I'm trying to make pretend coins out of sand, so that they are solid enough say, to hold it by the edge and it not bend, but brittle with so that if I crushed it in my hand it'd crumble back into sand.
At the minute I'm trying to do this by mixing various consistencies of pva glue and sand, and am getting close but it's just not as brittle or as solid as I'd like it.
Ideally I'd like it to be in similar consistency to say that of a cracker or ryvita - which I would use for this project except that after it is crushed it should appear as close to sand as possible.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks :)
Some extra details:
I'm using sand bought for arts and crafts that I bought on eBay, so the sand is very fine. As for ratios / consistencies, I've tried with PVA glue and rubber cement (seperately) with 2:1, 1:1 and 1:2 ratios with the sand (roughly). Too little PVA and the sand doesn't stick, too much and it becomes a bit 'floppy'. I didn't know if there was a different type of glue I should try, or with a mixture of something else. I've also tried with kinetic sand, but that doesn't break as well as normal sand.
My most recent attempt I used a lot of PVA glue to sand, which worked but was slightly floppy - however I then coated it in metallic spray paint which seems to have made it hold together solidly. I haven't tried crushing it yet to see if thats even possible, but could the spray paint on its own potentially be a solution?