This Zelda perler beads artwork is of Link, from the game Zelda: Ocarina of Time, from 1998. OOT had a huge influence on my early teenage years! The game was fun, the map had a lot to explore, the story was quite deep and the soundtrack memorable. In fact, it’s still the favorite game of the Zelda franchise to many people.

I found this Zelda perler pattern on Instagram, by user @_pixelated.pixie_ then slightly changed the appearance of the sword and shield. I used Artkal and Perler brand beads. Altogether, it took me about 4 hours to set up the beads and complete the ironing.

I used the masking tape technique to pull it off the pegboards and iron both sides equally.

Halfway, I caught Dark Link looking at me. Spooky!!

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