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  • Get Slimed - Learn How to Make Your Own Slime!

    Slippery, gelatinous slime has been all the rage lately; now you can make your own with easy to find supplies! Then add a few extra ingredients to each batch of slime to achieve a multitude of textures, colors and visual effects. Pliable and stretchy, slick slime is now a commodity! 




    When I think of slime, I envision a gelatinous, gooey mess found on a garden slug! I've never worked with slime before, but there's so much more to slime than being a slippery substance. If you want to get creative with your slime, check out our all-new release, Slimed DIY. I read all of the helpful hints, dos and donts as outlined in the leaflet before I got started. Everything I used was from my local grocery store.  You can use more exotic ingredients, but I kept it simple. I started with the basic recipe called, Simple Slime.

    Simple Slime Simple Slime




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Always measure, don't guess. Even then, you may have to measure twice and reread your instructions, as well as, the order in which the ingredients are added to the recipe. This is science; it's all about chemical reactions.

    Simple Slime ingredients; from Leisure Arts' item #7191 - Slimed DIY. Simple Slime ingredients




    Definitely use food coloring! It adds more mystery to your slime -- and if you make different batches, it helps to segregate them in your mind to help determine which slime version you liked the best!

    Adding liquid food coloring to first batch of slime. Adding liquid food coloring to first batch of slime.




    I liked the mixing and watching when the physical structure of my liquid ingredients started changing. I can see why so many enjoy this. Look how quickly glue, liquid starch and water transform into a pliable mound of slime!

    See how the slime develops once liquid starch and water are added to the glue / food coloring mixture. See how the slime develops once liquid starch and water are added to the glue / food coloring mixture.




    I scooped my Simple Slime from my mixing bowl and placed on my plastic lined table. My hands were definitely moist while kneading this slime. Other than the moisture, my hands were not sticky. The slime was very pliable and easy to squish.

    All right; first batch of slime! Continue kneading until smooth. My slime remained moist and slick. All right; first batch of slime! Continue kneading until smooth. My slime remained moist and slick.




    On to my second batch of slime, Glitter Glue slime.

    Glitter Glue Slime. Glitter Glue Slime.




    I only wanted a small batch of Glitter Glue Slime, so I halved the recipe found in Leisure Arts' item #7191 - Slimed DIY. After re-reading this recipe's instructions, I read the Tip to use borax, instead of liquid starch, to make a more transparent slime.

    Glitter Glue slime using Borax instead of liquid starch. Glitter Glue slime using borax instead of liquid starch.




    The first thing I would change in my process: if I want to halve a recipe, get enough ingredients to easily portion out into a mixing bowl. I bought exactly half of the glitter glue needed, a 3 oz. bottle. I found it impossible to squeeze out a good portion of the glitter glue from its bottle. As a result, I cut the plastic bottle in half to scoop out the remainder - what a MESS!

    One small container is half the recipe - but what a mess! I had to cut the container because a fourth of the glue would not dispense! One small container is half the recipe - but what a mess! I had to cut the container because a fourth of the glue would not dispense!




    Following the steps using borax, the glitter glue slime came together very easily. Then I thought I should add more water because I had so much remaining, and - failure! My slime turned to liquid.

    My slime looked great, but I didn't leave well enough alone and added a little more water. I ruined the proportions - it's all about measurements. My slime looked great, but I didn't leave well enough alone and added a little more water. I ruined the proportions - it's all about measurements.




    I tried adding a little more borax, but that didn't work. Maybe a little more - oh, well; my proportions were all off. I could not start over from the beginning because I only purchased just the right amount of glitter glue to halve the recipe one time.

    Next up, Fluffy slime.

    Fluffy Slime Fluffy Slime




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This slime version had twice the number of ingredients than the previous two slime versions I tried. I wanted to get as many ingredients measured - but I made a fatal error that I discovered later in the process. What is nice about this Fluffy version, the slime book noted that this recipe can be doubled if desired.

    Fluffy - Attempt 1: I can't wait to feel a different texture of slime! Ingredients are ready! Fluffy - Attempt 1: I can't wait to feel a different texture of slime! Ingredients are ready!




    The slime is developing by getting lumpy. But it just seems too gooey. The slime is developing by getting lumpy. But it just seems too gooey.




    After re-reading the instructions, I realized after-the-fact that I added the foaming hand soap by pouring it from the bottle, not pumping it as a foam into a measuring cup. Well, I can't undo what I had done so instead of getting too frustrated,  I just kept mixing...

    My first attempt at Fluffy Slime didn't seem quite right. It did peel off of my skin easily enough, but it remained sticky and gooey. My first attempt at Fluffy slime didn't seem quite right. It did peel off of my skin easily enough, but it remained sticky and gooey.




    My pink Fluffy slime never did recover from my error. It was still an interesting substance, but not a desirous outcome.

    I was bound and determined to try making Fluffy slime the next morning. I reviewed the images and instructions from item #7191 - Slimed DIY to ensure that I had enough of each of the ingredients to attempt making a second batch.  I also needed to make sure that I had taken all of the steps in their correct order.

    Second attempt at Fluffy Slime: All the ingredients are ready and measured! Second attempt at Fluffy slime: All the ingredients are measured and ready to be mixed!




    I was happy to see an immediate difference in the yellow substance forming in my bowl compared to my first attempt done the day before.

    The glue, shaving cream & foaming hand soap are combined, followed by cornstarch. Watch as a ball develops when a small amount of liquid starch is added. OOPS; I forgot the food coloring mixture! The glue, shaving cream & foaming hand soap are combined, followed by cornstarch. Watch as a ball develops when a small amount of liquid starch is added. OOPS; I forgot the food coloring mixture!




    I got a little nervous when I realized that I had mixed the liquid hand soap, hand lotion and food coloring together but had not [yet] added it to the first mixture of glue, shaving cream, foaming hand soap and cornstarch. I added a little of the yellow food coloring mixture and hoped all would remain intact!

    Phew; adding the food coloring mixture out-of-order didn't ruin my slime. My fluffy is a little puffy. Phew; adding the food coloring mixture out-of-order didn't ruin my slime. My fluffy is a little puffy.




    Can you tell I'm pressing down into my Fluffy slime mixture? It felt cool, smooth and pliable. It was not wet or sticky, but very putty-like. It was great that my second batch of Fluffy slime allowed me to mash it, ball it, and stretch it without spreading any residue all over.

    My hands are basically clean; I like this! My hands are basically clean; I like this!

    I liked the elasticity and texture of Fluffy slime as an all-around tactile toy. I didn't need to purchase any unusual ingredients; all materials could be purchased at a brick-and-mortar store, or its online equivalent.

    Oh, how much fun is this! I'm so glad I made a second attempt at the Fluffy Slime - it's stretchy, soft and cool to the touch! Oh, how much fun is this! I'm so glad I made a second attempt at the Fluffy slime - it's stretchy, soft and cool to the touch!




    HINTS

    1. Purchase enough ingredients to make several batches.

    2.  Definitely buy a discardable table cover of thin plastic. Most slime is SUPER EASY to clean up; except if your slime is too gooey. If your slime attempt turns into a slime failure, and you have a gooey mess, just cut your plastic table cover with the mess and throw away.

    3. Remember DO NOT pour any batches of slime down the drain or flush down the toilet. But it does clean up from measuring cups, mixing bowls and utensils (plus floors, chairs, phone cases, and hands) very easily using warm soapy water.

    4. Follow all instructions, guidelines, safety tips, usage instructions and tips outlined in Leisure Arts' item #7191 - Slimed DIY or your desired recipe and listed on all other ingredients used while making your own slime.

    Crafting can be fun and instructive. Definitely use slime for interactive fun at home, added as part of school projects, or to demonstrate the scientific properties of chemical reactions when substances meet.

    Slimy Fun! Slimy Fun!




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Enjoy some slimy creativity!

    Martha

     




  • Tasteful Palette of Gel Pen Colors

    Happy National Coloring Book Day! I am so excited that all of the coloring enthusiasts can share their creativity on a special day dedicated to the art of coloring. I have the large 36 count box of gel pens from Leisure Arts. Many of you want the variety that is found in such a large set, but at the same time, may get overwhelmed by the variety of colors and styles.

    Don't feel stressed about your choices, try to learn the look of the different styles to help with your color decisions. In order to better understand the colors and styles, my suggestion is to break down the box of gel pens by style. See the front of the box; it outlines the number of gel pen colors in each style: 10 Solid, 8 Metallic, 8 Fluorescent, and 10 Glitter.

    In order to demonstrate the different styles of gel pen colors found in the 36 count box, I decided to look for a coloring book page with similar images. I chose a page from 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone.

    Yeah, gel pens in 36 colors and four styles: Solid, Metallic, Fluorescent and Glitter! Yeah, gel pens in 36 colors and four styles: Solid, Metallic, Fluorescent and Glitter!

    The task before the fun of coloring is to break down the gel pens by style. Some gel pen lids are easier to judge by their appearance that that specific pen belongs to a certain style group. For instance, the Glitter pens have little sparkly specs in their plastic caps. The caps in the Metallic style group have a more muted tone. The best thing for me to do was to make swatches of each color on a blank piece of card stock. Then I could switch out colors if I was unhappy with one or more colors in a style group until I was satisfied with the final group.

    Gel pens are sorted by style (my Neon label should be called, Fluorescent). I also color-coded each style. Gel pens are sorted by style (my Neon label should be called, Fluorescent). I also color-coded each style.

    After I was satisfied with the gel pens I chose for each color style, I went one step further and color-coded each group. I placed a paint swatch of color on the gel pens belonging to each group. For instance, my Metallic style group has a pink paint swatch on the front of the cap, the cap's top and the pen body. This way no matter if the pens were lying down or standing in a container, I could easily grab all of the pens belonging to one group; my coloring life just got easier!

    If you compare the beginning of my coloring below, the fish are colored in the same order as the above-photo showing the gel pens in their color palette styles.

    To demonstrate the different gel pen styles, I chose a drawing with similar images of fish (Leisure Arts' item 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone). To demonstrate the different gel pen styles, I chose a drawing with similar images of fish (Leisure Arts' item 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone).

    The top fish showcases the colors from the Solid style. The second from the top fish is smaller and is colored with the Fluorescent gel pens (in the earlier photo, I incorrectly labeled my piece of card stock with the word, Neon).

    Next, you will see the Glitter style used on the fish on the left-hand side that is third from the top. The bottom fish shows the Metallic style and is very pretty is person but tends to be too shiny in my photos to highlight any good contrast. The one thing that I did find a little peculiar about the Metallic [especially the pink color], if I tried to go over a section because all was not properly filled with color, the pink became more grey. It was as if there was too much color build-up.

    I really like looking at the different styles in one project; I can more definitively choose in which color direction I wish to go. Also, it saves me frustration when I think I've chosen one color based on the gel pen's lid, when in fact the ink color is not what I intended at all! I'll finish the fish eyes after I stare at the bodies of the fish for a while. I may not do the background so I can keep the fish as clean examples for each color style.

    Showing their respective gel pen style, the fish are complete except for their eyeballs. Showing their respective gel pen style, the fish are complete except for their eyeballs.

    Consider your first colored page using your 36 count box of gel pens broken out by style as your color swatch. Just like knit and crochet, begin by making a swatch - a palette swatch of colors - for your reference before beginning your project. Spend a little time up front to make your creativity flow more easily. Enjoy!

    Martha

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