PixelHobby is a new mini-mosaic craft. With it you can create custom designs from your cherished photographs or choose from ready-to-assemble kits. PixelHobby designs can range in size from 4"x5" to any combination of 4"x5" increments. Designs can range from just a few colors up to 300 colors. Click here to see some examples. The following sections explain the parts of a PixelHobby design and how designs are assembled.
Pixelhobby is intended for ages 13 and older due to the amount of patience required and the small parts involved.
PixelHobby designs are based upon small plastic tiles called Pixels. Pixels are available in over 300 beautiful colors. The molding process creates a soft plastic tile with a matte finish. The pixel size allows detailed designs to be created without being too intricate.
Pixels of a particular color are sold by the Pixel Square. A pixel square includes 140 pixels as shown below.
The color number of the pixel square is molded onto the back of the square in the center. This makes it very easy to identify each color. During assembly, a pixel is removed from a pixel square simply by pulling it using tweezers.
PixelHobby baseplates hold the pixels of a design. A baseplate is 4 inches x 5 inches in size and accommodates 2000 pixels. Baseplates are made of clear plastic.
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Each pixel location on a baseplate provides a small peg onto which a pixel is positioned. No adhesive is necessary to hold a pixel onto a baseplate since a snug fit occurs between the pixel and baseplate peg.
Designs are worked by pulling-off a pixel from a pixel square using tweezers, and then positioning the pixel onto a peg of a baseplate. Design sheets, either provided with a kit or printed using the PixelHobby software, make it very easy to know where to place each pixel of a design. An example sheet is shown below.
Design sheets include either 2 or 4 large rectangles with symbols inside. Each rectangle is called a design rectangle. During assembly, a baseplate (which you can see through) is positioned over a design rectangle and then the symbols under it are read to determine what color should be used. A symbol key is shown next to each design rectangle. Only four colors are shown per design rectangle to make it easier to locate the symbols. As a result, each baseplate of a design will usually require several design rectangles.
Working a Design
A design is worked by taking the first design sheet, positioning an empty baseplate over the first design rectangle, and then covering all of the symbols shown with the corresponding pixel color. The baseplate is then moved to the next design rectangle and the next group of colors are added. This is repeated until the baseplate is completely filled. For designs that use multiple baseplates, this procedure is then continued for the remaining baseplates of the design. If several people will be helping with the project, then each person can be assigned a baseplate to assemble. This makes PixelHobby a great family project.
After all of the baseplates of the design are completed, the full design is assembled by taping the back sides of the plates together using a sturdy clear tape. The completed masterpiece can then be framed for display.
Click here for a step-by-step assembly guide and additional tips.
Time and Cost
The time needed to fill a baseplate will depend upon the number of colors used on the plate, the pace you set for yourself, and your skill level. Typical times range from 4 hours to 7 hours.
The cost for a design will depending upon the number of colors used and the number of baseplates. For estimating the cost of a design, you can use $7 per baseplate as a good rule-of-thumb. To find the exact cost of a design that you have created with the PixelHobby Designer software, just click the Submit Order button of the program. This will upload the parts list for the design to a shopping cart on this web site and then give you a total (minus taxes and shipping). You are under no obligation to purchase the order after submitting the parts list.
Custom PixelHobby designs can be created from your own photographs or other digital artwork. Our FREE PixelHobby Designer software makes it very easy to create your own designs. Use it to convert your picture, print-out the design sheets, and then order the supplies needed for the design.
Off-the-shelf kits are also available. These kits include the design sheets, pixels, and baseplates needed for the design. Since this is a new product, we will be offering more and more kits to choose from over the coming months.
As with any new craft or hobby, we recommend that you start with an easier design. We currently offer several 1-baseplate kits to choose from. Please visit the Kits section of our Online Store for more information. You can also use the PixelHobby Design software to create your first design. In that case, we recommend that you use either one or two baseplates for your first design.