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Ebicat



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:02 pm    Post subject: Mini Hama Beads question! Reply with quote

Hello!
Ok so the girl and I are going to be making a very large custom image with beads to frame and use as a picture on the wall! We picked the subject and we customly planned it all out. However we've noticed the regular sized beads are just too large for this. The image would be half the size of the wall for it to fit!

So we looked at Mini Hama beads! Has anyone used these? besides being smaller, and allowing us to do a bit more in a smaller space, is there any down side to these we should look out for? Does anyone know places in Canada or the US that sells the mini ones? So far all we can see is the UK sells these.

Any info on these questions would be great!

Thanks so much in advanced.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't sneeze or ever touch them after they're on their place on the pegboard.
They are so light weighted, they'll immediatly fly away or stick to your skin.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noted, have you used them personally?
besides having to be delicate, do you find them as good to work with as the larger ones (well minus the obvious handicap with them being smaller) do they iron as well? stuff like that.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you'll have to your tweezers and for ironing: my pegboards lastet 3 pieces and then most of the very small pins where completely melted down.
But that's just my personal experience with them.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have done few things with Mini's (you can see those in the member bead-sprites area)
they are really challenge to work with Razz
I had no problems with ironing but the breathing and someone kicking at the table could cause problems Sad

very slow to work with and if you have mixed bag (I have bags with all the 48 colors in there) it's pain to tell all the colors apart.

I just did name tags to our dogs with regulars and noticed that they are bit large for my purposes so going to do with mini's next...hope I don't lose my mind Shocked

I love the finished work they look really nice but the making is not very easy.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont know if this was mentioned, but I saw the problem of the pegboards being ironed down, because of use with the mini hama beads. They sell boards specifically for the mini hama beads on the hama site if you want to try using those.
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there's no way you can use mini's with midi pegboards...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Mini Beads Reply with quote

Hello,

I have looked into receiving the Hama Mini Beads here in the U.S. and was wondering about general interest for them.

If anyone is interested in possibly purchasing them in the future, could you please email me. They take about 2-3 months to get here from Denmark, so patience is a virtue in getting them.

I just wanted to make sure that I order enough because they do take so long to arrive.

Many Thanks,
Michelle
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:36 pm    Post subject: Hama Mini Beads Reply with quote

Michelle:

Count me in!!!

I love the minis! If you don't over-iron and you don't set your heat too high, the mini pegboards will last forever! Once the beads are placed on the pegs, they tend to stay put unless they are strongly BUMPED, unlike the regular midi beads, which actually get dislodged more easily. The Easy-Tweezies designed for use with the regular midi beads (those lime green thingies) work perfectly with the minis despite the fact that they were designed for use with the midis.

Large designs that would be impractical to make with the regular midis can be executed nicely using the minis. Once the piece is ironed, it is easier to frame, not only because the finished piece is smaller in surface area, but it is also thinner, allowing you to use a regular, non-shadowbox frame. And smaller frames usually cost less! Smaller frames take up less space on your walls, thus enabling you to display more of your fine bead art! The smaller beads also enable you to put more detail into your piece, which is not always practical with the regular midi beads.

If you haven't yet taken a walk on the small side, I highly recommend it...you don't know what you're missing!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would definitely be interested. In your best estimation, Michelle, how much would one bag of each color cost? If I get into minis I will definitely want the whole sample to work with.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: Hama Mini Beads Reply with quote

Here are the following prices for the items that I would order:

1,000 Single Bead Bags - $1.25
Small Mini Square - $2
Large Mini Square - $4.50
Inspiration Book #5 - $7
EZ Tweezies - $1.50 (for 2)

This price does not include shipping, but as some of you know, I do discount the shipping and sometimes give FREE shipping when a larger purchase is made.

I will probably put together a Start Kit or like I am with the Perler Beads...all colors for $XX.XX.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding these.

Thanks again,
Michelle
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having just finished my first mini bead sprite project, some thoughts:

* You will be astonished at how tiny they are. They are roughly half the size of regular beads -- a Black Mage in midi beads is 5 inches tall; in mini beads, he is 2.5 inches tall. A project that would take 16 large pegboards in midi would take 4 large pegboards in mini.

* Do not, for the love of all that's holy, get a mixed bag. Being so small, it is nearly impossible to tell similar colors apart.

* They melt very fast -- milliseconds, not seconds. They also curl up very quick.

* The finished item is extremely thin and light and delicate. Almost papery. Not durable enough for keychains.

* Tiny imperfections in manufacturing will be massively obvious -- a difference of half a millimeter in a midi bead is no big deal, but in a mini bead it is huge, and it will stick out prominently in a finished project.

* Takes much more time and effort than midi beads, since so much fine dexterity is required. However, the results are extremely satisfying, and the size of finished projects is so much more reasonable.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject: Hama Mini Beads Reply with quote

Has anyone seen the mini beads in more colors than the "original" 48? I have 48 colors of minis (and LOVE 'em), but was just wondering if anyone has seen them in some of the newer colors...

RE imperfections in the beads, they do seem to be of varying heights, but this has never been a problem for me in the finished pieces. I just iron the first side at about 2/3 of the temperature that I use for the midis, being careful not to leave the iron in any one place for very long. I let the piece cool until the paper appears to no longer be adhesed, then flip the piece over and iron it for (literally) ONE SECOND all over, then immediately place a heavy book over it until it is completely cool. Any height differences end up being ironed out. And the finished side still has a visually pleasing amount of "holeage" remaining. For those of you who like a more solid look, iron the second side for 2-3 seconds.

The key is using a lower iron temperature than you use when fusing the regular midi beads.

These minis rock!!! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:43 pm    Post subject: Minii Hama Beads Question! Reply with quote

I have been informed that there are only 48 colors...NO

Glow in the Dark Colors
Bronze, Silver or Gold
or Teddybear Brown

Just thought everyone would like to know. The order has been placed for these Minis and Large Pegboards and I hope to have them in hand within 2-3 months.

Thanks for all that are interested. I will post a note on the forum as I hear more info!!
Michelle
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 1:59 am    Post subject: Hama Minis Reply with quote

Michelle:

Thanks again for deciding to carry these for us!!! Very Happy Smile Cool Laughing Razz
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