Slime

This time I’m reporting a TOTAL craft fail. 😀 (Hey, as a scientist I feel it’s my duty to report failed experiments too)

I’ve been eyeing up slime recipes. As a touchy-feely exercise for Alex to stop being squeamish about touching things. Nothing to do with me wanting to play with that stuff myself. Nope 😀

So. Slime.

The recipe called for 1 part Elmer’s Glue ($10 for a gallon at Discount School Supplies), 1 part liquid starch, and a bit of food coloring to make it pretty. Of course I have plenty of glue, but no liquid starch. I tried to make some from scratch. FAIL.

Now I’m recalibrating the starch recipe, cooking up different versions and experimenting. Just thought I’d share that supreme bit of science geeky-ness.

Liquid Corn Starch Recipe

  1. Put 1 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, dissolve 2 – 3 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of cold water in a cup or small bowl. Keep mixing the cornstarch while waiting for the water to boil.
  3. After the water boils, pour the cornstarch mixture into the boiling water and stir for a minute or so. The liquid will be clear or slightly cloudy.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

If anyone has a better recipe, let me know. Otherwise I might be some time.

And here’s a link to the very pretty slime I wanted to copy…

 

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