All will be using liquid detergent, glue and food colouring. No borax, nothing extra, and we’ll be trialling PVA and clear glue, and even colouring some store-bought slime.
I wanted to make black slime because 1- it’s black so it’s just a little bit cooler than other slimes, and 2- I’m still on that Venom kick. If you haven’t seen it or are making this for your kids, I don’t think the second “reason” matters because it looks so damn cool.
I experimented with both PVA and clear glue as I was curious if there was going to be any big differences. Since I already had clear glue I went out and got some PVA, and while I did get Elmer’s (it was on sale), I don’t think it matters at all since all PVA basically has the same ingredients to work, so if you find unbranded PVA that’s cheaper than Elmer’s, just grab that.
I also did some online research (read: watched a lot of kids channels on YouTube) to see what I could use here in Australia, where I came across a lot of kids using liquid detergent, even some comparing different detergents which really helped in deciding what would work without wasting money. Cold Power was also on sale, so it came home with me.
I will say, though, if you’ve never used Cold Power before, it’s really fragrant. Like, really fragrant. I’m really sensitive to fragrances so working all day making slimes triggered a migraine, so if you are sensitive to fragrances just be prepared.
My last ingredient was black food colouring which only came in gel forms and, honestly, it doesn’t matter to me; if anything it just made cleanups easier.
With my gloves on, we started some experiments with the clear glue first then the PVA.
I made small batches because you don’t really need much and I knew I had to make quite a few to experiment with.
It’s actually fun making little batches and experimenting than just going into it trying to make the most perfect slime you can. One person’s perfectly sticky, gooey slime is another person’s sensory overload, so if you are making these for or with kids, make it more about the fun of experimenting than the actual end product.
Now what I was hoping for was that Symbiote-y slime, a little stringy but not too sticky where I’m standing there for a while trying to get it off my fingers.
So I started off with using the clear glue with way too much food colouring, which I didn’t know that, once mixed with the coloured liquid detergent, mix become an issue.
Did I just add more glue to rectify this tiny issue? No. No I did not.
Also, I went very heavy very early with the detergent and made what I can only describe as a gelatinous clot.
With too much colouring and too much detergent, my clot was a foamy, liquidy mess that did amuse my small mind for approximately five minutes before putting it aside.
The second time I used a drop of colouring and started dropping little amounts of detergent in which immediately gave me great results. As this glue is clear I didn’t need much to give me that glossy, symbiote-y black I wanted.
One thing I did like was the slight blue hue from the detergent. This one came out slimy and stringy- very symbiote-y.
Now I started with the popular PVA glue. Since PVA is white I needed to add a bit more colouring, otherwise, I had a grey slime. Still cool, but not what I wanted.
While I didn’t really do any measurements, I tried to add the same amounts with both glue. I found this first attempt with the PVA very stringy and sticky.
My next attempt, though, came out as more traditional slime thanks to using less PVA and more detergent.
My ‘setting’ tray was starting to look like a petri dish of sin; my blood clot was leaking blue stain, my second and third attempts were trying to merge into a Super Slime and my fourth attempt was a happy blob that was a lil sneaky and wanting to be friends with my clot. It was an experience to witness.
I started getting an idea of what I needed and let some more little tests set in the fridge as it was getting really warm and thus, very messy and stringy up in my kitchen. So I thought I’d try a small container of glow-in-the-dark slime from K-Mart.
This little guy was only two bucks and, honestly, only if you’re really gung-ho on making your own, go ahead, but it’s still just as good as colouring some pre-made slime. All you need to do is knead in colouring which can lead to a little bit of staining but the colouring I used didn’t stain my skin after hand washing. Little by little is best with this option.
Of course, the glow-in-the-dark disappears once adding black colouring, but I really liked it. I’ve popped two photos below of the store bought slime, apologies for the shitty photos, I’ll try to have better ones up this week.
I liked using either glue and didn’t really have a noticeable difference between the two. I did have some hand stains however it came off with soap and water- surprisingly the staining was the blue from the detergent, so I don’t know if when mixed with colouring it did that, but it wasn’t an issue for me.
Before I show you some end results, I want to leave you with some handy hints:
- Gloves are your friend! Especially if you’re doing experiments and figuring how much food colouring you’ll need. My hand stains washed off with soap and water but it’s always good to be prepared.
- Don’t use baking sheets or paper towels like my dumbass did the first time! Stick (pun intended) to aluminium foil to set blobs down in. A better option is to use disposable or small bowls.
- Giving them a rest does help them “cure”.
- If it’s still a bit sticky after a rest, pop them in the fridge to cool down.
- You don’t need PVA and I doubt you’ll need branded PVA if you do use it.
- If you don’t want to make your own, buying store slime and adding your own colouring is still really fun.
- If you want to make magnetic slime, incorporate some Iron Oxide during the glue stage.