Yep - sand is OK to use for sand, but try and find the finest sand you can.
Coarse sand looks great for a UK beach, but needs much finer - almost
dust-like - to best approximate sand. You may have to lightly airbrush it a
bit when finished to get the best hue of "sand seen from a distance rather
than actually sitting on it" - if you can see what I mean.
Newcastle NSW Aust
Yes, the real thing should be fine - literally. Don't go for the
coarser grades; sounds a bit absurd, but you don't want it looking too
over-scale! I suppose you could always sieve coarse sand to separate
out the smaller grains, though.
David E. Belcher
May I suggest that you make the basic 'shape' you require with some other
material and perhaps a courser sand, Building Sand. Fix this with PVA. When
dry and hard give this a light/thin covering with the finish sand of your
choice by brushing another layer of PVA onto the base and sprikling on the
It will need to be very fine and very dry, and I suggest 'play sand' from a
toy store such as Toys-R-Us or Mothercare or 'Kiln dried sand' meant for
block patio paving from a builders merchant such as Builder Center or
Get this down below the waterline, add stones and seaweed and then add the
Best of luck