We're bringing back some old school breadboarding nostalgia! The snowflake is laser cut from MDF and the kit includes:
1 - Circuit Snowflake
1 - Length of Ribbon
1 - Battery Holder ON/OFF Switch
1 - CR2032 Battery
2 - Screws
6 - Self Flashing RGB LEDs
6 - Red Wires
6 - Blue Wires
About the Kit:
Let it snow! If you're in the northern hemisphere for the holidays and a place cold enough for snow! If those don't apply, check out our Festive Palm Tree. This cool artwork was designed by Leeborg!
With this kit, we're bringing back old-school breadboards! You assemble it by sticking the LEDs through the board, using wire-wrap to attach them to 2 screw posts, and also wrap the battery holder wires around the screw posts. Full instructions are here! This is a great activity for those new to electronics, or for old-school hacks that just want to have a bit of fun with a project that's quick and gratifying.
A Note on Battery Life:
It is very difficult to balance a love for All Things Blinky with small unobtrusive battery sources. We've provided a CR2032 battery and holder with this kit precisely because it's small and can't provide a ton of current (and is therefore much safer when accidentally shorted than a rechargeable lithium ion). But this means there's not a lot of overhead for the blue in each of the RGB LEDs. They start out very bright and rainbow-flashing, and then blue and magenta colors fade relatively quickly. Red, green, and yellow stick around for a lot longer, and then it diminishes to all red at the very end. Since these are holiday-themed, we were OK with this behavior. One CR2032 will generally last about 15 hrs until it completely goes out, so we recommend leaving it on for a few hours in the evening, instead of all day long. If you'd like longer battery life, you can use 2 AA or AAA batteries instead. You'll need a holder for them like this or this.
Helpful Tips for stripping wire:
- To prevent breaking the Red & Blue wires when stripping we suggest stripping in 1/2" or 1/4" sections until you reach 1". If you do break the wire they should still be long enough to reach from LED to screw.
- To prevent breaking the battery holder wires when stripping we suggest using wire cutters to remove the exposed ends of the wires before stripping to reduce the changes of the insulation snagging.
Unpack your Kit
Screw screws into holes
Wrap wire around LED legs
Wrap wires around screw
Wrap Battery Holder Around Screws
Tie Ribbon to Top Loop
Insert Battery, turn on, and hang wherever you'd like!
The battery holder has an ON and OFF switch.
The battery sits in the battery holder and is held in place once the battery holder is closed.