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RE: four slime recipes


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Dec 04 2002 - 12:54:46 PST

Kathleen, are any of these good for painting? I am about to have my
kids pretend they're Michelangelo and paint under their tables. I'd
like to have a thickened tempera. Ideas?


-----Original Message-----
From: Kathleen Gordon []
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 2:58 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: four slime recipes

here are some receipes that i have collected.. i tried the one with the
white glue last year and it worked when i did it but not forthe kids..if
anyone has a better one let me know.. i am about to try number 3
first Slime recipe
Corn starch
Food coloring (optional)

Put cornstarch in bowl. Add enough water to make a paste. If desired,
may also add food coloring. This makes a messy slime that goes from
to solid, and is great fun to play with. This recipe (or green
playdough) is
especially fun to make after reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr.

second Goopy Slime
2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
Food Coloring

Boil 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Add cornstarch while stirring.
that is mixed well, add food coloring and stir. Remove from heat and
cool to
room temperature. Make sure they play with it on a plastic covered

Most Slime and Putty recipes use some amount of sodium tetraborate,
commercially available as Borax. Authentic commercial Silly Putty is
from Borax and silicone oil -- unfortunately I haven't got details on
precise ratio. [As an interesting aside, Silly Putty was apparently
in 1943 in a failed attempt to produce a synthetic rubber. The large
chemical company which invented it sent samples to more than 12,000
engineers around the world, but no practical use for it could be found.]
third SLIME. (this one sounds good-i will try it soon
Many toy stores sell one form or another of colored Slime. Usually they
in small tubs, are slightly unpleasant-smelling, and are cold and clammy
the touch (apparently because of an endothermic reaction). The recipe
is the exact recipe for commercial Slime, and makes a small, palm-sized

* 1 fluid ounce of 5% Polyvinyl Alcohol (acid-free art glue)
solution (in
* several milliliters of 4% sodium tetraborate (Borax) solution
(in water)
* a few drops of food coloring.

Mix the food coloring with the Polyvinyl Alcohol solution. Add one
milliliter of the Borax solution and stir like crazy for 2 minutes.
more Borax solution will yield thicker slime if desired; nice thick
can be had with approxiately 4-5 ml of Borax solution per fluid ounce of

polyvinyl alcohol solution. Store the slime in a clean, covered

fourth How to Make Slime
From your Chemistry Guide

There are lots of recipes for slime. Since most recipes are easy, look
one using ingredients you have on hand.

Difficulty Level: Easy Time Required: 15 mins

Here's How:

1. Pour the glue into the jar.
2. Fill the empty glue bottle with water and stir it into the glue.
3. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring. Otherwise, the
slime will
be an opaque white.
4. In the bowl (not the glue mixture), mix one cup (240 ml) of
water into
the bowl and add 1 teaspoon (5ml) of borax powder.
5. Slowly stir the glue mixture into the bowl.
6. Place the slime that forms into your hands and knead until it
feels dry.
(Don't worry about the excess water remaining in the bowl.)
7. The more the slime is played with, the firmer and less sticky it
8. Have fun!
9. Store your slime in a zip-lock in the fridge (otherwise it will


1. Use white glue, such as Elmer's brand. Most 'school glues' do
not have
the correct composition.
2. Don't eat the slime - it isn't especially toxic, but not good
for you
3. Should clean up easily. Remove dried slime after soaking with

What You Need:

Borax powder Info/Shop
Water (distilled best) Info/Shop
4 ounce (120 ml) glue Info/Shop
Teaspoon (or metric) Info/Shop
Bowl - 2 quart (2l) Info/Shop
Big jar or measuring cup Info/Shop
Food coloring (optional) Info/Shop
Measuring Cup Info/Shop


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