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Perler Bead Arecibo

perler bead arecibo

So, re-hanging this on my wall made me realise I never posted any photos of the final framed and matted piece! Probably because it’s a nightmare to photograph so apologies for reflections.

If you weren’t around at the time, this is my perler bead recreation of the Arecibo message, sent in 1974 to a far off galaxy with all the details an alien might like to know about Earth. I wrote about why I made this in the original post and I am so happy with how it turned out. It’s one of my favourite things I’ve ever made and I’m glad I went to effort of framing it properly.

perler bead arecibo

Perler (Hama) beads were a really good choice for this project as it gives it such a colourful retro futuristic look, much like the space technology of 1974. It wasn’t altogether fun though, and I sold all my beads and boards shortly afterwards, having no wish to make anything else with them (well, after I made a bunch of ghoasters!). I’m super-happy to have it up on my studio wall now.

Finally got some pictures up at the weekend!

This was part of my foray into grid-based crafts, which has also taken in tapestry and cross stitch. I’m still open to suggestions for more to try, though tapestry has been the clear winner.


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