Projects > Perler beads > Six-sided die (cube, dice, d6, 3D)
Here's a fast and easy project where you can make a three-dimensional cube out of Perler beads (or Hama beads). The sides of the cube snap together with a little coaxing; no glue is required. By using two colors of beads, you can create a six-sided die. Alternately, you can get creative and add any 5x5 design to each face.
The cube shown here is about 1 3/8" (3.5cm), about twice the size of regular dice. As a die, it doesn't roll spectacularly well; the material tends to absorb the bounce you'd expect from a regular die. (I've also written a set of instructions for other sizes of cubes, if you're interested in getting creative after trying this project.)
You will need:
197 Perler beads of the main color
21 Perler beads of the color of the pips
a square pegboard (a 6" one will let you make all six faces at once; with a 3" one, you'll need to make one face at a time)
standard Perler gear ironing paper, an iron, bead tweezers or a toothpick to help place the beads
If you're not familiar with how to fuse Perler beads, please read these instructions on the manufacturer's site.
Here is the pattern for the six faces. You can make all six sides at once on a large pegboard; if you only have the small pegboard, make them one at a time.
Here is a photo of the fused pieces. The side you're seeing of each piece is the side that will be on the outside of the assembled cube.
To perfectly mimic the pip (dot) placement on a standard die, arrange the six pieces like this. The 1 will be the top, the 6 will be the bottom, and the 3, 5, 4 and 2 will wrap around the sides, with the 2 meeting the 3 at an edge.
Join the 4 and the 6 together at a right angle, using the front of the 6 side as the bottom of the cube and the 4 facing you. (The photo below would be the two faces as seen from slightly below.) It will take some coaxing to get the pieces to snap together. It may help to push on the flat side of a bead with the eraser end of a pencil to help force it int the gap.
Continue to add sides which connect to the bottom. The 2 will connect with the 4 and 6. The 3 will connect with the 2 and the 6. The 5 will connect to the 3, 6 and 4. Finally, add the 1 to close the cube.
Here are instructions for other sizes of cubes, including a more elegant 7-bead-wide cube pattern than this one,
Hope you've enjoyed this project!
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