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Ferromagnetic Body Glitter

Easy to clean up!
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My 3.5 year old has a love affair with glitter cosmetics, especially body and hair glitter. The stuff seems to stick via static charge or Van der Waal's forces, but in order to clean her up you pretty much need to do a full body wash down.

I propose a line of easy to cleanup glitter products that contain a small amount of ferromagnetic material such that they will be attracted and stick to a magnet. This would allow one to use a magnetized comb to collect and remove the glitter and potentially to recover some portion of the glitter.

jhomrighaus, Nov 19 2007

Wikipedia: Van der Waals force http://en.wikipedia...Van_der_Waals_force
[jutta, Dec 03 2007]

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       sp. Van der Waals
daseva, Nov 19 2007
  

       But what if there were only one Van der Waal? Given that this is a childs product, there might not be that many.
bungston, Nov 19 2007
  

       [jh] - set a thief to catch a thief. You could try removal by (1): an inflated balloon, charged by vigorous rubbing atop the heads of the participants   

       (2) one of those charge removal guns once used for vinyl records.   

       I suspect these things stick because skin is sticky and kid skin is stickier.
bungston, Nov 19 2007
  

       Oh I do agree! Im justing thinking of something that they might want to stick to more than sticky kid.
jhomrighaus, Nov 19 2007
  

       Do you have a problem with festive carpeting?
shapu, Nov 19 2007
  

       Simply Brilliant Idea...a biscuit for you!
Monty6, Nov 20 2007
  

       Makes sense, [+]
theleopard, Nov 20 2007
  

       Not hating the idea, but keep the kids (and glitter) well away from any electronics. Small magentic particles that can get inside devices are a recipie for disaster.
MechE, Nov 20 2007
  

       //Small magentic particles// would screw up a colour monitor, that's for sure.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 21 2007
  

       No girls of my own, but stacks of neices. One has grown to take pre-med - good luck with yours!   

       And a bun while for while you wait.
elhigh, Dec 03 2007
  

       Metal shavings for glitter? Ouch. You've clearly never worked in a metal shop. Does it ship with a set of safety goggles?
RayfordSteele, Dec 03 2007
  

       Who said anything about metal shavings???????   

       For the record, I have a lathe and a drill press with a milling table, and have spent time in a metal fabrication shop. I am very familiar with metal shavings.   

       There are numerous plastics and other materials that are ferro magnetic or use metallic coatings.
jhomrighaus, Dec 03 2007
  

       //There are numerous plastics and other materials that are ferro magnetic// As far as I know, all useable ferromagnetic substances are metallic; ferromagnetic "plastics" actually have metal particles embedded in them.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 03 2007
  

       Embedded metal does not a metal shaving make.
jhomrighaus, Dec 03 2007
  

       ABsolutely. I was just pointing out that there aren't numerous plastics that are ferromagnetic.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 03 2007
  

       One of the best ideas I've seen here yet! I HATE cleaning up glitter!
kevinthenerd, Dec 04 2007
  
      
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