In this instructable you only need things that any ordinary person has in their house. No more dealing with $100 slime thats only available from a remote island in south africa, just plain, household junk.
Sorry for the bad picture quality, i was using my iPod.
Step 1: Materials
- A file
- The lid of a margarine tub or similar lid
- A small mixing bowl ( Aprox. 1 cup )
- Something to mix with
- Something to be the shaft of your stylus
- Craft glue
- A knife
- A candle
- A drill bit (Preferably with a drill)
Step 2: Get Your Graphite, Make Your Powder
Once you have a reasonable pile of graphite bits, start shaving them against the file. Make sure the resulting powder gets collected in your margarine lid. your going to need it. Also try not to breathe to much of it... probably bad for you...
Step 3: Collect Dust
Step 4: Prepare Your Mold
Next pull out the wick if it's in your way, and carefully drill a hole in your candle. The hole should be as deep as you want the capacitive part of the stylus to be, then 3/4 of a centimetre deeper. The hole I made was about 3 cm deep. The width of the hole should be a few millimetres wider than what you are using as the shaft go your stylus.
Step 5: Clean Up Your Hole
Grasp a smooth straight nail in your pliers and carefully use a lighter to heat the nail. Don't over heat the nail or it will melt your wax. Lightly rub the nail around the insides of the candle hole.
The goal here is to make the inside of the hole as smooth as possible, and to make sure there isn't spare wax from the drill left in the hole.
Smooth and steady makes a good stylus
Step 6: Make Your Stylus Goop
Step 7: Mix Your Goop
Step 8: Get Your Goop Into Your Mold
As mentioned above, the next step will be getting your stylus shaft* in the mold and making sure the goop evenly surrounds it. Be sure not to push your stylus all the way to the bottom of the hole, leave a few millimetres room.
If you are using something non-conductive as the shaft of your stylus you will need to be touching the goop port of the stylus for it to work, so make the hole deeper if needed.
Step 9: Let It Dry
You now have a cheap capacitive stylus!
*remember, if the shaft of your stylus is not a conductive metal, you will need to make sure you are always touching the goop.