Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out with this whole fuse bead thing, we could all use some advice now and again, so, here are 5 tips for Perler bead artists!
5. GET SOME NICE TWEEZERS, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
Pierce Pop Art via Instagram
This seems like an obvious one, right? I mean, you are dealing with trying to place tiny little beads on even tinier pegs in intricate patterns. Placing beads with your finger is difficult and near impossible if you have big hands like myself. That’s why it’s always good to invest in a nice set of tweezers. I’m not talking about those crappy green plastic tweezers that Perler sells, I’m talking about the good kind! The good kind shouldn’t break the bank that much though, they typically run anywhere from $6 to $12 USD or so on Amazon.
4. PAY IT FORWARD: CREDIT THE SOURCE OF YOUR INSPIRATION
Whenever possible, try to credit the source of your inspiration for custom sprites or artwork. Every artist loves to be acknowledged for their creations. Even though, as Perler Artists, we are interpreting pixels into a select number of available beads, our inspiration would not be possible without the work of others.
3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR WORK!
Rasta Link | Pierce Pop Art via Instagram
It’s so easy to fall into the pattern of following patterns. See what I did there? Don’t be afraid to branch out and try creating your own versions of characters or customizing the colors to create new renditions of your favorite sprites.
2. NAIL DOWN YOUR OWN STYLE
Pappas Parlor via Instagram
Nail down your own style to creating artwork! Whether you prefer mini-beads or regular, a semi-ironed look or full melt aesthetic, or perhaps you prefer the non-ironed side of your project, whatever it may be, develop your own style for the process. That includes whether or not you decide to iron directly on the pegboard or use the tape method, even down to how you poke holes in your boards. Everyone has their own style and process when creating artwork.
1. INVEST IN GREYSCALE BEADS
Grey Artkal Beads | Pierce Pop Art via Instagram
I can’t stress this enough but invest in grayscale beads. Artkal has a great selection of multiple grey beads (as seen above), whereas Perler Brand beads only have 4 colors on the greyscale: white, light grey, dark grey, and black. So, if you’re keeping count that’s Artkal with 9 different colors on the greyscale and Perler Brand with only 4. If you’re just starting out this isn’t entirely necessary, but you’ll soon find out if you begin to do this as a regular hobby that certain brands do not carry enough greyscale beads.
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