Because I won a La Sardina Telefonbuch edition and had no DIY version of the camera, this La Sardina had to suffer my crafting and tinkering wrath.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A small Phillips head screwdriver
- A scalpel or a craft knife
- Varnish / paint
- Brush / sponge paint roller (for the sponge I cut off just a piece of a household sponge)
First, I disassembled the camera using phalanx’s tipster! I glued the small metal discs from the front and the knobs on a sticky plastic wrap to paint them. I did this so I could just pull it off when it dried and glue it to the camera again.
I opted for plastic colors in green and black which I bought at a craft store. For this, I used a weatherproof and quick drying clear coating.
For the front and rear panel, I took a paint roller and just went crazy with the paint. I got a nice even result with it, though. I painted each part in thin layers for about three times.
For the other parts, I painted them with a sponge. It was more like patting the paint on but I was surprised to see that it worked great! I used a paint brush for the parts where I can’t use the sponge on. I used the brush for the lens and left some places free of paint so I’d still be able to read the text. I painted the parts green at first and then I put sublime black paint on the other parts using the sponge.
At first, it looked slightly messy on my dining room table. That’s because I had to let the color dry before I continued painting.
I also disassembled the flash, which was very easy as far as it went (I also did the same steps):
Finally, I absolutely wanted to do something with the blank back plates. I printed the lettering on my PC and cut the prints with a scalpel to make some sort of a stencil. Then I put the stencil on the plate and dabbed on it with the sponge and green paint. After that, I refined the lines evenly with a brush.
After all of that, the assembly had to be done. It’s best to remember where the screws belonged to which places when dismantling! When I had assembled the front and back panels, I applied a protective coating over the painted parts. After that, I assembled the other items on the camera which I had previously treated with the clear coat.
Now, this is my finished product:
When I was done with the camera, I could not sleep at night because I still had so many great ideas to pretty up the camera! So if there is anyone else who’s trying to get rid of their La Sardina: Telefonbuchedition in exchange of a beautiful felt bag, just let me know! I made the felt bag myself so you could say it’s a special DIY edition.
Have fun designing and crafting! If you have questions about this, just drop a comment below or send me a message!