Finger Pen!

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Introduction: Finger Pen!

So you guys all know you can make pens out of feathers, right? Well a while ago in my weirdo body-modder kind of way I decided to try and do a similar thing with fingernails (You know, FOR SCIENCE). Several weeks and broken fingernails later I discovered that such a thing is not only possible but AWESOME. Your turn!

Step 1: Supplies!

For this project you will need:

A bottle of ink
Scissors (little sharp ones) or a knife
A pen
Your finger!

Step 2: Grow a Claw!

This is the step that takes the longest for obvious reasons. I recommend growing all your nails out at once, 1: because having claws is wicked awesome and 2: because by the time I had a nail long enough to do this I had broken all but two of them. Anyway, grow your nail(s) out to at least a quarter inch (about 6mm)

Step 3: Sharpen!

Time to sharpen your claw (if you hadn't done that already). Use your files (I used jewelry files but a nail file would probably work fine) to shape your nail into the nib. You want the sides of the point to curve inward slightly to make it look more like a pen nib and the tip should be flat. I found it useful to draw black lines on the nail for guides.


VERY VERY CAREFULLY use the scissors to make a vertical cut down the length of the nail from the middle of the tip to the nail bed. Center it as well as you can (again, I found it useful to draw a guide).

Step 5: Ta Da!!

You now have a fully functional finger pen! Dip your finger in the ink, shake your finger onto some paper towels or something to get rid of some of the excess ink, but make sure there's still ink collected under your nail. Downward strokes work best, keeping your finger mostly perpendicular to the paper to avoid leaving huge droplets everywhere. Go wild!



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    I'd love to try this with an artificial nail tip and perhaps even acrylic nails. They'd probably last longer than regular nails. Good instructable!

    LOL!! This brings "Chicken Scratch" to a whole new level

    I don't think I would ever find the need to use my fingernail as a pen, but the whole sharpening thing gave me a great idea on how to improve my cosplay =D

    haha! i always cut my nails like that when I get them long enough... and then i paint the tips black... and then people freak out... but I never compared my nail tip to a nib! :D

    haha, thats wicked! I can just imagine being at work, filling out some paperwork with my FINGER! haha. :D My co-workers would be even MORE freaked by me then. :D

    Then start filling out paperwork using dark red ink. Now THAT would freak out your co-workers! ;-D

    or do the real deal and make a tiny cut on your fingertip. everlasting ink!!! and pain!!! and a psych ward!!!!

    WOW ! It's like a TOUCH SCREEN for PAPER!

    With INSTANT interactivity, and NO lag or LOADING!