Random Blatherings of a Geeky / Gamer Girl

Video Game Crafts - Perler Beads

Holidays just around the corner? Or is your gamer’s birthday coming up soon, but you don’t know what to get her? Thanks to this thread, I was able to create cool figures for my friends to hang on the wall.

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Here’s what you need:
1. Video Game Sprite(s)
Some sites to start you off:

Note: Be mindful about the sprites you choose - some are easier than others. Also, I tried to create one from a cartoon character but it was difficult due to the proportion - I wouldn’t suggest that.

After you’ve chosen your video game character, take note of the type of colors being used. I’ll point to this mog image as an example:

mog example

Once you find your sprite, use an image program to zoom in until you can see the individual pixels as squares (the mog in the upper-left is the original size) . Also, note the different colors you will need for the beads. I took some liberty in the colors I chose - there are 2 shades of pink for its wings that I would ignore.

My resulting colors are white, black, light blue, dark blue, light gray, and pink.
2. Buy Perler Beads
Do some research to find out where you can buy these beads. I’ve heard they may be sold at Walmart and Michael’s, but try the internet as well as Ebay. Do not buy the assorted beads pack! It is painful to have to separate them by colors, and you also cannot choose what colors you will get:

assortedBeads

I ended up buying them from a website, 400 single color beads in a pack. If you plan to make many sprites, I’d suggest you to buy an extra bag or two of black and white - they are the first colors to go!
3. Buy PegBoards
I bought 4 just in case. It’s up to you how many you want to get. These lock together like puzzle pieces so they’re easy to store. I’ve heard people made do without the pegboards, but I think it’s more pain than it’s worth. Plus these boards make it easy to transfer the beads from place to place.
pegboard
4. Ironing Paper
ironingPaper
I bought a set of these. Some pegboards may come with a sheet or two. I think it doesn’t hurt to have more. Basically these sheets protect the melting plastic perler beads from touching anything else and sticking to it.
HIGHLY OPTIONAL - Tweezers
tweezers
If you’re planning to have your kids make these crafts, these huge tweezers will probably help them in the long run. As an adult, I already own a couple pairs of eyebrow tweezers so I found this to be a waste of money.
5. Create It
4 easy steps

Now you get to enjoy the tediousness of building the sprite bead by bead. When you’re done, lay a sheet of ironing paper over the beads and iron over the sheet (I do hope you have an iron). Follow the instructions, you’ll see the beads start to melt and flatten a bit. Make sure you’ve melted all the beads together - no stragglers! You can wait for it to cool a bit before you flip it over, lay another sheet, and iron that side.

Tip: Once you’re done ironing, leave it to cool with the sheets of ironing paper still attached and place something firm and flat (like a Glamour magazine) on top of it so that as it cools, the edges don’t curl.

Resulting mog:

mogResult

In the end, make sure you have enough time to gather the materials. It took me little less than an hour per sprite to build, melt, and cool. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out. =)

Update: I finally found the photo of the majority of my creations! You can totally tell I ran out of white perler beads (standing Luigi is sporting grey overalls and a hat).

Perler Beads Video Game

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12 Comments
Bran

You made me the chocobo and mog ones!!!

Why, yes I did =) and now you too can make these for your gamer friends!

this is very cool and i love doing perler beads i always do this art when it is raining out side so give me an e-mail when you get new things to perler beads with.

I love making game sprites with Perler beads, in fact I recently bought a huge (18,000 beads) assortment for my daughter and I play with them as much as she does.

Wouldn’t it be cool to decorate an entire Christmas tree with 70’s-80’s videogame bead ornaments? I think so. :)

AWESOME

shewolf

I love these! I plan to use Pixos instead, though, as I can’t do anything like iron around my 3 year old :(

Kamek

OMG!!!!!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for this! I plan on making so many sprites. I have a few dear friends that will go CRAZY when they get some old-school Final Fantasy characters for their birthday or Christmas. Thanks again!

Awesome article! Do you enjoy papermaking?

- John

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The advertisement is good but I don’t know why people always use the silver color to convey or represent something that has to do with aliens or space.
23jj

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