Hey /diy/, i want to start making pixel art with ironing beads. Does anyone have experience with it or have some tips? Which is the best brand? And can i use baking paper instead of this special paper selled by the conpanies which also sell the beads?
brand doesn't matter, waxed paper works acceptably well, but don't use parchment. You may want to do something different, break the mold and go hex grid instead of orthagonal.
Are you going to just lightly sinter the beads together re pic or melt them flatter so there are no gaps.
Also, get/make a very large grid for them.
If you're careful with setup and ironing, you may be able to use just a rubber sheet to keep them in place when you iron them.
Bought some to do them with my gf, couldn't get perler so we got hama instead, then tried ebay ones. Brand really doesn't matter, there's a slight difference in shine and texture but you're never going to look that closely at it.
So far we've made pic related, and they've just been sitting in a box since because it's insanely expensive when you do the math (with name brands at least) Still have to look for a good place to get bulk offbrand ones. Another advantage in mixing brands is you get more colours to work with. But as that anon said, get a grid for 5mm beads.
nah, still looks 8-bit when melted, just the holes in the center close up and the spaces in the corners close up. so it looks more square.
but the point is you can melt them and make the melted side the back, you can melt them and make the melted side the front (which tends to look so so, as the holes in the center of the beads tend to end up looking inconsistent, as do the spaces in corners), or you can melt it down a lot (usually something like half the bead height) and get something a lot closer to square pixels (although the edges can be a little bit wavy depending on which side fills the corners faster).
Huh, quick search on aliexpress and basic math, something on the order of $2 for a 25x25 square piece. Even though your cat is bigger, should still come <$3.
so yeah, not cheap, but considering you only melt when you're happy, not crazy pricey either.