Build it

The Kit

The kit should look like this:

And contains:

I think it's best to leave the components in their bags until you need each one, don’t just tip them out, or at the very least put them in two different trays so they don’t get confused.

If you’re new to soldering, I’d STRONGLY advise you build it with a friend or parent, to help you with checking the circuit and to share the excitement with as you turn it on for the first time and see it work!!! FIGkeys is simple to build, as easy as some Lego® kits, but mistakes can be made and are harder to fix.

Setting Up

The next stage is to make sure you have the equipment you need to construct FIGkeys set up properly:

General Soldering Principles

The basic principle is this: solder from the lowest components to the highest ones. That’s because I’m assuming you don’t have any special PCBs clamps so you want to position the circuit in a stable way while you solder and the best way to do that is to solder components from lowest to highest.

Familiarise yourself with the basic soldering guide. There's some good tutorials at Lady Ada, except you really, really do pronounce it as SOLD-er in the UK (the wikipedia entry says it's "/ˈsɒldə(r)/ "). There's also a wonderful soldering guide from the UK which doesn't suffer from pronunciation advice:

Soldering FIGkeys 1.1

There aren't many steps to soldering FIGkeys.

FIGKeys is now complete! Before you can use it, you'll need to test it first :-) !