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One_Winged_Angel
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject: Introduction of myself and a few questions Reply with quote

Hi everybody!

First off, I love the site (so many talented people here) and it really seems like all the users here are very friendly, a trait that is hard to find in websites.

Someone gave me 2 buckets of beads for Christmas and I'm absolutely in love with them. At first I thought that making videogame sprites would be a really unique idea. I was quite surprised to find this site!

I've already made 6 or 7 small sprites and I think they turned out fairly well (I've already had to order more beads for further projects).

Now, I am having a bit of a problem: all my sprites seem to want to curl up. I'm not sure how to fix/prevent this from happening so I thought I should ask you veterans.

Finally, I was just kind of curious as to whether or not I should bother with translucent and glitter beads. It seems to me that the opaque varieties would be the only ones needed but what do I know Wink

I'm looking to make this quite a hobby and will probably be posting here often. Soon I may even post pictures or start a deviantart account or something.

Looking forward to any replies!

~OWA
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, the dreaded sprite-warping. Physics failed us here. However, it's easy to prevent by plopping something flat and heavy on top of the sprite as soon as it's ironed, while it's still floppy and hot (bwee hee hee...yes, I went there). Keep the ironing paper on the sprite while you're doing that, so you don't have to worry about yanking it off and mangling the melted plastic. Textbooks work quite well for little ones, though for bigger sprites you might have to improvise (I once put a big box on a sprite and then sat in the box for additional weight). Just be sure there's nothing textured on the surface you use to flatten your sprites, otherwise it'll get imprinted into the beads.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sunshine wrote:
Ah, the dreaded sprite-warping. Physics failed us here. However, it's easy to prevent by plopping something flat and heavy on top of the sprite as soon as it's ironed, while it's still floppy and hot (bwee hee hee...yes, I went there). Keep the ironing paper on the sprite while you're doing that, so you don't have to worry about yanking it off and mangling the melted plastic. Textbooks work quite well for little ones, though for bigger sprites you might have to improvise (I once put a big box on a sprite and then sat in the box for additional weight). Just be sure there's nothing textured on the surface you use to flatten your sprites, otherwise it'll get imprinted into the beads.


Thanks a lot for the tip!

Do you happen to know if pressing them now would get rid of the warping or would I just be wasting time?

~OWA
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, you could always re-iron them to the point where they're heated back up (but hopefully not over-melted), and *then* press them. I did that with a few of my early attempts, and it worked all right.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Putting something heavy on top of them now may help, but it's nothing compared to doing it right after ironing.

As far as translucent beads, it's not a terrible idea to have some, but I wouldn't go out of the way to pick some up unless you really plan on using them in your work somehow. I've personally never used any of the translucent colors, with translucent black being the only exception. The ones I have are ones I've gotten out of mix buckets.

I'd avoid the glitter ones altogether unless you really like them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, glitter beads are useless, unless you are inundated with six-year-old girls. When it comes to fusing, there's absolutely no difference between the "glitter" and "translucent" versions of a color.

However, that being said, the transparent ones do come in handy for shading, occasionally, and the Hama translucent black and brown are amazing-super-awesome-useful.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again, thanks for the help guys.

I'll try re-ironing my projects then, if they look good I'll post them later.

I asked about the translucent/glitter beads because the present I received was 2 large buckets and one of the bags therein is entirely glitter and translucent... so I haven't bothered opening it.

No wait, scratch that. I forgot my girlfriend decided to make Rainbow Fish from the old children's book. I swear she's older than six though lol. But between that and the Bella Sarah cards it would be hard to tell...

~OWA
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I almost never use the translucent & glittery / neon beads in my sprites... I've done it once or twice when I got really desperate.

...Unless I'm planning on doing the whole entire thing glittery or translucent.
I did something like this with some Glow-in-the-dark Pac-man sprites. The only solid color used was black as the outline. Everything else was clear glowy.

Another example: I'm making a series of 8-bit Super Mario Bros. 1 sprites, using all neon or glittery colors.
Mario is going to be so Pimping with the glitter.
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