PixelHobby projects are easy to build. This page describes the steps in detail. For overview information and terminology, please see Overview. This guide assumes you either created a design using the PixelHobby Designer software, or you purchased a kit. In both cases, you should already have on hand the following items for the design:
Locate page 1 of the design sheets. On this sheet you will see either 2 or 4 design rectangles as shown below.
The information shown next to each design rectangle includes the symbol key and the baseplate number. Baseplates are numbered from 1 thru the total number of plates used for the design.
Using the pen, write the baseplate number on the back of the baseplate. Carefully position the baseplate over the upper (or top-left) design rectangle of the page. It is important that you line-up the edges of the baseplate as closely as possible to the printed rectangle.
For each symbol within the design rectangle, look-up the pixel color number using the key, and then place a pixel over the symbol using tweezers. When placing a pixel, position the pixel over the symbol, and then press the pixel into place using the index finger of the hand opposite the tweezers. Repeat until all symbols are covered with pixels.
Position the baseplate over the next design rectangle for this baseplate of the design. Note that the baseplate number is shown next to the rectangle.
For designs requiring more than one baseplate, you should make sure that the design rectangle you are using corresponds to the baseplate that you are currently filling. It is also very important that you maintain the same orientation of the baseplate when you move it to the next rectangle (i.e. don't rotate the baseplate). It is a good idea to mark the top edge of the plate using the pen used for the baseplate number.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the current baseplate is completely filled.
For designs using more than 1 baseplate, continue with the next baseplate of the design.
After all baseplates have been filled, connect them using the provided dovetail plate connectors as shown below. You can then fasten them together using sturdy, clear tape on the back of the plates. Foam board can be used to provide more support for the connected plates. With the plates connected together, you can then frame the design for display. (The example below uses 4 plates.) Since the size of Pixelhobby designs can range in size, you might consider the frames sold in craft stores which are sold in 1" increments per side.
Keep the Pixels Straight
For the best results, try to keep the pixels straight as you place them. When filling a large group of the same color, it is usually good to place a row of pixels, and then work off that row. Be sure the initial row is straight. By keeping the pixels straight, the edges on adjoining plates will appear more seamless.
Holding Baseplate on Design Rectangle
To keep the baseplate from moving while placing pixels, try using a low-adhesion, transparent glue. An example of a product of this type is the 2 Way Glue product made by ZIG Memory Systems. Apply a small amount of the glue (no more than 3 or 4 small drops) to the back of the baseplate, allow it to completely dry, and then position the plate on the design sheet. You should test the plate on a blank sheet of paper after the glue has dried to verify that it will not permanently stick to the design sheet. We carry the above mentioned glue as an accessory.
The best tweezers to use are those that have a fairly narrow, sturdy tip. That type makes it easier to place a pixel next to pixels already on the baseplate. Also, tweezers with smooth 'grabbing' surfaces are better since they are less likely to scratch/dent the top and sides of the pixel.
Detaching a Pixel from a Pixel Square
It is best to hold the pixel square on a flat surface when pulling off a pixel. Also, rotating the pixel square slightly while pulling a pixel can help make the pixel detach with much less effort.
Avoid Excessive Handling of the Pixels
Lighter pixel colors can be soiled and are difficult to clean.