Since the wonderful lomography community has yet to come up with an official Splitzer for the Sprocket Rocket, I decided to make my own version! Take a look at how I made it and what the resulting photos are like after the jump!
All you need are a little bit of patience, a steady hand, and the following items:
- A Pringles/Lays Can & its Cap
- Some electric tape or glue
- A useless sponge
- A blade/scissors
Cut the bottom of the can to around about 1 cm in height. I had initially planned to use a Pringles can, but switched to Lay’s as I found that the can wasn’t as large. Be careful not to hurt yourself when handling the blade. Anyway, if you dont want to measure, just go ahead and cut it and you can adjust this later on. I had initially cut it at 2 cm, but didn’t seem to fit nicely, so I reduced it to 1 cm.
Then, mark a line down the center of the base of the can and form a semi-circle, followed by cutting this semi-circle out. This is a pretty dangerous task since you will be cutting through metal! I used my knife to make perforations in the metal first then carefully cut the rest out after. But please, be extra careful. After cutting out the semi-circle I advise pressing the metal parts down to avoid the sharp parts from sticking out, then tape over them.
Tape up the inside of the can, or paint it up if you’d like. I taped it because I didn’t have any paint on hand. This is to stop any light reflecting off the lens, then onto the can, then back into the lens (dont’ know if this works or does anything even, but…didn’t want to take that risk. Hehe).
Now, take the sponge out and cut it into thin strips (sounds like a cooking recipe…anyway…). These strips should be glued/taped to the inside of the can. This will allow the can to sit snuggly onto the lens of the Sprocket Rocket. I initially tried to glue it, but then that was just a waste of time. So, I just taped it up and worked just as nice.
Congratulations! you are now done with the main part! Now, for the extra splitzer action!
Take the cap off the Pringles can and do the same as per Step 2. This will make a nice little adjustable splitzer. Add some tape to the main base so this cap fits more snuggly. Now, you can put this cap over the base and can split photos in halves, quarters, thirds, or whatever you want!
VOILA! you have completed the Sprocket Rocket Splitzer! Paint up the outside of the splitzer or put stickers or whatever design you prefer, and you got something pretty cool! Enjoy!
Here are some cool shots of the splitzer in action! good luck!
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