Light ups

Here is our brand new product - Lightups. For a fun way to add an interactive element to your papercraft project. Its easy to do, and there are heaps of different effects you can do once you get started.

 

There are instructions in every pack, but here is a step by step guide to help you through.

Firstly mark where you want your light(s) and switch (battery) to go on your project, then cut a piece of card 3” x 1½” and fold it in half, this will be your switch.

 

 

 

 

Glue/Tape one half of your switch over the switch mark you made earlier and mark a dot in the middle of the glued down part of the switch and write –ve next to it. Then fold the switch closed, and mark a dot about where the top of the switch touches the –ve dot you made earlier, this will be your +ve connection to the battery. Now  make a mark ½” above and below your LED location, mark a ‘+’ by the top one, and a ‘-‘ by the bottom one. Draw a path to join the two –ve marks, then draw a path to join the two +ve marks. NOTE keep them as straight as possible, and they cannot touch

Use the copper tape to follow your circuit lines. Try not to break the tape when you change direction just fold it over on itself. When connecting the +ve battery side run the copper tape into the switch then up to the +ve side as shown. Make  a small ‘x’ using the copper tape for the two battery connections.

 

 

Using a bone folder or Stylus tool, rub down the tape, concentrating on the parts of the tape where the battery and LEDs are connecting.

Now place a small piece of double sided tape beside the copper tape at the battery –ve connection and press the battery on to it so the battery is touching the copper tape (the +ve side of the battery should be facing upwards).  When you close the switch, the copper tape on the +ve side should now touch the top of the battery.

Now, the LED has to be placed the right way round or it will not work, but don’t worry, this is pretty easy. If you lay the LED down, one of the metal prongs will be slightly longer than the other. This is the +ve one, and needs to touch the +ve path we made with the copper tape. You can mark this with a marker pen to help you remember. Now spread the pins apart so the LED bulb sits on the paper. (to test, hold one pin on the the top of the battery, and the other on the –ve copper path, the LED should light).

Place a small piece of double sided tape, or glue where the LED is to be located, and put it in in place so the +ve pin is going over the +ve copper path, and the –ve pin over the –ve path. Make a ‘wall’ around 3 sides of your battery with foam tape to stop the switch pressing down accidentally when your card is complete.

 

 

Where the pins cross the copper tape, cover them with a couple of short extra pieces of copper tape to improve the connection.Place a piece of foam tape either side of the LED to support it.

 

 

 

Now, close your switch and the LED should glow.

 If it doesn’t, try moving the LED around while the switch is closed to make sure you have a good connection, check the LED is the right way round, check your copper tapes have a good connection, rub the connection points with your stylus again,  or try a different battery.

 

 

NOW DECORATE....

You could try colouring the bulb with marker to give a different colour, using vellum over the bulb for a muted effect. Try lying the bulb on its side (you can stick down with tape) for a then punch holes in your top card for the light to shine through.

Send through a picture of your completed project and we will post it here for the world to see (email us).