This article is made for those of you who would like to create ink markers from simple materials. You'll find that these instructions can be scaled to practically any size from a very small marker to a very wide, broad marker.
Things You Will NeedIn this example, you'll need the following basic materials:
Empty deodorant container
Used or recycled chalk board eraser
If you haven't done so already, completely empty the deodorant of the material. Remove any remaining internal mechanism and clean the inside with a paper towel. Be sure to keep the cap as this will come in handy when the ink marker is not in use.
Clean any remaining chalk from the eraser. This item can usually be torn into strips by the ripping it one at a time. You'll do two things: 1) Take one set of strips to fill the void of the deodorant container - this will be the reservoir area that will actually hold/soak the ink, and 2) Be sure to leave enough room to put another set of material at the top to act as the tip of the marker itself. The exposed strips should be long enough to be held securely in the container but short enough so that the tips doesn't fall out or prevent the cap from closing securely.
After you have identified the orientation of the strips, remove just the tip once again from the container and pour your choice of ink into the void. The eraser material you left at the bottom of the container will serve two purposes: 1) The material will gradually soak up the ink you just poured into it, and 2) The filler will keep the tip you place on top of it from sliding too far into the container from being able to use it to write with.
In summary, your choice of container is only limited by your imagination. Be sure to pour the ink slowly as the eraser may take time to soak up the ink. In place of the filler, you can substitute the strips of chalk eraser with a non-organic material such as wadded polyester batting. Otherwise, replace the cap when not in use. Enjoy!
Tips & Warnings
Safety Tip: You can tear the chalkboard eraser into strips for this project. However, if you decide to use scissors or a cutting tool, be sure to practice safe handling techniques such as wearing eye protection and thick working gloves - preferably leather - when cutting the eraser to size.