Introduction: Steampunk Finger Stylus

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I use a touchpad GPS regularly at work and lost the pen stylus a long time ago; it was inconvenient anyway trying to hold the stylus, GPS unit, and drive an ATV at the same time. So I made some finger stylussss?Stylii? from old water jug handles for work. For this Instructable I added some extra parts for fun Steampunk styling.

*update: This was used for pressure responsive touch screens like a Nintendo DS; to make this work for capacitive screens I would suggest adding a conductive coating like copper foil tape.

Step 1: Cut Handle Out of Water Jug

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This is simple, just cut out a small section from the handle of the jug. Slip it over your finger and use a marker to draw a shape to make a pointer. Cut out the shape of the stylus pointer with some scissors.

Step 2: Plain Stylus Finish

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Briefly hold the tip of the stylus in a flame to round it and keep it from being scratchy.
That's it for a plain finger stylus. Go to the next step to Steampunk it.

Step 3: Paint and Hot Glue Extra Stuff

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Getting a sense of Steampunk style takes a little intuition and internet browsing for ideas. Steam water tanks, brass, copper, rivets, hoses, gears, adjustment screws, leather, and levers come to mind when I think of this design style.
I spray painted a base coat of silver onto the stylus; then I added some gold Victorian style picture frame stickers from the hobby store sticker section. Finally, with hot glue I added some circuit board components and a brass screw.


Honda Enoch (author)2012-09-29

Ok, Does this work? It does not make sense. A standard stylus is metal with a special rubber tip. It uses the electricity from your body (your hand) and makes connection to the screen to work.

I have taken them apart and put the rubber tip on a plastic pen and it would not work. it has to be metal.

Honda, this is already dated somewhat; older touchscreens are more pressure sensitive rather than conductive like on most screens today ;)

Ah I see. I was wondering.

I wonder if you got some of the rubber tips from stylist pens and put on the tip and ran a wire from it to your finger if it would work.

I'll see what I can do and let you know. :)

Conductive paint.

VIGNAUDM (author)robbtoberfest2016-10-10

pour faire de la peinture conductrice mélanger reste charbon de bois de BBQ avec de la colle à papier peint

.to make the conductive paint mix remains charcoal BBQ with wallpaper glue

Never heard of it.

Cool. thanks :)

Tubebird (author)2016-05-14

nice idea

samuelblair6662 (author)2016-01-03

That is really cool....

Liesel Herondale (author)2015-12-22

These are really cool! i made one for each finger lol

TheBestUsernameEver (author)2015-09-21

wow.... AWESOME!!! N n

Portaldominates (author)2015-07-29

I love it! I made one but I'm not even going to bother posting pictures... I had to use sharpie instead of paint.

LordAlora made it! (author)2015-07-13

can you make one that would work for an android phone?

ishner (author)2013-06-13

to all the talk of conductive paint:
why not just make it out of metal?

preferably brass to keep with the steampunk thing

sbrimer (author)ishner2015-04-17

metal on the touch surface?

twilightfox (author)2014-10-14

You have the best game for the DS ever! the final castle is so fun

kakang_anip (author)2014-10-07

is that works for phone?

wafflemaker878 (author)2014-08-31

Awesome! Gonna make one. Where can you find those stickers?

boocat (author)2014-01-30

ilikecake3 (author)2013-06-04

If I want this to work and I use conductive paint, do I need a special tip?

Remogeus (author)2013-01-04

I have a question. I know it is a stylus, but can it be used as pen for graphic tablet Wacom Volito?

robbtoberfest (author)Remogeus2013-01-10

If you make it conductive, I think it might work.

Dusk Shadows (author)2012-06-10

these look really good and i think your is good too prosper58 =)

Briguy9 (author)2009-07-13

Yeah the proper plural for Stylus is stylii. Anything ending in a 'us' removes the 'us' and replaces it with 'ii'

anyoldmouse (author)Briguy92009-09-02

Platypus ends in 'us', but their plural is platapodes. The plural for stylus is 'styli', not 'stylii'. No more Nintendo for you.

08motooley (author)anyoldmouse2012-01-05

there is no agreed plural for platypus, personally i use platypi

ALogan97 (author)08motooley2012-05-31

But the technical plural is actually platypodes. This is due to the -pus ending being a Greek stem meaning foot, which is pluralized as -podes. instead of the common misconception that it ends in the Latin masculine singular ending -us, which is pluralized as -i. Same goes for octopus.

Briguy9 (author)anyoldmouse2009-09-08

Oh. Well good thing I didn't like Nintendo too much. My Wii broke and is now unresponsive to the Wiimote, my Gameboy SP and DS both snapped in half, and my DS Lite doesn't read games anymore. On top of that they had to make the DSi without a Gameboy slot.

valhallas_end (author)Briguy92009-09-21

Wow...I've had my DS for ages and I'm pretty rough on it, but its in near mint condition. What bricks were you throwing at it? :-P Also, the actual plural form of octopus is octopodes. It seems an animal that ends with 'us' becomes 'odes' in plural while plants (cactus) become 'i' (cacti). I'm not sure how far that runs, but it seems to be a good general rule of thumb.

Seriously, I've dropped my DS on cement, hardwood, carpet, tile, and linoleum. It still works perfectly fine, not even any discolorations on either screen. And I actually have thrown a brick at it.

You are a braver person that I.  I'd hate to damage my DS - it keeps sanity between college exams....

HAL 9000 (author)valhallas_end2010-01-12

 Yeah, Nintendo stuff is BUILT! 

Falkenzz (author)HAL 90002012-05-20

Your HAL 9000?!
I'm sorry Dave, but I cannot let you choose that username Dave...

 As my iPhone keeps sanity during lessons. :P

Nicolas M (author)PastTheVoid2009-12-22

 True, my DS has fell from like 10 feet and only once something happened to it, the L button stopped responding, but I opened it, found out a part of it was broken, then superglued and PRESTO.

spawnos3717 (author)anyoldmouse2011-12-24

What would be the plural for Wii?...LOL

peyton14 (author)spawnos37172012-05-15


so was it the nitendo wus to start with? ps, the plastic makes an awesome hammer finish effect

Jyssa (author)anyoldmouse2010-03-14


08motooley (author)Jyssa2012-01-05

it only works with words of more than one syllable otherwise the rule doesn't count

Lord_Forbes (author)Briguy92009-07-22

Depends on the conjugation. Sometimes, if it has a root in 4th declension Latin words, it can end with -us. Like arcus, arcum (for those that don't know, the nominative case is always followed by the genitive case so that you know the declension). The plural of arcus is arcus. Also, the below post is correct. The ending of -ii is reserved for families, i.e. Cornelii is Cornelius' family. :) Latin scholars to the rescue. Good stylus by the way, I plan on making one.

Fieldownage (author)Lord_Forbes2010-02-18

 Correct, correct. In the 4th declension it would come out as Stylus (only the "u" pronounced longer), but by 2nd declension it would come out as Styli. Although according to dictionary its plurral is "styli, or styluses" so I quess it's from 2nd declension even though it shouldn't be latin. ;)

skribb (author)Briguy92009-07-23

Apart from Doedskvads correction - what about "bus"? I don't think it's supposed to be pluralised as "busi" ;D

Doedskvad (author)Briguy92009-07-15

Nope, it's "Styli". "Stylii" would be the correct plural if the singular was "Stylius". But the Instructable is awesome nontheless.

Briguy9 (author)Briguy92009-07-13

P.S. Awesome 'ible!

toogers (author)2010-10-28

i've only had two "incidents" with nintendo devices.
1. broken DS hinge(game still worked, screen was just in a weird position)
2. (see picture)

Falkenzz (author)toogers2012-05-20


prosper58 (author)2011-01-16

Thanks for the instructable :D. I made my own yesterday. I'm not sure if you can call it steampunk, since i lack a lot of steampunk items to use. (gears, coils, tubes, etc.)

robbtoberfest (author)prosper582011-01-18

I'm alway losing mine; and after seeing yours I had the idea of adding a magnet to stash it on the fridge or somewhere.

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