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Build a DIY Flexible Camera Mount for Just $8

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If you need an accessory for mounting your camera to random places, instead of purchasing a Gorillapod (or something similar), you can go a thrifty do-it-yourself route. For just $8, Instructables member Megan Yeomans crafted her own affordable solution that uses vinyl tubing and copper wire. The result is a three-foot flexible 1/4” piece of kit that can be used as a standard tripod, a selfie stick, or an articulated mount.

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To get started, you are going to need a few supplies including two 1/4” X 20 bolts, 1/4” inside diameter vinyl tubing, 1/8” copper wire, and two 1/2” brass couplings. You’ll also need some epoxy, a wire cutting tool, vice grips, a torch, dish soap, and a bucket of water to assist you in your task. Looking up the items, we found them to be a bit more expensive than $8, but perhaps you already have them some of them around your home.

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Yeomans said she decided on using gauge copper wire from the beginning: “Having spent a good deal of time combing through the local hardware store (Lowes) I knew that there was a fair selection of large gauge copper wire, and I knew from previous projects that copper is very pliable especially when annealed.” She then added other bits and ends to complete her design.

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The DIY project does suggest that you soften the copper wire through a process known as annealing, but if you don’t have access to a torch you can skip the step although the end product may be a bit more stiff to work with when needed.

Yeomans explains: “For copper to anneal, you have to heat it up until it is a dull red and then quickly quench it in water. This allows the crystalline structure of the copper to relax with allows it to be more bendy.”

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The process does take a bit of work, but the result is sure handy and an excellent solution for any photographer on the move. You can find a detailed step-by-step build tutorial over at Instructables.

Flexible Camera Mount [Instructables]

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