Published on August 3rd, 2015 | by Chantale Pard
Anime Club Crafts 2.0
Since my last post discussed various Anime Club crafts for the budget conscious, today I thought I’d focus on a few crafts for those of you who have a programming budget to work with. These crafts have always been favorites in my Anime Club, so if you’ve got the funds, I think they’re worth the price. I’ve done each of these crafts multiple times over and even still have leftovers from my initial purchases.
A tried and true Anime Club craft! The last library I worked at had a Tecre 125 (1.25”) round button making machine, so I was well aware of its magical powers when I started my current job. When I first started this positon, I was given the option to request a few programming materials from the end of year budget funds. I knew immediately that my first request would be one of these beauties! Because it’s so expensive ($250), my request was accepted on the condition that it would be purchased for the entire system. It lives with our regional Children’s Services collection, and I (or any of the other 13 branches) simply email them with my requested program date and they send it to me via interoffice mail when the time comes. Our regional kit also includes the necessary button pieces, but I’ve also purchased my own branch stash of these since we make buttons so frequently – nobody wants to be a resource hog!
The machine might look a little confusing when it first arrives, but it won’t take long to learn the ins and outs. I’d recommend watching a how-to video before you start – the second time I tried to use one (at my previous job) my coworker and I put the buttons in upside down on the wrong die and jammed the machine. We had to have someone else (more skilled with tools than I) physically dismantle it. But when it was put back together, then tension was never the same again, which caused a frustrating amount of defective buttons. Apparently you can send them away for repair, but this, too, is expensive. Point of story: it’s a pain in the butt to fix, so educate yourself before you start playing around.
For pictures, I start with this 1.25” template I found online. I just paste it into Microsoft Publisher and then paste Anime pictures over top of the circles (try inserting a circle and format filling it with your chosen image). I like to make sure the picture stretches just past the dotted line which is where the paper wraps around the back of the button. If you don’t and the image shifts even in the slightest, you’ll have an ugly dotted line or white space on the side of your button. Ideally you won’t see anything past the dotted line, but it’s nice to have a buffer just in case. I should also mention that I have not invested in the expensive circle cutters that crafters use to quickly punch out their artwork. My teens simply use a pair of scissors and cut along the solid line.
Perler Beads, Perler Beads, Perler Beads! The possibilities are endless! It’s sometimes hard to convince teens to pick a pattern that they can complete within our 1.5 hour meeting time. I was once successful, however, in keeping half of an un-ironed Hyrulian Shield in my office for an entire week without bumping into it and sending the beads flying, so that one very dedicated teen did manage to talk me into a two week project this summer:
To start, you’ll need an iron. We had one donated by a staff member who had recently upgraded, but I’ve also brought in my own from home once or twice. The actual Perler kits will try and sell you this special “ironing paper”, but don’t let that fool you. It’s wax paper. Go buy your own roll at the grocery store for much cheaper!
Instead of going for a bunch of different kits that include a variety of beads with a single board, I bought a set of these peg boards for my branch, and they’ve been used many times over. I also like to go for the bags of individual color beads, which are fairly cheap. Here’s my Canadian source, but I’m sure you can find something similar in the US.
I like to search for patterns on this website, but you’ll want to limit your search to Perler specific projects. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, you can try Googling “Naruto perler”, “Naruto fuse bead”, or whichever Anime patterns you’re looking for. People might not always post the grid pattern online, but if you enlarge the actual picture of the project, it should work well enough as a map on its own.
I’ll also bring out my trusty glue gun and we normally make these crafts into magnets, barrettes and keychains.
Bottle Cap Jewelry
- 1” Bottle Caps
- 1” Epoxy Stickers
- 1.8 mm Hole Punch
- Jump Rings (you can find these at any craft store)
- Keyrings, magnetic tape, embroidery floss (optional)
(Like the Perler Bead projects, I found it cheaper to buy individual pieces in bulk as opposed to buying pre-made craft store kits)
Similar to the button making template above, you’ll want to paste a template (1” this time) into Publisher and insert circles filled with Anime pictures on top of them. Print and cut on the solid line.
You can use a glue stick (or glue gun for ultimate staying power) to paste the picture on the inside of the bottle cap. You place an epoxy sticker right on top, and voila! It looks like it’s filled with resin!
You then need to make a hole punch on the top edge of the bottle cap, and thread the jump ring through it. Teens can then add their new charm to a friendship bracelet, loom band or a keyring. They can even skip the jump ring all together and hot glue a magnet to the back to show off their favorite fandoms on their school locker.
Interested in Anime Club games? Check back in a couple weeks for my next post!