How to Make a DIY Touchscreen Stylus for Cellphone

How to Make a DIY Touchscreen Stylus

Tools and Materials Needed:

Tools and Materials Needed

• A Pair of Scissors / A Knife • A Ziploc Bag • Absorbent Cotton • A Copper Wire • Scotch Tape • An Worn-out Ball Pen  

Step One: Remove the Plastic of the Copper Wire

You can cut off the plastic skin of the copper wire by the knife or burn it by fire.

Before: The Copper Wire with Plastic Skin

Before: The Copper Wire with Plastic Skin

After: The Copper Wire without Plastic Skin

Step Two: Make a Contactor for the Stylus  

Cutting a Ziploc bag into a two-layer 4X4CM square.

Cutting a Ziploc bag into a two-layer 4X4CM square

Take a bit of cotton, soak it into salty water, then squeeze the wet cotton into a small ball. Use the copper wire to fix the cotton (the copper wire should be fully surrounded by the wet cotton).

squeeze the wet cotton into a small ball

Use the Ziploc Bag to wrap the cotton compactly and then tape it closely. 

Attention: this step is very important for a qualified stylus. You should adjust the size of cotton according to actual situation, the size should  be neigther too big nor too small.

Use the Ziploc Bag to wrap the cotton

Step Three: Make the Pen Body

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Remove the mouthpiece part of a plastic pen, make the copper wire through the pen, and stretch the copper wire tightly and compactly.Finally, pass the copper wire around the penholder. The following photo is the finished DIY touchscreen stylus.

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**Conclusion***

The stylus is made according to the principle of a capacitive touchscreen. The key factor is letting the charge come into our hands along the conductor. The iron penholder’s stylus can show a better performance. To save money, it is better to use a worn-out iron pen to make a stylus.(Donot use a brand new pen to DIY, as it is a waste of money, and do not take apart your father’s Parker pen as well.) Other materials such as resin or conductive rubber also can be used to make the contractor.

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