May 4

Hama bead sprites

bead sprite

Brian Nelson on Techerator posted this fantastic tutorial for How to make your favourite nintendo characters with perler beads. I love perler beads (actually, I use hama beads, because that’s what’s readily available in the UK, but they’re exactly the same thing so…) and I haven’t made anything out of them for about 10 years, so I bought myself a load of hama beads in all different colours, and put the tutorial to the test!

Being as it’s been so long since I did anything with hama beads, I started with something really simple –  a mario mushroom! I also put several rows of beads around the edges of the design to make a coaster! (I love my creations to be functional!) See my attempt after the cut!

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January 15

Perler Mario Box

Perler Mario Question BoxMy daughter got a Perler bead set for Christmas. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was “That would be great for videogame characters!” So, last weekend I made a Mario Question Box. It now proudly hangs from my rear view mirror in my car. Now I’m hooked. I want to do a thousand different things with them. You’ll see lots more Perler crafts here.