Seasonal LED kits

2014-Feb-05, Wednesday 12:40 am
chebe: (WalkSign)
At TOGs birthday party (you weren't there?! You missed awesome cake!) rob showed me a new kit he's come up with for February.

Soldering kits )

Completed LED shamrock circuit board, viewed from an angle to highlight the LEDs reflecting in the gloss surface

LED shamrock plaque, angled to show LEDs reflecting
Photo by chebe

*dusts off hands* Back to working out some Arduino problems...
chebe: (Default)
I've been learning to solder. Not out of thin air, I had learning aids.

Three kits within... )

And added bonus? The solder that came with the first kit was enough to do all of them, and even have a tiny bit left over. So, now that all my circuits work successfully I guess I can claim to be able to solder. Not the prettiest work you've ever seen, but certainly functional. Onwards, and upwards.
chebe: (Default)
I actually thought I was getting something else when I ordered this from MakerShed. Don't ask me how, but what I saw in that photo was three large round beads, with surface mount LEDs inside, covered with, and strung together with a kind of crotchet. What it actually is is a cuff of satin and netting, with regular, small, LEDs under three pieces of (flat) beading work. Not to my own personal taste, but weirdly it is growing on me.

Details and pics )

Overall this kit took me 9-10 hours (a third of which I spent on the beading alone), which is quite good value in my opinion. And overall it's a good idea; the light from the LEDs is diffused and refracted through the translucent seed beads. Also, I like the idea that an item can look good in both day and night, without having to sacrifice one. A good exercise.

Electrical kits: LED Art

2010-Jan-28, Thursday 03:38 pm
chebe: (Default)
I have recently seen the wisdom of following specific projects before trying to create your own from scratch. And as I am currently trying to find time to learn about electronic components, circuits, and soldering, I thought I'd try a couple. Seems the quality varies greatly. I bought a couple of kits from MakerShed, including the LED Art Kit, from blinkybug. This is what you get:

Pic and vid )
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