Not since the loom band summer of 2014 has a fad, or craze taken off with such vigour at Chateau de Woog as is slime manufacturing. Each and every morning I have been waking up to the tiny ping ping ping ping sound of tea-spoons being scraped against my flatware. (Bowls can be classified as flatware, go figure.)
At first I found it interesting but this interest quickly turned to annoyance when I realised that we were going through shampoo at a rate of knots. It took a while for me to work this out and because I always buy shampoo and conditioner at the same time, I now have six full bottles of conditioner under the bathroom sink. And then there is the case of the missing BRAND NEW GO-TO VERY USEFUL SKIN CREAM that recently set me back $41 which I suspect has been very useful in making slime….
I have friends who have kids who have set up small businesses these holidays selling slime over the internet. NO SHIT. One particular little friend recently lamented on Instagram that she cannot keep up with the demand for her superior slime. I suspect she is going to have to move manufacturing off-shore to contain costs.
Borax is essential, but what exactly is it?
Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water. Borax has a wide variety of uses.
Including making slime. There is a shortage of Borax currently across the suburbs as it’s trade has now moved underground. Jack has had to scab some from our neighbour Zoe for todays slime.
Slime sticks to things and like loom bands, you mind little clumps of it in the most annoying of places. It can clog your sink and get in your hair. I found a blob of it on the back on my phone. Jack explained to me that fingering and kneading slime helps release tension, but the sound of the ping ping ping ping ping, the overall loss of my beauty products and the snapping of the slime is driving me quite batty. But I must give thanks that it is not a meth lab I suppose….
Jack’s own method in his own words.
Step 1 . Pour as much PVA glue as you want into a bowl .
Step 2 . Slowly add your slime activator in with your glue. (teaspoon by teaspoon) My slime activator is One teaspoon of borax to One cup of hot water (mix together)
Step 3 . Play with it in your hands , at first it will be stringy but keep playing with it and it will come together ( don’t add more activator )
Step 4 . (OPTIONAL!) If your slime rips easily add some lotion but be careful to not over-add. You will have need it together more .
Have your kids discovered slime yet?
What craze or trend are they into at the moment?