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How to pimp your cracked smartphone

A simple DIY to make your cracked phone screen look like stained glass.

Megan Low


Published: 25 April 2016, 8:14 PM

Accidents happen. Like dropping your phone accidentally and cracking its screen.

When this happens, you have two options: get it fixed (which costs quite a hefty sum of money), or wait for your contract to end (so that you can get a new phone).

 

OOPS.

 

If these do not seem plausible to you, dont fret! Cracked screens are like the ripped jeans of the tech world; if you pull it off correctly, it will seem totally intentional and perhaps, even “cutting-edge”.

There is a way to pimp your busted phone to make it look like a piece of art, and definitely not a result of your persistent carelessness.

It’s simple – all you need are a few highlighters, and something to wipe down your phone with. You can even try this quick tutorial during those dreary lectures in school – not that we recommend it, of course.

This is how you do it:

Before you start, it is probably a good idea to have in mind how you want your phone to look. Pick a good colour scheme and decide where you want each colour to go. Or, you could just wing it in the spirit of DIY punk culture.

 

THIS IS PRETTY INTUITIVE.

 

Next, draw over the cracked screen with your highlighter as many times as you see fit. Press down over the cracks to get as much ink as possible into the tiny crevices. Wait a few minutes for the ink to spread before you start drawing again.

 

YOU WILL PROBABLY NEED SOME ARTISTIC SENSE TO MAKE THIS LOOK GOOD.

 

To create a gradient, draw over filled in cracks with a different coloured highlighter. At this point, repeat the previous steps if necessary, and keep pressing your highlighter on the cracks for a more intense colour.

 

YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO GET INK ON YOUR HANDS WHILE TEXTING, SO WIPE DOWN YOUR PHONE THOROUGHLY AFTER INKING!

 

Once you’re done, wait for five to 10 minutes for the ink to seep in. Finally, wipe off the excess ink on your phone and admire your piece of art.

If you want to the colours on your artwork to last, seal it with clear nail polish. This protects your hands from getting cut by the glass shards as well.

 

NOW, YOUR PHONE LOOKS LESS TERRIBLE THAN BEFORE.

 

This isn’t exactly a permanent solution, but beggars can’t be choosers. Just be thankful that your phone is still fully functional!


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