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loser_rat 9/24/2022 09:24 am 309
use poster tack or push pins to hang perler bead creations
if you can't find a pattern for a specific character try finding pixel art of them (save from the original source and not from google images.) and convert it into a perler pattern (if you ever post it publically online link to the source please)
Make sure you let your creation cool, the amount of times i burnt myself or ruined mine are AWFUL, also use a flat surface for the good golly of all that is holy, perlers take alot of time and patience, and if you make one little move, it'll collapse and you have to restart.
if u use ur board to iron on be sure 2 put a heavy book on em 2 flaten em out
PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZZZ FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY DONT IRON YOUR PEARLERS ON THE BOARDDDDD USE THE MASKING TAPE METHOD PLEASE. the sheer amount of boards i have ruined by ironing the pearlers on the board is not even funny
stock up on black and white beads, but have a lot of others.
have multiple boards incase they break (i recommend a tonnn of square boards cause they are obvi the best)
use PARCHMENT PAPER. if your kit comes with wax paper do not use it. they suck ass. you can prob find some parchment paper in your kitchen
be careful when making lager pearlers instead of just little charms, because it can look ironed but it really isnt. also iron both sides i do it and its a life saver
plastic/anytype of tweezers are a life saver
Thank u for your lovely comments! I've bought a couple of long tweezers like @holdenpantry: and @capn: advised and it TRULY makes a world of difference (my fingers don't hurt anymore from trying to fix misplaced beads).
Also, if it weren't for @CybrBoy:'s suggestion in regards to ironing I would've totally melted my board.... SO LIKE THANK YOU!!!
you will need more black and white beads than you'd think, so stock up on 'em
dont iron the perler completely flat because you could end up ironing the board and ruining it (speaking from experince lol) if you want them completly flat iron the perler a lil it then take it off the board and iron it flat (but its reccomended that u dont iron it flat bc putting it on kandi can be harder that way
-Invest in good tweezers if you plan on doing a lot. Straight tweezers with a fine tip and longer handle seem to do well, and honestly work better than the dinky Perler brand ones. I agree with capn that you should preferably get multiple pairs, though.
-If you value your sanity, do not buy mixed beads. Yes, I know it's cheaper to buy mixed beads. But you'll regret it when you're sorting through 32,000 beads in 30 different colors.
-Use parchment paper, NOT wax paper. They sound and look very similar, but wax paper has a layer of wax that will stick to your beads when melted.
-It can be intimidating when you have a large piece all beaded but not ironed. If you're using those boards that snap together, snap them together *before* you iron them. It might sound obvious, but some people will melt the boards individually and then together, which causes "seams" to form.
-Speaking of ironing, I always go with medium/medium-high heat. If you're unsure about what heat setting to use on your iron, though, start lower. You can always iron more, but can't un-iron! DO NOT USE WATER/STEAM IN YOUR IRON. Plus, a good quality iron is worth the cost, since they often have many different settings to play around with.
Hope this helped!
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