Don't you hate it when a headline promises you something which the author can't deliver later on? Well, I guess I'm guilty of that. Of course you can't build a robot with perler beads. But you can build something that looks like a robot. So here we go:
Step 1: What you need
There are many companies that offer these pearls. One of the cheapest sources is IKEA. They sell them in boxes of thousands - opaque and translucent. The number of colors is limited though. So I buy them also on fleamarkets and on ebay.
For this project I use the big plate with the rectangular grid.
You also need a sheet of baking paper to iron the beads later on.
Step 2: Use a template or start from scratch?
The template you see here is from this great cross-stitching tutorial by Muhaiminah Faiz. It is a little too large for most perlerbead-boards. So I started with the LED-sign I made earlier. That I made from scratch. Personally I like tinkering, placing and removing pixels until I get the result I want.
Step 3: Place the pearls
I start at the bottom and build my way up. Here and there I removed pearls and replaced them until I was sastisfied. The limbs were orange at first but I think the orange was too dark, so I made them yellow. The head also got a little higher.