Spoilers ahead! Except for Snoke, Maz Kanata is the most mysterious of the new The Force Awakens characters. Portrayed by Lupita Nyong’o in a wonderful motion capture performance, Maz is the “wise old sage” character all good mythical stories need (and Star Wars is missing now that Yoda is no longer in the picture).
According to Wookieepedia and Starwars.com Maz is over 1,000 years old, and though force sensitive, not a Jedi. When we meet her in The Force Awakens, she lives and runs her own castle, where she is helping smugglers and other outcasts. (The castle is of course meant to remind us of Chalmun’s Cantina in A New Hope.)
There she has been hiding Luke’s first lightsaber. The one that used to belong to Anakin before he turned to the dark side. The one that Ben held on to for all those years, in order to give to Luke, when he was thrust into action. Here Maz (tries to) gives Rey that same lightsaber, when she is in the thrust into the fight of her life. There is very some very nice symmetry here!
Without further ado, here is the 13th of our The Force Awakens patterns, and #42 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
- 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 – Black
Perler Beads – White
Perler Beads – Sand
Perler Beads – Butterscotch
Perler Beads – Light Brown
Perler Beads – Dark Grey
Perler Beads – Grey (Light Grey)
Perler Beads – White
Perler Beads – Parrot Green
Perler Beads – Rust
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!