Intro: Ikea Hack: Articulating Camera Mount
The Articulating Camera Mount is an easy Ikea hack and amazing tool for the amateur desktop photographer. It allows for overhead and hands-free shots. This can be great if you're trying to scan a document or shoot time-lapse or instructional videos. Plus it only costs $14.
Step 1: Materials + Tools
- Tertial Lamp from Ikea
- 1/4 in by 20 screw from Home Depot
- wine cork from cellar
- screw driver
- wire cutter
- needle nose pliers
- cutting mat
- sand paper
- X-acto knife
Step 2: Remove Lamp
- Unscrew the lamp head from the arm.
- Check that your lamp is not plugged into any wall sockets and cut the cord at the base of the head. If you can find a way to remove the lamp without cutting the cord, more power to you.
- Unthread the cord from the arm.
Step 3: Add Springs
Attach the springs that came with the Tertial lamp to the arm.
Step 4: Swap Pin
- Loosen the joint by removing the screw.
- Use needle nose pliers to remove the metal cross sections.
- Pull the pin from the plastic socket.
- Screw the 1/4x20 screw into the plastic hole and return the original screw.
Step 5: Prep Cork
- Measure 1cm of the cork and mark with the Sharpie.
- Use a hacksaw to cut the piece of cork.
- Smoothen the rough side on sand paper.
- Cut a hole, just large enough for the screw, in the center of the cork.
- Thread the cork snugly onto the screw. This will help protect your camera.
Step 6: Enjoy
- Attach the arm to the base.
- Thread a point and shoot camera to your Articulating Camera Mount.
- Start shooting!