Mount Your Camera Anywhere with This DIY Flexible Camera Mount

Aug 3, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Mount Your Camera Anywhere with This DIY Flexible Camera Mount

Aug 3, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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Tripods are great, but not always convenient to carry with you.  GorillaPods and other articulated camera mounts are wonderful, but they can get kind of costly.  What if there was a device you could make yourself that replaced your traditional tripod, your GorillaPod, and your selfie stick (if you’re into that)?

DIY-er Megan Yeomans crafted an ingenious little contraption that can function as a tripod, attach your camera to almost anything, and even allow you to get those tacky selfies you’ve been dying to capture…all for as little as $8.

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Using items sourced from a local hardware store, Megan built a 3-foot flexible mount for her camera.  Essentially, it is a copper wire housed inside vynil tubing with 1/4″ screw mounts at either end.

Materials:

  • (2) 1/4″ X 20 bolts
  • 1/4″ inside diameter vinyl tubing
  • 1/8″ copper wire
  • (2) 1/2″ brass couplings
  • Epoxy
  • Dish Soap

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The brief synopsis of the process is pretty simple.  First, you cut your wire and your tubing to the desired length.  After annealing the copper (optional, but does add more flexibility), you slide the copper inside the vinyl tubing.  Then, attach the brass couplings to either end, saw the heads off the bolts, and glue them (using epoxy) into the couplings.

When done, you have a easily-transported camera mount that can function in a variety of uses, including making a great fashion statement.

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Now, based on the examples shown here, I’m not quite certain how well this would work for dSLR cameras, but I looks like it should work perfectly for point-and-shoots as well as most mirrorless camera setups.

For a complete list of detailed instructions, along with some fun facts along the way, check out her Instructables tutorial.

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5 responses to “Mount Your Camera Anywhere with This DIY Flexible Camera Mount”

  1. Aaron Anderson Avatar
    Aaron Anderson

    Neat Idea, but just buy a gorilla product. Copper gets harder every time you bend it, this isn’t a long term solution.

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    Anonymous

    I have similar, but black. Better!

  3. James Fogg Avatar
    James Fogg

    If you have the ability, I recommend soldering the copper to the brass fittings. It’ll be more reliable than epoxy (and no waiting for epoxy to set up and dry). Use acid-core plumbing solder and a torch.

  4. David Tease Avatar
    David Tease

    Only problem with annealed copper use is that the more you bend it the harder to bend it gets.. Good idea though..

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    iaremoronPhoto

    Absolutely making this in order to mount speedlites in trees. Thanks!