I've really been enjoying my mini Hama beads lately. I blogged before about my mini Hama bead Christmas decorations, and for Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a big pack of the tiny beads and an inspiration book. The inspiration book is very helpful, because I've found that unlike the midi beads there aren't a lot of ideas out there online for the mini beads. They are obviously not so popular, or perhaps not so widely known about.
The mini beads are about a third of the size of the standard midi beads. You can also buy maxi beads which are very big and aimed at younger children, although mine have just gone straight onto the midi beads. They really are tiny, the only way to place them onto the pegboard is by using tweezers, and they can be a bit fiddly and susceptible to jolting out of position. Definitely one for older children and adults, the suggested age range is 10+.
The pack of mixed beads contains a very good selection of colours. You do have to be a bit careful, because many of the colours have very similar shades, so it's best to work in daylight if you can, or at least check over your design in daylight before you iron it! When ironing, you need to be very careful that the iron is not too hot and that you don't press for too long, as the little beads melt very quickly.
I really like how they look when they are ironed. They remind me a lot of cross stitch, because the beads are about the same size as a stitch. You could easily use a cross stitch pattern for mini Hama beads. You can make designs that are a little more complex because they are so small, so using lots of shading with different coloured beads, and adding plenty of extra detail.
If you've tried mini Hama beads I'd love to see what you've created!
Please note that these aren't my own designs, the flowers and dragonfly come from a Mini Hama bead flowers kit, the violin and Easter egg are from the inspiration book ('Inspiration 13') and the owl design can be found here.