Making slime is a cheap and fun activity that continues to spark curiosity and engross teens and kids alike. The slime craze has become so widespread that your local superstores are rushing to stock on glue since it is the essential ingredient used in the preparation of slime. Sliming is a very easy way to keep your kids working with their hands and away from electronics for hours. The entire process of making slime is a fun science experiment, and you can add more or less of any ingredient to produce a vastly different result. The secret is to play around with the ingredients until you come up with the recipe you love. Just like art, slime is subjective. People like different degrees of sliminess, stickiness, and textures. To help you get started, we've outlined some add-in ingredients to slime that you might want to try out in search of your perfect combination.
1. Colored Pigments
The most common addition to slime is a color. Your plain, DIY slime will most likely come out as clear or white, depending on your ingredients. But you'll only see beautifully colored slimes all over the internet and Instagram. Color is one of the most important components of your slime. Especially when you are showing off your slime on Instagram. Others can't feel the texture of your slime through the screen but they can ooh and aah at the way you see the slime catches the light. Color changing slime is really interesting to play with. The color comes from thermochromic pigment, which changes color with temperature. So mix one of these color changing pigment powders and alternate between heating it up (by stretching it vigorously or placing it under a lamp) and cooling it back down.
Who doesn't like glitter? If you' going for shiny and sparkly, glitter is the way to go. While glitter glue was an older way of incorporating some sparkles to a slime, today's slimers are using dry glitter as it creates room for more creativity since there are many more forms of dry glitter--from shaped flakes to thin glittery powders. Glitter is available in a wide range of colors. Whatever your recipe, you can always find the ideal glitter color to add some form of twinkle to your slime. Glitter slime can be used together with other slime add ins as well.
We all love confetti. Confetti is often associated with celebration and parties and it's no wonder why--the colorful and fun scraps of paper / plastic are sure to create some delight. It is only natural that we would love slime and confetti together. Sparkly confetti slime works perfectly for all sorts of events or special occasions be it a birthday, the 4th of July, Christmas, Halloween, New Year’s Eve, Easter, or any other occasion. Make it fun by picking up colors that are appropriate for the specific celebration. In the same way you can never go wrong with adding crushed Oreos to flavor your vanilla ice cream, you can never go wrong with topping your slime off with some extra fun sparkles.
4. Action Figures
Your favorite superhero can form the theme for your next slime project. Immortalize your favorite action hero or finding a mini figurine to squish into your slime. This is also a fun, personalized way to gift a slime to your favorite slimer. Toy manufacturers have been producing small figurines for decades now and the demand for these tiny plastic collectibles has grown wide and far. There are some limited edition figurine collectibles that are worth a small fortune--make sure you don't take your dad's coveted figurines for this! Mixing action figures into our slime doesn't require much input. It can be a mesmerizing activity to bury your tiny Pokemon, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and other figurines into your slime and dig them back out again. Let your imagination run loose--Spiderman is stuck in a sticky web and needs to get out!
5. Colored Beads
Colored beads are an excellent addition to your slime. Not only do they help create a visually appealing slimes, they are also an easy way to make it crunchy. For those of you who haven't heard, "crunchy slime" is a whole genre of slime and there are even Instagram accounts dedicated to making the best "crunchy slime". You can find different size and colored beads for all your different needs and to help produce the crackling sound you're shooting for. You could go with a single-colored bead slime or a multi-colored one depending on your preference. The shine from the beads can help prevent lackluster slime and its inclusion guarantees a highly textured slime.
6. Daiso Clay
Daiso clay is the perfect recipe for butter slime. It recently became a trend within the slime community and got so popular in such a way that every slime expert decided to include a video of them mixing their slime with Daiso clay. It's quite soothing to watch the Daiso clay being pushed into the slime and eventually become fully incorporated to result in a silky smooth slime. Slime fanatics will tell you that there’s a sense of satisfaction achieved when you take some messy ingredients in a bowl and transform them into something so beautiful and smooth. There are different colors of Daiso clay available as well.
7. Food Coloring
Everyone knows what food coloring does to food – so you can easily imagine what it would do to slime. Food color makes an easy addition to slime, a couple drops and some mixing and you're done. You can play with the amount of food coloring added in order to achieve a lighter or darker effect. The downside of food coloring is that there are limited colors available and the resulting color of your slime may not be unique.
8. Fragrance Oils
When you buy slime for the first time in its natural form, you might find its smell unpleasant. Although it's dependent on your ingredients, the scent is usually a plastic and glue fragrance, if you can imagine what that would smell like. Not particularly pleasant. Although note that some would describe the smell as soapy and actually prefer it. If you're sensitive to smells, you may dislike playing with slime that produces a scent you aren't fond of. In order to enjoy your experience with slime, you will need to scent it up. There’s a variety of scents that are popular among slime including bubblegum, chocolate, strawberry, cotton candy, peppermint and coconut, among others. These scents are produced by essential oils and will blend easily with slime.
9. Jelly Foam Cubes
Jelly foam is the primary ingredient in the creation of fluffy slime. Slimers have termed slime mixed with foam chunks as "floam". You might have had a slimy bizarre toy when you were younger that you used to squish and squeeze--we’re talking about something like that. Mixing foam in slime is barely a new trend in the world of slime. The tiny white chunks make it interesting to listen to the sounds produced when you squish it. You can stretch the floam into some form of spider web or make it into a ball and bounce it. One popular slime birthed from the floam trend is bubble gum slime. This is typically a light pink slime with several ripped up foam cubes, which gives off the appearance of chewed up bubble gum.
10. Poof Balls
Poof balls are not so different from foam cubes. This is another easy way to make crunchy slime with a lot of texture. Try different size poofs to get the texture you want. Since they are light, stretching the slime will still be able to hold them in place without weighing your concoction down. Vary the colors of the balls to make it even more appealing to the eyes. Be sure to start with less poof balls than what you need and then keep adding them in because it will be very difficult to remove them later.
11. Fake Snow
What could be more fun than playing with snow? You might have a little artificial snow left from last Christmas's crafts shopping. Rather than throw it out, be creative and use it as an ingredient for your slime projects. Fake snow is shimmery and very light-weight, which means you get to create a light and fluffy slime and it only takes just a few minutes to whip up. It maintains the stretchiness of the slime without overwhelming the original texture of the slime.
12. Poly Pellets
Poly pellets fill for slushie, crunchy slime or--as slimers call it--"fishbowl slime" is a popular ingredient for slime. The clear and transparent beads makes slime highly reflective and shiny. Poly pellets are weighted beads that are commonly used for stuffing bean bags or stuffed animals. The smooth edges and oval contour have a pleasant massaging sensation when you run fishbowl slime through your fingers. Since it is weighted, it can also provide some structure to the slime so that your creation can somewhat maintain a desired shape. While they are a bit bulky, poly pellets are easier to integrate into slime than round glass beads.
13. Glow in the Dark Pigments
Yes, we already discussed pigment powders. But glow in the dark pigments deserve its own category. Party loving and fun loving slimers alike will definitely find these enticing. These can be found in powder form across many different colors. First, shine a light onto the pigment-infused slime. This energizes the crystals of the pigment and stores up energy. Then, you can cloak the slime in darkness and the phosphors in the pigment will slowly emit the stored energy with a stunning glow. Don't forget the first step, or you'll be wondering why the glow-in-the-dark is not working.
Cabochons are the charms of slime mixins. They are flat beads that you can mix in slime. They are made from resins, plastic or polymer clay that are usually painted which means the resulting slime is not just crunchy, it’s colorful too. Many of the cabochons, like you see above, are shaped in mini desserts that could include cupcakes, donuts, hamburgers, strawberries and cakes but you can even find tiny coffee mugs, butterflies or leaves. You can stick them into your slime when you finish mixing the ingredients together.
15. Nail Art
Nail art supplies can make excellent add ins for slime. The same style used in nail art can be incorporated in the decoration of slime. Nail art crystals of different shapes, whether squared, oval, triangular or circular in 3D can be included in the creation of slime as well. Nail art crystals can also be mixed with slime but be careful that they are not too sharp to poke into your hands while squishing it.
Not so many slimers use plastic buttons. But when we think about it further, they make for amazing, easily accessible and affordable slime accessories. You could use buttons from clothes you don’t put on anymore or you could opt for buying a jar of buttons to use for your next slime project. Vary the sizes and colors to create even more attractive slimes. Candy buttons can create an even prettier crunchy sludge. You can use small buttons that are not so bulky, so you won't have to worry about overwhelming the slime.
17. Rock Salt
This happens to be one of the cheapest ways to make your slime. You can make a batch of slime then once you have it already prepared, you can add some rock salt in it to make it crunchy. You can either use the naturally occurring rock salt or you could go for the colored ones. Colored rock salt creates beautiful, highly reflective slimes that you will have fun squishing. It makes for an amazing sensory activity and works as a perfect seasonal science.
Regardless of the recipe you are trying to achieve, how many ingredients you mix up for your slime, the process or the outcome, there's no need to feel like there is a right way to make your slime. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You only need the pop, color, fluff, shimmer or crunch that works for your specific goal. You might be a trendsetter by coming up with the next genre of slime so be creative and make sure to share your slime with us! Tag your creation on Instagram with @colormyslime!