Step 1: Slay Jabberwock

Kidding, there is no Jabberwock!

However, we wanted to get your attention because this is a challenging project. It is really important to follow a couple of rules:

  1. Have some Arduino/crafting/hacking experience before this project - this is a great project for someone who is comfortable with wiring, soldering, heat shrink, image conversion, etc. It's not a good first project, there's a lot of expensive components that need careful handywork
  2. Read through the entire guide first to get a feel for the parts, tools and skills required. Be realistic: decide if this is really for you. We don’t offer every component needed, and some steps require your own ingenuity to complete. Young makers should read through with a parent to help decide.
  3. If you do choose to tackle this, work in the proscribed order, testing subassemblies at each step. Do not proceed until each test is confirmed working. If you skip a step, or assume "it'll just work later", troubleshooting is then incredibly difficult — you’ll probably have to tear it back down to testable subassemblies anyway. That’s no fun. So get everything working step-by-step first!
That said, this is a fun project that will take a weekend or two to complete and it's by far the easiest and least-expensive way to make a high-resolution light painting rig. For hackers, its very easy to customize if you want to add sensors or other technologies!
    This guide was first published on Dec 10, 2013. It was last updated on Dec 10, 2013. This page (Step 1: Slay Jabberwock) was last updated on Sep 10, 2019.