Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Stylus

Period styluses (stylii??) were made of bronze, bone, iron, brass, ivory - something that'd keep a good point and not be too bendy. Figured I'd make this one out of bone, as there was a chunk of bone left in my back yard by my daughter's dog which had aged enough to be carved up...

Cut a piece off with a hacksaw and shaped it using the bench grinder, then polished it using sandpaper and steel wool; all in all the whole thing took about half an hour to make (not nearly as hard or time consuming as I thought it would be!)

It seems to work, writing and erasing in the wax fairly well, but it's summer in Queensland and I think the wax is a bit soft - in the winter rubbing bits out will be considerably easier and less messy.

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