with the advent of digital cameras, i blossomed (not like that chick in that sitcom, though). if i had had the money, i would've loved to get into developing my own film and slr cameras and what not, but alas. . . i did not. taking film to get developed at exorbitant rates didn't help. digital let me do it all without the expense or the darkroom. i'm sure many out there feel the same.
i still can't afford the cutting edge, so no digital slr. but, here's a novel way to make abstract lenses for almost any digital camera.
Step 1: The lens
at michael's (a craft store) i stumbled upon some cheap plastic kaleidoscopes and a light bulb turned on above my head.
these things are $1.49 apiece, and there were different types of lenses. i'll show you the two options that i liked the best in this instructable.
Step 2: The fit
i looked for something that would fit snugly around the lens. i came across a small cardboard tube of glow bracelets that was just larger than the circumference of my camera lens. this was a good find, because it had these black plastic caps on each end. these are easy to carve up and make a custom fit. check out the pics.
the bracelets were $1, and given the fact that the bracelets are still usable and you are only recycling the packaging, i'm not sure we should include that in the price. either way, it's cheap!