Uses of Borax for Arts and Crafts

How to make Slime

  1. Mix 1 part glue to 1 part water. Add glitters, beads, or food color if desired.  You can also put a drop or two of fabric conditioner to make it smell good.
  2. In a separate bowl,  mix 1 tsp of borax to 3 tbsp hot water.
  3. Slowly mix the borax-hot water mixture to the glue-water mixture until the desired fluffiness and viscosity  is obtained.
  4. Once the slime is formed, wash it with hot water (water should be comfortable to the touch ) then wash it with cold water to remove stickiness.

 How to make Floam

  1. Dissolve 2 teaspoons borax completely in 1/2 cup (4 ounces) water. (2 teaspoons of borax will produce a stiff product. If you want slimier, more flexible ‘Floam’, then try 1 teaspoon borax instead.)
  2. In a separate container, mix 1/4 cup (2 oz.) white glue and 1/4 cup (2 oz.) water. Stir in food coloring.
  3. Pour the glue solution and the polystyrene beads into a plastic bag. Add borax solution and knead it until it’s well mixed. Use 1 T. of the borax solution for a very fluid Floam, 3 T. for average Floam, and the entire amount for stiff Floam.
  4. To keep your Floam, store it in a sealed bag in the refrigerator (discourages mold). Otherwise, you can allow it to dry into whatever shape you have chosen.

How to make Polymer Ball

  1. Label one cup ‘Borax Solution’ and the other cup ‘Ball Mixture’.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons warm water and 1/2 teaspoon borax powder into the cup labeled ‘Borax Solution’. Stir the mixture to dissolve the borax. Add food coloring, if desired.
  3. Pour 1 tablespoon of glue into the cup labeled ‘Ball Mixture’. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the borax solution you just made and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Do not stir. Allow the ingredients to interact on their own for 10-15 seconds and then stir them together to fully mix. Once the mixture becomes impossible to stir, take it out of the cup and start molding the ball with your hands.
  4. The ball will start out sticky and messy but will solidify as you knead it.
  5. Once the ball is less sticky, go ahead and bounce it!
  6. You can store your plastic ball in a sealed Ziploc bag when you are finished playing with it.
  7. Don’t eat the materials used to make the ball or the ball itself. Wash your work area, utensils, and hands when you have completed this activity.

How to make Borax Crystals

Materials needed:

  • string
  • wide mouth jar
  • white pipe cleaners
  • borax
  • pencil
  • boiling water
  • food color (optional)
  • scissors
  1. The first step of making borax crystals is to form the pipe cleaners into desired shapes.
  2. The shape should be enough to fit in a wide mouth jar without it touching the bottom and the sides.
  3. Tie the string to the end of one of the shaped pipe cleaner. Tie the other end of the string to the pencil. You want the length to be such that the shape hangs the snowflake into the jar.
  4. Fill the wide mouth pint jar with boiling water.
  5. Add borax one tablespoon at a time to the boiling water, stirring to dissolve after each addition. The amount used is 3 tablespoons borax per cup of water. It is okay if some undissolved borax settles to the bottom of the jar.
  6. If desired, you may tint the mixture with food color.
  7. Hang the pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil rests on top of the jar and the snowflake is completely covered with liquid and hangs freely (not touching the bottom of the jar).
  8. Allow the jar to sit in an undisturbed location overnight.
  9. Enjoy the crystals!!
Science behind borax and all the art projects:
Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. “Slime Science.” ThoughtCo, Oct. 25, 2015, thoughtco.com/slime-science-how-it-works-608232.

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