I’ll never forget when my girls received a giant bucket of these iron-on beads. Never in my life have I seen so many tiny, colorful pieces of plastic.
With all these beads, my girls would use the provided bead holder frame and create all kinds of shapes and 2D designs. Once all the beads were in place, they would place a hot iron on them, and the beads would fuse (more like melt) together, and then their creation could be removed from the frame.
My desk at work was filled with these colorful beads of plastic creations given to me from my girls.
Here are some 8-bit inspired fuse bead creations:
This person created a fully operational NES controller!
A stop-motion animated rendition of Super Mario Bros.: