The easiest way to gather new skills is by doing some practice. If you want to start soldering SMD/SMT parts, you definitely need some training. And before you are going to mess up some of your expensive prototypes, you better have something cheap for your exercise.
We currently carry 2 different kits for this purpose: A very cheap one just for soldering practice, and without any function. And this one here, with a huge ca. 125 parts, 90 x 60mm circuit board, and a real function, when properly done!
When you finished your soldering practice kit, and you connect it to a power supply 3-12V, you will get a LED light moving around in a circle (see pictures).
The kit includes the circuit board, about 100 passive parts (resistors or capacitors) from size 0402 to 1206, 2 integrated circuits, several LEDs and diodes.
More than 270 solder joints must be finished, the required solder wire is included (1m). You will need between 30 and 90 minutes for this kit, depending on your experience, and the right tools (solder pen with 0.3-0.6mm pencil-tip would be perfect).
You will find out how difficult it already is, to solder an SOP chip, if you haven’t done it at all. The “big” 1206 package parts are considered to be very easy to assemble, just like 0805 as well. It becomes a little more tricky with 0603 packages, and 0402 it already challenging. When you have mastered this kit, you can move on to assemble your first real SMD project, without messing it up.