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perler takeover

we were at the craft store last weekend, a place I try to avoid because there's always SOMETHING I can't resist, you know how it is, but marc had his big local burning man thing coming up and was making himself a light up tutu. anyway they had perler beads on sale and josie hadn't ever done them before but dang it, I loved these things as a kid. so that's what happened.

we got this kit:

it's fun, and josie's great at it. gets a little frustrated when she's tired, got really pissed off once when we bumped a board and beads went scattering everywhere. little sis tried to eat a few beads but just chewed them up and spit them out. gross.

the only problem with the kit is the colors.

I am pretty good at seeing colors, I think... my husband and father are colorblind so I can totally out-see those guys on the dot tests, I know something's right!

but these beads are a new story. I think all the hot pinks are hot pink. But Josie sees something totally different, apparently. She knows that between the little color bins, the hot pink shifted a bit. then there's the white and light yellow, ugh. and the bright teal and bright blue.

no we did were not able to leave the little bins all separated. there's a two year old involved, for heavens' sake.

but back to the colors... I can't win. They look okay to me unless I STARE at them. She sees the differences right away, so any time she can't find a color and I try to help, it means bad things.

oh well.


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Sep. 25th, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
They had a thing on NPR (I think it was Radio Lab) a couple months back about people who could see a broader color spectrum and discern very subtle differences. Women appear more likely to have this ability, but it was noted that people who do art or design specifically can learn to discern them as well.
Sep. 27th, 2015 02:28 am (UTC)
Was it about tetrachomacy?
Oct. 1st, 2015 04:10 am (UTC)
I believe that would be the term! Interesting stuff!
Sep. 25th, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
I had these as a kid! I remember the colors being difficult then too. :(

I've been trying to figure out what I did with mine so I can give them to Kiley. I used to have them in a big Tupperware container, but I can't for the life of me, remember WHERE they are. :(
Sep. 25th, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
Josie is like me. It's unfathomable to me how many people really can't see color nuances. I took a Munsell color test and only got three wrong, so I felt validated in my perception that I do see more shades than most people. However, I no longer argue with people, but just note in my mind that they don't know what they are talking about an move on.

Edited at 2015-09-25 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sep. 25th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
good to know I am not alone!! It drove me mad!! I can pick out the light teal from the blue if there are like 5 blues and one teal but randomly i feel I am straining my eyes! :S
Sep. 25th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Perler/Hama beads are so much fun! I've been making motifs for family and friends :) Mine are here and here
Sep. 25th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, crafty places are dangerous for me, too. Not as dangerous as book stores, but dangerous enough. FanSee
Sep. 25th, 2015 06:43 pm (UTC)

Super fun! As I recall there's two shades of light blue that are also very close together.

Sep. 25th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah there are some really subtle color differences...

marc had his big local burning man thing coming up and was making himself a light up tutu
Sep. 27th, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
When I was in preschool, we had some "writing" assignment. Our teacher said we could use any color crayon to do it except yellow because she couldnt read it.

I of course, being a smarty britches grabbed a yellow to test this out with.


I don't think I would feel that way any more :}
Sep. 27th, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
Also, Josie needs to come over and sort my perler beads for me. I have some white that I could just swear were the faintest cream. But I can't tell.
Sep. 28th, 2015 07:46 am (UTC)
Two years ago we did perler stuff for decorating our christmas tree with pixel art :) (can look up pics, if interested). I'm very anal about the colors, too, but then I have good color vision *and* I'm a designer, so ... ;)
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