This tripod fits in my size 16 jeans easily with no poking out bits. A few days of brainstorming and then a bit of experimenting with different parts led to the creation of a 44 gram pocket tripod that has been tested to hold over 600 grams fully extended(19 inches tall compared to the commercial height of 6-17.3 inches tall. Its taller extended than the tallest commercial mini tripod that I could find and can be made taller with a different antenna)! For reference, a normal digital camera weighs about 150 grams. I am pleased to present the POCKET TRIPOD! (Scream the name because its just that awesome!)
Step 1: Parts
You will need:
2X: 3x4 plate with connection brackets and 1x4 plate with opposite connections (as seen in 1st picture)
3X: Antennae(I used some spare ones from old remote controls)
1X: Bolt(as seen in 2nd picture) that will can screw into the camera to hold it into place(fiddle around, I found mine in a spare parts bin)
1X: Piece of metal used for structural stability(optional)
1X: Piece of metal or dime for twisting the bolt to tighten the camera attachment
As you can see, the only way to classify parts is as either Lego or Non-Lego.
All Non-Lego parts can be, with some difficulty, replaced with custom or store bought parts.
Total Cost-$0 (may be up to a dollar if you don't have certain parts)
Step 2: Assembly(PART 1)
This is the main swivel base for the entire structure. Make sure to clip off bumps, you will see why when you get to step 4 (Assembly Part 3).