DIY stylus for a touch screen

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I have been working using a couple apps to draw some pictures with my iPad, and I love all of the things it can do, however, it is hard to be accurate using your finger. So I did some research on line and found a couple DIY instructions for how to make a stylus. Most of what I found says you have to use conductive foam… Which I don’t have laying around the house (but trust me, if I knew what it was, I am sure I would have a pile of it!) I know a stylus costs about 20-50 dollars, and I know I just spent 20 on a pair of “conductive” gloves!
But, I kept looking, and guess what? Scotch Brite cleaning pads are actually made of conductive foam! (Why…I have no idea, but they are!) So, I went to dollarama, and bought a pad for a dollar. All you need to make your own stylus is a scotch brite pad, some wire, and an old pen.

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The first step is to take apart your pen. Pull out the top of the pen and take out the ink, and take the little cap off of the end.

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Then, the next step is to cut off a piece if the sponge. The trick here is to cut a piece not too big, and not too small. The piece has to be large enough to fit snugly in the hole in the top of the pen. This took me a few tries to get it right. The great part is that for a dollar, you have enough sponge to try about 50 times!

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What you have to do now is thread the wire through the pen, and pull it through. This is the part where the size of your sponge, and how tightly you have wrapped your wire, are important. You want all of the wire to be hidden inside the pen, and still have enough sponge for a nice tip for your stylus.
This next step is the trickiest step… You have to wrap your wire around the sponge as tightly as you can. I found holding the wire with my pliers helped, and I ended up folding the sponge in half before wrapping it. Be sure not to cut your wire yet.. Just wait…

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What you have to do now is thread the wire through the pen, and pull the wire through to the bottom of the pen. This is the part where the size of your sponge, and how tightly you have wrapped your wire, are important. You want all of the wire to be hidden inside the pen, and still have enough sponge left sticking out for a nice tip for your stylus.

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At this point, you might want to use a pair of scissors to trim the sponge a little, so the tip is even and there are no little bits of sponge sticking out.

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In order for your pen to work, the pen has to make contact with you… Try it, it doesn’t work unless you are touching it! So, this is why the wire needed to be left long. Wrap the wire around the pen, then cut it.

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That’s it! Now you have a stylus! So far, I am pretty impressed at how well it works! I have to admit, I wasn’t totally satisfied until my third pen… It’s a little tricky getting the right amount of sponge. But, the important thing it that it works! I am going to see if I can find instructions for DIY gloves too! Maybe I can just glue gun some Scotch Brite sponges on each finger! Lol.

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