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Old 05-17-2017, 09:00 AM
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Hey Perler people,

I'm moving in a month, and I'm getting a little sick of the process of removing and cleaning tack from the walls as I disassemble my Mega Murals. As you can see, at my current place it's doing quite a number on the paint job and will likely eat into my cleaning deposit.

I know my Perlering is a couple degrees of ridiculous above the norm, but does anyone know a cleaner, non-adhesive way to put these things on the wall? I'm thinking of affixing them to a few slabs of particle board and then hanging them on nails, but if there's an even more efficient way I'd love to hear it.
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Old 05-17-2017, 09:29 AM
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It still might take some paint off, but those 3M strips work pretty well and at least are clear. I've had pretty good luck removing them with little issue
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:18 AM
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We've used little pins stuck through the perler holes to hang them up in the past, but that may or may not do more damage to your walls considering the sheer volume of ones you hang up...
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:25 AM
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We've used little pins stuck through the perler holes to hang them up in the past, but that may or may not do more damage to your walls considering the sheer volume of ones you hang up...
I was thinking this would work except pin it onto a corkboard you've hung on the wall?
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:27 AM
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That's a really good idea. Corkboards can run pretty steep, especially for the size I need, but I think small pinholes won't be an issue with our new place. I might go with cork or particle board for my Skull Castle, which is smaller.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:49 AM
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Yeah I've used those 3M strips a lot and they can pull up the paint, especially if you've left them in place for a long time.
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:33 PM
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I just noticed, after looking at the pictures posted in this thread - you added Oil Man, which is in that picture you posted today, but I don't see Time Man - post a picture of him, too, when you get a chance, taosterman!
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:18 PM
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I just noticed, after looking at the pictures posted in this thread - you added Oil Man, which is in that picture you posted today, but I don't see Time Man - post a picture of him, too, when you get a chance, taosterman!
I made a Time Man one, but a piece of it broke off and got lost and I ran out of that color bead, so I need to make another one. I'll post a picture of the full square after my move, once everything's re-mounted.
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:52 PM
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What about a pegboard like you see in workshops? Google shop pegboard
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:37 AM
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I finally found something that seems to work well in holding up Perlers on a painted wall without ripping the paint up when you go to remove them. Look for Scotch Mounting Squares, I found them in the stationary section at Wal-Mart. Mine were a smaller size than the ones I linked, but that's basically what you're after.

My test-Perler has held up on the wall all night, and when I went to remove it the tabs cleanly peeled off the wall. Still can't say if it'll stay up indefinitely, I guess I'll update here if it ever falls off.

The package warns not to use it on surfaces with 'flat paint', whatever that means, so it may not be suitable for any ol' painted wall. But it seems to work for mine.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:29 AM
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Flat paint is a type of paint, and refers to the reflectivity of the paint. You can get interior paint in a number of formats, typically flat or gloss, etc. I'd guess that's whatever's added to the glossy paints prevents the adhesive from pulling the paint away?
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Old 07-01-2017, 11:58 AM
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A bit of a mash-up, but I think it works. I saw that someone else in this thread did the same Majora pattern, and I promise I'm not ripping you off — I did the same pattern completely by coincidence for my wife's birthday last fall.



With four Stardroids on the left and five on the right, it's a bit out of balance, but I'll probably fix that by making a Sunstar one for the left end, in keeping with my Majora-centric cosmology.

Also, it turns out that simple tacks mount Perler art to the wall easily and effectively, in keeping with my new landlord's adhesive-free policy.
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:49 AM
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Update: Done! And yeah I need to patch that hole.

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Old 07-02-2017, 01:10 PM
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Nice. I didn't even know those guys all had colored sprites.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:44 PM
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There's some sprite fan art floating around that draws on the color palette of the concept art, so I based it on that.
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:14 PM
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I'm about to start my first Perler project and I was wondering if you guys had any advice. I read the post on the first page, so I know to use a book when they're cooling and not to push hard when ironing. Any other tips? Do people here iron both sides or just one? I like the circle look better than the melty look...
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:19 PM
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I like the circle look too, but the problem with that is that you need to display it with something behind it, so that you don't just see straight through it. I like to more or less completely fill in one side then leave the other relatively open to get the best of both worlds. You can view the back for the filled-in sprite look, or view the front, but since the back is filled in, there's less problem with seeing whatever is behind it through the holes.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:09 AM
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Cut Man was a success, and Elec Man is cooling down as we speak! I tend to go a little light with the heat, so I've had to refuse a few sections that weren't properly stuck together. The boy is very happy with his robot masters and I'm enjoying the process of making them, at least so far. Didn't have the right colour for the skin around Elec Man's mouth, since the store had a limited selection, but I think the salmony colour I chose works fine. I'll try to get a picture up later, since I'm not at home now.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:07 PM
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A break from Mega Man for goddamn once: I recently found a great website for converting photos into Perler art, so I used pictures of family pets to make stocking stuffers. Here's four of my various in-laws' dogs:



(I realize this isn't sprite art, but there's a lot of cool things you can do with Perler)
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:13 PM
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me: "ooh, a taosterman post in the perler thread, I bet he made some good shit again"

me after seeing post: not disappointed those are awesome, well done!
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:36 PM
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Dawwww thanks
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Old 12-08-2017, 03:22 PM
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That Boston Terrier is totes adorbs. I honestly didn't realize that perlers were capable of this; I wouldn't have thought that these could turn out as well as they did.
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Old 12-08-2017, 03:35 PM
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It really, really depends on the photo. One of the dogs is a beagle/Boston terrier mix with completely black fur and eyes, and I was just barely able to find a pic with lighting that made his features visible at 29x29.
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:29 PM
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Suppose a person wanted to get into the Perler hobby. What would you recommend as starting equipment?
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:10 PM
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Suppose a person wanted to get into the Perler hobby. What would you recommend as starting equipment?
An iron, cheap bucket of beads, wax paper, and a board (which usually come with beads). Honestly it's not a costly hobby to get into unless you want to be taosterman (and who doesn't, really - it's just I'm sure he spends a lot of money on beads because of the sheer volume he uses). If you're just making small perlers to begin with and have an iron, it should be a pretty cheap start - I think my first bucket and board was $10-$15 and we already had an iron. That should give you an idea if you're enjoying yourself or not.

Incidentally, I think it's time I figure out what image to use to make a 13th Doctor perler... it's been far too long since I made one.
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Old 12-28-2017, 05:47 PM
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General colors $11: https://www.amazon.com/Perler-Beads-...s=perler+beads

Neutrals and flesh tones $10: https://www.amazon.com/Perler-Fused-...s=perler+beads

Boards $7 (for 4): https://www.amazon.com/Perler-Fused-...er+bead+boards

The bucket will satisfy most of your needs, except you'll always be low on black, but it doesn't have much in the way of skin tones or greys.

If you like what you're doing here, then invest in a larger board $20 - https://www.amazon.com/Perler-80-301...er+bead+boards

start buying your colors separately, and get a couple more plastic snap containers to store your individual colors in $14: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BQPZDK...ing=UTF8&psc=1

I cut out some pieces of cardboard and stuck in the slots on this one so I could double the amount of colors I could store. IIRC the packets of 1000 single-color beads will just about fit into the full sized slot, but I also spent a lot of time sorting out beads from my giant multi-color bucket so I'd have some ready at hand to use.

also, buy more black beads. Twice as many as any other color xD ($9 for 6000 ct)


If you don't have parchment paper in your kitchen, ask around your friends, family, or coworkers. You only need enough to fit over the pegboard and room for your hand to steady without getting burned by the iron.

If you don't have an iron, you will need to get an iron. I don't have any recommendations, but you don't need steam ability or anything; just plain heat and as flat a surface as you can get

If you don't have an ironing board, I haven't had any trouble doing it on laminate flooring, usually with a towel underneath. I've also used a wooden cutting board, but there's a risk of it smelling like onions if it gets hot
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Old 12-28-2017, 06:09 PM
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Check the second-hand stores in your area for an iron. They usually have them
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:50 AM
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I own an iron! I am a person who has, at times, ironed his clothes! I will grant that I have not done it recently or even necessarily this decade, though.

I had my eye on the $7/4 pegboards already, so that's good to know. What about the 22K megabucket? If I get that plus a bag of blacks, is that good enough to get me started?
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Old 12-29-2017, 09:40 AM
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It has the same colors as the smaller bucket. I got one of those originally, and it's still half full (it's really a huge PITA to sort the beads out of it, tbh), so that's why I suggested the smaller one.
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Continuing with the photo Perler thing. These will be shipping out to my family as late Christmas presents once I mount them onto something sturdy. The left is my brother's cat, and the right is my mom's rabbit, in the process of stealing tomatoes.



In the process I discovered a really, really great open source Java program that converts photos and images into bead patterns. I don't know how it compares to Beadforge, since that program seems to have disappeared from the internet, but this one lets you do a bunch of Photoshoppy stuff on the fly like adjusting brightness and contrast, which instantly gets reflected in the pattern. I've only used it for photos so far but there's no reason it shouldn't work for sprite art too.
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