Free capacitative stylus: old pen, sponge, and a paper clip. It really works, though the sponge part has to stay somewhat moist.
- Remove the ink parts and guts from a pen (you may need to snip off the end to make the hole bigger).
- Poke a small hole near the writing end of the pen—just enough to fit a paper clip in.
- Stuff a moist sponge where the nub was (you’ll probably want to push it in from the inside).
- Insert one end of an unwound paper clip into the hole, making sure the end of it is inserted into the sponge.
- Wrap the rest around the pen so your fingers will touch it when you use it.
- See photo—it basically shows what you need to do.
- Remember, the sponge must stay slightly moist.
- Also remember, this project is more fun than useful.
- You can use an all-metal pen instead, just write upside down.
- Wrap a pencil in aluminum foil. Ta-da!
- Or just use a binder clip. Seriously.
That said, all of this information is essentially useless since you can buy a 4-pack of actual styli for $1 on Amazon. But it’s fun to hack shit, right?