Voltage Village - Glowing House Set Assembly Tutorial
In this tutorial we will show you how to assemble your Voltage Village - Glowing House Set. If you would like to find out more about this check out the product page. With this kit, you'll be able to make 2 paper houses that light up as it gets dark. To do this we will use some Electric Paint, pre-cut paper house templates, some standard LEDs, a 100K resistor, an LDR (light dependent resistor), a transistor, a battery clip and a 9V Baterry , all found in the set, along with some sticker and sticky glue dots as well.
Open the Box
You will need a Voltage Village - Glowing House Set, available form our online store. First thing's first, open it up.
You should have enough to make two houses;
Separate the cardboard from the top left corner.
Remove the backing sheet to remove components, remember which LEDs are blue and which ones are yellow.
Picture instructions are printed on the packaging, so for more information you can check there.
Pop out the templates
Carefully pop out a chimney, roof and house template from the sheet of card. They should come away easily.
Don't forget to pop out the windows.
Don't throw away the backing sheet yet, you can cut out the trees and clouds to decorate your village scene later.
Step 1: Fold up your templates
Sharply fold along the dashed and dotted lines on all the templates. The dashed lines are valley folds, the dotted lines are mountain folds, for more information about this see the instructions on the packaging. Make sure to fold all the pieces, the roof and chimney too.
If it didn't fall our already, there may be a small square section with the LDR printed on it in the roof. While your folding the pieces up make sure to pop this piece out and discard.
Step 2: Stick battery clip to roof.
Take your roof, a battery clip and the stickers. Lay out the battery clip following the printed clip on the inside of the roof.
Hold down the red lead of the battery clip and stick it with a sticker to the template.
Do the same thing with the black lead of the battery clip.
This is to strain relieve the leads and to make sure they don't get pulled off.
Finish up by sticking one final sticker over both leads at the top.
Step 3: Assembling the Chimney
Take your chimney and some sticky dots
On the right hand side there is a dot with a number '1'
Take a sticky dot, remove the backing sheet and place the dot on the number '1'.
Gently peal off the clear sheet
You should be left with a sticky dot on the paper.
Fold the chimney and stick the tab onto the sticky dot.
Step 4: Stick the Chimney into the Roof.
Place two sticky dots onto the numbers '2'.
Make sure the black legs of the LDR symbol line up.
Stick the chimney piece through the roof, making sure the black legs of the LDR symbol line up.
If you flip the roof over your chimney should be aligned with the angle of the roof.
Step 5: Attach the Components.
Take your LDR (Light Dependant Resistor). It does not matter which way round this component goes as it is not polarised.
Take your instructions from the packaging.
Place you LDR of the image in the key, and fold the legs as hey are in the picture.
Place your folded LDR on the roof by the chimney.
Push the LDR into the chimney, the LDR needs to stick up the chimney so it can detect the light levels.
Take your Electric Paint Pen.
Blob some paint onto the legs of the LDR. We call this cold soldering.
Put aside to dry.
Take the remaining components, 1 Transistor, 1 Resistor and 2 LEDs (blue or yellow) if you mix the colours your house may not be as birght as you may like.
Take your instruction key from the packaging.
Place the components on the key. Make sure to bend the components as instructed to in the key, the LEDs and the Transistor need to be in the correct orientation.
Once folded place all the components in thier places in the circuit in the roof.
Step 6: Cold Solding your components
Take your Electric Paint Pen and blob on some paint on all of the legs of the components, and the wires of the battery clip leads. Make sure the bob covers the legs as this is what is sticking the component to the paper.
Do not fill in the circuit yet. Put aside to dry.
Step 7: Fold up the House base.
Put sticky dots, on all the number '3'
Fold up the base and stick the tabs to the dots.
Step 8: Fold up the Roof corners.
Once the blobs on the components are dry, fold up the roof.
Put sticky dots on all the number '4'.
Stick the corner tab onto the sticky dot.
Repeat on all four corners.
Step 9: Stick down the battery holder.
Put some sticky dots on number '5'.
Stick the flap onto the inside of the roof to create the battery holder.
Step 10: Fold the roof to the corect angle.
Put sticky dots on number '6'.
Align the triangular tab with the angle of the roof fold.
Step 11: Fill in the circuit.
Once your roof is folded, fill in the rest of the circuit with the Electric Paint Pen. You can tuck the battery clip into the battery holder to get it out of the way, while you are drawing.
Make sure to draw an even consistent line covering the grey printed line. Now just wait for it to dry.
Step 12: Plug in the battery
Take one of the 9V batteries and attach it ti the clip.
Insert the battery into the paper holder.
Slid the roof section into the base.
Congratulations your house should now be complete.
You can test your house by placing your finger over the chimney and covering the LDR, to simulate night time.
If your LEDs don't turn on or off at this stage don't fret, there's a few things you can try -
1. Is your paint completely dry? If not leave it overnight or put it in a warm place.
Decorate your village scene
We have added some optional extras to our packaging, for you to cut out and use in making a village scene. Or why not try making your own village scene and send us some photos as we always love to see them.