Before anyone goes out to buy this, I'd like to say that I won't be using this to quill! It spins so fast, I can't keep the strip edge even. However, I'll explain my "just because" experiment.
When Ann Martin of All Things Paper reviewed the Quill Ease Slotted Motorized Quilling Tool, I was reminded that I've always wanted to see if an electric eraser would be a good "Macgyverism". Off to Daiso (Japanese dollar store) I went, and picked up this electric eraser for $2. I went to the one in Richmond, but there are many US locations as well.
It's easy to take apart by twisting the upper ring and separating the halves. I had hoped my mini Japanese quilling tool (far right) would fit, but upon closer comparison, the diameter is too big to replace the eraser. Plus I don't think I could bear to damage my beloved tool.
Not to be deterred, I trimmed down a toothpick, gave it a slit, and shoved the pointy end into the eraser.
Here's what my coil looks like. It's ok, but really it spun too quickly for me to control well. If anyone knows if it's easy to turn down the spinning speed, maybe they could share this tip? All in all, a fun experiment for 2 bucks!