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Pirate Skull
Pirate Skull
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Pirate Skull

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Make this fierce pirate skull for a scary Halloween decoration at your door, party table, or trunk-or-treat event.

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Hot Coral - 146
  • Red - 486
  • Rust - 250
  • Brown - 228
  • Prickly Pear - 264
  • Kiwi Lime - 522
  • Light Grey - 140
  • Grey - 202
  • Dark Grey - 339
  • Black - 131
  • White - 135

You will also need:

  • 4 large square pegboards
  • Scissors and clear tape
  • A household iron and ironing paper
  • Tweezers
  • Two red adhesive gems
  • Thread or cord for a hanger
  • Two 14" square pieces of cardboard

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here.

Step: 2

CREATING THE DESIGN: Download the PDF for the Pirate Skull Project Pattern. Assemble 4 large square pegboards in a square to create your project, placing them on one of the large pieces of cardboard on a heat-safe surface that you can later use for fusing. Cut out and tape together the pattern quadrants. If you are using clear pegboards, slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. Place your beads following the pattern.

Step: 3

FUSING THE DESIGN: An adult should do this step. You can use our Standard Fusing Method explained here, or for large projects on multiple pegboards such as these, you might prefer to use the Tape Method (use for classic beads only; this method is NOT suitable for Mini Beads). Whichever you choose, take your time, be patient, and work methodically.

Standard Fusing Method:

  • Set a household iron to the medium setting.
  • When working this large design on 4 pegboards, you’ll want to fuse an area at a time.
  • Place ironing paper over the section of the design you will fuse. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project.
  • Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly, but it’s possible additional heating time may be required. We like the look of the beads being well connected but still having open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON—the beads can close up and flatten which would make the assembly of your project more challenging.
  • As you finish an area, move the ironing paper to the next area and fuse it, until all areas have been ironed.
  • Remove the paper and check your fusing—you can do additional spot-fusing as needed. When the entire design is fused, let it cool.
  • Once you are satisfied, cover the design with the second piece of cardboard so that the design and pegboards are sandwiched between the two pieces of cardboard. Flip the design over.
  • Repeat the fusing, then weight the design with heavy books and let it cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Check again to make sure your project is securely fused. Note: Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.
Step: 4

ASSEMBLY: Create a hanger by running thread or cord through beads near the top and knotting securely on the back.