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Our awesome kids camera is bouncy and protected thanks to sugru :) yay

Most three to eight year olds are budding artists. They love to paint, draw and build. So why can't they be great photographers too? Maybe because cameras designed for kids don't actually work very well and who wants to splash out of a nice digital camera for their child when they are probably going to drop it all the time and end up breaking it in five minutes. Well, with a bit of Sugru and massive amounts of ingenuity your children can now become budding young photographers. By covering a camera with soft Sugru walls it can be made drop proof so even the most wild child wont be able to break it. The key to this hack is in the making of the walls. Once you've got that down its a doddle. Enjoy.

You will need:

1 x digital camera
1 x scissors
1 x child

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Step 1: The original kids camera by Stefan

Picture of the original kids camera by Stefan

Step 2: Open your Sugru.

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Start by washing your hands then cut open the Sugru that you need to build the wall.  Cut along the red line and then pull open the two sides of the packet. You may need more than one sachet depending on the size of your wall but best to start with one as you can always add more (Sugru sticks really well to itself).

Step 3: Mould your Sugru.

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Once your have your Sugru out of the packet move it around in your fingertips to get it warmed up. You should do this for around 10 seconds. Once this is done roll it into a thick sausage the length of your wall. The sausage should be about 1cm in diameter so make sure you use enough Sugru.

Step 4: Build your Sugru wall foundations.

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First ensure that the surface you want to build on is clean. Next press down your sausage where you want your wall to sit. Make sure the bottom of the wall is firmly stuck to the surface but don't squish your sausage flat.
phettsack3 years ago
Unfortunately, Sugru is hell expensive for little pieces of putty.
Try this!
santy223 years ago
This is one of the most amazing instructables in this site.
I'd consider using one of those squarier looking, fixed-lens cameras for a smaller and sleeker looking product, but the fact that you can throw the camera lens-first to the ground and just watch it bounce off just amazes me.

How has this been holding up? If sugru is so easy to remove when cured I'm sure a couple pieces have already fallen off.
Fhytaur3 years ago
Sugru is too expensive =(, is there a similar cheaper product on market?
projectsugru (author)  Fhytaur3 years ago
hi, we have given sugru to Instructabels for prizes so if you enter competitions you could well get some for free :)
mikeasaurus3 years ago
Fun idea!
I should do this to my cameras as I'm always dropping/breaking it. :-/
projectsugru (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
awesome, would love to see the results :)
Articas3 years ago
If this was done with a water proof camera I think it could make the ultimate unbreakable camera!
projectsugru (author)  Articas3 years ago
yeah, that sound like a great idea :)
Do it with the new HdPro
y ded you change the name
it's a kids camera so I thought it was more appropriate to say awesome :)
splazem3 years ago
I was wondering what to do with my sugru... Thanks for giving me an answer!