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Help me solve a slime fail!

Because I can’t afford international shipping and I like learning to make things, I’ve started making my own slimes. I’ve been using Lincraft’s house branded glitter poster paint (it’s glue but they call it paint) with water and borax (approximately 1 teaspoon of borax dissolved in half a cup of boiling water, added slowly until the slime stops sticking - never the whole half cup) and it makes a sticky, taffy-like slime that stretches longer than I am tall. When I combine it with shaving foam, it becomes soft, fluffy, non-sticky and amazing. Save for a few bits of glitter on my hands (some colours leave no glitter, some do) I’m super pleased with these slimes.

These paints/glues are being clearanced out, though, and when they’re gone I’ll have to find something else for slime-making. (The brand name glitter paints in Lincraft cost $8 AUD for a 250 ml bottle; I’ve been buying these for $2 AUD. Nor do I know if that brand contains PVA like these do: not all glitter paints or glues contain PVA.) Standard white PVA glue is cheapest (I got mine from Bunnings, $11 AUD for the 1 litre tub) but I can also get clear/gel PVA ($3 AUD a bottle) from Kaiser Craft.

I think you can understand why I’d really like to master white glue slime, as it’s the most inexpensive option.

I’ve used standard recipes online for both glues (white and gel) and I cannot get them to work. They don’t stretch at all and end up as pudding or super-fragile/tearing putty (too much borax). I’ve tried using more water/less borax and the slime is either watery and gross (without stretch) or hard and clumpy (without stretch). When I add the borax solution to the glitter paint/glue, I get the slime forming stretchy, sticky strands immediately and just beat/knead, adding activator, until it stops sticking to the bowl or my hands. This never happens with the white or clear PVA glues above. It just forms gross clumps that either stay watery, gains a pudding consistency without stretch or becomes putty-thickness but rips. However, using less borax always gets me the watery globs or the non-stretchy pudding slime.

I assume there’s some magical ratio of glue to water to borax to make white or clear/gel PVA work and result in the soft, stretchy slimes I see online, but I cannot find it in my own experimentation. I’ve had the same results with cheap craft white PVA and the woodworking white PVA above, so I don’t think it’s the brand of glue but the amount of water and/or borax.

(Sta Flo doesn’t exist here; it’s also difficult to tell if laundry detergents contain borax/boric acid. Borax is easiest and cheapest to obtain. Elmer’s glue is equally inaccessible, as far as I can tell from browsing craft and art shops. I can probably get my hands on contact lens solution but borax will be cheaper over time.)

Can anyone who’s used to working with borax and PVA help me out? I’d be super grateful for any advice!

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anonymous asked:

I have a cute fluffy toy penguin that I'm super attached to and he sits next to me on the sofa when I'm eating breakfast or something and sometimes I put him on top of the piano and play for him...I'm 19 lmao

That’s adorable! And it doesn’t matter how old you are. You are still allowed to love stuff animals. I sleep with so many stuffed animals on my bed that i don’t think i have enough room for myself lol so keep on loving your toy penguin as much as you want at any age!

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I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

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I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

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I want to put that to the test.

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I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
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I thought I was irreplaceable.

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