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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
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.!!!