How to turn old computer parts into cute little bugs.
Help save the environment at least a little plus make gifts for friends and family
Step 1: Tools of the trade
Gather your supplies, I included but might not use each time:
Circuit Board (obsolete/dead)
Step 2: Stripping
A quick and dirty way to get your parts is to heat up one side of the board where the part is and pull on the other with pliers or fingers. Rocking it back and forth as you do will work it out slowly.
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
Now collect the parts you want to use for your bug. Sometimes I go for a theme, same color or all small parts.
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
Now that you have your parts selected you should get them ready.
Straighten out the leads on each of the parts and use the knife to trim off any large lumps of solder.
Step 5: Soldering Take 1
Tape the 6 legs down in 2 rows so they meet in one spot, this is where the main body will be and the main junction for all attachments.
Step 6: Soldering Take 2
By now your iron should be hot and ready to go. With a delicate touch solder all legs together. You might need some pliers to rearrange them if they don't cooperate.
Step 7: Soldering Take 3
Next is the abdomen, solder carefully so the legs don't come off. Position it so as the solder cools it will be in line with the main body.