(No Spoilers!) They say that the villain is always the most interesting character in a story. I’m not sure that is necessarily true. And from what I had seen in the previews, I didn’t think Kylo Ren seemed terribly original or interesting – and unnecessarily flashy with his over-the-top, impractical lightsaber.
After having seen the movie though, I have totally changed my tune. I think he is my favorite new character. (Sorry Captain Phasma!)
Without giving anything away, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed his back story, his personality and his lightsaber duels. JJ and crew managed to surprise me several times – and not in gimmicky weird ways.
So today, in honor of having FINALLY seen the movie (twice, at this point!), here is the seventh of our The Force Awakens patterns, and #36 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 show your work using our designs anywhere (online as well), 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:
- Perler Beads (Black, White, Orange, Dark Grey, (Light) Grey
- Tweezers (optional)
- Perler Clear Pegboards
- Removable Tape
- Printout of Pattern (download above image)
- Baking Parchment Paper (Perler Ironing Paper)
- Heavy Object with Flat Bottom
- Cork sheets with Adhesive Backs
- Scissors or X-acto Knife
- Bantha Milk (optional)
- 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 heatproof 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.
Also, the coasters are pretty hard to clean, so try not to get anything too gunky in there.
Perler Beads 1,000 Count-Black
Perler Beads 1,000 Count-White
Perler Beads 1000 Count-Red
Perler Beads 1,000 Count-Dark Grey
Perler Beads 1,000 Count-Grey (Light Grey)
Perler Beads Clear Square Pegboards 4 Pack
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!