Polymer Clay Cane Designs From Perler Bead Patterns

Polymer Clay Cane Designs From Perler Bead Patterns


Hi Guys! This is Cindy Lietz, your Polymer
Clay Tutor and in today’s Studio Tip, I’m gonna show you how you can use Perler Bead Patterns,
specifically the ones from this book here: Bead It, Iron It, Love It and how to use those
patterns for making polymer clay canes. Now, just a little while ago, a publishing company
sent me a stack of craft books for me to review and in the set was this book here. And as
I started flipping through it, the first thing that came to mind was polymer clay canes.
So, what this book is about is actually, it’s designed for making–for using with Perler
Beads and now, if you have no idea what a Perler Bead is, it’s these little plastic
beads that kids will often use. There’s several companies that make them, there’s Perler,
Hama and some other kinds of and beads they’re fusible beads. So you use these beads in a
set pattern on a board like this so you put your little your little beads in the right
pattern on your board just like I did with this– I made a snowflake from the book actually
and then what you do is you put a piece of parchment paper over top then you iron it
and the heat will fuse those beads together into a–an ornament of sorts so you can use
this for a Christmas ornament for a backpack charm, coasters, fridge magnets, that kind
of thing. Kids love to make them and they’re really fun to do but because the patterns
are done in a grid, you can make some really really cute polymer clay canes with the patterns.
Now here’s one that I actually made with one of the emoji patterns in there in the book
and I’ll just show you the different patterns that are in here. Now, this book has 300 patterns
in it, a few instructions and a couple of projects in it but it’s mostly about the patterns
themselves. So as you get in here there’s tons and tons of patterns done in a little
grid style. Now, there are seasons and animals and all kinds of neat things– flowers, weather,
sports. Some of these patterns are absolutely adorable look at this pair is the cutest thing
ever and there’s like fruit and pineapples and sea creatures, animals, look at that moose,
he’s just the cutest thing ever, all kinds of patterns in here in fact they’ll make you
want to start making stuff right away. And there’s alphabets but here’s the whole page
of emoticons and this is the little guy that I made right there and you can see the same
little guy. Now the neat way–the neat thing about how these patterns are set up first
of all they have the pattern here and the grid and how you would count everything out,
but they also have alongside of it, they have the colors that you would need minus the background.
Some patterns, if you’re going to try to convert them into polymer clay, you may need to put
the background in. But here in this case here, if you’re going to make this little emoji,
you need 88 yellow 22 white to 27 black and 46 orange plus because his hair sticks out
you can’t really, I mean you can remove the hair, I suppose, but if you wanted to keep
the hair you also have to put in the background and you have to count out this– the pieces
that you would need for that. So it’s really well perfectly suited for making polymer clay
canes. Now, I’m not going to go into the whole process too far I actually have a tutorial,
a paid tutorial called the Christmas Sweater Cane where I do this exact same idea of doing
a pixelated pattern and there’s lots of tips and tricks to doing it to make it easy because
even though it’s a simple concept, there are some things to it that can make it a little
tricky especially when you do something as detailed as this but working on this little
guy, i would kind of give you the the rundown how something like this was done. Now, i decided
to go with a square extrusion that I extruded from my extruder. I used the disk that has–
now this is from the Lucy Clay Set. Now Lucy Clay Tools does all kinds of different extruder
discs here’s one here, this is the number 9 disk this particular one is from disc number
two and it has three small squares. It’s a nice size because when you extrude it out,
it’s a reasonable size. Some of the other extruders have a larger square and if i was
to make this cane out of that larger square we’d end up with something really quite large
but this one is very suited for it and the nice thing about the Lucy Clay Discs is they’ll
also fit in with the fit in the Lucy Clay Extruder which I’ll show you here you just
pop it into the end I have some clay in there already you screwed onto the end but they’ll
also fit into the Walnut Hollow and the Makins Extruders so you can use those if you wanted
to get that particular disc set as well. But i’m just going to extrude a little snake so
that for those of you have never seen this process before, you can see how it’s done
so you and extrude of miles and miles of clay, you would cut it off into lengths. Now you
never want to go shorter than about an inch and a half up in length otherwise you’re going
to have– it’s going to be too difficult to to reduce it especially if it’s a large cane
so you would want your snakes to be at least an inch and a half long and then you would
need the numbers that were in the pattern. So on the emoji pattern you know you’ve got
whatever here they’ve got him laid out here too, you would need that you know like 93
of the yellow and 40 of the orange and six of the white and 38 the black and then you
just lay them out into the pattern. And go across each row until you have your design
and it turns out very very cute. Now, of course, i could reduce this right down into something
quite small and I’ll do that in another time but this pattern book, you know I don’t really
do Perler Beads but to my kids and their friends saw some of the patterns and thought they
would be really fun to do but whether you’re into the Perler Beads or if you’re into polymer
clay caning this is a really really fun happy book with lots of neat patterns that can easily
be converted into polymer clay canes. Now, another quick note some of these canes for
example here are quite large especially when you add in the background so in order to not
have to order you know I’m a truckload of clay you can actually extrude even tinier
snakes. You can throw the disc halfway across the room– you can do little tiny extrusions
like I did on this came here actually and even if they’re round they will end up reducing
quite square so you can even use a small round cane if you like. And then one other quick
note is there some neat patterns in the back here that are for octagonal shapes or hexagons,
sorry and the way a hexagon pattern works if you were to use a hexagon disk there are
some in like didn’t the different extruders have the hexagon disc, you would put in the
rose, they would be– instead of being squares and straight on top of each other, they’re
set– off set slightly and it– you would need in order to do any of these hexagons
patterns you would need a hexagon shape disc in order for all the pieces to fit together
or possibly a round one if you wanted to do it that way and just make sure your rows were
offset. But this book really has some wonderful geometric and abstract projects as well as
all the cute things. So I thought you would enjoy that it’s a different way of looking
at one of these pattern books and I hope that you go check it out. Alright so I do hope
you like this video and if you did, let us know and if you’ve got a product you’d like
me to test, a technique you don’t know anything about, a book you’d like me to review even,
leave those suggestions in the comments section below and don’t forget to check out all of
the past videos we’ve done, we’ve done hundreds and hundreds of videos and there’s probably
the answer to your polymer clay question in one of those videos. Alright, so we’ll see
you next time and bye for now!

25 thoughts on “Polymer Clay Cane Designs From Perler Bead Patterns

  1. I had already begun translating quilting patterns into clay. Now my clay world just got bigger. I had to create a new Pinterest board!

  2. I've seen people try to do this — but generally the image gets really distorted in the condensing of the cane. I've seen your reducing video, but generality he pixel-look for canes I've seen on youtube seem to get really badly distorted. How do you account for this?

  3. You can use pehrler, cross-stitch, quilting patterns, etc, for canes. You can also roll clay out on the pasta machine and use a mini square cutter and lay the pieces you cut out side by side following the patterns to make a flat picture too.

  4. This is kind of unrelated but, I was looking at your tutorials for things like faux Jasper and I was wondering, do you have a tutorial/method for making faux jade?

  5. hi. I make latch hook rugs so I'm used to doing the patterns. but I've never thought of combining the two. so thank you for sharing this. it's a brilliant idea!
    I really enjoy your videos xx

  6. did you see the Polymer clay artist do his design? the person who came up with this cane idea? it's tally cool what he did with the heart one.

  7. I love your channel, but I saw this video and don't think it's right that you charge to show people how to do someone else's design idea. I just think that's not cool. i still like your designs, just not cool though. 🙁
    p.s. not the book but the pixel design

  8. Ah, so lovely! I just did a tiny Google search on myself and here it is, you doing your thing based on the book that I authored! It's adorable, thanks for all the lovely words about the book. And I absolutely love the creative approach you've taken with polymer clay! It takes it totally to the next level 🙂 <3

  9. Good resource. Another source is cross stitch patterns. DMC has a ton of free ones, many small ones that would really well as a cane.

  10. This is so creative. I never thought to use perler bead, cross stitch or color by numbers but you have opened my mind!

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