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Full MLP poster bead Mosaic by rphb Full MLP poster bead Mosaic by rphb

This is my sixth and final compound picture of my mega mini bead project of the season 1 poster. shugotheripper.deviantart.com/…

Mini beads are from
Hama www.hama.dk/welcome-to-a-color… and is about 2,5mm in diameter, half the size of a regular bead.

This final picture contains 308 squares of 56^2 beads equal 965’888 beads.

Its is 1,92 meters high and 3,01 meters wide.

The hight/wide ratio is as you can properly see very close to φ, the golden mean that is (√5+1)/2

I started the project on the 3rd of November 2012 and have finished today on the 24th of Marts 2014, meaning that it have taken me 1 and a half year to make. The mosaic constitutes a half years of full time work, but I have for natural reasons not worked full time on it. Each square takes between 1 and 4 hours to make dependent on its complexity.

In monetary terms I have spend an amount that is approximately equal to 1000 USD on materials.

However this is NOT a world record. At the time I started the project it would have been in the number of beads, but before I could finish it even that had been beat. And it was never going to be recognized anyway as Guinness measure their mosaics in absolute dimensions rather then in complexity. I have however completed this project entirely on my own.


Also note that some of the bead colours are distorted due to the scanning, the most obvious example is Pinkie's and Spitfire's hair as well as the logo, just so you know that her hair is not actually the wrong colour it only looks like that here, due to the scanning process.


UPDATE
I have taken a new photo of the mosaic with the sun in the background so you can see how it looks in naturel light.

rphb.deviantart.com/art/MLP-po…

Seen in Equestria Daily the 30th of Marts 2014
www.equestriadaily.com/2014_03…
www.equestriadaily.com/2014/03…

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Sir-Herp Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow, very impressive! I'm surprised this doesn't have more comments/faves; maybe you should add more than one tag and add "hama" to the title? 

By the way! Did you know this was featured on Hama's site? (That's how I discovered it!)  
They typed your username wrong in the link, but I sent them an email already.
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rphb Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
oh shit, I made a typo, it is 314cm wide not 301, well it doesn't matter now
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llirbwerdnadivad Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016
Impressive. :)
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ThomasDash Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
how much points does this poster cost
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rphb Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
I don't understand the question.
And this is not a poster, it is a bead mosaic OF a poster, try pressing the green download bottom to view it in HD and follow the link to the picture I took of the mosaic on my parents lawn.
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ThomasDash Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Okay
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Dont-Matter Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
how what WHEN HOW!!?!?!?!?!
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:iconrphb:
rphb Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
was there anything in my description that was unclear?
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Dont-Matter Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
i didnt read it sorry
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JAZRA Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome job!
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phantasm818 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely amazing! The dedication that went into this is insane. I didn't even realize these were mini's at first, which makes it even crazier! Hats off to you :juggle:
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rphb Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Thou art wrong, it didn't require much education. Its like a snowball, once it have picked up enough speed and size, its impossible to stop.
Its called a flow, the hard part is not continuing, it is starting.
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phantasm818 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I said dedication, not education lol. Such a force cannot be contained
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rphb Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
it was a spelling mistake, look at my comment, "education" does not make sense.
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:iconphantasm818:
phantasm818 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great work regardless! Any plans to do something of this scale again?
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rphb Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
I did, but I don't know if I am physically able. Last fall I was in a terrible traffic accident, where I had to spend several months in intensive care hovering between life and death. I am still under rehabilitation training and my left arm was one that was worst hit that suffered multiple severe fractures, and I am left handed.
I have been though major one reconstruction surgery in my elbow.
So I don't know.
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phantasm818 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh wow that's terrible :( Glad you're alright. So sorry you had to go through that! I hope you full recovery as soon as possible!!
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rphb Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
I was maimed, maimed is not alright. My left arm can never get back to what it was.
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BRiTT-Entertainment Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you put a lot of effort into this! Nice work!
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rphb Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Thanks, I hope to make other giant projects later, but it will be difficult unless the doctors are able to reconstruct my hand to pre-accident working condition.
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BRiTT-Entertainment Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a hand injury? God, I didn't even know!

Hope you get better! Heart 
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rphb Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Trust me, getting run over by a speeding car and having to spend several months in intensive care gives more then a hand injury. Luckily I can't remember most of it as I was in a coma.
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BRiTT-Entertainment Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that doesn't sound fun.
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rphb Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
no
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Cooper31 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very retro!
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rphb Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
retro?
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Cooper31 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't get me wrong: the colours come out in a bold, dark sort of way! Like acrilic sort of method! Back in the days were colour was limited. Otherwise it looks awesome! Apology for complicating things!
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rphb Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
As is written in the description (and the link is also there), the colours in the picture is distorted due to the scanning method, so I took a picture in natural light for colour reference: rphb.deviantart.com/art/MLP-po…
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Cooper31 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So it's a scanning error then?
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:iconrphb:
rphb Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
no, scanning them just do that, its fluorescence
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BallaRinas Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Interface Designer
This is all made out of beads, talk about hardcore. Congratulations on your finished work!
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Flyntendo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The planning that went into this must have been insane.

Did you reduce the colour palette of the image to match the available Hama bead colours, then calculate the frequency of each colour to order them in bulk, or just buy a load of most colours and use whichever one most closely matched the poster? Either way, this is an amazing feat of skill and dedication! Well done!
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rphb Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Honestly I think thou misunderstood the concept. This is not about planning it is about tenacity. It is about starting and then just keep going. It is about dividing this huge thing into small pieces. 308 in this case. The longest took 4 hours and the more simple ones were significantly faster to make.
I remember when I started. September 3th 2012, dear M11. These big eyes, I just wanted to see this one piece. Then then I wanted to see her mouth, making M12, then the back of her head and cutiemark, making L11 and L12, and then with half of Twilights face I wanted to see the other half too.
It spreed from there in a similar fashion, I just wanted to see how the next square added would look like. I didn't have my eyes at the end goal, because I couldn't see that anyway, I just wanted to make one more square.
It took a long while before I reached the point where I thought that I could actually finish it. After completing my master I became possessed and used every waking hour making 2 sometimes 3 or even 4 squares a day. But after finishing Celestia, I had worn myself out. I needed a break and didn't make anything for the next three months. Hypnotoad helped me get back in the game, and after Luna, all that was missing was the centersky and the borders. I remember empting the the entire city for green 16, and a time earlier where I ran out of blue 46 while my bike was on and got completly desperate to get more, so I wasted 3 hours on a bus, in a wasted attempt to get more.
I felt a loss when I finally put my initials at the last square A14, and the project was finished, what was I too do now?
So no, planning was not part of the process, but making it was filled with so much joy. I am still looking for the perfect motive for my next one, because I really want to make another.
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Flyntendo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, okay. I just thought that with such a large scale you'd need to plan out materials way in advance, and have an organised method for constructing it. I made a Hama bead poster a couple of months ago with almost 3000 beads, and I'd decided it would be easier to know the exact quantities of each colour before starting, then made it in roughly 25x25 bead squares. I'd already converted the picture I was re-creating into a four-colour bitmap, so I could re-create it pixel-for-pixel, but that's just the way I do things. For a large project such as this I can see how it would be easier to make it up as you go along and buy more beads if you can se you're running out.

As for the time and dedication, that I fully understand. I spent the best part of 2 years working on a suit of Halo armour while I was away from uni, and it must have consumed over 300 hours in total. I began just experimenting with the concept of papercraft, then decided to make a complete helmet that could be used on its own for fancy dress. By the time I fibreglassed it I realised it was a fairly easy process, and started making other small parts like the hands and forearm armour, and by that point I knew it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to make the full suit. The only planning needed for that other than buying materials was to re-size all the parts to match my height.
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rphb Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Exactly a big project is impossible to make, but it is not impossible to make small parts of it, to the point that these many small parts put together equals the big project.

Now 3000 is not something I consider big, I use mini hama beads which are 2,5mm in diameter, and each square is 56 x 56 beads equal 3136 beads
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rphb Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
plan? who needs plans. I just wang it.
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Markuma Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Looks great! so much work had to have gone into this. :D
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TheFieryHawk Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I hope Twilight Sparkle appears in Generation 5.
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rphb Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
1) why would there be a generation 5
2) why would the most hated scrappy like charecter in g4 make an appearance if they ever manage to selvage this disaster to restart a new show in 20 years?
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TheFieryHawk Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ugh nevermind
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Quentin904 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your telling me that You made that out of seed beads. No frakking way.
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rphb Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
I don't know what seed beads are, but if you press the green download bottom you can see it in enogh details to see the individual beads.
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DEVIOUS-DISCORD-RP Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
this is pretty awesome.
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Hama-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You made this from hama mini beads? holy f***. That's so impressive.
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missael111796 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
You made this. From beads!?
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rphb Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
yes, try pressing the green download button to see it in high definition, (I found problems with this in explore but it works fine in firefox, and properly also works in other browsers)
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dingosnivysprint12 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That looked pretty tough to draw! Props to you sugarcube :D 
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HeyLookASign Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You sir are crazy. But the good kinda crazy. MY kinda crazy. Props
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Kyohaku Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This...is...awesome!!!
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
WOW!!
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