Today's technology is so amazingly cheap and capable that easiest way to solve most technology problems is to use more of it.
The Ognite attempts to buck this trend by being the least it can be. Each part In The Ognite is the cheapest and simplest possible, and it uses the fewest of those parts possible. The entire kit fits neatly into a matchbox, and the matchbox packaging becomes the The Ognite's base and battery.
Less stuff means more work, and putting together the Ognite is hard. Hopefully your efforts will pay off in a unique handcrafted piece of technology.
I am also hoping that you will find ways to do it better and make it easier for those who come after you. I want any suggestions, comments, or criticisms you think of - on anything from spelling mistakes in the instructions to a better name for the project.
Step 1: What You Need
Step 2: What You Got
Step 3: Put Five LEDs Into the Row Jig
Step 4: Bend One of the Silver Leads About 90 Degrees
Step 5: Place the Crossbar Along the Top of the LEDs
Each LED has two leads coming out of it - one short and one long. Thanks to the notches in the jig, all the LEDs should be oriented the same way.
We are going to be making 8 rows in total. For this first row, we want all the long LED leads at the top.
Lay the lead across the top of the LEDs in the jig. I'm going to call this lead the crossbar.
The cross bar should be touching all the long LED leads. It should also be resting on the plastic bases of all the LED. It should not be touching the jig.
Step 6: Hang the Bend Wire Over the Edge of the Jig
If you don't do this step, then the crossbar will tend to stick to the soldering iron by surface tension and it is very hard to keep it from pulling away from the LEDs,
This step is tricky and I would love to hear ways you come up with to make it easier understand or do.
Step 7: Clip Onto the Jig and the Bend Wire
You want to grab the jig and the bent wire so that the wire is pushing the crossbar up against both the base and the leads of the LEDs. This will hold the crossbar in place while you solder it.
Step 8: Solder!
Step 9: Check Your Work
Step 10: Clip 4 of the LED Leads
Try to clip just above the solder joint.
Save the leads that you clip off since we will be using these as crossbars for the next 7 rows.
For a nearer appearance, you can also clip off any crossbar overhang on the sides.
Step 11: First Row Done, Only 7 More to Go!
The crossbar should connect across the long LED leads, and you should have clipped off all the long LED leads except the rightmost one when looking at the LEDs from the bottom with the crossbar on top.
Step 12: Repeat to Finish the First 4 Rows
On the 1st row, you left the rightmost long lead in place and clipped the rest.
On the 2nd row, you will clip all but the 2nd from the right.
On the 3rd row, you will clip all but the 3rd from the right.
On the 4th row, you will clip all but the 4th from the right.
Note that you will always be clipping off the leftmost long lead.