Clear Slime is a basic slime recipe and if you’ve never tried it, you really should. Last year we shared our Safe Puffy Slime Recipe and we have made it SO much!
Slime has been a great way for my kids to help with their anxiety. And my 10-year-old step-daughter loves slime too! We have been experimenting with some new slime ideas. This is a basic slime recipe – Clear Slime. Why clear slime, you ask? My kids have assured me that for SOME slime recipes you MUST start with a clear slime base. The cool thing about clear slime is that if you add something – like sand or floam – the clear slime lets the added element shine through. And after making clear slime, I have to say, clear slime has a really smooth texture and it stretches much more than puffy white-glue slime. I’m becoming a slime expert HAHAHAHA!
Now this might be controversial – but to make clear slime I don’t think there is any way around using Borax. So if your kids are smaller you might want to be keep your kids supervised for this slime tutorial. But honestly, if you use the recommended amount there really is no reason to freak out about Borax. That being said, here is our recipe for Two-Ingredient Clear Slime. It’s SO easy.
As I said the activator for clear slime is Borax. You add 1 teaspoon of borax to a cup of HOT water and mix until the borax has dissolved.
Then you your CLEAR glue to a medium bowl.
2 cups clear glue (we use Elmer’s Clear Glue – we tried other brands and our slime did NOT turn out)
borax + water mixture (We bought our Borax powder at Walmart) mixed with 1 cup of HOT water, mix until dissolved, about 1 minute. Add slowly, mixing after each tablespoon until you get a slime consistency.
Add the Borax/water mixture in 1 Tablespoon increments into the glue and mix with a wooden spoon after each tablespoon. Once the glue starts to clump together and NOT stick to the wooden spoon you can stop adding the Borax mixture. This is when you will add food coloring if you want to add color to your glue.
Then knead the slime until it is the right consistency. If it’s still too sticky, add a little more of the borax mixture. If it’s too thick, add a little more glue.
This is the trick we have found about making clear glue – you have to let it rest. When you initially make the clear glue it will be cloudy with lots of bubbles. Put it in a bowl and let it sit for at least a couple of hours – sometimes overnight. This gives it time to get fully incoporated and the cloudiness will disappear, leaving you with beautiful clear slime.
Here’s a little video showing adding the activator and mixing while the activator activates the glue. As you can see in the video, my daughter added a bunch of borax solution at once and it speeded up the process. Luckily slime making is pretty forgiving. If you add too much activator you can always just add more glue. It doesn’t have to be super precise.
Once the glue has set, you can add any mix ins like sand, floam, beads or whatever else your heart desires!!
Play with it!
It is SO stretchy and cool!
And stay tuned. I have a couple of really cool tutorials coming up that use clear glue and your kids are going to LOVE them. Mine do!!
Some people hate slime because it gets everywhere. I have found that as long as you have rules pertaining to slime there shouldn’t be problems. I have my kids use the slime on a hard surface that can be cleaned like a tray or table. I also have them play with their slime outside when the weather is good. I also make sure the slime is kept in air-tight containers that won’t spill. They love playing with it and it’s an inexpensive, soothing craft for them to make which brings out their creativity. So I say – go for it!
Here are a few other slime ideas that we love to make!
Have a FUN day!