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A few of us at Teague Labs have been experimenting with conductive foams and fabrics in search of an iPhone/iPad stylus that's somewhere between the intriguing hard foil sticks and wet q-tips on Instructables. 

Fortunately, it's quite easy to make a soft, conductive writing tool using some pretty basic materials.  All you need is a pencil, an anti-static sock, and some patience to cut and sew it all together.



 
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Step 1: Gather the materials

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For this project you'll need:

1. A pencil or pen (the non-pointy side is the side you'll be drawing with on your touchscreen).
2. An anti-static sock (such as this one, with X-Static in the foot area which contains conductive silver thread).
3. Scissors to cut the sock.
4. Needle and thread to stitch it together.



Step 2: Cutting the sock

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Cut the sock into a rectangle slightly larger than what is needed to wrap around the pencil.  Leave room for stitching, but the more excess material you have, the larger the overall size of your stylus will be.





Step 3: Stitch it up

Start by sewing a small flap over one end (see first picture).  This will serve as a pocket for inserting and removing the pencil later.  You can use a sewing machine, but it only took about 5 minutes by hand, so I recommend getting out your mini sewing kit and giving it a try.

Next, (see second picture) cut the rectangular section of anti-static sock material to be slightly shorter than the pencil's length.  Then stretch the sock to so that it cover the pencil's entire length and hook it on the pencil's tip (this makes sewing it easier since the material is stretchy).

Finally (see third picture) sew up the rest of the sock alongside the pencil, leaving a gap between the two sewn sections so you can easily take the pencil out.

tommym122 years ago
The flatter end of an AAA battery works too. Just don't scratch anything :)
wotot24 years ago
Also, a wet baby carrot works. Just thought i'd throw that out there.
2H wotot23 years ago
Thankyou. The best laugh I had all day. :-)
Hah cool :D
I made a really good one that uses foam and works really well! http://www.instructables.com/id/Touchscreen-Stylus/
Santa223 years ago
This looks pretty cool and I should use it for my iPad2 because we are allowed to use them at school and this would be a great thing to have for a much lower cost then the stylus at apple
So would a piece of metal work too? or is there something about the nature of the thread?
I have tried this, pieces of metal do work on touch sensitive screens... as long as you touch them
I've found contact area is important for capacitive touch screens and pads. Hard metal pen tips don't work on the devices I've tried unless the tip has a flat on the screen. Also, hard metal presents a scratch risk if it has any sharp edges. A soft conductive tip that can conform to the surface works better.
PrintOutlet3 years ago
This is very creative solution. Is it possible to use Palm Pilot stylus?
oh and mine works on laptop touchpads too.. but its abit clumsy for laptops
http://www.instructables.com/id/CHEAP-FAST-AND-STYLISH-IPAD-STYLUS-cost-me-0-aga/

here have a look at my stylus
i use an antenna and some foil for condctive part
Seleziona4 years ago
Coool!
I just wish I could know if my socks had that stuff...
我在中国的论坛中有看到过
In China, I have seen in the BBS
Okay
randomhat4 years ago
Try wrapping & taping a strip of mylar from a candybar wrapper! It works for me. It's light enough that it won't look or feel to fugly, but easy enough to work with, get and soft enough(unlike that other instructable that uses -tinfoil-) to not really damage the screen. I got my iPod Touch to respond really well even with that little flap on the end hanging off!
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 Do you think this Stylus would work on a laptop touch-pad? I've been trying to make one recently - out of blue tac (I didn't realise it had to be slightly conductive then) :D  
if yo want a touch laptop, get an ipad
Lolz, no thanks. I don't think I will ever have enough money to buy one. And anyways, I just wanted it to use with Photoshop . . .
mason01904 years ago
you could also use a tiny drill in the middle of a DS stylus and fill it with solder!
i am only commenting because it kinda looks like a joint ^^

still i own multiple iphones and to be honest i never have had the feeling i need a stylus

 

some people with disabilities would prefer to be able to use a stylus. Cause iphones/ipad doesn't have stylus support these devices are pretty much useless to these people
cn i have an iphone???
yea ok in that way i agree it can be handy for people like that thx for correcting me dude ^^
daltonx004 years ago
It kinda didnt work for me could u mail me one??
Make sure you are using anti-static socks.
I literally have the exact same socks. The X-Static ones, and they are so comfy! I dont want to cut them up! 
StarLine4 years ago

I am not against it or anything,
but I heard from news that Koreans' are using hot-dog sausages as a stylus, during winter, so as no need to take off their gloves.
 

Ha, Lifehacker had an article on that a while ago. I'd expect to get a few odd looks, but its still a creative solution!

Here's the link: The Snack Sausage as iPhone/Touchscreen Stylus
hellvig4 years ago
A wet (but not dripping wet!) q-tip also works, and you do not need any tin-foil!
What you need to do, though, is to wrap it tightly with some extra cotton, to make it about double the original thickness (still much less thick than a finger).
Also, wrap it all the way up to the place where you are going to hold it - apparently it needs (wet) contact with your fingers to work on the screen!
Experiment!
 Thanks! This is where I've been looking for.
godofal4 years ago
wouldnt this be inacurate?
normal stylus' go tip-wise, this looks like its to big to be really precise.

i think this is a true Ipad stylus XD
It has to be the size of a fingertip since that is what the iphone and ipad are built for...  :)
ofcourse
very clever, but I was kinda hoping it would be an amputated finger :)
matrix435474 years ago
are most socks "anti-static", or how do I know if I have a sock that will work?
seabananers4 years ago
i am gonna make one right now for my sister i had an ipod but it broke :( so i got psp :)
This is cool.
kira864 years ago
this sounds great, but wouldnt a blending stump work well too? don't quote me though cause i dont have anything touch sensitive..   :'(     yours may be better though cause its got that anti-static sock material.
Jobee4 years ago
Fast, simple, and uses easy-to obtain materials! Good Instructable!