Pixel Craft with Perler Beads debuted in July 2015 and is my eleventh book. It’s a go to source for those that love pixel art and perler beads, with over 50 patterns, 21 project gallery ideas, and 6 fully photographed step-by-step projects. It features designs that are both quirky and classic that are sure to satisfy beading enthusiasts of all ages!
Step by Step Projects: 6 – Statement Necklace, Drink Coasters (with 11 variations), Gift Box, Bangle Bracelets (with 10 variations), Picture Frames (with 2 variations), Jewelry Tree
Idea Gallery: 20+ – Earrings, Rings, Brooches, Charm Bracelet, Cell Phone Charms, Hair Clips, Clips, Push Pins, Magnets, Bow Ties, Headbands, Cake Toppers, Gift Tags, Sandal Decoration, Keychains, Notebook Cover, Door Hanger, Planter, Pencil Caddy, Pen Holder, Tea Bag Dispenser
Project info: Projects are illustrated through numerous full-color photographs explaining every step. Charts are provided for the rest of the patterns, allowing you to follow along with your perler bead pegboards with ease.
This book is for everyone out there that loves pixel art or perler beads! It includes over 50 perler bead patterns for making loads of useful and interesting projects. Perler beads are fantastic at replicating the 8-bit look of yesteryear, humble little pixelated characters and icons that stick with you because of their simplicity. Whether you grew up in that classic video game era or not, you’ve got to love Perler beads for the way you can make something out of nothing! Tiny little plastic beads fused together can build something as simple as a keychain or as big and complex as a storage box with moving hinge. With so many colors and pegboards to try out, there’ll always be something to make.
You can follow one of the fully illustrated step-by-step projects to make something more complicated, or just reference one of the many patterns to make something uniquely your own. Interspersed with the step-by-step projects are over 20 idea gallery-type projects that give you tips and ideas on how to use the multitude of patterns, like magnets, bow ties, keychains, and earrings. At the beginning you’ll find helpful tips for how to handle fusing your perler beads, what adhesives work best, and how to use mini beads as well. And at the end you can jump out of the second dimension with lots of fun 3D projects too. With all those resources at hand, you have limitless combinations for what you can make!
With pixel art so cute and approachable, you’ll be eager to dive in! The designs you find range from the more sweet and quirky flowers, aliens, emoticons, and mustaches to more chic and sophisticated geometric designs. It’s sure to hook in beaders of all ages. And just like pixel art, changing and customizing is part of the fun too. With perler beads, it’s easy to swap out colors or make additions without much thought. You can shrink down a design using mini beads, or develop your own tiling patterns to apply to 3D creations. So if you also have a deep love for all things pixelated, I hope you’ll give the book a look and see if it’s for you!