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I lost, plain and simple. The original creator of the cases wanted it more I guess. I'm done rallying troops to make it so I can sell them again, but I appreciate your support.
But please don't get me wrong. The "Sole Creator" of these Perler bead lighter cases is a complete and utter douche. He's acting like it's impossible to make these things unless you're him. He got mad because I disproved that. Like a child. He stomped his feet and cried to enough people until he got what he wanted. The fact of the matter is, Lighter Cases have been around for years. Making them out of a "New Material" (Plastic [Not too crazy of a concept]) is not this crazy freakin' idea that no one else is capable of. And I'm going to prove that once and for all.

Soon, I'll be making a video tutorial on how to make Perler Bead Lighter Cases, and in addition to that, I'll be making a written word version to post here, and I'll be taking any questions you might have about these cases. Please feel free to ask about anything I may have missed, and please let me know your thoughts, so that I might improve these steps and make these cases, and therefore, the tutorial better. Anyway, let's get started! ^_^

Okay, so first I'd like to start off with pattern making:
The typical BIC Lighter is 14 beads in height, and 15 beads in length, so plan your pattern accordingly. I use GIMP to make Pokemon Sprite Patterns myself, but if you're a beader, you likely know how to make patterns. In addition to the 14x15 pattern, you'll also need a single row of solid colored beads on the bottom, so ultimately, the pattern will be 15x15 in the end. (The bottom row of beads is to create the base, so use a color that works with your pattern.)

Example:
                        15   
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  14
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
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o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o  o
O O  O  O  O O  O  O  O O  O  O  O O  O <------ Bottom Row

Now that's that. If you need any tips on making patterns, feel free to ask me. 

Moving on to ironing the sucker now. (I hope you have a high tolerance to heat and pain. [I've grown to love it myself. <.<])

Get your materials ready, it's not necessarily different than any other piece of Perler work. The real difference is that you need to be fairly quick when you do this. It's not that you have to be quick at ironing it at first, just when you're done ironing the first side.

So what you need to do is flat iron the front side. And when I say flat iron, I mean you need to make it not resemble beads anymore. No holes. (Now, don't do it so long that you start melting the pegboard, but make it thorough and even on that front side. [Yes, I've ruined a pegboard like that. -.-])
Here's the part where you need to be quick: Once the front side is melted, you need to get it off the Pegboard.
"But Smitty, the beads are stuck to the board!"
This can occur. And what you don't want to do is pull them off and start warping the pattern and screwing everything up. If you pull them off, I mean, hey, it's heated plastic. It's malleable. It'll distort. Makes sense, right? What you need to do is slap the pegboard on your work space fairly hard before you try to remove your pattern. It should come off after a few good whacks.

Now remember what I said about being quick? Well, let the speed continue. When you get the case off, place it on your work space with the side you haven't ironed yet and start ironing. Heavily. Just like on the other side. Now, this side isn't going to look pretty by any means, but that's fine, because this is going to be on the inside where no one can see. 

Once you have the second side ironed, the beads at this point are going to be molten at this point. Malleable. This is where you need yourself a BIC Lighter-- WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! 

DO NOT USE A LIGHTER WITH FUEL IN THE ACTUAL LIGHTER. HEAT+LIGHTER FUEL+ELECTRICITY. I don't know what exactly COULD happen, and I don't want to find out, nor do I want you to find out. Please use an empty Lighter for this part of the tutorial. I can't stress that enough.


Ahem... Anyway, place your lighter on the now molten case, directly in the center. This is where you'll need to be at your fastest: You need to wrap the beads around the lighter, making sure the edges end up in the dead center of the lighter. 

"But Smitty, it's hot!"
Uh... Yeah? It's molten plastic, it tends to be hot. I did it though, and so can you! Suck it up, you fantastic bead artist, you! ART IS PAIN!
"But Smitty, the edges aren't staying tight against the lighter no matter how hard I press them down!"
At this point, the lighter has officially cooled enough where it won't stay down. But no worries! Now that you have the basic shape of the lighter, you can remove said lighter and start bending the edges inward in order to create a really tight fit! (Giggity.) Insert (Giggity again) your lighter occasionally and see if the fit is good enough for you.

And now, we've reached our final step! We need to create a base so the darn thing won't slip out. 

First of all, you need to position your lighter so it looks correct in the case. Once you do that, prepare your iron and paper in a position that you can trap the paper between the base of the lighter case and the iron. Basically all you do now is flatten the base until it's touching the bottom of the lighter itself, while holding the case against the lighter very tightly so it doesn't go anywhere. You'll notice some excess plastic on the outside. Simply cut it off with a sharp pair of scissors for a nice clean look.

And voila! You have your very own Perler Bead/Hama Bead/Melty Bead/Pysla Bead Lighter Case!

Like I said, I'll be making a video tutorial fairly soon, and I'll figure out a place to post it so it won't get taken down. Please comment with any questions, and please share this written tutorial to anyone wanting to expand their creative process when it comes to Perler Beads. I appreciate you reading this! 

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Shadowfan567 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for joining the Perler bead artists!
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Misuzee Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is totally stunning!
I must watch you to see more!! :3 Love it!
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Espeonlover13 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Holy crap u have the best username ive ever seen on dA (Btw ty for the trade)
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THANKS FOR THE TRADE IM NOW ONE POINT CLOSER TO A PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP 
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Coolio. Glad to help. ^_^
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Crayons68 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
THANKS AGAIN SO SO SO MUCH
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happy birthday!!
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Happy Birthday! :D
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Happy birthday, man! I hope it is fabulous and that you find money on the ground!
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Happy birthday! ^w^
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