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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
Gather your supplies, I included but might not use each time: Pliers Solder Circuit Board (obsolete/dead) Tape Soldering Iron Super Glue Paints Paintb...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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 d...
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.
Now we work on the head, I like the transistors because they can be used several ways. In this one I went with antenna, that is the outer leads are s...
Now to finish up the soldering, place the head in position and zap it with the iron. If did the head the other way you can add small diodes or resist...
Bugs don't have eyeballs but this isn't your typical bug. Start with a base color, I used off white here, and make a big spot with a toothpick. Let dr...
A final coat of gloss will give the eyes a bit of depth and protect the paint from chipping.
Now it's almost done, all that is needed is a little tweaking. Bend the legs a little for a cute pose, maybe tip the head a bit too. Use the nail cli...
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Posted:Aug 20, 2007
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