The first batch of the M4P The Force Awakens Perler Pixel Patterns are done! #1 and I have completed 9 designs, so that will keep us posting The Force Awakens patterns on our “Pixel Mondays” until the end of the year. And I would think that once we see the movie, we will want to create a few more. I am especially interested in Lupita Nyong’o’s and Andy Serkis’ motion capture characters.
#1 had been looking forward to making BB-8 for months, so it was the first one we completed. It seems to be a good one to start with, here as well.
Now, I have learned that a lot of you are using these pixel patterns for things other than Perler bead coasters, so I officially renaming them to “Perler Pixel Patterns.” That way you Lego, knitting, cross stitch, and crocheting (or any hobby that requires pixel patterns) enthusiasts don’t feel quite as excluded 🙂
Without any further ado, here is the first of our TFA patterns, but #28 in the Perler bead/cross-stitch/Lego/pixel/mosaic series.
(NOTE: We spent A LOT of time making these designs, and are absolutely thrilled to see that they are becoming so popular, but we want to remind you that we should get credit when they are used. So, if you post your work using our designs anywhere online, please put a “Pattern © Anette Nam Design” and link to “Maythefourthbewithyouparty.com” somewhere close by. THANK YOU! … and as always, you may not sell any products made with these patterns.)
Needed if you make Perler Bead Coasters:
- Download and print out the pattern provided (mirror it, if you only plan on ironing on only 1 side).
- Cut out, then tape pattern to the back of the Perler Pegboard so the dots line up with the pegs.
- Add the Perler beads (tweezers are pretty handy if you don’t have a 6 yr old’s tiny fingers).
- Carefully move pegboard to ironing board, place parchment (or Perler ironing paper) on top.
- Iron until the beads start melting together (If you have never done this before, it might take some practice to get it “just right”).
- Let cool for a bit, remove from Perler Pegboard and remove paper.
- Optional: turn over, cover with parchment paper and iron on other side. (put something solid and heat-proof underneath to make ironing easier)
- If you only iron on 1 side, place it under something flat and heavy while it cools, to avoid curving.
- Cut cork about 1/4” smaller than the square, affix to the back.
- Don’t forget the Bantha Milk. Enjoy!
Usually people iron on both sides of the Perler bead design, but I prefer to only do the back. The designs look crisper and more “pixely”. With the cork on the back, I have not had any problems with the coasters falling apart, but feel free to iron yours on both sides.
Note, if you only plan on iron on only 1 side, you need to mirror the pattern.
We designed these for a set of coasters, but you can use the patterns for lots of other things.
Also, the coasters are pretty hard to clean, so try not to get anything too gunky in there.
Feel free to use these patterns for any personal use – but please do not sell items made with them. Also, feel free to link to this blog so others can download the pattern, but do not download and then re-upload in order to offer them as downloads on your own site/blog. THANKS!