Slime-Making 101: Achieve Colour, Sparkle & The Perfect Consistency
Everyone is making slime right now… the kids can’t get enough of it, as our resident crafty mummy, the lovely Sarah Cawood, is all too aware! This week, Sarah has enlisted the help of her favourite mini crafters to explore the kids’ crafting trend that’s sweeping the nation, finding out exactly how to make slime, and sharing her top tips for slime-making success!
Kids love slime… Believe me when I say that that may well be the understatement of the decade. They LOVE the stuff! I am not as slime-averse as some mums, but I have dodged the “Mummy, can we make slime?” conversation for the last couple of years at least. My slime conditions are thus: I’ll buy it, then you can play with it BUT on the condition that it doesn’t leave the kitchen table (which is covered with an oilcloth permanently these days).
However, the other day, after receiving an email from Hunter’s school suggesting we do a half term project for Science Week, I finally relented. That way, the kids got to make their beloved slime, Hunter got to take a Science Selfie for school (since after all, it’s all one big chemical reaction) and I got serious mum points.
I tried our first recipe without proper, comprehensive research and got the recipe from a friend on Instagram.
This recipe had hand soap, PVA glue and contact lens solution as the basic ingredients.
It worked a treat at first…
But then we added food colouring to jazz up our slime, and it must have done something to the chemical balance!
Our slime, which had been OK, turned into a soggy, soapy mess.
We were all gutted.
Not least the kids, because we were now fresh out of PVA glue and would have to resume our slime-making after I had managed to stock up.
So, one day and one trip to the shops later, we were ready to ring the bell for round two.
This time, I had done my research and found what I hoped was a pretty comprehensive recipe on the interweb. It’s important to point out at this point that you need to make sure you’ve got the right contact lens fluid: it needs to contain Boric Acid, as this is what causes the reaction. The Renu solution I was recommended by the recipe is widely regarded to be The One To Use.
Sarah Cawood’s Slime-Making Recipe:
First up, 1 cup of PVA glue.
Then add 1 teaspoon of the Bicarbonate of soda.
When they are well mixed, add food colouring if you want to. Top Tip: The gel colour works best, as the liquid ones seem to alter the chemical compound and result in total #slimefails.
When your colour is well mixed, add the contact lens solution (1 tablespoon to begin with).
Now the slime should start to do its thing. I found that a few more drops of the lens solution were needed to acquire the perfect slime consistency, but you can add it straight into the slime as you are kneading it. (Remember to go easy: you can add, but you can’t take away and too much makes the slime brittle)
It will be really sticky at first but as you knead it, it will eventually stop sticking to the bowl and your fingers, and start to stick only to itself. When you’ve got the right consistency of slime, you can add glitter if you want. Top Tip: Don’t use the fine stuff as it gets lost in the mix: the big glitter is best. Next time, we may experiment with sequins!
So there you have it! Total #slimesuccess.
Enjoy your #mumpoints fellow Create and Crafty mummies! Let me know how you get on!
Back soon! Love La Cawood x