Flash the NodeMCU firmware available on this project page to the ESP8266.
Upload WaferFrame.lua, Modes.lua, and MQTT.lua. Adjust configuration values in files as necessary
Run the command node.compile("WaferFrame.lua")
Create an init.lua file containing 'dofile("WaferFrame.lc")'. You have now completed the setup for the uC.
Cut a DotStar LED strip to a length of 52 LEDs (Adjustable in WaferFrame.lua prior to compilation). Wire +5v/Gnd to power, and data/clock to the MOSI and SCLK pins on the ESP.
Assemble into frame however you would like, and include a power connection.