There are just so many unique slime recipes out there to try and a hot one right now is a soft clay slime recipe also known as butter slime! All of our homemade slimes work our 4 basic slime recipes. Once you have mastered those, the unique slimes like our clay slime are a cinch to make. The kids will love this slime recipe!
SOFT CLAY SLIME RECIPE THAT’S SMOOTH AS BUTTER!
What’s so special about soft clay slime? Here’s a few things we have found that are really cool about this slime. First, it stays nice and stretchy longer. Second, it’s a bit moldable. Third, it’s smooth, rich, and silky feeling.
Soft clay slime inly requires one extra ingredient and uses any one of our three basic slime recipes. I will tell you which one is my favorite below because we experimented with all three of them to find the best one!
BUTTER SLIME TIPS
The base for this classic butter slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes which is white glue, water, baking soda, and saline solution.
Our easy, “how to make” slime recipes will show you how to master slime in 5 minutes! We have spent years tinkering with our 4 now 5 favorite basic slime recipes to make sure you can make the BEST slime every time!
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We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your Candy Cane slime! Make sure to go back and read the slime science above too!
- BEST Slime Supplies
- How To Fix Slime: Troubleshooting Guide
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- How To Remove Slime from Clothes
- Master Your Slime Training Series
CLAY SLIME RECIPE INGREDIENTS AND SUPPLIES
As I mentioned above, you can use any of our basic slime recipes for our Candy Cane slime ideas, but we like our basic saline solution slime recipe with the Elmers white washable school glue. I will link the products we used here with Amazon affiliate links below from which I receive a small commision.
1/2 cup of Elmer’s White Glue per slime batch
1/2 tsp baking soda per slime batch
2 oz of soft modeling clay
1 tbsp of saline solution (see recommended slime supplies for brands) per slime batch
SALINE SOLUTION SLIME RECIPE FOR MAKING CHRISTMAS IDEAS
STEP 1: Add 1/2 cup of Elmers Glue to your bowl
STEP 2: Mix with a 1/2 cup of water
STEP 3: Add food coloring as desired
STEP 4: Stir in 1/2 tsp baking soda
STEP 5: Mix in 1 tbsp saline solution and stir until slime forms and pulls away from sides of bowl. This is exactly how much you will need with the Target Sensitive Eyes brand, but other brands may differ slightly!
STEP 6: Once your slime is made, you can knead in your soft clay! This will take a few minutes and some good hand strengthening to get it all worked in well.
If your slime still feels too sticky, you may need a few more drops of saline solution. As I mentioned above, start by squirting a few drops of the solution onto your hands and kneading your slime longer. You can always add but you can’t take away. Saline solution is preferred over contact solution.
PREPARING YOUR SOFT CLAY SLIME RECIPE
Now that you have your basic slime recipe made, it’s time to mix in the clay! There are several types of clay out there to use. We have chosen to use the Crayola Model Magic clay as it’s readily available around us. However we have found another option you can see here, and it comes in a variety of colors.
CLAY NOTE: The denser the clay, like this clay, the less you will want to use. A less dense clay will require you to use more. Feel free to experiment with the consistency you like the most.
We have experimented with two different amounts of the Crayola Model Magic clay and found that mixing 1/3 of a standard 4 ounce packaged worked nicely. The first time we used 1/2 a package. We ended up with a thicker slime, less stretchy.
MIXING YOUR SOFT CLAY SLIME RECIPE
Get your muscles ready for this one! This will take a few minutes to mix, so don’t get discouraged that it doesn’t happen immediately.
In the beginning you might even think that it won’t work, but just keep kneading your slime, and it will come together for you!
We chose to start with a yellow base and add a reddish colored clay to it. We have also mixed blue and green and pink and orange! There are so many possibilities including black and white clay!
Start by softening up your clay. Next, flatten it out, and put on top of your slime. Start folding and mixing and kneading and squishing. Remember it will come together and make one smooth color like you see in the last few photos.
You did it! Your clay slime recipe is now ready to play with. We love making handprints in ours. Soft clay slime is so squishy and relaxing to play with too.
STORING YOUR BUTTER SLIME
Slime lasts quite awhile! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli style containers in my recommended slime supplies list here.
BUTTER SLIME SCIENCE
What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl-acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross linking!
The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…
When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubberier like slime! Slime is a polymer.
Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
Adding clay changes the density and viscosity of the slime as well as the texture.
SLIME FOR NGSS: Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards? It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Check out NGSS 2-PS1-1 for more information!
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY MAKING THIS CLAY SLIME RECIPE!