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Sunshine
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:37 pm    Post subject: New but addicted Reply with quote

So I discovered this amazing form of time-wasting back in August, and it's become something of a mania (and a money sink!). My first project involved decorating my entire bathroom in a Super Mario theme. That's...still in the works. >.> Anyway, I've browsed this forum for a little while now, and finally decided it was time to suck it up and join, thus declaring this "an actual hobby," rather than "the latest weird crafts kick in a long list because I'm easily distracted by shiny objects."

This weekend, I attended a convention for a game I play (www.kingdomofloathing.com), which had an area in which crafty people could attempt to sell things. I had no time to put together anything special, so instead I lugged along my box of Perler supplies. Here's what I initially had to offer:




This turned out to be the best idea I've had in a long time- not only did enough people buy stuff to cover my initial investment in materials, but a few of them wound up organizing a sweatshop to create their own sprites, sold those to interested passersby, and gave *me* the money they earned, because they were using my materials! Seriously, all I did was tell them it was perfectly fine if they wanted to make their own stuff. I wasn't anticipating a profit.

So, anyway, of course I immediately channeled said profit (and then some...okay, a lot...) back into purchasing more supplies, which should arrive sometime next week. I do have a few questions for the more experienced among you:

1) How difficult is it to fuse Hama and Perler beads together? Normally I flatten the heck out of everything anyway for added durability, but will combining the brands pose much of a problem?

2) What colors are available in Hama that are not currently available in Perler? How does this affect shading? Is there a color palette of everything available from both brands, including the annoying colors that one only seems to find in those huge mixed buckets?

3) What are the best eBay stores to obtain supplies without being ripped off too much? I made the mistake of ordering from the official Perler store once, and was sad to discover how much easier and cheaper it is to do so on eBay. Is there a downside to this?

I look forward to communicating with you all!
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Tonyboi
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lovely little set! Very Happy some essencials and others i'd like doing myself (DDR arrows) i advice you to make your own user threat in the "Member's Bead Sprites" section of the forum and submit your stuff there, you obviously have the idea right away.

as for the questions:

1) i cant see why not, they both do the same thing so should work together

2) I think Perler has more different colours to hama, but there are a select few different shades of colours that might make nice beadsprites when put together, im not sure which are different as i just use Hama.

3) http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/yourcraftshop/ is pretty good.
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pinkdramon
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fuzing hama beads & perler beads is as simple as fuzing regular perler beads together. You just gotta "Eyeball" it a little more when you're ironing them. I haven't had a problem with it yet.

Hama makes a LOT of colors not available by perler... I'm trying to "Catch 'em all," by ordering them through eBay. Technicaly speaking you don't need every single variation on a shade, but I like to have the variety.
Burgundy, dark red, smoke (clear black,) army green, Flesh, light brown, are probably the most critical hama bead colors. I don't know how I ever got along with out them.

I live in the US... zaghrenaut and I have both ordered from one eBay seller, http://myworld.ebay.com/callahan13/
That store usually gives a shipping discount when you order a bunch of things at once. My most recent order shipped yesterday so it should be here any day now.
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Sunshine
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahaha! It's awesome that you posted the "critical" Hama bead colors *after* I wound up ordering most of them from eBay earlier that afternoon! The only one I forgot was light brown and since I forgot to pick up more Perler tan as well, I'll be doing that soon anyway. When I'm not broke.

Also just re-sorted my craft boxes so all the different variations of each color are next to each other.

Has anyone ever had a new hobby GIVE them OCD before?
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