Since I couldn’t find any beads smaller than the ones I already have, I decided to cut the Perler beads in half and see how small they would end up. But first, a word of caution. If you decide to try this, don’t do what I did and hold the beads in your fingers and use really sharp, short scissors to cut them. Why, you ask? I’ll show you why (don’t look if you’re queasy about a tiny bit of blood)…
Yep. See that wonderful V-shaped cut? That’s what you get when the super sharp tips of the scissors cut into the soft flesh of your palm because you are paying more attention to the bead than you are to your hands. It’s deeper than it looks, and yes, I said some very offensive words. I said them very loudly, too. Sigh. So, don’t do that. Instead, do this:
Hold those tiny little beads in a pair of pliers, away from your hands. I used needle nose pliers, but that’s just what I grabbed first. Any pliers would work, or maybe even some reverse tweezers - the kind that you squeeze to open - if you don’t have pliers.
You will end up with a bunch of smaller beads, some perfectly halved and others a little wonky. Just be sure to place them on your craft sheet/parchment paper with the flat factory edge down and they’ll be fine.
For all of that work, they didn’t turn out that much smaller! They still took 25 minutes to completely melt, too. The good part is that they match the others perfectly. I’m not sure it was worth it, but I have quite a few of them now so I may not be cutting any more of them for a while.
This may or may not be the end of my DIY E.D. series, but it is on hiatus for a while. Back to card making. With children’s safety scissors.