How to melt perler beads without an iron

Use a pot of hot water

The water doesn’t have to be boiling, but a hot pot does wonders. The pot and water do a good job of holding heat. You can place a wax sheet over your design and place the pot of water on top. Give it 30 seconds or so, and voila, your beads are fused. Here’s a video demonstrating the technique.

Use a heat gun

You should definitely use a wax sheet over your design if you try to use a heat gun. I’m going to drop a huge disclaimer on this one. Heat guns get hot really quickly and burn things. If you’re careful, this is a good solution for melting your Perler beads.

Chandler Heat Gun for Crafts via Amazon
Chandler Heat Gun for Crafts via Amazon

This heat gun from Chandler on Amazon is designed specifically for crafts. It’s small but effective and affordable. If you had to pick up one tool to melt beads without an iron, I would go with this one.

Use an oven

Technically this does work. You should be able to put your pattern in the oven at 375F for ten minutes. Then you can flip it and repeat the process for the other side.

GE JRS06SKSS 24 Stainless Steel Electric Single Wall Oven via Geodeker
GE JRS06SKSS 24 Stainless Steel Electric Single Wall Oven via Geodeker

I will warn you. I’ve heard of people burning their work because they left it unattended. This method works, but do you really want to heat up plastic Perler beads in the same tool you cook stuff in?

Fact check: What about using a dryer?

No. Everything you come across on the internet is not true. Yes, your dryer gets hot. You’re dryer also spins. The spinning will destroy your design. I would say away from this method.

Fact check: What about using melted candle wax?

I came across this one and it’s just messy. Candle wax contains a lot of oil. Yes, you can attempt this one, but be ready to clean up. I would say it’s not as effective as using the pot of water or the heat gun.

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Street Fighter Perler Beads Patterns To Try

Ryu Perler Bead Street Fighter

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Street fighter is a classic video game that has been in arcades, pizza shops, and bowling alleys for as long as I can remember. One of the classic characters is Ryu who is unable to control his dark side. Ryu develops an alter ego known as evil Ryu. He practices the martial art known as Shotokan style karate. He’s known for his classic white gi and his long red headband.

Street Fighter Ken Perler Bead Sprite

Image by Iconosquare

This iconic character is testing any fighter on his journey to get stronger. He is mostly known for his ripped red sleeveless gi. Ken is the best friend and rival of Ryu. They train and fight to see who’s skills have improved. There will always be a never ending debate over who is the better fighter… Ken or Ryu.

Chun Li STF Perler Beads

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The first female fighter character to ever appear in a fighting game. Chung Li is a fearless Interpool officer with a special signature spinning bird kick move that is sure to take down the strongest of fighters. So many are marveled by her Chinese Kenpo style moves. Her main mission is to seek revenge on the Shadaloo crime syndicate.

Guile Street Fighter Sprite Pattern Template

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Guile is another fighter who is looking to get his revenge on the Shadaloo syndicate. He is a commander in the United States Air Force. If you like pro wrestling mixed with marine corps martial arts, then he is the fighter you should get to know. Other than being known as Ken’s brother in-law most identify him by his camo pants and spikey blonde hair.

Street Fighter Perler Bead Cammy

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Street Fighter gives you another female fighter other than Chun Li. Cammy White is an assassin, who also goes by the code name Killer Bee. Known for her red beret and long blonde braids, Cammy’s Shadaloo fighting techniques make her super faster than most of her opponents.

Street Fighter Perler Beads

Street Fighter Perler Beads by Dante Ross

Dante Ross created most of the full cast of Street Fighter 2. Sagat scar and eye patch are perfect. I really would have liked to see Guile, Chun Li, and E. Honda. Maybe one day Dante will get around to making those.

M Bison and Ryu

M Bison and Ryu by Long Black Fingers

This is a resembles work I saw when the game was originally released. Bison appears to levitate. It was amazing how fluid his moves were. He seemed unbeatable until you figured out his pattern.

M-Bison Perler Bead Pattern

M-Bison Perler Bead Pattern by Pngkey

Now here’s a simple one that everyone should try. Yes, it’s the super villain himself. M. Bison. I wonder what the M stood for. Do you think you know the answer? If so, drop a comment in the comment section below.

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Animal Crossing Perler Bead Patterns To Try

Tom Nook Perler Bead

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The famous Tom Nook. This character is loved by some and loathed by others. He is an animal crossing icon nonetheless. You can check him out at resident services in the latest version of Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Isabelle New Horizons Perler Bead

Image via Isabelle Animal Crossing New Leaf Perler by SuperSensei on DeviantArt

The lovely Isabelle is a crowd favorite. If you’re lucky you can snag her amiibo card in the Series 5 packs. She is your go to secretary for help with your island. Her friendly and polite qualities are truly what makes Isabelle so darn adorable. Tell me who is your favorite?

Animal crossing Rosie Perler Bead Creation

Image via Animal crossing Rosie perler bead creation

This super cute singing villager is very popular. Having this villager on your island would be fantastic. Her name is Rosie, she’s a peppy upbeat cat, and her famous quote is “One good purr deserves another.” I will say, if you have her as a villager than you have hit the jackpot. But for the rest of you out there, happy hunting!

K.K. Slider Animal Crossing Perler Bead

Photo by Joanne Schiavoni

This superstar dog is a singing sensation. He comes to your island every Saturday to play his greatest hits. If you get a chance to hear all 95 hits in the New Horizons game that is a great accomplishment. Your villagers will gather around to hear his performance and sometimes sing along with him. Having a passion about his craft, he will tell you that money is no concern to him; he states that, although numerous “industry fat cats” try to capitalize on his music, he only desires for it to be free for everyone. Do you have a favorite K.K. Slider song? If so, what is it?

Naruto Perler Bead Patterns To Try

Naruto Hidden Leaf Village

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Naruto Uzamaki is the a loyal villager of the Hidden Leaf Village, who is on his quest to become a hokage. This image captures Naruto in his iconic orange jumpsuit and headband.

Kakashi Hama Beads Chidori

Image via Kakashi hama beads by SayuriKushina on DeviantArt

Team 7’s leader Kakashi Sensei is a great teacher. His calm nonchalant demeaner helps the team train for the Chunin exams. Be amazed by his special chidori attacks.

Naruto and Sasuke Rivals

Image via Naruto Sasulke Rivals Perler by genjiworks on DeviantArt

Naruto and Sasuke are team members, rivals, and frenemies. These two test each other more times than I can count. Individually they can hold there own, but together they are a force that will weaken the evilest of villains. Who will become the strongest, is a question that will keep you wanting to be a huge fan of this anime series.

Sakura Haruno

Image from Sakura Haruno 2 – Fuse Bead by ProbonoBear on DeviantArt

Sakura is a member of Team 7 and is ready to complete her journey as a medical ninja. She is also from the hidden leaf village where her and Naruto grew up. She trains with Kakashi Sensei, Naruto, and Sasuke. As an added bonus she also gets more nurturing guidance from Lady Tsunade, who is known for her strength and mastery of healing abilities.

Shikamaru Perler Bead

Image via Shikamaru Bead Sprite by GeekMythologyStudios on DeviantArt

Shikamaru is a member of team 10. He is known for his highly unenthusiastic attitude. He is a genin who wants to master the art of the Shadow Possession Jutsu. Is he one of your favorites?

Rock Lee Perler Bead Sprite

Image via Rock Lee by Crausse on DeviantArt

This fearless shinobi is a member of Team Guy. Rock Lee wear an iconic green one piece jumpsuit with slouchy leg warmers. His thick eye brows lands him the nickname ” Bushy Brow”. His teacher’s mission is to make him a taijutsu master.

Team Guy Bead Sprites

photo via Team Guy ‘TS’: Beaded by TomatoisJPhansburg on DeviantArt

The three members of Team Guy are strong and fearless. Tenten is a independent and loyal genin from the Hidden Leaf Village, who is mastering her weaponry and fūinjutsu skills. Rock Lee is a supercharged fighter who is training to master his taijutsu. And Neji Hyuga a shinobi who has a troubled past but always comes to the fight with his incredible byakugan abilities.

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Trippy Mushroom Perler Bead Patterns You Should Try

Trippy Mushroom Necklace

Trippy Mushroom via Pinterest

I like how the picture shows a coin for reference. This is a pretty large pattern. I would think it takes a few hours to complete. Also, there are not many colors. So the complexity of the pattern is not high. I’m not sure how the person shaded under the cap of the mushroom. If you used this technique in the past, please let me know in the comments section.

Trippy Mushroom Tree?

I don’t have a frame of reference like the other photo. Yes, the other photo spoiled me. I’m not sure how tall this pattern is. I feel it is similar in size as the previous picture. The color pallet is simple. This feels like a job that would take a few hours.

Trippy Mushroom Man

We are not going to say this is a game character from a popular game most people know about. I don’t want to receive a cease and desist notice from a certain game company to take down this page.

The color pallet is simple. This is a quick pattern to complete. The blue and orange eyes are my favorite part. There are zero questions about what state that guy is in.

I’m really watching you!

How many eyes do you see? I count 4 eyes. Someone else seeing things is one thing, but this pattern is projecting that state on to you. We don’t normally see a face without glasses with 4 eyes. Very clever creator of this pattern. Very clever indeed.

Trippy Mushroom Blue+White+Gray

There must be pattern beads. The eyes jump out at me. I honestly have never seen this type of bead before. Have you seen or work with them? If so, please let me know in the comment. I wonder if these beads melt faster or slower than the other bead. Do you need to take extra precautions working with them? I’m very curious. Please share!

Alpha pattern #54538

Alpha pattern #54538

Magical toadstool mushroom. This treasure is from a land of fairies. It is a trippy small cute red and white mushroom with shading.

Thanks for hanging this long!

Here are some other themes to try.

Among Us Perler Bead Patterns To Try

Among us hama beads

Hama beads are similar to perler beads. There’s a small difference in size between perler and hama beads. Unless you worked with both types of beads in the past, it’s very hard to tell the difference between the two.

These keychains look great. I want one now that I saw it. Which one is your favorite? The police officer gets my vote. How about you?

Do you have enough keychain rings?

keychain ring
Image via Amazon

In order to make keychains, you need keychain rings. I always make sure to stock up on them. Amazon has a pretty good deal on keychain rings most of the time. Let me know if you use this brand or a different one. I haven’t had any problems with these ones, but I’m willing to try new ones.

Among Us Kandi Pattern

Among Us by Kandi Pattern

I really like the character and companion play in this pattern. This pattern is simple and takes minutes to complete. I love projects that take minutes and not hours to complete. These are great when doing projects with kids. Kids tend to get distracted easily. Working on a project that you complete quickly is a plus.

Among Us Crewmate With Bear Ears Perler Bead Pattern Kandi Pattern

Among Us Crewmate With Bear Ears by Kandi Pattern

I really enjoy Kandi Pattern’s site. I always find quality patterns to try out on the site. I’m glad to see people make patterns that cover costume selections in the game.

Best glue for perler projects

Yes, that’s the name of the file. I work with perler beads a lot, but I never used glue to keep them together. I mainly use an iron to melt the beads. Have you used glue in the past? If so, how did it work out for you?

The red keychain looks different. I think that’s due to the use of glue. If that’s the case, it adds a really cool effect to the piece.

Among Us – @Karensperler

Among Us by @Karensperler

I will admit. These patterns are extremely creative. I really digging the rainbow suit. The blue visor is a bit interesting and unique. Overall, all the pattern should be easy to tackle.

I’m not sure which app Karensperler use to create patterns. I may reach out to them to see what they use. Do you think that’s a good idea? I think so, but want do you think?

Among Us Ranger by Shoarmapappa van Dijk

Among Us Ranger by Shoarmapappa van Dijk

I called this pattern a ranger. The hat reminds me of an army ranger when I look at it. I like the shading with purple.

Among Us Character by Hanna Kaczmarek

Among Us Character by Hanna Kaczmarek

Hanna completed rainbow pattern from above. I a flaw in the pattern. Can you spot it? If you see it. Let me know in the comments section. There may or may not be a secret contest running for a lucky winner or two.

Among us perler beads imposter pattern

Among us perler beads imposter pattern
Among us perler beads imposter pattern

Imposters have been around the game for a bit. Check out this great pattern. I found this one on Pinterest. Enjoy putting this one together. It’s very simple with less than 10 colors.

DIY Among Us Easy Perler Bead Crafts & Costume Tutorial

DIY Among Us Easy Perler Bead Crafts & Costume Tutorial by QDCrafts

QDCrafts creates great step-by-step guides. If you want to follow along the video, give it a go. Let me know if you find the guide useful.

Among us perler bead magnets on Mercari

Super cute Handmade Among Us Perler Bead Magnets

These Among us magnets can be gifted to the gamer in your life. Handmade from perler beads, these magnets come in the classic crewmate colors of the game. SHHH! don’t tell them who’s the imposter.

Other Themes

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Baby Yoda 3D Figure with Perler Bead — Kandi Perler 🧚‍♀️ Fairy

Check out this Baby Yoda 3D Figure made with Perler Bead. It was a great challenge by my friend and it turned out to be one of my favorite creations. I hope you will check out this pattern and the tutorial on my youtube video to build you own little 3D Baby Yoda Figure using […]

Baby Yoda 3D Figure with Perler Bead — Kandi Perler 🧚‍♀️ Fairy

Other Yoda Perler Bead Guide on Youtube

Video via YouTube

This is videos shows you how to make a 2D Yoda with perler beads. Maybe the 3D version is a little instead. This pattern may be a natural step for a person before trying the 3D pattern.

The right tool for the job

This pattern isn’t complex. When I say complex, I mean a pattern that has a lot of different colors in the same area. This can be tricky. For long session, you may want to use a tool and reduce the stress on your hand.

Photo pulled from Amazon

This bead pen is simple to use and very helpful when it comes to getting the job done. If you use one can you drop a message in the comments below. We would like to know if you find it help.

Are you looking for more pattens to try?

Here’s a list of things to try.

Roblox Perler Bead Patterns to Try

Roblox DABBING NOOB Perler Hama Bead Custom Art 9×8.5

ROBLOX DABBING NOOB Perler Hama Bead Custom Art 9x8.5~Boy or Girl Birthday  Gift! - $29.93 | PicClick
Image pulled from Picclick

You haven’t lived life unless you seen a Roblox Noob dapping. I have truly lived a full life now. This is super creative. Who dreams up this stuff. Probably some 7 year old kids named Jeff. Who knows.

ROBLOX Noob Skin Hama bead perler

ROBLOX Noob Skin Hama bead perler
Image pulled from Pinterest

A very simple and easy pattern to try out. This looks like a great candidate for a pair of earrings or key chain. What do you think? When you use patterns like this to make jewelry, it’s great when people recognize where it comes from. That is so validating. You dedicated time to create a representation of something you like, people like it, and they connect with it. That is really gratifying.

Easy to Make Roblox Noob 3D Perler Bead Pattern

Easy to Make Roblox Noob 3D Perler Bead Pattern
Image pulled from Pinterest

Krysanthe created a guide for this one. The directions are clear. You shouldn’t have a problem understanding the pattern. If you do, let us know. We can help.

I don’t see many 3D bead patterns. If you know of a source please share. We’re always looking for new patterns to try and showcase here on The Perler Bead Post.

ROBLOX Perler Hama Bead

ROBLOX Perler Hama Bead
Pulled from Pinterest

This is a great pattern. It’s pretty simple with only for colors. The biggest challenge with this one is time. I would not be surprised if this took a few hours to complete. It still looks fun though. It’s likely hundreds of beads and not thousands to complete this pattern.

ROBLOX – Baconhair, Play_butiK, Noob and ujjllh

ROBLOX - Baconhair, Play_butiK, Noob and ujjllh
Pulled from Pinterest

Those are very creative names. I have no idea who they three are other than Noob. If you do, can you drop a comment below? I wonder if it’s a game everyone plays that I’m not aware of. Baconhair, hmm. Baconhair must have short hair. There’s a lot of bacon lovers out there. I can’t see this growing to long. Bacon is delicious, right?

Roblox Noob

Download Roblox Noob - Full Size PNG Image - PNGkit
Image pulled from PNG Kit

I’ve recently discovered PNG Kit. There’s a lot of patterns there if you’re looking to try new things. Unfortunately, I only came across this Roblox’s pattern. If you find more there, let us know. We will add this to the list. We will also give you a shoutout for sharing the information with us.

ROBLOX Arsenal Game Delinquent head perler

ROBLOX Arsenal Game Delinquent head perler | Perlemønstre, Juletræer
Pulled from Pinterest DK

I haven’t played the Arsenal Game but it probably involves combat. If you’ve played the game, can drop a comment below. Tell us what’s fun about the game. Is it worth playing? Do you know if people are still playing? Thanks.


Roblox Crochet Pattern-CGGP-106825
Image pulled from Cuddle Up Creations

I know this is a crochet pattern, but I’m dying to know if anyone know which Roblox’s game this is from. I feel like I’ve seen this before, but I can’t put my finger on it.

Roblox Man cool dude

Roblox Man cool dude | Patrones
Image pull from Pinterest

Those are some funky glasses. I like how the pattern is a few layers and not completely flat. It’s not completely 3D but it’s not completely 2D either. Patterns like this shows the flexibility of perler beads. Perler beads are a very cool medium to work in.

Roblox Logo Perler Beads

ROBLOX Perler hama bead | Hama beads design, Perler bead art, Perler bead  patterns
Image pulled from Pinterest

This logo looks identical to the picture above. The picture above is likely two patterns someone combined together. This pattern is pretty straight forward with two colors. I think most people can finish this one quickly.

Roblox Logo Pixel Art

Roblox Logo Pixel Art
Image pulled from Breaking Point Value List

Do you want to give a pixel art pattern a try? If so, here you go. You can use this pattern to create physical and digital art. This pattern is really versatile.

Roblox themed standing characters SANS and NOOB

Roblox Themed Standing Characters NOOB and SANS Roblox | Etsy
Image pulled from Etsy

These are cool and you can buy them off Etsy. I believe the intent is to put them on birthday cakes. I think you would need a large sheet cake to do this. However, I can’t really tell the scale due to a lack of reference in the picture. Oh well, now I’m hungry for a piece of cake.

Don’t stop at Roblox

If you love Roblox, here are some other things to try.

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Fortnite perler beads – Llama Edition

Since you’re reading this, you’re probably a Fornite or perler bead lover. May be you love both. Either way, welcome to the site. Let’s take a look a few perler bead patterns that look cool and easy to try out. I did include a few patterns that will take a little more time to complete, but they are well worth the effort! Enjoy.

Note: All the patterns shared are pulled from Pinterest. If you would like to see the board I created for all of the patterns, let me know. I don’t mind sharing the board for inspiration.

The French Lama

The caption reads ‘Perle a repasser lama fortnite’. I believe that translates to ‘Fortnite llama iron bead’. But I’m not sure, my French isn’t that great to be honest. I wonder how many people french speakers play Fortnite. I would think it’s hundreds of thousands at the minimum. What do you think the number is?

Inspired Festive Fornite Llama

Pattern created with Pixel Art Builder

I tweaked the previous pattern with a few color changes. Let me know what you think or if you try the pattern out.

Fortnite Lama – Hama

Yes, that was the caption ‘Fortnite Lama – Hama’. I wonder what this person used to make the beards adhere together. I’ve used an iron in the past. Maybe they did as well.

This pattern isn’t too involved. I think most people can get through this patten in less than an hour. Let me know if you give it a try. I would like to know if you enjoyed the pattern and how long it took you to complete. Do you normally pay attention to the amount of time it takes to complete a project?

Fortnite Lama Hama Beads iron beads pattern 12×16

This is a very compact pattern at 12×16. I think this would make a great keychain, What do you think? Also, I think this is a classic 10 minute or less pattern, definitely placing it in the speed pattern category.

I really like minimal patterns, since they are great patterns to do with kids. It’s simple, fast, and not frustrating to complete. This is definitely one to try if you have a little one.

Fortnite Llama Kandi Pattern

Kandi Pattern is the name of the site that created this pattern. They create really cool patterns. If you’re looking for patterns to try, definitely give them a visit.

Side note: Looks like the llama has on shoes. That’s pretty funny. Is it just me, or does this llama look a bit like a camel? I don’t know. I think it’s in the face.

La llama de Fortnite Hama MINI

La llama de Fortnite Hama MINI

There is nothing mini about this one. This pattern is massive and spreads across five panels. You can see the full guide at

I really love how they tell you how many beads of each color is needed to complete the pattern. Someone did their homework.

Note: The guide’s in Spanish. If you need help because you don’t speak Spanish, I can translate for you. Please just ask.

Pixel art lama Fortnite

Today I learned llama is lama in French. I read the title and thought, “wait, that’s not in English…”, which is completely fine.

Looking at this pattern, I noticed how informative it is. I’m going to be honest. I don’t really understand the numbering in each cell, but I’m intrigued. If you understand the scheme, please share. All that being said, I think this pattern is simple and straightforward. I definitely can see most people completing this pattern in 30 minutes or less. What do you think? Can you complete this one in 30 minutes?

What I couldn’t find

I was very disappointed that I didn’t find a silver or golden llama perler bead pattern. Those are the best llamas in the game since they have the best loot. I don’t really get excited unless a llama is silver when I play Fortnite.