back into the right place (or somewhere close to the right place, haha).

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Using this poking tool from my 9 in 1 Interchangeable Screwdriver Set!

Poking Tool

I then put parchment paper on top of the design and iron it. I have it set on medium-high heat and move the iron left & right and up & down. I will normally leave the iron in a spot for a few seconds before moving to another spot. This gives the plastic beads some time to heat up and melt. It’s important to try and keep the entire piece warm until you’re completely done. You don’t want any parts of the piece cooling before you’re done because your Perler piece will start curling.

Ironing Perler

When you’re done melting your beads, stack heavy books on it to keep it flat while it’s cooling. DO NOT put the books on it immediately after you’re done ironing, let it cool a little before doing this or you’ll squish your beads! I let it sit under this over night.

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I used acrylic paint on an 18″x24″ inch canvas to paint the background for Gir and Pig.

Gir and Pig Painting

Gir and Pig

I added a frame to this because it looked so much nicer with it!

Gir and Pig

Gir and Pig

And that’s all folks! Let me know if you have any questions!

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