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What substance should I use for this? Answered

I need to figure out what to use for a certain application.  It needs to have small particles, say the size of large glitter flakes, sand, styrofoam balls, or those tiny glass beads without holes that people glue onto ornaments.

I'd prefer if it could pile up a bit like damp sand... not too high, 1/2 inch max is all I need.  I need it to not rot or deteriorate in a closed container for an extended period of time, and I need it to not attract a charge over time and cling to the sides of the container (like glitter and styrofoam balls do).

I need to be able to push it around easily if, for example, I dragged my finger through a pan of it.

I need it to be white or clear.

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onrust (author)2010-09-12

There is an endless supply of sandblasting medium and sizes you can look into.

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gemtree (author)2010-09-11

They have tiny plastic balls for stuffing toys and small pillows. I believe them to be white. Not sure about them not being nonelectrostatic though. I am sure you could test them out though. The glass beads without the holes may be a good bet if the plastic ones won't work out. I think anything CAN pick up a charge under certain circumstances, though.

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Re-design (author)2010-09-10

How about just plain sawdust of the right consistency?

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jeff-o (author)2010-09-10

Sawdust from cutting hard plastic, maybe?

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Kiteman (author)2010-09-10

Some building-material suppliers stock white or silver sand.

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rickharris (author)2010-09-10
After some consideration What's wrong with sand?


If you want to be exotic how about micro balloons.
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http://www.epoxy-resins.co.uk/Shop/glassballoons.html

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