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Is that a masterpiece in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
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Step 1: Materials

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Used Altoids tin.




I added some pennies later on...

Step 2: Sharpen pencils.

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Use my awesome lo-fi technique if you wish. Look at my instructable "Revenge of Post Office Drawings" for detailed steps.

Step 3: Cut pencils to length.

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The inside of the tin is roughly 3/4" in height, so I'm going to trim the pencil leads to 1/2" to allow enough clearance.

I'm using some fairly specialized tools to do this: My tube-cutting jig and a jeweler's saw. Any other method will work, but I wanted a reasonable amount of consistency.

Set the back stop on the jig to 1/2", insert the pencil against the stop and engage the hold-down lever. Then cut through with the saw.

If you lose one or two, no worries, just chuck it up and resharpen.

Step 4: Assemble Stylus.

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I laid out two strips of masking tape, roughly tin-sized, and attached the pencil leads to the sticky side.

After thinking on it a bit, I decided to add more tape to kinda ensconce the leads, because there was no way they would stick by themselves, and I didn't want the possibility of the paper sticking to the tape.

Step 5: Assemble Device.

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Cut a piece of paper to tin-size, and place it inside. Put the stylus on top. Close tin.

Step 6: Something not quite right....

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There's no way that stylus is heavy enough to leave marks on the paper, so I added some pennies to the back to give it more heft. I spaced them out enough that the tape would be somewhat flexible.

Ok, now close it up and...

Step 7: Get out there and walk out some art.

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Jam it in your pocket and hit the bricks.

Step 8: Results.

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Ok, so I cheated a little. After a while I noticed that the stylus was very limited in it's motion, so I removed about 1/3 of the stylus (two cents worth).

But don't tell anybody...

I had this in my front pocket at work for 8 hours after the modification.
Lost Moai7 years ago
I made this with a three point stylus. A regular pencil, a blue pencil and a soft, 6B charcoal pencil, each hot glued to a penny and all three pennies hot glued together to another, joining penny. Below is the first result. I call it "Chicken Pot Pie." I'm going to do it again with another stylus ranging from a 6B down to a lighter pencil to get a more pronounced semblance of shading. I'm going to mail one to a friend in FLorida next. Thanks for the inspiration!
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hay_jumper (author)  Lost Moai7 years ago
xwx hay_jumper6 years ago
it looks kind of like a muffin O_O
taz8430 xwx2 months ago

it so dose O_O ????

omg that actually looks like pie mmmm pie
Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
HAHAAHa, this is such a cool Idea! It owuld be great for a back pack, or even a car with a bumpy ride! + and faves!
tjspinks7 years ago
perhaps you could get a similar effect using conte crayon clipped into cubes. tumbling around in you pocket like so many dice.
canida7 years ago
Cool ideas!
hay_jumper (author)  canida7 years ago
That praise is heavy! I'll trade you a drawing for a nice snake dinner.
Alas, we ate it all and are now fresh out of snake!
hay_jumper (author)  canida7 years ago
I know of a pet store not too far from here...
zachninme7 years ago
Do you mind if I make one of those instructables ads using Step #7?
hay_jumper (author)  zachninme7 years ago
If you are going to broadcast to the world the awesomeness of Hay_Jumper, then knock yourself out, kiddo. Let me see the results. Weren't you a tad busy for this kind of thing??
I was, but I'm procrastinating ;-)
hay_jumper (author)  zachninme7 years ago
Slack on, amigo.
llama lord7 years ago
wait.. wats it do?
zachninme7 years ago
I was reading step 7 and was about to suggest doing something like you did in step 9. What about hot glue? Its probably easier than tape, and rigid.
chalky7 years ago
are you on any medication??
hay_jumper (author)  chalky7 years ago
Just antacids. They're chalky too.
Brennn107 years ago
Watch out, you don't want pieces of crayon/colored pencil in your wash, it will ruin your clothes....My brother was washing his backpack in our washer machine, and a small piece of crayon ruined all the clothes that were with it.
Nylus7 years ago
I'm not sure of the practicality of this but hey who am I to judge.