New hobby: iron-on beads plus mini review
Of course first to the Action. They had a pot there for € 2.99 (see earlier shoplog), it contains approximately 5500 ironing beads and 3 small base plates. I bought one large round base plate (€ 1.99) and a large square base plate from HAMA (€ 6.99) at Top1Toys. There were also a few iron on beads. Nice for a comparison, because I immediately noticed that the beads from HAMA are much more expensive than those from Action. But is the price difference noticeable?
Getting started with the iron-on beads from HAMA and Action
First I wanted to try the HAMA iron-on beads. Because I only had white, black, gray, pink and red beads, I first started looking for an example with those colors. I found a pattern via Pinterest of the Super Mario ghost.
Making the ghost was a lot of fun :-). Very relaxing because you have to be careful not to make any small mistakes. So there is no time to think about anything else :-). It reminded me a bit of the experience of coloring for adults.
And now the sweeping beams of the Action. First look for a pattern. I had already seen nice coasters made of iron-on beads in the shape of fruit on several Pinterest accounts. I was going to make this too, but in my own way :-). Nice for the garden as a coaster.
The beads of the Action are slightly different in shape compared to those of HAMA. Also, not all beads are the same height. You can clearly see that the HAMA iron-on beads have a nicer shape. The beads of the Action therefore look messier on the base plate.
Iron the beads
And now the big moment, ironing the beads together. I was very curious whether this would work equally well with both beads. First that of HAMA. This happened quickly, very quickly. Maybe it went too fast, I had never done it before, so I really have no idea how long it would take.
Then I ironed the beads from the Action. I really noticed a difference very quickly. This one wouldn't melt properly at all. Not even when I set the iron to a higher setting.
The difference in ironing result is clearly visible. I think the HAMA iron-on beads look nicer and fit together better. With the Action, the beads remain more intact and do not melt together as easily. This makes the coaster much more vulnerable. The ghost of HAMA beads is much sturdier.
If I had to buy new beads, I would go for those from HAMA. Unfortunately, it is a lot more expensive, but the result is much better. If you want to do this with children, the Action ones are also fine. The HAMA base plate also remains much nicer and does not warp compared to the unbranded white plate.
I really enjoy working with iron-on beads. After these 2 figures I immediately continued making more coasters.
What do you think of iron-on beads?
Do you sometimes make something with iron-on beads or do you think it is really something for children? In any case, I'm very excited :-). Making figures certainly leaves you wanting more!
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