PixelHobby is a mini-mosaic craft. You can create custom designs from your cherished photographs or choose from ready-to-assemble kits. PixelHobby designs are available in a wide range of sizes. Designs can range from just a few colors up to 312 colors. Click here to see some examples. The following sections explain the PixelHobby components 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. The molding process creates a soft plastic tile with a matte finish. Two sizes are available: standard and XL. Standard pixels are smaller and come in over 300 colors. XL pixels are larger and are available in a limited palette.
Pixels of a particular color are sold by the Pixel Square. A pixel square of standard-sizes pixels 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. Baseplates are made of clear plastic. Each pixel location on a baseplate provides a small peg onto which a pixel is placed. No adhesive is necessary since pixels fit snuggly onto a baseplate peg. Three plateplate sizes are available.
Connect plates using connectors to create larger designs (right picture).
This size is great for small designs.
This size is great for creating ornaments or pendants. Click for free designs.
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 2 or more 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 colors to use and where to place the pixels. 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, so each baseplate of a design will usually require several design rectangles.
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. 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 work a separate plate. This makes PixelHobby a great family or group project.
After all baseplates are filled, the full design is assembled by attaching the plates together using plate connectors. The connectors snap in place and hold the plates tightly together. The completed masterpiece can then be framed for display.
Click here for a step-by-step assembly guide and additional tips.
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. To find the cost (minus taxes and shipping) of a custom design you have created with the PixelHobby Designer application, just click the Price Quote button in the program. You are under no obligation to purchase the order after getting the cost.
Custom PixelHobby designs can be created from your own photographs or other digital artwork. Our FREE PixelHobby Designer application 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.
We offer over 500 ready-to-assemble kits. These kits include the design sheets, pixels, and baseplates needed for the design. Click here to browse our kits. For free designs using the XL pixel size, please click here.
As with any new craft or hobby, we recommend that you start with an easier design. Please visit the Kits section of our Online Store to browse our kits. You can also use the PixelHobby Designer application to create your first design.