Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
Chevron Perler Bead Necklaces
Not too long ago I invested in some new Perler Beads.
I’d had perler beads around since the girls were little, and the beads were mixed in one medium sized bowl.
Browsing around Pinterest, I saw some really awesome-looking projects that could be made with them. I spent about $15 for two more sets of beads.
I sorted them and made sure I had enough beads to complete my projects I had in mind.
My girls are all about the trendy colors right now in clothing.
Coral and peach.
Teal and mint.
Honestly, it is really expensive to try to match these colors to necklaces for sale in the stores.
I wanted to create some necklaces to show everyone that we crafters could come up with beautiful, trendy jewelry that is less expensive and cuter! So, I created these chevron perler bead necklaces.
You need some beads, and a square perler mat. These mats have little pins that keep the beads in place. The pin goes into the hole in the bead and keeps it standing up.
Then, just follow my pattern to put the beads into place. While you are creating, warm your iron to a medium/low setting. Take out a piece of baking parchment paper, and use that to cover the beads and mat.
Once you are ready to iron, set the iron flat on the parchment paper on top of the beads and allow them to melt, swirling around a little with the iron.
Once they are melted together, remove the iron and pull the beads off the mat.
You can add more heat if needed, but only melt ONE SIDE!!!!
If you look at this pic, you can see that the bottom of the beads are a little melted out. That’s the back of the piece.
I use a large needle (or anything sharp and pointed) to stick through the two holes in the top beads. Then I place a ring through it. When opening the ring, use two pliers to twist the loop open to the side, this is the correct way to open rings. Then twist them back to close, adding on your necklace chain. Use a side-to-side motion to wiggle the loop even again.
I kept it easy and used chain that fit over the head. No worrying about adding the clasp.
They are long in length and look great with a lot of looks.
Annalise loved them and plans on wearing them to school next week!