How-To Guide

Assembly Instructions

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 application, or you purchased a kit. In both cases, you should already have on hand the following items for the kit:

Step 1

Locate page 1 of the design sheets. On this sheet you will see 2 or more design rectangles as shown below.


The information shown next to each design rectangle includes the symbol key and the baseplate number. Baseplates on the sheet are numbered.

Carefully position the baseplate over the upper (or top-left) rectangle on the page. An arrow is embossed on the back of the plate. Keep the arrow pointing in the same direction as you move the plate to other rectangles on the page. Be sure to line-up the edges of the baseplate as closely as possible to the printed rectangle.

A baseplate should line-up very closely to the printed rectangle. If you printed the design sheets and they don't line-up well, then please try reprinting the design sheets after verifying that the printer options are setup to print to true size (ie. fit-to-page options are disabled).

Step 2

For each symbol within the 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.

Step 3

Position the baseplate over the next rectangle for this baseplate of the design. Note that the baseplate number is shown next to the rectangle.

For designs using 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). Note the direction of the embossed arrow on the back of plate.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the current baseplate is completely filled.

Step 5

For designs using more than 1 baseplate, continue with the next baseplate of the design.

Step 6

After all baseplates have been filled, connect them using the provided 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 designs can range in size, you might consider the frames sold in craft stores and online which are sold in 1" increments per side.



Assembly Tips

Keep the Pixels Aligned

To reduce visible seams between plates, try to keep the pixels aligned 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.

Holding Baseplate on Design Rectangle

To keep the baseplate from moving while placing pixels, try using a low-adhesion, transparent glue. An example is the 2 Way Glue product made by ZIG Memory Systems. Apply a very 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 over 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.

Tweezers

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.