A printed circuit board (PCB) mechanically supports and electrically connects electronic components using conductive tracks, pads and other features that are usually made of copper sheet laminated on a non-conductive surface. Electronic components are then soldered on the PCB. Here the components will be supported on paper and they will be connected together and secured using conductive glue.

Part list

You can easily source the materials from your local market. Alternatively you can order our kit that includes everything you will need. This is a low voltage / low current application that is safe for everyone, using common sense and parental guidance depending on age. Always handle materials and equipment with great care and never leave young children unattended.

 

   Paper lantern      PCB
 White LED    Resistor
   Switch      Batteries



 A. Light on paper

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PCB PART 1/1 (Top and bottom layers)

- Cut around the perimeter of your printed circuit board.

- Pierce through the circles using a sharp object such as a needle.

- Place the components in the corresponding locations as shown on the board itself.

- use conductive glue to secure the components as shown

- use glues to secure the board on the top side of the circuit board base.

 

B. Populating your board

1.        Insert the positive (Long) pin of the LED in hole no.1 and bend it under the paper towards hole no. 2
2.        Insert the negative (short) pin of the LED in hole no.2 and bend it under the paper towards hole no.1
3.        Insert one pin of the resistor in hole no.2 and bend it under the paper towards hole no.3
4.        Insert one pin of the resistor in hole no.3 and bend it under the paper towards hole no.2
5.        Insert the positive (red) wire of the switch/battery assembly in hole no.5 from the bottom of the paper board, pass it downwards in hole no.1 and bend it towards hole no.5
6.        Insert the negative(black) wire of the switch/battery assembly in hole no.4 from the bottom of the paper board, pass it downwards in hole no.3 and bend it towards hole no.4
7.        Glue the top and bottom layer of the paper board together
8.        Apply conductive paint to secure the pins of the components in the holes

 

To make your own conductive glue click on Conductive glue recipe.

Never leave young children unattended. Be conscious whenever you use any kind of tools, such as scissors. Chemicals such as glue should be treated with great care. Small parts, especially batteries are really dangerous for young children under 3 and anyone who does not know how to handle and dispose of them. They pose a serious hazard for anyone who could potentially shallow them.

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