Bead Colors Needed:
- Prickly Pear - 6
- Purple - 90
- Dark Grey - 139
- Black - 238
You will also need:
- 2 large square pegboards
- Scissors and clear tape
- A household iron and ironing paper
- Three red adhesive gems
- Thread or cord for hanging
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here.
Download the PDF for the Vampire Bat Project Pattern. Assemble the 2 square pegboards side by side to create your project. If you are using clear pegboards, slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. Place your beads following the pattern.
Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.
Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.
Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.
ASSEMBLY: Thread a hanger through the bat’s head. Add red adhesive gems for the eyes and mouth.