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For halloween I want to be the red guy on the away mission, lol. It's sad cause I don't think a lot of people will get that joke.  Anyways as part of the costume I need a starfleet badge.  As I am a student my budget for this is zero.  So i had to improvise. 
 
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Step 1: Materials

Tools:
-Scissors
-Printer

Materials:
-Glue Stick
-Aluminum Foil
-Card paper (I used business cards)
-badge template

Step 2: Template

Using the internet find an image of the starfleet or any badge you want to create.  I copied the image and pasted it into microsoft word where I adjusted the image size to my preference.  Print 3 images.  Take the three images and glue stick them onto the card paper.  Cut out the images so that one image is the whole badge, the second is just the middle, and the third is just the star. The image with the whole badge will become your template.

There's a word document with the templates on them, they should work for all windows ms office word 95 and up.  I used the smaller of the two sizes.  You can also change the size to your own preference.

Step 3: Building Thickness

-Take your template and trace it 6 to 8 times depending on how thick you want the badge to be. 
-Cut these trackings out and glue them together. 
-While the cuttings dried I placed them under some text books to ensure proper contact of the layers.  -Note that I also glue sticked the template on the top layer. We will later use that image to aline the other two parts of the badge.
-Once the layers have tried you'll notice that they may not be perfectly flush with each other.  Take your scissors and using one of the blades scrape the sides of the badge until they become flush.  It doesn't take too much effort or force.

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MicioGatta10 days ago

That's great, good details and great idea!

Pluk10 months ago
I also can't download the template, the same problem as SuperScourge :
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We make redshirt jokes all the time at our house.

Nice instructable - I;ve got it bookmarked for when I finally do a Star Trek themed Halloween costumes (the cats will all be tribbles)
EmilyXD1 year ago
I get the joke!
I cannot download the Template because of a 403 error it says

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DanYHKim2 years ago
Now modify a Bluetooth headset to clip to your shirt with the comm badge covering it.
or_ford982 years ago
what's the joke?
i made it in 10 mins and it looks epic!!!
uber cool 'ible :')))
Red guys frequently get wasted on missions?
I seem to recall a little keyring flashlight resemblign this....
avocadoman4 years ago
nice pin it looks really authentic and i get the joke
cannonwashburn (author)  avocadoman4 years ago
The ironic thing is that, that night I hurt my hand.
Heh heh, I'd have worn blue. (Not one to tempt fate :) (Hope your hand's ok, BTW) Aluminum foil and cardboard is AWEsome- especially with Star Trek!!!
Kia.S3 years ago
I GOT THE JOKE!!!! Very cool!!!
splazem3 years ago
Awesome!
This looks awesome! And it is so simple! Thanks for the Instructable!
kd1uc4 years ago
But Scotty always wore red and he never died.

Cool Job.
jsaucedo kd1uc3 years ago
Scotty did die. He died in the episode "The Changeling" of the original series. It's just that he got better.
Scotty was killed by a space probe called Nomad, but the probe returned him to life.
how ironic
He was verrrrry lucky.
But he never went on any missions :P he had experience as an expendable
That's true... :P Wait, how can you have experience as an expendable? You would practice "expending" and die... hahaha :)
slowbass3 years ago
COOL!!!!
aocampo3 years ago
Grossssso! Hasta ahora el badge (de bajo costo) con mejor terminación que veo en la net.
I'm so disappointed I don't get the joke. Great badge! My first one came out amazing, a little rough on the edges. Really good instructions.
ThinkGeek.com has a shirt and its redlike taht and it says expendable on it :) awesome
cad973 years ago
5* for the awesome joke dude :D
Iam4NUru3 years ago
You are going to die my friend...
red-king4 years ago
 red guy on an away mission... you're going to die =P
cannonwashburn (author)  red-king4 years ago
Yes I'm aware of that.  That's what makes this costume funny and the reason I want to be the guy in the red shirt as opposed to kirk, sulu, or spock.
Capt Picard wore red on TNG.
tinkerC JAGGIE3 years ago
TNG onward used Red as command, 1701 era, however, had Red as security.
cannonwashburn (author)  cannonwashburn4 years ago
I also considered the idea of creating burn marks or scars with blood on my face, lol.
 nice... haha.
NolanFinn4 years ago
There are a few different kinds of badges.  I made a template with a few different kinds http://sites.google.com/site/nolanfinn/Startrek_Badges.pdf .  I hope this it helpful to someone.
Badges?! We don't need no stinking BADGES!
I love that show :P Weird Al rocks
Great templates.
This was exactly what I was looking for - thank you so much! 
I get the joke!! By the way, 5* and now your average is 5*.
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