Recommendation for mixing diamond dust

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    I have some diamond dust and I was wondering what anyone else might have used for mixing it with. So far I have found recommendations for glycerine, propolyne glycol, silicone oil, cisco, cold cream, beeswax but does anyone know what the folks selling it use. I am applying it to balsa and basswood. This is part of an ongoing experiment. I am going to my results on the forum when I am done. I have purchased many different brands of pre-made pastes. Now I want to make my own but finding the right carrier has been difficult. I welcome any suggestions.
     
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    Propylene Glycol is used here in our metallurgical lab, from my understanding there are either oil or water based suspensions of diamond compound.
     
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    I use propylene glycol for soaking the heads of axes, so I have some. I am going to do a liguid and a paste form and I will probably use the glycol but the paste material is harder to choose.
     
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    Thanks but I am looking for something that won't go bad on me.
     
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    I was thinking about using "sno seal" wax. What does anyone think of that product for this
     
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    I assume you are looking for more of a paste in the finished product? Since Sno Seal is beeswax based it won't seep into the wood as much, and will create a layer on the surface. If you go the petroleum/oil based suspension solution then it will continually seep into the wood.
     
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    Would mineral oil be something to consider for a liquid based one? I would still like to have a thicker one too.
     
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    Absolutely. It is safe to use, and won't react with much.
     
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    I still want to do a thick product too,like the ones that come in a syringe. However finding out what they use is very difficult. I tried silicone grease and I didn't really like it. Whatever some of the makers are using is dyeable but I can't figure out what they are using.
     
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    Do you think mink oil paste would work as a mixing medium? It rubs in and melts with just the heat from rubbing it in.
     
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    It would work, but with a lot of organic oils it can go rancid over time.
     
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    Yeah I thought about that too. I had a friend who polishes rocks recommend kaolin clay with a little water or oil to help mix it and make it spreadable. Your thoughts
     

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