Hama Beads Elephant, Giraffe, Lion & Camel Pegboard Set
Create brilliant designs and decorations
Simple to use, they help develop a child’s creativity
Contents: 4 pegboards: 1 Elephant, 1 Giraffe, 1 Lion, 1 Camel
Create sensible designs and decorations
Easy to make use of, they lend a hand strengthen a kid’s creativity
Contents: 4 pegboards: 1 Elephant, 1 Giraffe, 1 Lion, 1 Camel
Hama Beads: Elephant, Giraffe, Lion and Camel Pegboard Set. Make a unique pegboard scene using Hama Beads! This set comes with 4 animal peg faces which you can use to customize your scene. A great introduction to the world of Hama Beads for young children. Includes 40 design sheets and makes 12 finished designs. Ages 3+.
Hama is a crafting toy that many people who grew up in the 1980’s will recognize as they were first introduced to it by their grandmother or aunt. Many people probably remember sitting at a kitchen table listening to an adult or older sibling (if you’re lucky) help them place tiny coloured beads onto round plastic boards and then carefully ironing over them to melt the beads into a flat picture. It was always something we looked forward to doing and I for one loved watching those thin strips of paper turn into a colourful picture before my eyes as I ironed over it with the thick metal (or thick as it seemed at the time) Hama Iron. The first thing that comes to mind when someone says “Hama Beads” is those individual thin plastic boards where you position those small coloured beads in order to make a design. But what many people may not know or remember about Hama Beads is that they also came in other shapes and forms such as:
* Pegboards: This set contains four 2 1/4 x 3 inch pegs which you can use to make your bead creations.
* Stamps: Design templates made of thin sheets of rubber which you can place paper or other similar materials on top of and using a stylus press down to create an imprint.
* Rivets & Pins: Metal pieces that are placed into pre-drilled holes in order to allow the beads not to fall out when they are melted together. The rivet has one flat head and is placed with that head facing up, while the pin has two heads, one on each side with both pointing down towards the pegboard.
* 3D Beads: These were probably my favourite because they allowed children (or anyone really) to make solid 3 dimensional designs that could be attached to magnets.
(From left to right) Pegboard, Stamp, Rivet & Pin, 3D Beads
* Mosaic: This was my personal favourite because I enjoy art and it allowed me to be creative. It consisted of a plastic keychain ring which you place beads onto so that they can dry flat or in any shape you wish them to form. Then, when the plastic is removed you’re left with your own individual design. They can be hung up on a wall by using nails or placed into lockets/pendants for pendants or bracelets for someone who wears one.
* Puffy Paint: These were not actually made by Hama but rather another company called “Novelty House” (who also made 3D Beads) but were compatible with all Hama products. They are small containers filled with white puffy paint that you use the iron on to melt the beads so they fuse together and become solid.
* Reusable Stencils: Like stamping, this also allowed users to place the paper onto a plastic stencil which could be removed much like a frisket or mask allowing for multiple sheets of paper to use the same design template over and over again.
*Photo Frames & Nameplates: These are just what they sound like, photo frames which you use your own pictures in as well as nameplates where you can write your name or words onto them. There are many other things that I either do not recall or were never introduced to such as wallpaper, adhesive sheets and glitter.
All of these items can be purchased at places like Walmart & Michaels or online through the likes of Amazon.com
One last thing you should know about Hama is that although it may seem difficult for someone who has never worked with them before, I assure you that it’s actually quite easy once you get the hang of it. Here are a few tips & tricks that everyone should know when working with this medium: 1) It is best to iron over the beads from left to right (or vice versa). The reverse will cause problems because some beads burn quickly while others take a while and by moving in this direction your work won’t come undone. 2) Each pegboard has a number on it ranging from 1-8 which tells you how many beads are required to make the design. 3) Work with individual colours rather than mixing them together as it can cause unwanted problems such as burning or non-adhesion of the beads causing them to fall off when they are melted onto another piece. 4) When using pegboards, remember that designs will look different on each board due to perspective. For example, if you have a giraffe and elephant facing left/right then what is in the back will most likely look bigger because it’s farther away, therefore, requires more beads to complete whereas something in front may not require as many. 5) Always iron over your image twice so that it will fuse together as much as possible.
Pros: It is incredibly fun and addicting, it can teach patience, children learn shapes & colours while playing with them (especially the 3D ones), they are extremely inexpensive for what you get, kids can make their own designs rather than buying some at a store (for example my best friend made me some Hama beads which she melted into the shape of two people holding hands standing next to each other. She took her time to make it exactly how she wanted it and when I saw the final product I was like “wow.” Con: Some people dislike that you can’t choose your design (so if they want a specific one then they either have to use their imagination or you’d have to be really nice and offer to make them something). Although Hama is compatible with Puffy Paint, Reusable Stencils & Photo Frames it’s best not to mix all three together. For example, don’t put puffy paint onto reusable stencils because whatever touches the paper will go directly onto it which isn’t good when trying to reuse the same design over again. Generally speaking, do one at a time so there aren’t any problems in the next step.
Troubleshooting: If you’ve done everything correctly and your Hama beads haven’t fused together don’t panic; it’s probably because there was too much moisture in the air (i.e. it was humid outside) which prevented them from adhering to each other properly. The best solution is to put them into a Ziplock bag with a dryer sheet (the kind that you stick inside of clothes to make them smell fresh) and let them sit for about one day at room temperature. It should work perfectly afterwards, if not then sometimes putting your project away like under your bed or somewhere else out of sight for a week and then trying again will do the trick as well (I’m not sure why it works like that, but it has for me).