Thursday, 7 April 2011
It only took a few days, but I finally figured out the pixels involved in making Angry Birds perler coasters.
My videogame coasters are made with perler beads in an 18 by 18 grid. Luckily for the other coasters, I have always been able to use cross stitch patterns to figure out the pattern. This time, I was all on my own.
First I took this picture and opened it in GIMP. Then I clicked on Blur - Pixelate. This made a difficult to read disaster. So I then clicked on Sharpen. This made it look like the picture below.
Still not quite right for my coasters, but it gave me something to go off of. I then took my good old grid paper and some crayons and went to work trying to create decent looking Angry Birds on an 18 by 18 grid.
Not bad. Good thing that crayon is erasable, because I erased A LOT!
Red and Yellow were the easiest ones. With the red on the picture being so large, I didn't have to create lines for much. Yellow turned out so awesome even though I had to pretty much wing it for design.
Piggy's design took two tries. I couldn't get this one quite right. The problem was the colour of the perler beads. The nose is actually supposed to be a lighter green than the face, but I didn't want the face to be as dark as the green I had. So I ended up making the nose darker. I think it still works. The blue bird was difficult because in the picture above, one of the eyeballs was actually in between the two pieces of beak. Impossible to make this look proper with perler beads. So I added an eye and eyebrow above the beak. Looks good I think.
Have you spotted the mistake on the white bird? Yes, it's a bit long. I accidentally made this one 19 by 18. Ooops and I didn't notice until I fused the beads. Grrr. Anyway, it's a simple fix for the next batch. I'll just take out a white line in the middle. The black bird looks the most angry. I think he turned out really cool. Unfortunately, I was running out of background colours and orange didn't work as well as I'd hoped. It makes it difficult to see the red eyebrows sticking out over the top of the bird. Oh well. Lesson learned for next time.
All in all I think my tester set turned out fabulous!
I'll be making more of these. And I think my little cousin in Vancouver might be receiving this very special first set for his birthday coming up this month... He's just as obsessed with Angry Birds as Logan is.
If anyone absolutely needs a set, let me know through email (link in my profile), a comment below, Fanpage, phone, messenger pigeon, whatever... I'll come up with a decent price for those crazy birds. Wouldn't want them to get any angrier with high prices hehehe Or you're welcome to take a look at the bigger version of the pictures (click on the individual pictures to enlarge them) and make your own. I'd love to see your results!
They are made with perler beads with a soft felt bottom and ribbon around the edges for decoration.
I'll make up a few sets for those that want them before I put a set in the shop. :)
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