Small update regarding my Artkal mishap. Luckily someone I know had their direct e-mail, because after waiting almost 4 days with no response on AliExpress I did hear back via e-mail. They are sending me out my missing bags of beads via China Mail, so hopefully they wont take too long to get here.

Still don’t know why the bags are wet inside. But I bought some resealable baggies from the dollar store to transfer the beads into after I dry them. Which I will be doing now.

I will post again when I receive my missing beads.

So the deal with the bags of 500 was there are just two bags of them instead of one 1000. That’s all fine and dandy, if they were all the correct amount of each color ordered. I am missing quiet a few bags from this order, 12500 beads in total. I will be emailing them to see what can be done, that’s for sure.

As for the wet bag, I found a bunch more farther down in the box as well as a bunch of loose beads. The loose beads just came from a bag of S07, so I’m not sure if that bag even has 1000 beads anymore. I still don’t know why the bags are wet. And I’m not sure how to dry the beads. Cause I can’t just put them away wet. They’ll grow mold. And I don’t have enough bowls for them to sit in and dry. I’ll figure something out I’m sure, but still. Why the heck are they wet!?

I also got 2 bags of S01, the white bags at the bottom of the first picture, when I didn’t even order any white.

I’ll post again when I figure out what’s going on.

My second order of Artkal beads just came in. Its supposed to be 77 bags of 1000 of certain colors, but right off the hop I saw 2 bags of 500s. So I’ll have to check and see what’s going on. Also one of the bags is wet inside? I don’t know what’s up with that..

More to come.

My second order of Artkal beads just came in. Its supposed to be 77 bags of 1000 of certain colors, but right off the hop I saw 2 bags of 500s. So I’ll have to check and see what’s going on. Also one of the bags is wet inside? I don’t know what’s up with that..

More to come.

Not fuse bead related buuuuuut…

Guess who’s getting a puppy!?

I’m excited! I’m on a waiting list, cause the puppies haven’t been born yet, but the first week of September they will be born and then 10 days or so later I get to go meet them and pick out the one I want :D

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies. Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man!!

I’ve been busy this weekend! For the same woman who requested Dora and Boots for her daughter, she wanted something for her son as well. Spider-Man is who she wanted, and after showing her a few examples, she picked these two as what she’d like done.

These Spider-Man sprites are from the SNES game Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems.

As pretty much all of my works going forward will be, these were made with Artkal and Perler beads.

And if you’re interested, you can buy the crouching Spider-Man here, and the climbing one here!

Here are Mario and Luigi together! Just in case anyone wanted to see them like that. And even if you didn’t, you just did >:D

Here are Mario and Luigi together! Just in case anyone wanted to see them like that. And even if you didn’t, you just did >:D

Tada! It’s Luigi’s turn to be beadified!
Apparently the laydee who I made Mario for gave it to her son and he asked where Luigi was. So of course I was happy to make her a Luigi as well.
And I’m definitely liking these Artkal beads! 
He’s also for sale over at my Storenvy! ;D

Tada! It’s Luigi’s turn to be beadified!

Apparently the laydee who I made Mario for gave it to her son and he asked where Luigi was. So of course I was happy to make her a Luigi as well.

And I’m definitely liking these Artkal beads! 

He’s also for sale over at my Storenvy! ;D

Looks like I’ll be makin’ a Luigi to match Mario this weekend! Expect pictures ;D

Then expect me to disappear for a while cause I also bought Reaper of Souls today >_>

Anonymous said:
Where do you buy your perler beads? I'm trying to find other places to buy from! c:

Hello Anon! I’ve answered that here, and expanded on that answer here. I should probably tag them or something.

Quick answer is Herrschners :)

If yea need anything else, feel free to ask again!

For whatever reason, Tumblr is being dumblr and not letting me add the link as a video.

Here is a tutorial I recorded when I made that Tangled sun. I went to record some audio today and found it far to difficult, so I gave up and made text annotations instead.

If you’re interested, this is how I make my larger sprites. I don’t iron each piece separately then combine them or anything, cause I find that makes awful seams.

Anyways. Enjoy. Link to part two is in the description of part one. And as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask.

It’s-a-me, Mario!
Here is another commission, made for another woman I work with for her son. She asked if I could make her a Mario, so I looked around for a nice looking Mario sprite that her son, who is I think 6, would recognize as Mario and settled on one from the DS game Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story! I picked out a couple sprites then showed her them and she picked this one as the one she wanted.
Mario is also available on my Storenvy here!

It’s-a-me, Mario!

Here is another commission, made for another woman I work with for her son. She asked if I could make her a Mario, so I looked around for a nice looking Mario sprite that her son, who is I think 6, would recognize as Mario and settled on one from the DS game Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story! I picked out a couple sprites then showed her them and she picked this one as the one she wanted.

Mario is also available on my Storenvy here!

A woman I work with said her daughter is obsessed with Dora the Explorer, so she asked if I could make a bead art thing of Dora for her daughters room. Of course, I said yes. I found a sprite, and beaded it up, and this is the end result.
This is also my first real project using the Artkal beads, and I am quiet pleased with them! The pinks and oranges are all Artkal’s, as well as the purples. Boots and Dora’s skin are made of Perler’s, just so you can kind of see a comparison.
Hope she likes it! :)

A woman I work with said her daughter is obsessed with Dora the Explorer, so she asked if I could make a bead art thing of Dora for her daughters room. Of course, I said yes. I found a sprite, and beaded it up, and this is the end result.

This is also my first real project using the Artkal beads, and I am quiet pleased with them! The pinks and oranges are all Artkal’s, as well as the purples. Boots and Dora’s skin are made of Perler’s, just so you can kind of see a comparison.

Hope she likes it! :)

alektos20 said:
For the Artkal beads you are using. What size beads are those?

I’m using the 5mm beads. I believe the baggies said Midi on them too.

I have 2 new patterns to try out them Artkal beads on, I just don’t think 500 of each color is going to be enough |:

However, I have to find out if the people who requested them are happy with them first.

Either way, more stuff in the works. Plus, I’m still working on that mural! I’ve just been busy with some other stuff. Like preparing for and entering a Photography competition!

Okay Tumblr, get ready for this!

After getting my shipment of Artkal beads in, I set out to do a bunch of testing to compare them to Perler’s beads. I wanted to know not only what colors were very similar, but I wanted to know how they melted and how they looked when melted. Soo, here are my findings! Click the image to see it full size on Photobucket.

First off, this is all the beads spread out in the order I have them in my storage drawer thing. I know this image is kinda small, but that’s okay. The little pieces of paper in the beads are the Artkal numbers, but don’t fret if you can’t read em, I’ll be posting another image below.

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Now I label all my little drawers with names, so Perler’s beads are named by the names they were given. Artkal however, only has numbers. Or maybe they do have names, but I just can’t understand them. Either way, I gave them my own names for my drawers and my master list I made up. If it’s easier for anyone, this is the master list I made. It uses pictures from the actual ordering sites, not ones I took. As I expected, the beads tend to be a different color then pictured. Perfect example is S61, which I called Light Olive. It’s not Olive at all.

Okay, moving along.

The first thing I wanted to know what what the beads looked like when they melted and how they melted. So I made a big ‘ol square of all 100 colors I had and ironed it. This is the end product.

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Each color is labeled. Perler’s colors are the P’s and Artkal’s start with S. Normally I prefer to leave a lot more of a hole in the middle, so I ironed the other side they way I would normally do it. The colors are not labeled, but are just mirrored from the first image. You can see that here, and if you wanted to see them not ironed at all that is here, which is also not labeled.

I found that the Artkal’s melted more circular and retained that shape where the Perler’s tend to kinda mush out and fill space more. I also noticed the Artkal beads are a bit glossy. It was mentioned to me that I might have ironed them too hot though. The Perler beads also sealed up faster then most of the Artkal’s.

After testing the melting, it was time to see what colors matched Perler’s colors. The colors I chose for this test were ones that I felt were very similar to each other. Sorry if this is a little confusing, I realized after when I went to check something myself that it was a bit wonky to read. Hopefully y’all can get the point.

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Based on this test, you can see there are a couple colors that you wouldn’t need both Perler and Artkal for. In my opinion, these are the colors I think look almost identical; P05 or S34, P56 or S52, and P03 or S14. Other colors that could also be left out are P17 or S05, P33 or S19, P10 or S20, P58 or S30, P08 or S11 and lastly, P38 or S26. To see these comparisons not ironed or labeled, click here!

Overall, I like the beads! I’m excited to have new colors, and look forward to using them in new and exciting projects!

If anyone has any questions at all, feel free to shoot me a message! I’ll also be posting my findings over at Pixelgasm, so expect that in the near future!

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