Although IKEA is known for manufacturing inexpensive furniture with modern designs (See reference 2), the Swedish company also sells craft materials, art supplies, toys and games for children. One of their popular products, currently only available for purchase in stores (See Reference 1), is the Multicolored Pyssla Melting Beads. The product is geared towardhelping young children develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills (See Reference 1). Although the product itself does not come with complete instructions and guidelines for use, usually these multicoloured beads, also known as Perler beads, are used to make meltable art (See Reference 3).
Place a meltable bead peg board on a flat, uncluttered and clean surface.
Arrange Pyssla meltable beads onto the peg board so that the hole of each bead fits securely on one of the spikes on the board.
Carefully cover the beads and peg board with one sheet of waxed paper so as to not disturb the design and knock the beads out of place on the peg board.
Turn the iron on and set at medium heat.
Iron over the waxed paper gently for about 10 seconds. The beads should fuse together as the plastic warms and melts. (See Reference 3)
Allow the beads to cool under the waxed paper for about three minutes.
Carefully lift the design from the peg board.
Slowly peel the waxed paper from the melted bead project.
Using an iron can be dangerous when working with children. Let an adult monitor the use of the iron. Be sure to turn the machine off after use to help prevent accidents, allowing it to fully cool down away from the craft space.