New Look for My Diana Mini!

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For all Diana Mini owners, here are some tips on how to change the look of your beloved camera. Playing dress up with the Diana Mini can be fun, too!

I bought a white Diana Mini and it looks great! But actually, I’ve been thinking of customizing a skin for a Diana Mini even before having the actual camera itself. Now that I have one, customized, I would like to share to you how I did it.

1. Prepare the following materials:

  • PC / Laptop
  • Printer
  • Sticker Paper (High Gloss)
  • Cutter / Scissors
  • Clear Masking Tape (4.5cm wide)

2. Choose a design for your camera
Here, I used MS powerpoint to make the design. I Googled a wooden texture image and pasted it in the slide. You may choose to do the same. After choosing the design you like, copy and paste it to Powerpoint. Over the picture of your design, draw two pieces of 1.7 × 2.1 inch boxes and another 1.9 × 4.7 inch box. The 2 small boxes are for the front of your camera while the long ones for the back.

3. Print your design into the sticker paper.

4. Add a Protective Layer.

Add a layer of a clear masking tape into your printed design. Even if you used a high gloss sticker paper, the printed design itself can be easily damaged. Adding a layer of a clear masking tape can protect your design, make it look brighter and give it a glossy texture.

5. Put the stickers on your Diana Mini. Stick it properly along the sides and corners of your camera.

And we’re done! That’s how I changed the look of my Diana Mini. From a clean and plain white canvass-looking camera to a unique wooden camera!

I also made stickers for my lens cap, a DIY Splitzer, filter cap, and Holga 120 Fisheye lens cap. Here are the results:

Notes:

Be artistic. There’s a lot of designs that you can put into your Diana Mini. From plain colors to psychedelic images, abstract paintings, textures, patterns and so much more. Basically, anything that you can think of can be made into a design! Feel free to explore the possibilities.

Wondering why I used stickers? I decided to use stickers instead of acrylic paints in customizing my Diana Mini simply because I don’t want to change the look of my camera permanently. I can change the design of my camera anytime by making new stickers and I can remove them anytime I want. Removing stickers may leave a sticky residue into your camera’s body but don’t worry, you can remove it easily by rubbing your fingers into it.

If you want the exact size of the 3 rectangles that I used in my design, just send me a message. Or email me at jampolsoriano@gmail.com

I would also love to see your designs! I hope to see more fashionable Diana Minis soon!

The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!

written by poy on 2013-10-26 in #gear #tipster #design #diana-mini #diana-mini-modification #camera-modification

6 Comments

  1. retro-girl
    retro-girl ·

    Great idea!

  2. shelleybelley
    shelleybelley ·

    Im thinking of doing this one too in my mini..but dont much have time yet.. Where did you get your camera strap? Its cool.. Youy design is brilliant by the way!

  3. poy
    poy ·

    Thanks @retro-girl !

  4. poy
    poy ·

    @shelleybelley I got the strap from my mom's old sling bag. Now she's mad at me coz I destroyed her bag.

  5. poy
    poy ·

    thanks for liking guys!

  6. pearlyo
    pearlyo ·

    Hey!! May I have the exact dimensions of the rectangles and the circle for the lens cap? :)

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