This guide will show you how to create custom grips for you camera using sugru.
sugru is a self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It moulds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. It feels soft to touch when cured, but is also grippy. This makes it perfect for building non-slip custom grips for your precious tech.
For this project you will need:
- 2 minipacks of sugru - buy some sugru
- a camera (obviously!)
- and some soapy water
Step 1: Understand How You Grip Your Camera
Grip and hold your camera as you usually would when using it, and work out where your fingers rest naturally. This is where you will want to build up the sugru grips.
Step 2: Make the First Grip
Pinch and press a small sausage of sugru firmly onto the camera, ensuring a good bond. Don't worry about the finish just yet.
Step 3: Mould the Sugru to Your Finger's Shape
Hold your camera and press your grip carefully into the sugru.
Try gently releasing and reapplying your grip to shape the sugru just right.
[Video Tip] How to shape sugru
Step 4: Smoothen the Shape
Gently rub the surface with your finger.
TOP TIP: You can use a little soapy water on your finger to get a really smooth finish.
Step 5: Make the Second Grip
Repeat the same process for the second part of your grip - once again press the sugru firmly onto the camera and carefully shape it around your grip.
Step 6: Smoothen the Second Grip
Again gently rub the surface of the sugru to get a good surface finish.
TOP TIP: Use the inside of your little finger to get it really smooth.
Step 7: Make the Third Grip
Create the last grip repeating the same steps as before.
Leave the sugru to cure overnight for at least 12 hours.
[Video Tip] How to leave sugru to cure
Step 8: Ta-da! Your Very Own Customised Grippy Camera
There you go, now you have your very own camera grips, personalised to your hands. You can also add custom grips to the bottom of the camera, for taking photographs in portrait - like we have here.
P.S. Once cured, sugru is removable, so if you ever fancy a change...
[Video Tip] How to remove sugru