Sugru Snake-o-pod




Introduction: Sugru Snake-o-pod

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This instructable shows how to make a lightweight,  simple "multi-pod" that can hold a light camera such as an ipod nano or cellphone camera.  Use it to hold or stabilize your cameras and for self-portraits or videos of yourself, you and your partner, etc.

Variations can be built for heavier uses.  You can make the simple version in 30 minutes or less (not including curing time).

Step 1: What You'll Need

1. sugru
2. copper wire
3. needle nose pliers

For this example I used a piece of copper wire about 45 cm long and 1.5 mm thick.  You can get this wire in bulk at most good hardware stores in varying gauges.  1.5 thick seems fine for a nano - anything heavier I'd use 2 mm or thicker.  Obviously you can use whatever wire you like but I like the flexibility and patina of the copper.  I just used one pack of sugru, but you can vary the amount of wire and sugru depending on your application and desires.

Step 2: Preparing the Wire

Cut the wire to the length you'd like.  With the needlenose pliers, bend the ends into a tight loop as shown to make sure the sugru on the ends stays in place.

Step 3: Adding Sugru

Roll the sugru into little balls (again you can use whatever size you think would work best for your situation - I used balls about the size of peas) and then wrap them around the wire at the points you think would be useful.  At the ends, fold the balls over the loop and re-form into a little ball around the loop.  In addition to another grip point, this will protect your camera from the sharp ends of the wire.

As you can see I made a tight series of smaller balls at one end to wrap around the camera, and more widely spaced larger ones at the other end to form a base or attach to things to stabilize the camera.

Step 4: Let Sugru Cure

Place the finished pod in a safe place to cure.  I put it in a vise so the nodes wouldn't get flattened or deformed from resting on a surface, but this may be overkill.

Step 5: Use Your Multi-pod!

You can bend the wire to form a base like this for a tabletop application.  Just bend to position the camera as you wish.

Step 6: On a Door Handle & Modifications

Here's another example, using the multipod to hold the camera on a doorknob. 

For sturdier pods, try joining multiple strands of wire (either by twisting well, soldering, sugru, etc.) to form tripods, quadrapods, octopods, etc.  Obviously the variations are infinite: you can texture the sugru, add a bolt to be able to attach larger cameras, add ball joints, wheels, etc.!!!

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    4 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    lovely, I like your intelligent and limited use of sugru here. It's smart and only applied where it's needed :)
    How has this holding up now ?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice, I like what I'm seeing here.. but..

    I would have made it so the iPod 'sits' on it more, if you see what I mean?
    It would have been groovy (if not expensive and time-consuming) to coat the whole of the wire in sugru, the problem is this would require a LOT of sugru.

    Excellent first instructable though.



    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for your comment. I'm not sure what you mean by "sits," but of course you could sugru on a little docking plug so that you could "plug" the ipod into the snake-o-pod. That would make it more convenient to use with the ipod, but less flexible as a general pod to use with a variety of devices. As I said, you can customize the basic design any way you like. Thanks again!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Sitting ---> Instead of the snake-o-pod wrapping around your iPod, I would make it so it just rests on the pod.