DIY half case for E-pl1

mambastik

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Hello. I’ve been looking around for cases for my E-pl1. So far there are only 2 extremes, cheap Chinese ones, and gorgeous but extremely expensive Korean/Japanese ones. Solution: Design and build one myself from materials at home. Took me about a week and a half to finish. While it doesn’t look as polished and has that “diy-quality” to it, I am very happy with it. Total cost: $0.00.

Like all big projects, stop complaining how much work it is and just jump right into it. First thing’s first: Get something to cut with, and lay out the foundation.
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Then I basically eyeballed the rest; held up a ruler and measured out the lens release button, lcd, etc…
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Some scribbles on the paper for some minor adjustments and adding that little piece that hooks over the strap lug. I want how I could easily slip the case off, but none of the cheap Chinese ones had this, only the Korean ones, and I wasn't planning on spending an extra $100.
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Repeat for the other half and voila!
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I then decided to create a kind of mold by stacking the base several times. This will help keep things in shape. I used the templates to trace it onto a manila folder. I just don’t want to wrap the camera in leather to protect against scratches, so I decided to layer several manila folders for shock protection as well.
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Several layers later and it is actually very sturdy, holding its shape without the mold.
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Found some nice blood red silk material from a jacket we were about to throw out anyway and traced out the shape. At this point, I started using rubber cement to glue the fabrics and leather.
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Next some leather. Same thing, trace and cut out.
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Problem was that since the case was several manila folders thick, it was visible between the leather and the silk. At first I was planning to just take a permanent black marker and color it in, but after going through the closet, I found a nice set of thick suede laces.
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Last step: Add velcro to the lug hooks.
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And now for some product shots! I wasn’t planning on it, but the red outline on the case and the blue on the lens complement each other, which looks really really nice. Hope you like it and enjoy!
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Just a little note. It was split in 2 pieces rather than 1 long piece because I designed it to be small enough to be traced and cut out from an average sized wallet. I was planning to visit those 99c stores where I could get a variety of leather wallets but had no time. However, I am planning to make another one with brown leather, or perhaps faux crocodile?
 

russell

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Wow! Great job. Have you done things like that before? No way I would even contemplate making my own case... if I did it would consist of gaffa tape and... more gaffa tape!
 

ZephyrZ33

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Kudos to you....well done! I especially like the red-lining for contrast.

Might have taken long, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it more than any vendor bought piece.
 

pboga

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That's pretty awesome!

Looks really great and well built!
Congrats!!
 
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