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Homemade stylus for your capacitive touch screen devices

For the average art savvy techie, drawing on a tablet meant shelling out twenty bucks on a stylus. Not any more. Through this instructable, I share this idea of my stylus.
                                                                         Capacitive touch screens work on the basic principle of activation of sensors when very diminutive electro-chemical charges dissipate on its surface. Thus, when we touch our fingers onto the sureface these charges are activated. 
 Snapshot of the 20 bucks stylus:(1)

 
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Step 1:

What we need-
1) A gel pen with the refill removed;
2) A board pin with a domed metallic surface;
3) Copper wire; and
4) Aluminium foil.
Time for the project- 
5-10 minutes.
Let's get started!
The improvised stylus(2):

Step 2:

In this step, I give the details of how to make the improvised stylus:
1) Strip the ends of the copper wire;
2) Coil one end around the sharp point of the thumb pin;
3) Thumb the pin into the back of the pen;
4) Now, wrap a bit of the aluminium foil around the pen so as to act as a grip as well as a conductor; and
5) Stick the copper wire to the foil with the help of sticky tape.
Your stylus is ready to do wonders on your touch screen device!
P.S.: It is also scratch-resistant! 
zacker6 months ago

ok so I have an old stylus that looks like the one in the pic of the $20.00 stylus... it doesn't work on my ipad / I phone. all id need to do is wrap some copper wire around the tip and up the shaft so when I hold it the power goes from m y hand to the tip and the stylus will work? So why wont it work if I just held a small metal rod? does it need to be copper or is there something else that happening? youd think a metal rod would conduct enough current to work... Hmmmm...

sagax1 year ago
I thought the first picture was the final result. I need a thin point to draw, not a thick point. But anyway, it may be useful for not drawing use.