My digital electronics final project is the Chevy logo cut out of Aluminium with color changing neo-pixels, that can hang on a wall.
Get measurements of the prototype, then make the prototype out of cardboard. Then start temporarily attaching the neo-pixels with tape to the back of the prototype.
Once the neo-pixels are temporarily attached, start soldering the ends of the pieces together. After I soldered a couple of pieces together I plugged the neo-pixels into my arduino to make sure that the pixels lit up.
This is also when I started to manipulate the strandtest to get the neo-pixels to do what I wanted.
I then cut out the logo in Aluminium, using the same dimensions from the prototype.
Permanently attach the neo-pixels to the back of the Aluminum logo. I then plugged the neo-pixels into my arduino to see the whole thing light up. This is when I started to try and write my own code
I am still trying to figure out my code, but until that happens, I am just going to keep the strandtest in my arduino so it can still look good.