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matt kemp
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I didn't know where to put this post, so I decided to put it here. What is talc? I read in other forums that it is used to coat rubber balls so they don't stick to the cups. Also, where can I buy talc?
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Talc = Talcum powder = magnesium silicate powder

It will take the tack off rubber balls, but will also dull their colour a little. Dust the talc on & brush off excess. A fine make-up brush works best.
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You can get it at any location that carries baby powder. Look for unscented baby powder, unless you want your balls to smell like a clean rubber baby.

You can also use cornstarch, but if you work to music, you will find that it tends to work better with country-western music.
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I would think Talc is still available in any drug store.
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Well, now that the talc question has been asked and answered, what is the difference, if any between cornstarch and baby powder?

I always assumed that cornstarch was a little more absorbent and carried no scent, but otherwise it seemed to be the same stuff.

This isn't an idle question, because I use cornstarch to keep my hands smooth and dry for thread work (the Magic Worm pitch) and find that it works very well. So what's it made of? SETH
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Uhhh... corn?

Just guessing.

Cornstarch is a food product.
Talc is a mineral.
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That's right. Cornstarch is made from the ground-up, white heart of the corn kernel. Talcum powder is a ground up form of the talc rock.

You would probably be better using cornstarch than talcum if given a choice. Talcum is a close relative to asbestos, and can be carcinogenic.

There is a lot of info on the web about the dangers of talc. Don't breathe it.
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Bill, as usual, you are a fountain of good information.

Now, if anyone thinks my worm pitch is too "corny," I'll know I have only you to blame. <grin> SETH
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