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How to make your own graphic tablet nibs by l-gray-l How to make your own graphic tablet nibs by l-gray-l
Let me start of by saying that i probably did not come up with this idea, somebody mentioned to me that a trimmer line could work and that's how i started, but it wasn't that easy to find, so the more tutorials there are the better.
I am not a fan of the price of the nibs that are sold, and being as cheap as i am i decided to make my own, note that i had all of these items in my house, therefore i didn't have to spend any money, it might be different for you.
lastly here is some information and my experience with this new nib;
for a 6 dollar package you get 61 meters of trimmer line, that amount could last you for about 1800 years, yes i did the math, but you also have to note that some people may not like the feel of it, it is really flexible but that also means that it will last longer.
I hope you found this helpful, have a nice day.

My graphic tablet: wacom bamboo create, i think that it might work for others, you will have to find out.

Update: I am still using the same nib that I made the day I made this tutorial (about 2 years). Therefore, I can conclude that these plastic nibs do last a long time, and are not half bad considering the time and money that you save. 
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind, I like the weed trimmer line ones better now.
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've tried using these; wooden nibs work better in my opinion.
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thelonelyfruitcake Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh thank you. My original ones wore out in like a month :/ too costly
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RabbitMadness Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks you! i'm gonna try it :)
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keixayaka Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, this is nice. Thanks!
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ophiuchimuku Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
niiiiiiiiiice :D
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ty
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ZeRainbowSkaLark Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
What kind of trimmer line do you use?
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
just look for the ones that say round trimmer line, this one should work perfectly [link]
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ZeRainbowSkaLark Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Alright thanks ^^
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Sunstar-Pwns Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In the beginning, I believe that should be centimeters instead of millimeters. The smallest lines are mm, but the measurement you have shown there is cm. ^^ I just figured I'd say something.

This tutorial is helpful though, I always have to go buy new nibs, but I never thought of just making my own. Thank you!
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry, i just saw it, the ruler lied to me, lol. fixed
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cm? the trimmer line is 0.065 inch or 1,65 mm diameter
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JuliSketch Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013   General Artist
OMG!
This is a lifesaver!

Since I live in Brasil, the pen's nibs are way more expensive and serious, I can't thank you enought for sharing this with us! :hug:
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome, glad i could help
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
does it scratch the surface of your tablet?
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no, you just need to make sure that it's somewhat round and it probably scratches it less because it's not as hard as the original ones.
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CubicInsanity Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably no worse than a regular nib does.  Trimmer line isn't really rough, per se; it's just effective at slicing grass when spun around at high speeds.
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Thanks for the heads up :nod:
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem
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pen-not-pencil Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES finally some one made a tutorial for this! Just last night I used my last nib cuz the create wears it down so quickly :iconotlplz:
But thank you for making this! :iconletmehugyouplz:
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
mine ran out in 4 weeks, so i had no choice but to come up with something, glad i could help.
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RaiKamizu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude. You are a genius. This is seriously awesome.
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!
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l-gray-l Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
always
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