Hama beads are accessories that can be used in a short period of time and at a lower cost, full of aesthetic decorative objects. If you want to become a pro at making jewelry, Christmas baubles, snowman, advent calendars, and various other fun Hama iron on beads, here are the basics you need to know.
About iron on beads
Ironing beads come in the form of small plastic tubes that melt when heated. They are to be placed on a plastic tray and then glued together using an iron and special paper.
In the pearl market, there are several variations depending on the brand. But the best known to the public are the famous Hama beads. Made from low density polyethylene, ironing beads do not contain toxic components. The most popular Hama iron-on beads on the market are models measuring 5mm in diameter.
In addition, there are also larger beads that are 10mm in diameter. They are called "Maxi pearls" or "Jumbo". As for the mini Hama beads, they are 2.5 mm in diameter and are more difficult to handle than the others. In terms of colors, there is a wide variety ranging from translucent to sequins to models that shine in the night.
About the plates
The plates are made of pins serving as a support for the beads before they are ironed. Usually square, round or hexagonal, the plates come in different sizes.
As for ironing
Pour devenir pro en repassage des perles, il faut d’abord savoir fixer les perles. Ceci se fait au moyen d’un papier communément appelé papier à repasser. Semblable au papier sulfurisé, il est généralement inclus dans les packs de perles. Pour faire le repassage, il est nécessaire de préchauffer votre fer à haute température puis de couper la vapeur. Ensuite, recouvrez vos perles avec le papier pour les presser doucement en faisant passer le fer de manière circulaire durant 30 secondes. Surtout, veillez à ne pas faire sauter vos perles de leur picot. Il est plus astucieux de commencer votre repassage par les bords pour aboutir au centre. Si les perles sautent, vous pourrez utiliser un cure-dent ou une pince pour les rétablir à leur place.
When you're done, place some bulky books on top of your paper afterwards to make the surface even. As soon as the beads cool, you will be able to gently remove the paper and lift the design to turn it over. You are free to iron the other side or not.
Since the plates are plastic, they can deteriorate over time with ironing. In order to extend their life, you can use masking tape to peel off the pattern before ironing. This is easily done using strips of masking tape to stick on the beads. You just have to turn the design over before ironing.