Introduction: Camera Mount From a Mic Clip

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I work in the live entertainment industry. It seems that lots of crews love to have their picture taken on stage with the audience behind them just before the show. But no one ever remembers to bring a tripod. So I thought, there are lots of mic stands, wouldn't it be great if you could put the camera on a mic stand and get the pic? And now I have the adapter needed to do this.

Step 1: Acquisition

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The best part of this instructable is that it should only cost a couple of bucks to make.

You need the following parts:

An old mic clip - preferably broken (recycle!) ask around at a sound rental company, or theatre, or you could buy (it's only money) one at radio shack or a music store, but you really should be able to get a broken one for free, heck the local bar that has live bands probably has one.

A 1/4-20 machine screw 3/4" long

A 1 1/4" diameter Rubber washer with a 1/4" hole in center

A 1/4" washer and lock washer **** Get the clip first and take it to the hardware store. The washer must be able to fit inside the part of the clip that normally threads onto the stand!******

Access to a saw and a drill (or drill press) with a 13/64" bit.

Step 2: Disassembly and Prep

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FIrst thing you need to do is dissamble the mic clip. Do this by removing the flat head screw from the side of the clip. Some clips have a screw on both sides which actually screw into each other. You will probably need two screwdrivers for this type of clip, one to hold the back screw from turning and one to loosen the front screw.

Step 3: Cut It

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For this step I chose to mount the clip to a desk stand, this made it much easier and safer to hold while sawing.

Cut the clip so that you get rid of the side screw hole. Try to keep as much material below the screw hole as possible.

You could use a Dremel type tool to cut it too. I like a chop saw because it gives a straighter cut, and it's a chop saw!!

Step 4: Drill and Install Screw

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Drill a hole in the center (Be as precise as possible, please!) of the threaded hole where the stand normally attaches with a 13/64" bit (you can go to 6/32" if you don't have a 13/64"). On both of the clips I tried, there just happened to be a dot in the mold at the center (very handy), hopefully you will be just as lucky.

Put a washer and then a lock washer on to the 1/4-20 machine screw. Screw the screw into the clip from the threaded stand side. Push hard as the screw will be cutting it's own threads into the plastic.

Step 5: Finish It Off

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Almost done!

Glue the rubber washer on to the top of the clip with rubber cement. This will help prevent your camera from getting scratched.

I used a fender washer and a nut to help hold the rubber washer down while the glue dried.

That's it!! Impress your road buddies next picture time when you make everyones day!

Comments

johnnyjazz (author)2008-04-02

i agree w/ you mrmath! how bout keep the mic clip in tact by screwing the bolt into a short piece of pvc... pvc taking the place of the mic. i'll try it tomorrow - may not be strong enough though...

clickykbd (author)2007-05-23

I can totally use this! Nice. (also stage production person).

gezortenplotz (author)2007-05-23

I agree w/ mrmath, the swivel function would be cool. Also, if you had a light weight camera, if you put it on a boom stand, you'd be able to do some low level crane shots! I've got lots of mic stands since I don't play with the band anymore. I'll give this a try. Good instructable.

mrmath (author)2007-05-23

Very nice trick. Easy to carry around. Easy to use. I would change one thing. Instead of cutting the clip like you did in step 3, I would try to find a way to use the broken clip pictured in step 1 to create the mount. If you can keep the swivel "functionality" of th mic clip "structure", you might be able to get better pictures. Would a heat gun make the plastic of the broken clip soft enough to bend? Then you could bend it flat, and use it to hold the screw. Then again, if it is prone to breaking, and you weaken it by melting/bending. is it going to hold up? Hey, it's just a thought.

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