Slime is considered a viscous paste that is pleasant to handle with our hands 🙌. It is usually obtained in a simple way by mixing a few chemicals or not. Nowadays, making slime has become an enjoyable entertainment for everyone.
Whether we are children, teenagers or adults, we love to handle this sticky, colourful and charming pasta. Many tutorials on the web explain how to make slime. However, it is difficult to find a well detailed, do-it-yourself slime recipe.
That’s why we thought of writing a tutorial especially for those who like to knead clay. If like us, you like creative hobbies that are easy to make and safe, then you’ll enjoy discovering our six best slimes homemade recipes. Also note that the products we will be using are mostly ingredients available at your home. So you won’t have to buy any additional products.
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OBJECTIVE AND COURSE OF OUR TUTORIAL ON SLIME MAKING
Doing slime is usually simple when you know how to do it. For this tutorial, the goal is to learn how to do your own slime play without risk of burns. To do this, we have divided this article into 3 main parts.
First of all, you will discover in a brief way some of the basics of the slime.
Then, we will present you each of our recipes for the preparation of an efficient slime dough.
And finally, we will give you some advice and precautions to take into account when you want to keep your modeling clay.
Please note : for each preparation, the necessary ingredients and the reactions that have taken place will be given to you.
THE ORIGINS OF SLIME AS A GAME FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
The slime is not new. In fact, slime has been around since 1976. It was mainly made from “guar gum”. Since then, this viscous paste has gained in popularity and is now found in various forms (with or without colorants, transparent or not, with or without liquid glue, etc.). Some people customize their mix to make it even more sticky, multicolored … Check the slime origins here.
Note : In the rest of this tutorial, the most important thing is to follow the preparation steps. If you don’t have the necessary ingredients for a recipe, you can try to adapt them or simply skip to the next recipe.
FIRST PREPARATION MAKE SIMPLE SLIME (WITHOUT TOXIC PRODUCT)
Although it is safe ☣️ the classic corn and water-based slimming is not the most popular among children.The cause? It is less sticky and offers less elasticity. Therefore, it is recommended to make this slime for the smallest ones who have a fragile palm. ✋
➡️ THE NECESSARY INGREDIENTS
To make a successful preparation, we will need 110 ml of water; a few drops of food colouring (the choice of colour depends on you); and 100 g of cornstarch.
➡️ THE PREPARATION PROCESS
This type of slime is one of the most popular to make. To do this, start by pouring the chosen food colouring into the bowl of water. Then shake for a few seconds and the homogeneous mixture will rot.
Then add the cornstarch and stir until you get a sticky paste. Use your hands to perfect the dough and make it as smooth as possible.
✔️ NOTE ON PREPARATION
As we promised, this preparation is complete. In just a few minutes, your Princess will be able to play in the playground with no risk of irritation or burning. Note that this preparation is thick in texture and takes on the colour of the added dye. If you wish, you can make this slime without dyes. In this case, your white dough will take on the colour of corn.
DEUXIÈME PRÉPARATION FABRIQUER UN SLIME SUPER-VISQUEUX
This second recipe will give you a really gooey dough that kids love. Although we will use some chemicals, this recipe is still suitable for children. Indeed, it is not toxic and has no negative impact on the nervous system.
➡️ THE NECESSARY INGREDIENTS
To obtain the same texture as in our example, we advise you to use a few millilitres of polyvinyl alcohol (half a cup); two teaspoons of sodium tetra borate solution (borax); a container (preferably plastic); food colouring (as you wish) and a blender.
➡️ THE PATS OF THE PREPARATION
Have you prepared the substances to make your slime ? If so, that’s good! Now start by pouring the alcohol into the bowl and add the food colouring of your choice. Stir for a few moments with the blender to get a solid colour. Then add the borax to the bowl and stir with your fingers like a real baker. Analyze the texture and play with your dough if it suits you.
✔️ NOTE ON THE PREPARATION
The alcohol used here is a liquid polymer and therefore is formed of long chains of connected molecules. In contact with the borax, the two substances form bonds with each other, resulting in a “sludge block”. Although it does not contain any sticky substances, this preparation is viscous and pleasant for children and adolescents. However, don’t forget to wash your hands after playing with this paste.
THIRD PREPARATION MAKE SLIME WITH MILK
You can make slime out of milk. How? Simply by following our preparation steps in the short tutorial below.
➡️ WHAT WE WILL USE
For this natural and inexpensive recipe, we will need a plastic container to make the mixture, 7 tablespoons of skimmed milk, one tablespoon of vinegar, a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and a small coffee filter.
➡️ THE PREPARATION PROCESS
The preparation process is quite simple and consists of three steps:
First, start by mixing the vinegar and the 7 tablespoons of milk, stirring lightly with a spoon until you get a heavier consistency.
Then leave the preparation to rest for 5 to 10 minutes (this allows the solid masses that have formed to reach the bottom of the container). Then take out the water present with the coffee filter.
Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix the mixture to make your slime with milk. Then use your hands to form the clay you want.
✔️ NOTE ABOUT THE SLIME
When milk comes into contact with vinegar, the casein in the milk separates from the other liquid polymers and then clumps together to become a solid body. The addition of bicarbonate neutralizes the casein and creates a sticky mass, forming your homemade slime preparation. Note that this mixture does not contain toxic products and is therefore ideal for pleasing your children.
FOURTH PREPARATION MAKING SLIME WITH SHOWER GEL
You’ve read it right, for this part we’re going to learn how to do slime with shower gel. No toxic ingredients, no irritating additives, and gluten-free.
➡️ INGREDIENT TO USE
For this mixture, we will need a small amount of body wash; food colouring of your choice (a few drops); cornstarch (same amount as the body wash); a mixing bowl and water (about 100 ml).
➡️ PREPARATION STEPS
NB: the quantity of ingredients we propose for this part will allow you to obtain a small quantity of slime. If you wish to increase the volume of your preparation, you can simply increase the quantity of each element proportionally. Also note that the water present will be used to make the dough more adhesive. The more you add, the more elastic your preparation becomes.
- Add two tablespoons of gel to the mixing bowl (you can add more later).
- Then add a few drops of edible colouring until the desired slime colour is obtained.
- Use a spoon to blend the mixture until the texture becomes smoother.
- Now add the cornstarch to the mixture and continue mixing the indigents.
- Once the mixture begins to look like ice cream (soft dough), knead with your hands. You may feel like you’ve added too much cornstarch, but don’t worry. Just continue to knead the mixture until you have a heavier consistency.
- Finally, add water to make the mixture more elastic. You don’t have to limit the amount of water, just add until you reach the texture you want.
✔️ NOTE ON THIS SLIME
This preparation is certainly one of the most difficult to achieve. However, with a little practice, you will succeed every time.
FIFTH PREPARATION SLIME WITH SHAMPOO AND CORNFLOUR
Obtaining a soft slime without paper glue or toxic solvents is possible with shampoo.
➡️ MATERIAL REQUIRED
For this preparation, we will need :
120 ml of shampoo;
A plastic bowl for mixing;
A few drops of dye or some glitter;
300 grams of cornstarch;
100 ml of water.
➡️ PREPARING THE SLIME
Start by pouring your shampoo into the preparation container. The thicker yours is, the better your preparation will be.
Customize the colour of your shampoo preparation with your choice of colouring agent or glitter granules.
Stir the mixture with a spoon before adding all the cornstarch present. Then stir slowly for a while until you get the slim texture you like.
Gradually add water and stir each time to make the dough more elastic. However, a large amount of water will make your slime less pleasant to handle.
✔️ NOTE ON PREPARATION
The shampoo-based slime is simple and easy to make. You can adapt this recipe with other components without worrying about the result. For example, replace cornstarch with salt paste or toothpaste. In any case, the preparation will not be toxic. However, it is better to avoid ingesting it.
SIXTH PREPARATION NATURAL QUICKSAND SLIME
This last recipe, or at least the penultimate one, will allow us to make a slime that will look like quicksand. This creative idea will not contain boric acid or white glue. It will be mostly made up of edible products and therefore safe for children.
➡️ NECESSARY INGREDIENTS
To make this slime, we’ll just need a large container, water and cornstarch. The quantities we will use for each product will be specified during the preparation stage.
➡️ THE PREPARATION
In the bowl, mix half a glass of water with a glass of the corn flour until you get a solution that is similar to thick cream of tartar and has the consistency of honey. Note that depending on the amount of product you want, you can increase your ingredients proportionally.
Mix the solution and slowly put your hand down to test the consistency. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can add a little water or flour to the preparation. Stir again and repeat the process until you obtain a quicksand latex.
✔️ WHAT HAPPENED
The behaviour of the slime is influenced by its viscosity. If you gently run your hand through the slime, it will react like a liquid. If you hit it hard or quickly run your fingers through the mixture, it will behave like a solid.
BONUS PREPARATION MAKE TRANSPARENT SLIME WITHOUT BORAX
Also called “liquid glass slime”, this type of paste is ideal for playing as well as for decoration. It is possible to make this mixture with or without borax. For this example, we will not use borate mineral.
✔️ INGREDIENTS TO MAKE TRANSPARENT SLIME WITHOUT BORAX
For this mixture we will use 100 ml of transparent glue; 30 ml of saline solution; 200 ml of heated water; 2 containers; 60 ml of water at room temperature and 6 g of baking soda.
✔️ PREPARATION STEPS
Start by mixing the hot water in the first bowl with the baking soda and stir until the baking soda is completely dissolved. Allow to cool and proceed to the second step.
Pour the transparent glue into the second bowl and mix with the water at room temperature.
Add the saline solution and mix it all together until you get a liquid solution, not a thick one.
Then mix the preparations from the two bowls in the larger container. Then use your fingers to stir the preparation.
That’s all there is to it! You can take your slime out of the bowl and have fun – remember to wash your hands after using it.
NOTE ON THE PREPARATION
To avoid burning yourself, it is important to let the hot mixture cool down completely. You can also add other elements to your slime such as figurines, beads or coloured glitter to make it more attractive. Also, don’t be surprised to see a few bubbles appear when you play. If you want to make them disappear, simply leave your slime to rest for a few days.
HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR SLIME AFTER PREPARATION ?
As you may know, a slime can be used many times. However, for it to resist for a long time, you must keep it in a special way. We suggest two ways to preserve your preparation.
☑️ Use an airtight container
Air is the enemy of your slime. To prevent your preparation from drying out, you must keep it in an airtight container that will prevent air from entering. It is best to avoid containers that are too large and to choose those that have just enough space to hold your slime. If you don’t have one, use a plastic to cover your slime before putting it in the bowl.
☑️ Use a Ziplock bag.
Ziplock type plastic bags have the particularity of releasing air before they are closed. You can therefore use this type of packaging to keep your modeling clay away from any source of air. This way, it will not dry out and can be reused many times.
✔️ Note: Slimes can be stored, but they do not last indefinitely. When you notice traces of mould on your slime or traces of dirt, it is best to throw it away to avoid any risk of contamination.
HOW TO MAKE SLIME AT HOME: CONCLUSION 🏡
Making your own slime is a fun activity that many people are passionate about. When this paste does not contain toxic products, it is not dangerous for children. However, it is always important to supervise the little ones when they play with their slime. This will help you avoid a case of ingestion that can cause gastric damage. 🌈
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