I love new bags of beads, they look just like candy and I want to just dive right in!!!
3} Use a hard flat surface to work and iron on. I use my kitchen bench with a tea towel down for the ironing part.
5} You can use the same sheet of baking paper many times but throw out when it gets too wrinkly as it will leave creases on your melted design.
6} Use a large enough piece of paper to cover your WHOLE peg board otherwise you will scratch your iron (yes I may have left a few marks on mine...sshhh don't tell hubby, he is the only one that uses it to iron clothes!)
7} When you have ironed the second side weigh your items down with phone books so they don't curl...unless of course you want them to curl!
8} Do a test first with random beads, make a square or something just to get a feel for how the beads melt as all irons and bead brands will vary. For Hama and Perler I have my iron set to wool. For cheaper melty beads I have had the iron super hot to get them to melt. So test test test.
9} It doesn't matter if you melt until the bead holes close up, for some designs this looks great.
10} If you have a random bead which is a bit shorter than the rest just use the tip of the iron to give the bead an extra few seconds to melt
11} Don't try and peel baking paper off straight after ironing...be patient and wait for it to cool down a little - it won't take long I promise......
This little girl with pigtails is one of my recent designs...