Help save the environment at least a little plus make gifts for friends and family
Step 1: Tools of the trade
Circuit Board (obsolete/dead)
Step 2: Stripping
WARNING WATCH THOSE FINGERS SO YOU DON"T GET BURNT!
Please be careful as you could burn yourself on this step. Always prep your iron before use, cleaned and tinned for maximum efficiency.
Gather as many parts as you can, off any thing you can find.
VCRs, computers, clocks, printers, stereo equipment etc. are great sources for parts
I keep mine in a compartmentalized box sorted by type, color, shape and/or size.
Step 3: The Gathering
I use resistors for legs (grab 6 of the same general color)
A capacitor for the abdomen (back end)
and a transistor for the head.
Step 4: Parts Prep
Straighten out the leads on each of the parts and use the knife to trim off any large lumps of solder.