Haven’t you heard? 8-bit is the new black. We’ve done it with today’s ultra-high density displays: we want to see our pixels again!
Pixel jewelry and accessories are the last essentials for any geek — but they are surprisingly easy to make and a lot of fun. I’m here to show you how to DIY this week’s project.
This project is perfect for kids, although obviously you’ll want to get to grips with the ironing part. Of course, they probably won’t understand any of the early video game references, which is why I’ve listed a few sites where you’ll find plenty of extra designs — Disney movie characters, cute animals, etc. Don’t think that’s the case. limited to video games and internet memes.
Step 1: You will need
- Hama/Perler Bead Starter Kit ($40) — Contains 12,000 assorted beads, pegboards, and tweezers.
- baking sheet
- Ordinary hair bands or hair clips
To make a pendant, you will also need
- Suede strap
- Small and large jump rings — regular silver or different colors.
- Cord ends
Alternatively, you can buy ready-made hanging cords for less than a dollar each, but you’ll still need a few jump rings and pliers to attach the design.
Step 2: Find a Design
Pinterest is also happy to see what others have done with solid beads, although sometimes you will need to deduce designs from corner photos.
DeviantArt user Hamagirl has some great designs, but a quick search of the entire site for «hama» will reveal much more.
Pixel Stickers [больше не доступны] have a limited range of high quality designs in their gallery — they sell a similar product as stickers that you can stick to the wall rather than glue beads together — an alternative you might want to consider though is significantly more expensive. The design applies equally to Hama beads, obviously.