How to use Hama Beads
The traditional way to use Hama Beads is by placing them one-by-one onto the pegs of a Hama pegboard. Some people make a design in this way, then tip the Hama Beads off the pegboard to reuse and start again.
Other people choose to thread Hama Beads – you can find out more about this technique in Midi & Mini Hama Beads Design Inspiration Book 15.
However, if you would like to keep your design, the Hama Beads can be ironed together. This slightly melts each Hama Bead to the next at one end, so the complete design can be removed from the pegboard as one.
Remember, both pegboards and Ironing Paper can be reused.
Before you begin:
Please note that ironing must be done by an adult or a supervised child.
Hama Pegboards will not warp if the instructions below are followed.
The exact temperature may vary from iron to iron, but the “cotton” setting is generally recommended.
Make sure that every Hama Bead is beside another. The more Hama Beads that surround a single bead, the stronger the final design will be.
When you are ready:
Place Ironing Paper over the completed Hama Beads design
Apply the iron to the Ironing Paper for a few seconds using smooth, circular movements – never hold the iron completely still
The colour of the Hama Beads will become more clearly visible through the Ironing Paper as they melt
Carefully remove the Ironing Paper, but leave the Hama Beads design to cool for a couple of minutes before removing it from the pegboard
Repeat the process if necessary