I am a high school art teacher. A few years ago a student create a pixelated self-portrait using Perler beads. Afterwards, I took the leftover beads and showed my son how to make characters from his favorite video games. He lost interest and I became obsessed. I started designing and peddling my own tiny 8-bit versions of pop culture characters here in Cincinnati, Ohio. At a local craft fair, a customer requested a melty bead version of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA. I loved the idea o...