Goku and Goten

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Goku and Goten
Approximately 20″ x 28″
Pattern Width: 145 beads
Pattern Height: 109 beads
Total Colors: 22
Total Bead Count: 15,805 beads

Most of you already know about this but I figured I’d go ahead and update the blog for “record keeping” purposes. I had attempted a large Perler installation and it FAILEd pretty miserably. Laying down the beads on the pegboard was the easy and fun part. Ironing was a MESS! Word of advice, when you iron a large piece, remember to use medium heat and START IN THE MIDDLE. I started on the outer edges and… well, scroll down, and you will see. Here’s photos of my progression:

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2014-06-23 20.21.20Above: I had dropped my tool and it made a bunch of beads jump off the board. This was a minor set back, just remember to be careful when you’re working over a large piece!

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Above: Watching Dragon Ball Z while working on Goku and Goten kekeke

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Above: Quarter in the top right and a 16 oz coke bottle on the bottom left for size comparison.

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Above: This is what happens when you start ironing from one corner and working your way to the next corner. SUPER FAIL. The cooling times were so hard to keep up with. I might have needed to work on a much lower heat setting as well. I think I had it medium/high because I was getting impatient -_- The larger pieces will take some time, so be patient!! I regret not being more patient with it 😦

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I spent several hours trying to fix it but it was not salvageable 😦 This was my first attempt on this large of an installation. Lesson learned!

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:

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

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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!

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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!

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Gir and Pig

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