Projects > Perler beads > Michigan City East Light lighthouse

Here's a small project I made out of Perler beads. It's the Michigan City East Light lighthouse in Michigan City, Indiana. I created it as a gift for relatives who live in the Michigan City area.

I used:
717 Perler beads in an assortment of colors (five solids, five translucents and a pre-mixed blue assortment)
one 6" square pegboard
standard Perler gear – ironing paper, an iron, bead tweezers, sorting cups

This is the first project I've done from a photograph source rather than a low-resolution bitmap.

Finding a photo of the lighthouse took just a couple of minutes, but plotting out the photo by hand as a 27x27 image using Perler colors took another 30 minutes. Assembling it took less than an hour, and fusing the beads only took a few minutes.

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


Here's the source photograph, which was found on a wallpaper site that was lacking any kind of information about the photographer (or about the site itself). I moved the setting sun to a more ideal position when I composed the image.

All the colors in the sky (and a couple in the mix used for the water) are translucent beads, so you can see how the light passes through and changes the appearance as seen below, in a photograph taken with the piece placed in a window.

In addition, the blue, pink and orange beads used in the clouds and setting sun, as well as the three beads of the beacon, are supposed to glow in the dark. The beacon beads glow quite nicely, but the glow of the clouds is minimal.

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