Minimalist Posters of Celebrities Made With Perler Beads

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Remember perler beads? The tiny plastic bits you played with as a kid? Wisconsin-based artist Steve Moore, aka PXL8R, hasn’t given it up. He’s created a series of celebrity portraits by arranging and ironing together the perler beads. Spotted by DesignBoom, each mosaic is 11″ x 11″ of uncanny. It’s IRL bit art! It’s art ‘n’ crafts Chuck Close! It’s reminiscent of the work of Jason Mecier, INVADER and Vik Muniz, but… did we mention he uses perler beads? Pretty cool. Each piece takes four hours of arranging, digital editing and, of course, careful ironing. From Stephen Colbert to Christopher Walken to Tina Fey, check out a selection of beady celebrities in our gallery.

Perler Stephen Colbert. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler Snoop Dogg. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler Britney Spears. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler Peewee Herman. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler Larry David. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler Scarlett Johansson. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler Christopher Walken Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler Tina Fey. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler Steve Buscemi. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r

Perler John Lennon. Image credit: Steve Moore/pxl8r