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