I remember seeing something like that long ago but can't remember what it was called. It is basically a metal gadget that holds 5 pencils or only pencil led and you can draw by hand your own empty staff. Anybody know?
It's called a rastrum.
The rastrum came into use in preparing copper-plate engravings for music printing. It was simply a fork that one dragged across the plate to "score" the surface. Rastrum is Latin for rake.
As for constructing such a tool samizdat (DIY), I see potential in a paperclip, 5 ballpoint refills, and a pair of chaining pliers. I'll say more as soon as I buy some ballpoint refills.
It's easy to make with cheap materials, but it works poorly. Paperclips are too flimsy. I either need stronger wire or longer wire. Or perhaps a carved wooden frame.