Not having seen the Force Awakens yet, it is a bit silly to have a favorite character. But still, I do – Captain Phasma. I of course don’t know anything about her, but just the same she is my fave.
What is not to like? She is 6′ 3″ tall, clad in armor and has a totally non-apologetic swagger. Come to think of it, that sounds a lot like another of my favorite TV characters, Brienne of Tarth of Game of Thrones. And of course that is not a coincidence. Gwendoline Christie has become the Amazon of choice, and has become sort of a “patron saint” to us geek girls 6 ft and taller.
Really tall, geeky girls (who don’t quite look like supermodels) have rather few fictional characters we can relate too. If you don’t feel comfortable (out in public) in a leotard or bikini, the cos-play characters of choice often are male and robots. Many of us LIKE armor, swords and helmets, but you only want to be dressed up in “girl” versions of male characters so often.
So when I found out Gwendoline Christie was the Chrome Stormtrooper, I danced a little dance of joy…. And in case you are wondering, there is definitely a chrome stormtrooper costume for me in the future.
Until I get a chance to make one of those, here is the sixth of our TFA patterns, and #35 in the Perler bead/cross stitch/Lego/pixel/mosaic series.
NOTE: We spent A LOT of time making these designs, and are absolutely thrilled to see that they are becoming so popular, but we want to remind you that we should get credit when they are used. So, if you show your work using our designs anywhere (online as well), put a “Pattern © Anette Nam Design” and link to “Maythefourthbewithyouparty.com” somewhere close by. THANK YOU! … and as always, you may not sell any products made with these patterns.)
Needed if you make Perler Bead Coasters:
- Perler Beads (Black, White, Orange, Dark Grey, (Light) Grey
- Tweezers (optional)
- Perler Clear Pegboards
- Removable Tape
- Printout of Pattern (download above image)
- Baking Parchment Paper (Perler Ironing Paper)
- Heavy Object with Flat Bottom
- Cork sheets with Adhesive Backs
- Scissors or X-acto Knife
- Bantha Milk (optional)
- Download and print out the pattern provided (mirror it, if you only plan on ironing on only 1 side).
- Cut out, then tape pattern to the back of the Perler Pegboard so the dots line up with the pegs.
- Add the Perler beads (tweezers are pretty handy if you don’t have a 6 yr old’s tiny fingers).
- Carefully move pegboard to ironing board, place parchment (or Perler ironing paper) on top.
- Iron until the beads start melting together (If you have never done this before, it might take some practice to get it “just right”).
- Let cool for a bit, remove from Perler Pegboard and remove paper.
- Optional: turn over, cover with parchment paper and iron on other side. (put something solid and heatproof underneath to make ironing easier)
- If you only iron on 1 side, place it under something flat and heavy while it cools, to avoid curving.
- Cut cork about 1/4” smaller than the square, affix to the back.
- Don’t forget the Bantha milk. Enjoy!
Usually people iron on both sides of the Perler bead design, but I prefer to only do the back. The designs look crisper and more “pixely”. With the cork on the back, I have not had any problems with the coasters falling apart, but feel free to iron yours on both sides.
Note, if you only plan on iron on only 1 side, you need to mirror the pattern.
Also, the coasters are pretty hard to clean, so try not to get anything too gunky in there.
Perler Beads 1,000 Count-Black
Perler Beads 1,000 Count-White
Perler Beads 1000 Count-Red
Perler Beads 1,000 Count-Dark Grey
Perler Beads 1,000 Count-Grey (Light Grey)
Perler Beads Clear Square Pegboards 4 Pack
Feel free to use these patterns for any personal use – but please do not sell items made with them. Also, feel free to link to this blog so others can download the pattern, but do not download and then re-upload in order to offer them as downloads on your own site/blog. THANKS!