Bead Bunny

This little guy was created after I figured out how to use the appropriately-named Pixel Maker app. 

I used Artkal C mini beads. I also have Perler brand mini beads, but they don’t have as many color variations. In all, it took me about a half an hour to make, from beading to ironing.

My Spirit Animal

My Spirit Animal


You’ll need:

Beads:

168 white beads (Artkal C01)

38 dark gray beads (Artkal C34)

18 gray beads (Artkal C33)

28 carnation pink beads (Artkal C07)

6 hot pink beads (Artkal C08)

2 fresh red beads (Artkal C57)

1 mini Perler square pegboard (28x28 pegs)

1 needle (I use an upholstery needle to prevent getting blood on the pegboard)

1 piece of printer paper (or any paper)

1 piece of Perler paper, included with the pegboard (don’t use tracing paper—it dulls the surface finish)

An iron

A heavy book or pot, for keeping bunny flat while cooling

Materials

Materials

Put your pegboard on the piece of printer paper. This helps with turning the board without disrupting the beads.

Put a pinch of beads in the hand you use the least. Scoop them up onto the needle with the hand you use the most. Place on board. Curse and fume the first few tries. Get the hang of it, and continue to place the beads on the appropriate pegs.

It gets better...

It gets better...

Cover with perler paper, avoiding the folds laying on the bunny surface, if possible. The folds will leave a mark in the plastic, so iron lightly on the side you plan to expose. I like to iron heavier on the first time around, and lighter on the second, keeping the back foundational and the front beads pronounced. Dry iron on medium until the beads look bonded through the paper, about 20-30 seconds. Don’t prematurely peek! You’ll disrupt the beads that haven’t bonded. Iron again for 10 seconds, because some will refuse to join the others.

Before Ironing

Before Ironing

Hello!  After Ironing

Hello! After Ironing

Flip it over and remove from board. Cover the unironed side with paper and iron lightly. Immediately smoosh the bunny with a book or pot. Allow to cool completely. Enjoy your bunny.

Fuzzy Bunny. He obviously doesn't photograph well. But he's flipped and ready to be covered up in paper for his second ironing.

Fuzzy Bunny. He obviously doesn't photograph well. But he's flipped and ready to be covered up in paper for his second ironing.

This is the heaviest book in the Universe. This bunny is happy that he's not sentient.

This is the heaviest book in the Universe. This bunny is happy that he's not sentient.

If it’s the first time you’ve used these beads, you may want to practice with some throw-aways to get a feel of how they melt with your iron. I set mine to 4 (blend). Once you know the amount of pressure and time needed to bond, but not mutilate the plastic, you’ll be on your way to making your own patterns and projects.

"Thank you for rescuing from The Lab!"

"Thank you for rescuing from The Lab!"

I made a few variations; minor alterations had to be made to some of the bead patterning to make it work for different colored bunnies. But it's the same standard shape.

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