How I made a Pokéball perler bead necklace
Having recently purchased a wealth of perler beads from a recent Ikea trip, I needed to find a way to use them all! So I took to Pinterest to find some inspiration. Creating a “perler bead inspo” board I started searching and pinning.
Something I quickly came across was the idea of a necklace made from a perler bead design. This looked pretty cool, so I decided to give it a go. In this post I describe what I did to achieve this cool little necklace.
What I Used
- Perler beads of assorted colors – I bought 2 boxes of Pyssla beads in Ikea during a recent trip so I had a ton. Here is the link to the Pyssla beads on Ikea’s website.
- Perler bead peg board and paper – Ikea also happened to sell these things so that I could assemble my pattern and heat it up to fuse the beads together. Here is the link to the pegboard set on Ikea’s website.
- Tweezers – This was extremely useful when dividing out the beads into the various colors. Also very useful for placing the bead onto the peg board.
- A necklace – I found some very cheap necklaces in Penneys for €1 so I bought a couple.
- Jump rings – It turns out I could have re-used the ones on the necklace but I ended up buying a pack of 20 for €1.50 in our local Range shop.
- Jewelers Pliers – I think that’s what this type of pliers are called. I got mine from a soldering kit I had lying around but you could equally use any long rounded pliers.
- A pattern to emulate – I did some research on Pinterest until I found a design I liked. Check out my board at this link. Depending on your pixelated design skills, you can either try your hand at making something from your head or get inspiration online.
- Iron – This is what you use to heat up the beads under the paper to fuse them together. Use with caution, these things get hot!
- I started by gathering together all of the parts for this project on a cleared off table. I also had a screenshot of my selected pattern on my phone. In hindsight, if I was to do this again I would probably just go as far as to print out the design so I didn’t have to keep looking at my phone.
- I divided up the perler beads into their separate colors using the tweezers. Not all of them though.. after enough time I started to go cross eyed.
- Next, I started assembling the pattern onto the peg board, following the pattern as I went. Luckily I chose a very simple, small Pokéball design so this didn’t require too much effort.
- Now for the fun and dangerous part. I turned on my iron, placed the special paper over the design, and start ironing. By which I mean, very carefully, I start applying even heat over the paper and onto the beads so that I could start to see the colors of the beads through the paper. I was careful not to overhead the beads as the holes would close up and I wouldn’t be able to easily get the jump rings through. I had a bit of practice at doing this as I previously made a shadow box of Pokémon figures for Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu (check out my Instagram to see this photo).
- With the front side heated, I flipped the whole design over and then applied heat to the other side to give a much more durable finish.
- With my design created, and once it had cooled sufficiently (ouch!), I began to loop a jump ring through one of the perler bead holes.
- I then removed the previous charms from the necklace I purchased from Penneys and added on my newly created design. I then made sure the jump ring was securely closed so it would not fall out.
- Finally, I tried on the necklace to ensure it all remained in tacked and I was good to go!
The result of this quick and very fun project was a super cool Pokéball inspired necklace, perfect to wear during the next Pokémon Go community day!
This was a very fun project to work on and didn’t really take too much time to complete. I will definitely be making another necklace as soon as I can get some inspiration on what to make next.. perhaps a gym badge or a Pokémon?
I hope you enjoyed my ramblings on how I completed this little project. If you would like to see more of this type of post just let me know in the comments below. Also, if you have any questions for me, just leave a comment below!