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Puzzler



Joined: 21 Oct 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:57 am    Post subject: New Member needs advise from EXPERTS Reply with quote

A quick outline

I am a manager of an adventure playground which caters for children aged 6-16yrs old.
We already use hama beads(hot beads) in our art room. The children just do colourful designs or follow instructions from the booklets, but they are a little boring.

What I have decided to do is decorate to walls of hama beads. Each child will create their own board and then be stuck onto the wall. We already hold around 60,000 beads and numerous boards, so what I am after is your advise on how to transfer images to the boards?

Each child would love to do Simpsons, disney or pokemon characters but I have no idea which is the best way to go about it.

Any helpful tips would be appreciated

Cheers

Graham
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scrumguy
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Joined: 13 Sep 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The way I do it is I get a picture of what I want to bead and then put it into this websites program http://www.edsfamily.com/projects/perlerpal/index.php
Its great because I can figure out exactly how many beads I need of each color and how many boards I need.

Do you have the boards that snap together like a Puzzle?
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Puzzler



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That program you suggested is exactly the sort of thing I am after. The trouble I have is reducing the pictures down.
?Using that program I copied a picture of Mickey Mouse. Nice picture, ideal for kids to do except I would require 120,000 beads.
How do I reduce the picture down so it will fit onto 6 or 8 boards but keeping the detail?

Yes we have interlocking boards
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scrumguy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no idea on how to reduce the images sorry about that
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Dougrick



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can do it in photoshop, or if you don't have that and don't wanna pay for it, in free-to-download Photoshop-wannabe programs like Paint.net or GIMP.

A simple image-size reduction will allow you to change the dimensions in pixels to whatever you want. However, when you reduce the size, it's going to lose some detail, there's no way around that.
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