I was looking around on the internets for DIY stand ideas and I came across the "30 second DIY iPad stand" video on youtube that uses a white shirt hanger that is bent to hold the iPad.
So, thinking it would be easy, I proceeded to destroy 8 shirt hangers, and never made it quite right...so I almost gave up...but then I figured I would try once more and with a thicker hanger...a suit hanger! very similar to this one:
Metal Suit Hanger with Chrome Pant Clips | 16.75" Silver / Metallic Steel Clothes Hangers | Free Shipping on Closet Metal Hangers
It's chrome plated and made of thick metal with two clips that each have rubber pads on them. I used pliers to remove the actual hook part, and then using my hands and pliers I (slowly) bent it into shape...and I think it looks very nice, especially being as it didn't cost me anything :-)