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Here's a larger project I made out of Perler beads. It's the character Arle from the video game Puyo Puyo Sun. The sprite I used was 54 pixels wide and 89 pixels tall, so the completed project is 10 1/2" x 17 1/2" (27 x 44.5 cm).

I used:
approximately 3,000-4,000 Perler beads in 15 different colors
eight interlocking 6" square pegboards (she was just a little too tall to fit on a 2x3 array, so I had to go 2x4)
standard Perler gear – ironing paper, an iron, bead tweezers, sorting cups

It took about an hour to pick the image I wanted to use, count the colors and find the closest colors of beads. It then took six hours to arrange the beads on the pegboards, and another 20 minutes to fuse them with the iron.

If you're not familiar with how to fuse Perler beads, you can read these instructions on the manufacturer's site.

 

Here's Arle as she appears in the game. She really does have an orange tint to her, but I may have picked too bright an orange. It was the only one I could find after using the mustard color for the lighter tone. In hindsight, the pink I chose is also a bit light.

Below you can see the work in progress as I was assembling it. The outline took a bit longer than expected because it involved a lot of counting and double-checking.

 

After 1 hour After 2 hours After 3 hours After 4 hours After 5 hours After 6 hours
(ready to fuse)

 

Nice contrasting expressions between Arle and Draco, who I made a few days later.

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