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
To become a pro in ironing beads, you must first know how to fix the beads.This is done using paper commonly known as ironing paper.Similar to parchment paper, it is usually included in bead packs.To do the ironing, it is necessary to preheat your iron to high temperature and then turn off the steam.Then, cover your beads with the paper to press them gently by passing the iron in a circular manner for 30 seconds.Above all, be careful not to pop your pearls from their picot.It is smarter to start your ironing at the edges and end in the center.If the beads do pop, you can use a toothpick or pliers to put them back in 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.