Saturday, 9 December 2017

CADET ACTIVITY: Fuse Bead Comms Badge

Fuse beads (otherwise known as Perler or Hama beads) are fun and really easy to do. You simply arrange your beads on the board and then press with an iron to fuse the beads together to make coasters, mats and trinkets. This design is a superb one for the Trekkie. To complete the project you will need a selection of fuse beads, a bead board, a sheet of greaseproof paper and an iron.


  1. The boards come in a number of shapes and sizes, but you can easily use a square one for this project. Just rotate it so that it is diamond-shaped before you start placing your beads. However, you could use a hexagonal one.
  2. Lay your beads on the board as per the pattern below. Note that the pattern is reversed. This is because you are working on the reverse of the finished project.
  3. You may need to ask mum or dad to help you with this bit because once you have placed all your beads and you are happy with the design, place a sheet of greaseproof paper over the beads (otherwise you'll just melt them onto the iron and get mum or dad steaming!) and then gently iron the beads down. They will slowly melt and fuse together. Be careful not to overdo it though.

    Here's another idea for your creation. Why not stick them to the front of a book?

    Saturday, 2 December 2017

    ANDORIANS: Know your races.

    Three races of Andorians are identified: the predominant Thallassan, with high, knobby antennae; Talish, who have forward, tendril-like antennae; and Bish'ee, who have diminishing antennae standing straight out from their head. The Aenar are an albino sub-race of the Bish’ee.
    Aenar are blind, telepathic cave dwellers that live on the far north of the planet in underground cities. Until recently, they were considered a myth, but they have now been proven to exist. Only a handful of Andorians have ever seen them, though, as they are extremely secretive. They are also pacifists, or at least they were.