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).
Step 3: Assembly(Part 2)
This step is focused on the construction of the camera base. You will most likely have to adjust for whatever camera you are using, just remember where the weight of your camera is... Build up that place... make it sturdier... together, metal beams can accomplish ANYTHING!
Step 4: Assembly(Part 3)
Now for the important part... Connecting the two parts. Remember, at the end of this, you will be able to disassemble it into 3 parts, so if you are using alternate materials (HOW DARE YOU NOT USE LEGOS!) be cautious.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Holding onto either a dime or a thin piece of metal can come in handy if you don't want to use your fingers or if its a cold day and you are wearing gloves to twist the bolt to attach the camera. You should now be able to do the steps seen in the demo video to start using this amazing device. Have Fun!