I want to have the CPU prominently visible in the design so I used the technique with having high value resistors for mechanical support of the parts.
To get everything neatly aligned and even I made a template (in Eagle) and printed it to aid me during soldering and bending.
I was a bit afraid that the thin gold layer that are connections on the ceramic chip would break off when I bend the resistors, but apparently they are more robust than I expected or I was just lucky because when I was done everything was still in one piece.
I really would like to keep the "rays" outside of the frame, but I know they will end up being bent and crooked in all directions before I'm done soldering up all of the parts in this project so I cut them off. ;-(.