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Logicaly
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 10:36 am    Post subject: Hama & Perler Together Reply with quote

So whats the general consensus on this? How many of you use just one kind? And how many of you use both kinds combined together? I'm debating whether I want to branch out and start mixing Hama with Perler or not. Does it really make that much of a difference?
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Hama and Perler together on every project. It really doesn't make much of a difference, unless you tend to go very light on the iron. The Hama will have a harder time reaching each other on a Perler pegboard, since they'll be spaced so that they don't touch. But if you melt things thoroughly (at least the first side), this is a non-issue.

In the finished product itself, there's no discernible differences.
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've mixed both of them to get the shades just right. I find that you do have to be careful with ironing cause there's been times when I've pulled the ironing paper off and a few pieces were loose even though the ones around it were fused. I've made sure to pay more attention to the ironing paper and making sure that it's all done-or I'll just go over that one piece till it's fused. Takes a lil while to get used to(least for me) but I've found it totally worth it!!!

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use only Hama but mostly because we don't have Perler...been thinking about getting some Perler but haven't done it yet at least.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 2:46 pm    Post subject: Hama colors vs. Perler colors Reply with quote

I am in the process of making a thorough comparison between the colors of both Hama and Perler beads in order to expand my color palette as much as possible. As I live in the U.S., I had to order a 3000-bead mixed color tub of Hama beads from Australia (which was pretty spendy) in order to get an accurate representation of all the Hama colors for comparison. Unfortunately, this tub did not contain the new Hama color "Teddybear Brown" (a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh Yellow.)

I've noticed a subtle but definite difference in color between Hama Purple and Perler Purple. On the other hand, when I compare Perler Pastel Lavender to Hama Pastel Mauve (a.k.a. Pastel Purple, the "older" name) sometimes I think I notice a difference, but then the next minute I'm not so sure. When I place a bunch of these Hamas next to a bunch of these Perlers, there seems to be a difference, but when I mix a small handful of each together, I'm finding it all but impossible to separate the two. What has your experience been?

Also, I'm wondering about color variations when it comes to viewing the beads hole-up, the way they will all eventually be viewed when in completed pieces. For example, the new Hama metallics look metallic when lying on their sides, but they do not at all "read" as metallic in finished pieces. Hama Silver "reads" as a dark grey in completed pieces, and Hama Bronze becomes another shade of brown. (Believe me, I'm not complaining about this, as I really needed another shade of grey and one more brown doesn't hurt, either!)

I'd really like to get everyone's opinion about this issue, i.e. what color variations do you note between certain Hama beads and their Perler "counterparts"? Which color variations do you think are significant enough to make a difference in completed pieces?

Thanks in advance,
Rose
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been planning to make a palette of Hama and Perler beads, actually, to research that very question. Basically I want to construct a rainbow of all the colors, putting the similar shades next to each other, and then melting it. It'll be big and ugly, but it's the perfect palette to work from and makes comparison easy. (And yes, I will write down carefully which color is which. :D)

If I ever do it (I first need to acquire more Hama colors), I'll post some pictures -- you'll at least be able to compare certain colors side by side for yourself, even if the hues will never be exact on a computer.
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