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480 Stylus Nibs and an Overlay Sheet = $7

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Yes, that's right ^.^ You can make Wacom Stylus nibs from a .065" thick weedeater/weedtrimmer cable. I found some at Walmart tonight, cost me about $2.50 for 40 feet. A nib is about an inch long, so that's 480 nibs!!!

Make nibs from this:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Universal-Round-Trimmer-Line...
Cut off 1 inch of this, make one end completely flat. Take the other end and run it over some sand paper until it's rounded and smooth feeling. Flex it a bit to straighten it out. Put in stylus and draw :)

Make an overlay sheet from this:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Avery-.5-Flexi-View-Poly-Bin...
edit: as an even better alternative, try a regular plastic sheet, comes in a 25 pack too!
http://www.amazon.com/Grafix-Clear-Plastic-Thickness-1...

This bad boy has a rough side and smoother side to it. Just measure out your overlay sheet, and cut this to fit. Slap it on your tablet, put some tape over the top to keep it in place, and you're ready to draw!

Now go to Wacom's site and laugh as you look at their prices ^__^
1 normal nib = $1
5 stroke nibs = $10
480 normal nibs = $480
480 stroke nibs =$960
an overlay sheet = $15

So, for 480 normal nibs and an,overlay sheet you just saved $488
I'll see about finding some tiny springs to make stroke nibs later. Hahaha! ^_^
Ah...I love making things for myself, don't you?
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Added: 6 years, 3 months ago
 
soggymaster
6 years, 3 months ago
Not only that, you can use whatever string you don't need to make a handful of nibs with on your string trimmer.  DIY FTW!
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
Hehe, I know. You only need to make a nib as you need it. I thought it was funny just knowing how many you could possibly make with that trimmer string. You could use whatever brand or type, but .065 thickness seems to match the thickness of the nib perfectly. I love DIY :)
soggymaster
6 years, 3 months ago
DIY is the only way I'm going to be able to make a desk for myself that will work for me.  That I'll have to figure out sometime in the future since what I had in mind works for my room here... not where I'm moving to, necessarily.
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
Wow, what kind of desk is it?
soggymaster
6 years, 3 months ago
The kind of desk I had in mind would be something quite ergonomic for me alone.  I have bad knees so I have to reposition myself when seated frequently, else I have a difficult time standing up.  
It would be a U-shaped desk, something I could put my feet up on in such a position that I wouldn't be interfering with my monitors - ie my feet would end up behind my panels, which would be suspended in a way that they would not be in the way of me putting my feet up or pulling them down.  I'd also have an ottoman underneath the desk, although this is likely what I would have ended up building.  My desktop PCs would then be part of the desk on one of the two returns, my printers (one laser, one inkjet) would be situated in a manner easily accessible by myself and my roommate(s).  The other return would be just like any other desk with basic drawers to organize my stuff.  One would situate my keyboard and mouse.
It would probably look funky because I'm not a carpenter, but I would only use real plywood, the type of 'plywood' that's scraps of bark and such glued together and actual timber in it's construction, NOT MDF (which is glued together sawdust).  I'd also top it off with oak, whether that would be a veneer, thin plywood or hardwood flooring I'd figure out when I built it.  I figure it would cost about the same as a decent store-bought desk in materials and supplies while taking a day or two to assemble.
Farkinarkle
6 years, 3 months ago
o_o How did you manage to figure this out? I have a Wacom Create Tablet and only have the 3 nibs that came with it. I had just drawn quite a bit, and knew I'd keep drawing, but didn't want to spend loads of money on the tips for the pen. So how in the world did you figure this out? *is shocked, awed, and amazed*
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
^__^ I just did a lot of reading on the nib wear problem with the new intuos tablets. Heard somebody mention using trimmer line about a month or so ago, but I dismissed it then, thinking it would be hard to bend straight. Then today I was reading about those monoprice tablets that Teko suggested in my last journal. I got curious about why it needed a battery then looked up a wikipedia article on Wacom tablets. At the bottom, somebody wrote about the nib wear problem again, and suggested .065" weedeater cable. I knew my current nib was almost gone so I thought "what the hell?" and picked some up today. Haha..and it works great!
Farkinarkle
6 years, 3 months ago
Ahh... I see... Perhaps I should try that too... Wait... Are the nibs for the different pens different or are they all the same? *should probably do some research of my own*
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
They have several different types of nibs. Most of them are for the Bamboo, Graphire, and Intuos tablets. Same shape, make differently. Like the stroke nibs have a spring built in that gives each stroke a nice soft painterly feel. Then there's felt nibs, to give you a little more friction, and hard felt for even more friction. Chisel nibs are supposed to be for the Intuos or ArtPen, but I don't see why they can't be used with any others. They make some other crazy looking nibs for the 6D ArtPen, I've never used one of those though.

Personally, I just like the standard one and the stroke . If you want more friction, you could always just throw a sheet of paper over the tablet, lol...and that would eat up your nibs really quickly of course. But hey, as long as you have some trimmer cable, who cares? XD
Farkinarkle
6 years, 3 months ago
Haha! True. Yeah, I have the Bamboo Create tablet. Got that for my Birthday last year. But it only comes with the 3 tips, so I wasn't sure how best to get some more when I need them. But yeah, if you have that trimmer cable... You're set for quite some time! XD Thanks for the helpful tip. I might check it out. (It helps when you work at Walmart and it's easy to get)
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
^.^ Hehe, yes that does help a lot! Good luck!
DaddyDuckyBE
6 years, 3 months ago
As for tiny springs, I guess you could raid a few ballpoint pens for them.

" 1 normal nib = $1
5 stroke nibs = $10
480 normal nibs = $480
480 stroke nibs =$960
an overlay sheet = $15


Laughing at Wacom's prices: Priceless! :P
Razrien
6 years, 3 months ago
heh.. you said 'stroke' nibs..
*snicker*
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
No, that's my penis.
o_o oh...you meant the stylus...
DaddyDuckyBE
6 years, 3 months ago
*strokes and nibbles* :P
fluffdance
6 years, 3 months ago
Oh my god, how do I +fav journals?  You fucking ROCK!  <3
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
^__^
*nuzzles a fluff lfuff*
mousehwolf
6 years, 3 months ago
Wow! :O
Ketsa
6 years, 3 months ago
Wow o.o I'll have to go out and get one of those overlay things. My Intuos4 has started to develop some minor scratchings that I don't want to make any worse.
Ketsa
6 years, 3 months ago
Well I'll be damned! I picked up one of those binders to give it a shot, and it works fantastic! Not to mention that a small tablet gets a full 4 overlays out of one~
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
^__^ Yes! Wow, four of them? How big is your Intuos?
Ketsa
6 years, 3 months ago
It's the small sized Intuos4.
Ketsa
6 years, 3 months ago
And I'm not sure if I like the different feel it gives to the tablet o.O I'll give it time to get used to it, though.
Whippy
6 years, 2 months ago
I just found this on amazon, it might give you that slippery plastic feel of a new overlay ^^
http://www.amazon.com/Grafix-Clear-Plastic-Thickness-1...
ChakatTailswisher
6 years, 2 months ago
That's very interesting. Though, perhaps a video or pictures detailing how to do this would help people like me figure this out easier. ^^; I'm not very craft savvy and I learn better from watching than reading.
Whippy
6 years, 2 months ago
Hmm....Well the hardest part of the whole thing was cutting out the plastic binder. To do that you need:
*an exacto knife
*a cutting mat or a piece of cardboard will do
*a ruler or something with a straight edge on it
*a marker
*a pair of scissors

1. Cut off one side of the binder to where you just have a simple plastic sheet now.
2. Tear off any kind of inner flap things on your plastic sheet, you just want it to be flat.
3 Place your sheet on your cutting surface
4. Put your old overlay sheet on top of this and trace around it with your marker
5. Remove the old overlay and line up your ruler with one of the marked edges.
6. Put your exacto against the edge of the ruler and press down, making a smooth motion down the length of the ruler, cutting along the mark that you made earlier.
7. You may have to go over your cut a few times to make it go all the way through, it's okay.
8 Do the same for each edge.
9. You might have to trim a little here and there to get it to fit on your tablet, test it out and see.
10. If it fits okay, get some tape, chop off the same length as your new overlay. Put half on the overlay itself and the other half on your tablet.

XD I'm a picture person too. If you really want, I could draw some illustrations for you ^^
ChakatTailswisher
6 years, 2 months ago
Hehe, illustrations would help, but photos would probably easier. ^^; Sorry for the trouble, though.
Heyzi
6 years, 2 months ago
Another Idea for the "screen protector" Would be to take the plastic sheets where you can insert images to protect them in binders, cut to size and use double sided tape around the edges to make it stick, The plastic is a little more flimsy than the plastic they use when you purchase a protector, BUT I think there are hard ones available too in walmart etc. Just an Idea :D
Whippy
6 years, 2 months ago
Sounds like a good idea. I don't know if you saw it, but a few posts above this one I found some regular sheets of plastic you can buy from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Grafix-Clear-Plastic-Thickness-1...

It looks pretty nice, I haven't used them yet, so not sure how the surface feels.
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