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Making Slime? Can I use PVA Glue or does it have to be Elmer's Glue?

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Kendodd Wed 23-Jan-13 11:05:19

Anybody got a good recipe?

I have ordered some Borax but recipes always use Elmer's School Glue, can I use PVA instead?

NotADragonOfSoup Wed 23-Jan-13 11:50:16

I think Elmers is just a brand name isn't it?

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 23-Jan-13 11:52:25

I've used PVA and it's worked fine.

NotADragonOfSoup Wed 23-Jan-13 11:57:44

You can buy Elmers on Amazon though.

Kendodd Wed 23-Jan-13 13:14:45

Thanks, I'll use PVA then.

SelfconfessedSpoonyFucker Wed 23-Jan-13 14:49:06

yes Elmer's is a brand name of "white" glue which is what they call PVA here.

stealthsquiggle Sun 27-Jan-13 07:39:57

Definitely - just get a bulk bottle of PVA from Screwfix or wherever. Works fine.

Dingle Sun 27-Jan-13 16:31:28

Ooo, never made this before. Off to Google Slime recipes!

Jakeybakey Fri 04-Aug-17 23:57:45

Here's how I make mine:


PVA Glue (testing may need to be done first as different glues vary! make sure it is PVA though)

Shaving Foam (optional, but makes slime fluffy)

Paint (optional again)

Formil Biological detergent from Lidl (the green one! this is a substitute for borax which reacts with the glue)

OR use Almat Non Bio from Aldi instead of Formil

OR use Contact lens solution with half a teas spoon of baking soda

Mix PVA, foam and paint in a bowl.
Then, slowly add your activator (Formil, Almat or solution). Do this little by little until the glue clumps up. You should notice slime starting to form!

Once you have the basic method you can go ahead and practise this a few more times until you've found the perfect slime. Hope this helps everyone!

charlotteelizabeth893 Wed 01-Nov-17 22:18:14

No need to use borax! Borax free recipe here:

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