I made a polymer clay egg out of leftover clay of various colours marbled together, and needed a way to sand it smooth after baking. Previously, I hand-sanded the ballon in my pig ornament but it took sooo long and I didn’t really want to repeat the process for my scrap clay egg. I heard that you can make an electric sander from an electric toothbrush, so I thought I’d give it a go. Here are the instructions:
- I started with a cheap battery-powered toothbrush (reduced to $1 at WalMart).
- Use pliers to remove all the bristles from the brush head. Grab a section of bristles firmly with the pliers and wiggle them from side to side until they pull out.
- Repeat until the brush head is bristle-free.
- Cut a small square of sandpaper just large enough to cover the face of the brush head.Tips for cutting the sandpaper to size:
- I wasn’t sure what sandpaper would do to my scissors, so I folded the sandpaper back and forward along the line I wanted to cut, and then it tore easily along that line.
- Make sure you label the back of every little piece of sandpaper you cut, or you will get into a muddle!
Here’s my finished egg. It’s really smooth and softly shiny, although I couldn’t capture that well in my photo.