Today I was at a craft supply store picking up a few things for my new hobby. I went to grab a Paint Eraser after I saw it recommended a few times, but was surprised to find a price tag of almost $6 for a little wood and rubber. Here's how to make your own for far cheaper.
I would like to apologize in advance for how the pictures came out. I had low light and am still getting used to the camera, but I think they will still illustrate the steps well enough.
Step 1: Materials
I grabbed most of the items below at a dollar-per-item store, but you should be able to get them at almost any store for about the same price.
Materials Needed (From Left to Right):
- Super Glue ($1 for 2-Pack)
- "Pencil Eraser" ($1 for Pack of 6 Pencil Erasers and 6 Large Erasers)
- Pencil ($1 for 8-Pack)
- Hobby Knife (Already had mine, was about $4 from a cheap tool store)
- Piece of Paper or Thin Cardboard (Free from a box)
- A surface to work on
Total cost per finished item: Approximately $0.30
Note: Cheaper/harder erasers will work better than the softer kinds. I am looking in to using silicone caulking as a sealant to firm up the tools and prevent transfer to the work. While this hasn't been a problem for me with clay, YMMV.