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!
Step 3: The Parts
the blue piece in the shot is the outer part of the kaleidoscope on the end that holds the prism lens.
the white piece is part of the interior that holds the lens.
the prism is obviously the prism.
the tube is part of the glow bracelet packaging.
the black ring is the modified ring seen above.
disclaimer: this is how i did it. just allow this to inspire you to find your own way! no single way works for everyone. . .
(i was a philosophy major)
Step 4: Make It Interchangeable
i'm sure there is a better way to do this and welcome any ideas.
Step 5: Put It All Together
glue the cardboard tube to the white plastic tube. that's really about it. the rest just sort of snaps together.
the black plastic end cap slides into the cardboard tube. the lens goes into the blue tube, which then fits over the white tube. the screw goes in to hold it in place, and you're good to go.
check out the next step for a visual of the final product.
Step 6: Get Crazy
look closely at the pics and you'll see the two different lenses.
make one. send me some pics. go nuts!