The simplest and most satisfying slime you can do yourself (and with the kids)
What is it about slime that is so satisfying? We gotta admit that since we made our first batch of Liquid Gold Glitter Slime, we’ve been obsessed with recreating it in every form (and using it as the office stress-relief). Today, we set our sights on how to make glossy slime using BLVD Bling, our holographic pink Gen Glitter that smells as good as cotton candy tastes (actually, tho). The results are nothing short of pearly pink glossy slime magic. Without further ado, we give you Pink Pearl Mermaid Slime, the most satisfying slime the Petite ‘n Pretty HQ slime lab has made yet.
HOMEMADE GLOSSY SLIME INGREDIENTS
Here’s What You’ll Need...
Elmer’s glue, one bottle per batch
Gen Glitter in BLVD Bling or 14 Karat Wear It
A sealable container for post-slime storage
Got it? Great! You’re almost ready to make a batch of satisfying slime that’s as glossy as it is glittery! Just one more prep step:
Getting Gen Glitter Out of The Bottle...
This should be done by an adult since it involves using a butter knife to (gently) pry the clear wiper out of the jar. You may have to do a little wiggle work but shouldn’t have to force it. Once you’ve scooped out enough glitter, simply pop the wiper back in.
HOW TO MAKE GLOSSY SLIME
Step 1: Washable Elmer’s Glue
Use one bottle per batch, squeezing the whole bottle into your mixing bowl. We chose pink Elmer’s glue to complement our pink glitter, giving the final slime a pearly pink gloss. You can use any color (even clear) that you want! White Elmer’s glue will work, but its milky color with tone down a lot of the glitter in your slime.
Step 2: Baking Soda
Mix one heaping tablespoon with the glue until fully combined. It’s totally normal for the mixture to form bubbles, btw.
Step 3: Gen Glitter
Add a tablespoon of Gen Glitter in BLVD Bling to the glue and baking soda mixture. The beauty of our Gen Glitter formulas is that they’re water-based and alcohol-free. Not only does this make them a gentler option for little hands to handle, but it helps make the slime more stretchy and less prone to breakage.
Step 4: Contact Solution
Make sure the contact solution you use lists boric acid in the ingredients since that’s the activator that interacts with the glue to turn it into slime. Mix in ½ Tbsp increments slowly and steadily, checking slime consistency as you go.
Once it starts to reach a less liquid, more squishy state, switch to kneading by hand. It will feel sticky at first but should improve quickly. We found that 2 Tbsp was the perfect amount of contact solution, but you might find you like the texture better with a little more or less. So, experiment!
TIPS, TRICKS & TWISTS
How to make slime less sticky
If your slime feels too sticky, add another splash of contact solution or a sprinkle more baking powder. Keep kneading and adding until you strike the right non-sticky balance. Or put lotions on your hands — sometimes dry hands cause the slime to stick more.
How to make slime more stretchy
If your glossy glitter slime isn’t quite stretchy enough you may have gone too far with the baking powder. Try adding a splash more Gen Glitter, which is water-based, or just straight-up water. Or take that lotion you just put on your hands and knead a squeeze of it into the slime. The key to non-sticky, stretchy slime is working it (like dough) until the balance is just right.
Discover more satisfying slime recipes
If you need more shades of glossy slime in your life (or at your kiddo’s birthday party), try another kids’ slime recipe like Birthday Confetti Slime or Liquid Gold Glitter Slime made with our mess-free, super pretty (and water-based) Gen Glitters. Or better yet, make all three and braid them together for the ultimate glitter slime party.
The Science Lesson in the Slime
Slime science is real! The reason your contact solution needs to have boric acid is because borate ions are the activator that causes the glue to change its state of matter from liquidy to rubbery. That’s because polymers (like the glue) are made of long, repeating strands or molecules that start to connect and tangle when mixed with borate ions. This is called cross-linking, a similar process to how polymers work in makeup to create different textures, spreadability and adhesion. Making slime, like developing makeup, is just one big, fun, beautiful experiment! Maybe that’s why we love it so much?!
HOMEMADE SLIME RECIPE CHEAT SHEET
Homemade Slime is Best Enjoyed Safely
Making slime at home is a chemistry lesson wrapped up in a glitter party — which is why we love it for kids’ birthdays and sleepovers! But like any science experiment using household ingredients, this one should always be done with adult supervision. Borate ions come in different forms – sodium borate, borax powder or boric acid. Borax-free slime recipes might still contain borate ions, generally from liquid starch (sodium borate) or saline solution (boric acid).
How to make glossy slime at home safely with your little helper is easier with spoons or spatulas ready to mix before handling slime by hand. Never inhale or ingest and always wash hands and surfaces after playing with slime. We have never experienced any skin reactions ourselves when making glitter slime, but if you’re worried about skin sensitivity or irritation, wear gloves. Like makeup, slime is best enjoyed when it's fun and safe.