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Fun with Borax!

March 20, 2009
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As promised, I’m back with more on the wonders of Borax.  Not only is it one of the neatest cleaning products I’ve ever had the pleasure of rubbing into a stain, it’s also a great craft ingredient.  Here are some of the things it can do…

Slime: (a.k.a. Oobleck)
In a glass bowl, pour ½ c. glue (a 4 oz. glue bottle), fill the bottle with water and pour that in too (it’s a ½ c. too).
Add food coloring if you choose – or leave the slime an opaque white – I’ve read you can add glow-in-the-dark paint or zinc sulfide for glow-in-the-dark slime.
In another glass bowl, dissolve 1 Tbsp. Borax into 1 c. water.  Stir until Borax is dissolved.
Once dissolved, slowly stir the Borax solution into the bowl of other ingredients.
Work the slime with your hands until it feels dry.  The more you play, the smoother it gets – don’t worry about the water left in the bottom of the bowl.
Store your slime in a tightly sealed container or ziploc bag.
(We used this one at my son’s “Mad Scientist” birthday party.  Lots of fun but be ready for a mess.)

Dried Flower Arrangements:
Sprinkle Borax into a small box (shoe boxes work well).
Cut fresh flowers to desired length and place in box on top the Borax.
Cover flowers with another layer of Borax.
Let sit undisturbed (in my house that means – hide it) for one week.
At the end of the week, sift off the Borax.  Your flowers are dry and ready to craft with.
Save the Borax and use again.

Snow Flake:
Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal sections.
Twist together at centers to form 3 spokes (trim if necessary).
Attach a string to the end of one spoke, tying the other end to the middle of a pencil.
Fill a jar (wide enough to fit your snowflake) with boiling water.
Add Borax one Tablespoon at a time to the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add up to 3 T. Borax per 1 C. Water.
The solution can be tinted with food coloring if desired.
Hang pipe cleaner snowflake in the solution with pencil resting on the jar.  Make sure your snowflake is completely covered and not touching the bottom or sides of the jar.
Allow to sit undisturbed over night.
In the morning you’ll have a lovely crystal snowflake for your tree or window.

Bouncing Polymer Ball:
Start with 2 cups, one labeled “Borax” and one labeled “Ball.”
In “Borax” Cup pour 2 Tablespoons warm water and ½ teaspoon Borax powder. Stir until Borax is dissolved. Add food coloring if you choose.
In the “Ball” Cup, pour 1 Tablespoon of glue.  Add ½ teaspoon of the Borax solution from the “Borax” cup and 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch. DO NOT STIR. Allow the ingredients to interact on their own for 10-15 seconds then stir until they’re fully mixed.
When it’s impossible to stir, remove it from the jar and knead it in your hands.  It will be sticky at first but as you work it it will become less sticky.
Give it a bounce!  Store your ball in an airtight container or ziploc bag when not in use.
Wash up your area, your equipment and yourself to avoid dried on glue and such.

There’s more out there if you care to search but I’ve got to post this before Shell starts harassing me again.  Have fun.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary q Contrarie permalink
    May 9, 2009 2:12 pm

    Thanks for the Borax tip. Very interesting I thought you might be interested in these tips for drying flowers that I found on the web at http://www.bestdryingrack.com/How_to_dry_flowers.html it has some great charts on what position is best and what stage the flowers dry best in. I found it interesting and am looking for trying some of these this spring, summer and fall.

  2. Emmanuel permalink
    February 29, 2012 8:39 pm

    Me and my child loved the slime, once we got everything finished I poured the borax solusion into the glue and instanty the slime popped up. I love it.

  3. Kala permalink
    April 17, 2012 11:30 pm

    The bouncy balls do not work they bounce maybe 3 inches off the floor

  4. LOLZ permalink
    July 31, 2012 3:59 pm

    I nade the the slime it was pretty fun and cool. I will Definitely make slime again

  5. July 16, 2013 12:54 pm

    I was very disappointed the ball did not work

  6. Tim Cox permalink
    September 20, 2013 4:28 pm

    Borax is an excecellent insect killer for spiders, ants and roaches and probably many others mix with honey for ants in the house, sprinkle around counters and floors for roaches.Around the house for spiders or just pitch some on the web. It works..

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