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Adhesive Putty Makes Versatile HandlePod Stick to Anything

A recent blog talked about using sticky putty to adhere HandlePod to almost any surface. The material (putty used for hand exercise therapy) was discovered by accident and worked very well. But a number of adhesive putty products will do a better job.

How to Use Adhesive Putty on HandlePod

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Three common adhesive putty products will stick HandlePod to any surface.

Three materials tested so far include Loctite Fun-Tak, Scotch Mounting Putty, and Dap BLUESTIK Adhesive Putty. Each is used the same way. They come divided into strips or blocks that you can roll into marble-sized balls and press onto HandlePods four rubber-tipped feet. Then simply press the HandlePod onto any surface, aim the camera and shoot. It couldn’t be easier! Now walls, trees, doors, windows, any surface too big for the HandlePod cord to wrap around, can support a camera.

Perfect for Smartphones, Action Cams, Point-And-Shoot

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Smartphone on HandlePod uses adhesive putty to stick to the wall.

Now you can mount your phone or any small camera on HandlePod and stick it to any surface with adhesive putty. Get in the picture yourself for a full length portrait or a group shot that includes everybody. No missing photographer or outstretched one-armed selfie stick shot.

Test Adhesion First

With the putty stuck to the HandlePod feet, press it against the support and mold the putty onto the surface with your fingers. You should be able to tug on the HandlePod firmly without pulling it off. Then mount the camera, set the timer or use a remote and get in the shot yourself.

This system can easily support a smartphone, action cam like GoPro or a point-and-shoot. Take care when using a heavier mirrorless or bridge camera. Make sure it will hold for the few seconds needed for a self portrait or group shot. The putty will not hold forever so make sure you have plenty of time to get the shot and remove the camera.

Natural Surfaces Work Too

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A point-and-shoot on HandlePod sticks to tree bark with adhesive putty.

HandlePod was designed primarily for man-made objects like posts, rails, columns, etc. But if you’re out in the woods and the only supports are rocks and trees, adhesive putty on HandlePod will do the job. Make sure the putty will stick to the chosen surface. Then mount the camera and shoot.

The putty may pick up bits of bark, rocks and dirt from a natural surface. This can be easily removed by hand. What remains can be kneaded into the putty and will not affect its performance. If the putty eventually picks up too much foreign material it can easily be replaced at two dollars a package.

Different Products, Different Performance

Of the three products tested here each has a different degree of firmness. The softest material is Dap BLUESTIK which doesn’t seem to adhere as firmly as the others. It is adequate for use with a smartpone but not recommended for use with anything much heavier.

Scotch Mounting Putty is much firmer but can be easily molded onto the HandlePod and pressed on supports. It does an excellent job. Use it with any lightweight camera.

Loctite Fun-Tak is the firmest of the three and takes some pressure to mold it into shape. But it performs well and can be used on practically any solid surface.

Adhesive Putty Is Easy to Find

One brand or other of adhesive putty can be found at just about any office supply or hardware store. They usually come in one or two-ounce packages for about two dollars. There are many other brands available which I have yet to evaluate. Adhesive putty is an inexpensive and fun way to extend the versatility and usefulness of HandlePod.

Stick Cameras to Anything with HandlePod and Amazing Adhesive Putty

As useful and versatile as HandlePod is, it won’t stick to anything by itself. Wouldn’t it be great to just press it on a wall and have it stay put, defying gravity like magic. Of course no small camera support will do that except one. Read a review of the MonsterPod here. But HandlePod could never do that–not until now!

The solution came about literally by accident. More on that later. I had thought about sticking HandlePod to objects for some time. But how? The first idea was to use duct tape. This was an awkward and less than elegant solution. Doable, but it had its limitations.

Then the solution fell into my hand or my hand fell into it. The stuff I found is firm but easily moldable. It is just tacky enough to adhere to almost anything. It will mold to uneven surfaces. It will cling with enough tenacity to support a smartphone, point-and-shoot, mirrorless or even a consumer DSLR with certain precautions. Yet it pulls off easily and leaves no residue or mess behind. This material is the final addition that makes HandlePod a universal camera mount that will stick to almost anything and stay in place by itself.

Stick Your Phone Anywhere

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Smartphone on HandlePod attached to a wall with adhesive putty.

Use a smartphone adapter on HandlePod and slap it against a wall, a tree, a column—anything. HandlePod’s elastic cord works great, but some things are too big to wrap it around. Now size doesn’t matter. This amazing adhesive putty will attach your phone to any solid object in seconds. Then set the timer and get in the shot or use a remote smartphone shutter release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uneven Surfaces Not a Problem

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Compact camera attached to a tree with HandlePod and adhesive putty.

This point-and-shoot on a HandlePod is stuck solidly to tree bark. It won’t come loose until you pull it off and leaves no residue behind. The putty may pick up small pieces of wood or a bit of dirt but this can be picked off easily. If anything remains it can be massaged into the lump of putty and not affect its performance.

Larger cameras like a bridge or mirrorless will also work but test adhesion to the surface first. You should be able to tug on the HandlePod rather vigorously without it pulling loose. Be sure to press the putty onto the surface as firmly as possible.

 

 

 

 

What About a Small DSLR?

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A consumer DSLR attaches to a wall corner with HandlePod and adhesive putty.

You can attach a consumer DSLR with some precautions. A flat surface is not advisable since adhesion may be limited. But a cornered surface can work quite well since there is more surface contact and it pulls at an angle. Doors, window frames, buildings—anything with an outside corner works well.

Press the HandlePod into the corner so that the putty molds around both surfaces and extrudes under the mount. Press the putty further around the corner with your hand. Test the adhesion. If it feels solid, mount the camera and shoot. Don’t leave it in place for long since weight may cause the putty to deform and sag slowly. But it will not suddenly release and drop the camera.

 

 

Other Uses Abound

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Video camera on HandlePod is attached to the dashboard with adhesive putty.

The ability to stick your camera to any solid object opens up a world of possibilities. Want a dashboard camera in your car? Mounting a video camera on the dash is quick and easy. Bicycle handlebars, forks and frames come to mind. The possibilities are endless. All it takes is HandlePod and a few ounces of this extraordinary miracle putty.

 

 

 

 

So What Is This Miraculous Stuff?

I said that I fell into this discovery by accident which is literally true. While walking my dog I tripped on a crack and pulled a ligament in my thumb. After casts and splints were off the doc gave me some material I could squeeze and massage to strengthen my hand. It is called Theraputty and is given out routinely in hospitals. I noticed it was mildly tacky and would stick to just about anything. I pressed it on the back of a HandlePod and viola! A camera mount that would stick anywhere.

Theraputty comes in a range of stiffness. The black color is Extra Firm and is the material that works best. A four-ounce container is the perfect size. It is available from a number of suppliers and can be bought on Amazon.

To greatly expand the versatility of HandlePod and turn it into a stick-anywhere camera mount consider adding Theraputty to your kit.