A Reddit user has used sandpaper, paint, and fabric dye to customize his second-generation Apple Pencil into something more resembling a graphite pencil.
A variety of skins are available for customizing the design of the Apple Pencil, but Reddit user Cedric M. from Frisco, Texas decided to take the do-it-yourself route with some sandpaper, synthetic fabric dye, and paint, transforming his second-generation Apple Pencil into one that closely resembles a No. 2 graphite pencil.
Cedric first achieved a wood-like texture with sandpaper before applying paint and synthetic fabric dye to color the tip, shaft, and collar of the pencil. He then shared the end results on Reddit.
Cedric told MacRumors:
I saw a few “pencil” decals for the Apple Pencil 2 but didn’t like the idea of something that could be misaligned or peel. I experimented a bit with Rit dye and have some experience using it at my job – I knew that it could be used to dye plastics with relative ease. I wanted to replicate the texture and feel of an actual wooden pencil and was happy with the results I achieved with some careful sandpapering.
As you can see, the finished product is quite impressive. However, we don’t recommend trying it unless your skills are at the same level as Cedric’s. Perhaps a skin from this selection of skins on Amazon would be a better bet for most of us.