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Sand Projectiles For City Slinging - Sean Badidles

The “50 Second Bullets” method is great for being able to have accidents happen, like the ammo slipping out of the pouch during a throw plus the fact that it is also retrievable. But for the poor souls trapped in a jungle of concrete and steel, isolated from the open fields, in a place with a high risk of damaging property, there is an answer. Sand-Glands are simply made from fine grains of sand that are moistened, molded and baked together. On impact they break and turn into dust preventing too much damage to cars, windows and people. Now, you can break a window with enough strength, but hopefully the impact won’t be too strong and the breakage of the gland will be enough of a preventative measure.

And now that the intro is done with let’s get on with the actual production.

Okay, there are a couple things you’re going to need:

  • Wire Screen
  • Wok or basin
  • Water
  • Sun
  • Sand
  • A trowel


  • Toaster Oven
  • Mortar & Pestle

To get the sand take a little walk until you see a spot with dry dirt like this one:

In my case, since I live in the desert, the whole city is like this.

Well, anyway take a couple scoops and put it on the screen then hold the screen above the basin and gently shake it side to side filter out the rocks, sort of like sifting for artifacts on an archeological dig. Keep doing this until the basin is full of nice soft sand or until as much as you need.

After that, head back home and use the spray bottle to mix the sand with water until you get it moist enough that it can be molded, but not so moist that it flows between your fingers. It should be a lot like bread dough and should be able to hold together if you lightly toss it up and down. Optional: Grind the sand into a powder with mortar & pestle to make a smoother gland surface.

Here is picture of a “bar” of mud broken in half:

Now for the fun part. Mix it all up
so that the water is evenly distributed then use your mold to shape it or if you don’t have a mold (like me) you can just shape it with your hands.

After molding your sand glands are ready to bake. Personally I prefer using the toaster oven because it’s a lot faster (fifteen minutes), rather than baking in the sun (around 3 hours). Once they’re dried out (and no longer hot) you can start firing away

(I apologize for the low quality of the pictures, the $20 camera I used was all I could afford.)

- Sean Andrew Vicentina Badidles (Tumakas)


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