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What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby TT120 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:18 am

So, like most virgins, I brought home a small bottle of Playa dust. I'm not sure why but it seemed like a good idea at the time. What should I do with it?

Sprinkle it on my food for that unique Playa taste?
Get a fan and make mini dust storms?
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Jackass » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:22 am

Throw it around inside your car and hit it with a spray of water mist for that unique playa scent.
Don't worry, it'll get weird...
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby illy dilly » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:30 am

Save it for a time that you're having a bad day.
Then poor a little in your hand, and smell it. Even taste a little to really get the olfactory senses running!

Or, on a hot day poor a little around the rim of a PBR, sit out in the sun, close your eyes, and day dream for a minute.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby trilobyte » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:32 am

You could get small glass containers (little jars with cork stoppers) and make little keepsakes to share with campmates or friends, or do some other similarly crafty thing with it. I've still got a supply that I brought home years ago. On a couple occasions I've broken it out for testing purposes (testing fabrics, etc), and occasionally in the spring or early summer I've sent samples to newbie campmates or other first-time burners who either were curious what the stuff was like or who had concerns about how allergies or asthma would be affected. I really like illy's suggestion though, I think playa dust would make a great pick-me-up when I'm down.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Bounce530 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:34 am

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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Savannah » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:36 am

I have something akin to what Trilo's saying: a tiny glass bottle--maybe an inch high; corked & filled with 2003 playa dust, with the )'( stamped on the outside. There's some strong thread twisted around the neck of the bottle, which connects it to a necklace. It's one of my favorite souvenirs, and one of the few playa necklaces I wear off and on during the year.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Bob » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:41 am

Have a chem student test it for calcite content, by treating a portion of it with hydrochloric acid and assuming the stoichiometric calculations would be based on calcium chloride + carbon dioxide + water being the end products.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby TT120 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:12 am

LOL Bounce! I tried that but the drip was horrible. I wont try that again.

I like the little vial necklace thing. I think I'll go look for some of those.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby graidawg » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:53 am

Savannah wrote: It's one of my favorite souvenirs, and one of the few playa necklaces I wear off and on during the year.


i only take mine off to shower as per instructions.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Sham » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:00 pm

I filled a glass lamp with playa dust and put a few souvenir stickers on it. I will keep this into my old age, as I'm telling the grand kids stories of the glory days.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Lonesomebri » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:52 pm

I anonymously gifted mine to various media and government officials thru the mail.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby clocksnmirrors » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:27 pm

use it as an antifungal foot or crotch powder
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Noboundaries » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:29 pm

Let it be the start of a collection! As I turn around and look on the bookcases I see my wife's collection of 17 little plastic containers of dirt and sand she's collected around the world. Plus she has her Moon and Mars regolith simulant. And as of September she added 2012 BM playa dust, which is very similar to the Moon and Mars regolith simulant, just a different color. As collections go, this one is as cheap as dirt, literally.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Sail Man » Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:01 pm

TT120 wrote:So, like most virgins, I brought home a small bottle of Playa dust. I'm not sure why but it seemed like a good idea at the time. What should I do with it?

Sprinkle it on my food for that unique Playa taste?
Get a fan and make mini dust storms?


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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby Teamdummy » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:49 am

When heated, playa dust turns to black glass. I have been experimenting with it. It takes a LOT of heat.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby CornMan » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:30 am

Put some vinegar in it and cover it with a balloon and see what happens.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:17 am

Teamdummy wrote:When heated, playa dust turns to black glass. I have been experimenting with it. It takes a LOT of heat.

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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby goathead » Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:18 am

ashes and dust

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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby TomServo » Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:53 am

Here's an idea I thought of this year. Take 1- altoids tin/ partially full of playa dust, 1- book of matches, and instructions on how to make a man out of the matches.
Pour a small amount of water in the tin and let dry. Place the matchstick man on the newly cracked playa dust, and burn. Voila! Your own portable burning man!
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby TT120 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:54 am

Will your average propane torch produce enough heat to do that?
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby goathead » Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:14 am

TT120 wrote:Will your average propane torch produce enough heat to do that?


No, ox/acy torch oxidies the dust makes it an off brown/green also.
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby aserendipity » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:15 pm

SELL IT !
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Re: What to do with the bottle of Playa dust I brought home?

Postby aserendipity » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:25 pm

I mean after all any veteran sparkleponie knows that it is not necessary to encapsulate playa dust as it is upon all of you and your belongings anyway.
Say nothing each time you open a folding chair or other gear and the telltale mist of evidence allows onlookers to say "Oh that's from Burning Man !"
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