perler beads

Perler Bead Q&A

6/15/2015 House of Geekiness 0 Comments

What do I need to start with Perler Beads?

Here's a whole post, just for you! :) Getting started with Perler Beads

Can you put glue on perler beads?
Yes! Use E6000® Craft Adhesive. I've tried a lot of different glues, and this one is the best! It stinks like crazy, and you have to ventilate properly or use it outside because of fumes, but it works like nothing else.

What's the best way to store perler beads?

For bead storage, I have a few essential requirements. I need to be able to organize them in a way I like, and beads need to stay where I put them! I went through a few different craft organizers and hours of resorting spilled/mixed beads before I found this organizer at Home Depot. It has saved me so so many times when my kids have knocked my bins down. Once they're latched closed, they stay closed, and the beads stay in their own individual spots. LOVE it!

Where can I  buy perler beads for the cheapest?

It depends on what you're buying. If you're buying individual colors, it's usually cheapest to buy the beads directly from the manufacturer. If you're buying the jars, etc. Amazon's usually your best bet. Read more about where to find beads and supplies here.

What's the difference between Perler, Hama, Fuse, Melty, Nabbi, Pyssla Beads, etc.?

This is a long one, so I wrote a whole post about it. Read about them here.

How do I iron perler beads?

It's easier than you'd think! Watch my instructional video here.

How do I turn my bead sprite into a magnet, ornament, or wall decor?

Read my step by step instructions here.

What if my design is larger than my pegboard?

There are a few options for this. Whenever I can, I just use the superpegboard. Not only do you have less steps to worry about when ironing, it's more stable (so if you accidently bump it, the beads aren't disturbed as much-which is especially important with large patterns).

If your design is larger than the superpegboard, there's the tape method, which you can watch here. The only problem I have with that video is the "hard fuse" that he does. He over-iorns the beads on purpose for stylistic purposes, but I personally don't like how they look, how unpredictable the results are, and how harsh ironing that long is on your equipment (and yourself!) So, far large designs, watch my tutorial to learn how to iron the beads, but watch this video to learn how to tape the larger designs.

Have a question that needs answered? Email me or leave a comment below!

Psst! Don't miss a post! Sign up for my email list and get your 

Coming soon:
How do I design bead sprites?