Yelena is the winner! (I just put all the various "bead" guesses in a hat and drew one.)
The giant Obama picture at the Crafts Convention was made of those Perler Beads.
Here is a detailed shot of the lapel pin.
Pretty amazing, huh?
Click on this to read all about it. It was up for the highest bid at the convention. There weren't any bids when I saw it. I think this kind of thing belongs in his future presidential library. The Reagan Library has all sorts of cool things school kids and crafters the world over made for him.
This is another project using the same beads on display at the convention. Kids love to make things with those beads, but I have never known what to do with the finished project. They just seem to be these fragile bits that hang around until they break. Framing them in a shadow box is a really cute idea.
Yelena, I'll be sending you those magazines soon!