Perler or Hama Bead Board as a Resin Doming Tray

Resin Doming (Perler Bead) TrayVideo #663: These stiff white Perler/Hama boards, actually work better than the flexible mats made for the purpose. Go figure!

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • In today’s Studio Tip, I’m going to show you how you can use a Hama Bead or Perler Bead Board as a Resin Doming Tray (or Mat).
  • You may have seen in a previous video, I showed you how to use UV Epoxy Resin on your polymer clay, and cure it in my UV Lamp.
  • In that video I used a silicone resin doming tray that I picked up at Michael’s.
  • It is a silicone mat with little bumps on it that raises the piece you are putting on it… up away from the flat surface… so it is easier to get a dome on the resin without it pouring off the side.
  • The silicone mat that I have (the purple one) fits nicely inside my UV Lamp. But because the mat is flexible, it’s difficult to transfer the mat into the lamp when loaded up with resin coated pieces. The pieces can fall off and the resin runs all over the place.
  • SO… I used a CD Case under the flexible mat for support… which does work nicely.
  • When I did that resin video, I got a comment from a fellow YouTuber by the name Craftmama. She suggested using a Perler Bead or Hama Bead board as a doming tray instead.
  • So when I was at my local craft store (DeSerres this time), I picked up a pack of two 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2 Square Hama Bead Boards to test out.
  • Sure enough they worked perfectly! Thanks Craftmama!
  • Perler Beads and Hama Beads are these large hole plastic ‘beads’ that you put out on a peg board in different pixel patterns. The plastic beads are then fused using an iron, into a cute 2 dimensional designs. Kids (and adults) make charms, coasters and different designs for playing with, or decorating their rooms. The Perler Bead Boards come in all kinds of shapes, which can be linked together to make larger designs.
  • I decided to pick up a bag of multi colored Perler Beads to put on the board. This is a useful technique for planning out Pixelated Cane Designs. This gives me a 2 for 1 use for these little plastic boards.

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  1. Mary Koshy Aruvelil, 12 May, 2015

    Hi Cindy,
    I am Mary, a polymer clay artist. I love your videos. I was in U.K and now moved to Oman. I was baking all my polymer clay in a home oven, and since I had 2 built in ovens I didn’t have a problem to use one just for polymer clay until I came here. Here, Electric ovens are less in number( most of them are gas ovens and we have a space availability problem as well). So we ended up buying a gas cooker. I have a microwave oven (Panasonic) with convection option. So, could you please tell me whether I can use my convection option for baking my polymer clay. Here the toaster ovens are also not very good quality ones. I am so sad that I couldn’t start my jewellery making since I left U.K last month.
    I really appreciate if you can reply soon.
    Thank you very much,

  2. Doug Lietz, 12 May, 2015

    Hi Mary – the topic of convection microwave ovens was just discussed recently in another thread.

    You can also use the search box at the top of every page on this blog web site, for finding a ton of other helpful information about the various different baking options.

  3. elaine faulks, 15 May, 2015

    Hi Cindy,
    just watched the Hama bead board video tip on using stencil adhesive and as a rigid tray for resin, excellent but using the board as a design aid for pixelated canes is brilliant. I spend hours with graph paper and colour pencils, so this tip will save me oodles of time.

    I have never seen this product, is it in the kiddie section? Not having a Michaels” Hobby Lobby, etc. here in UK I’m not sure where to look. Does anybody living in UK know where these are sold and how much they cost? Cindy, what a coincidence, I was wearing the exact red and white paisley bracelet today to match my fluffy red fleece. Well it’s really a pyjama top but has such handy pockets I slip it on when feel chilly (had ground frost this morning) Now back to my Fuchsia earrings. The lights are adorning the shelves in my living room and look so pretty, so decided to make a few different sets and trying to get sets of 10 or less as thinking, for along the centre at the top table at a wedding?……………..cheers xx……..

  4. Cindy Lietz, 20 May, 2015

    Thanks for the compliments on the idea Elaine! You might be able to find something like this in a toy store. In the crafty area where the finer paints and lanyard beads would be. From what I can see on their site, Hama Beads is a UK company so you should be able to find them there no problem. Here is a link to their About Us page.

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