There is a never ending supply of super cool items that you can mix into homemade slime recipes. Our latest slime obsession is with these gold foil sheets to create a gold leaf slime. We have the best homemade clear glue slime out there and now we have added gorgeous gold to it! Let’s take slime making to a whole new level and I will show you how to make slime like a pro in minutes.
HOW TO MAKE GOLD LEAF SLIME WITH CLEAR GLUE
Slime making is a serious matter with kids, and I know they love all the coolest most AWESOME-est ideas going around. Gold leaf slime is yet another fabulous looking slime recipe we can show you how to make.
My mission has always been to create the best basic slime recipes that actually work. We have spent years tinkering with these easy slime recipes and perfecting them for you.
No one wants to be sad and frustrated when they are learning how to make slime….
Watch our satisfying gold leaf slime mixing video and join me as I show you how to make the perfect clear slime base to add to your gold foil sheets.
Oh and slime is science too, so don’t miss the great information on the science behind the slime below.
SLIME SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here. Slime really does make for an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too! Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!
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!
GOLD LEAF SHEETS FOR SLIME
Gold leaf sheets for slime are super easy to pick up on Amazon and possibly your local craft stores too. Even better, they are inexpensive and come in large packs. Perfect for slime making parties or large groups. Find the links below to see where to buy.
NOTE: You absolutely can buy these in other colors and play with them with colored slime too. I will be sharing some photos of that very soon!
If you want to see what else you can mix into slime and how to make awesome slime ideas all year round, check out our Ultimate Slime Guide Book. It’s the perfect accessory and comes with some great slime freebies as well!
GOLD LEAF CLEAR SLIME RECIPE
The base for this slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes which is clear glue with a borax solution slime activator.
Now if you don’t want to use borax powder, we have some alternative suggestions for you! However, it’s important to understand that liquid starch and saline solutions (also common activators) are not borax free. You can read more about that here.
3 BASIC SLIME RECIPES FOR CLEAR GLUE SLIME
Below are the links to the 2 basic recipes you can use to make clear glue slime. If you truly want a clear slime then borax is your best bet. However our modified saline solution slime recipe for clear slime is also pretty darn good. All have videos to watch too!
NOTE: If you want to add color to your slime with either food coloring or acrylic paint, it doesn’t really matter what slime recipes you use.
I will show you the basic steps for our clear glue borax slime below. If you you use the link above or right here, you can watch a start to finish video of the whole process. Below is a video of the quick version of clear slime.
I add one little tip for perfectly clear slime that looks like glass in the linked post, but I can share it here too! Make your clear slime and let it rest for a few days. Keep it covered and undisturbed. This allows the air bubbles you see in the slime to rise up and out.
GOLD LEAF SLIME INGREDIENTS
As I mentioned above, you can use any of our basic slime recipes for this gold leaf slime. Below you will find the quick directions for clear glue slime made with borax powder.
1/4 tsp borax powder mixed with 1/2 cup of warm water to make activator solution
1/2 cup of clear Elmer’s Washable School Glue
1/2 cup of water
Gold Leaf Sheets (Product links are at the bottom of this page!)
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SLIME RECIPE DIRECTIONS BELOW PHOTOS
A simple borax solution is a classic slime activator. Read more about all our slime activators here.
Crystal clear slime that looks like liquid glass is super easy to make. follow the instructions below and remeber for completely clear slime free of bubbles, let sit for a few days!
Remember, you can easily use any of our basic slime recipes for this COOL slime activity!
STEP 1: Mix clear glue and water in a bowl to combine evenly. We recommend Elmer’s Washable School Glue because it works really well for slime making!
STEP 2: Make your slime activator. Mix borax powder and warm water until thoroughly dissolved.
STEP 3: Add the slime activator to glue mixture and stir well!
STEP 4: Remove slime from bowl and knead to smooth consistency.
STEP 5: Place clear slime on a clean surface such as a baking tray or dish and cover with several sheets of gold leaf foil.
STEP 6: Use your fingers to have fun breaking apart foil and mixing into slime! It’s very satisfying and relaxing!
STORING YOUR 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.
If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups we have used condiment containers as seen here.
This gold leaf slime making activity with foil sheets is tons of fun for kids. Get crazy with fun colors too.
Want to have all our basic recipes handy and in one place? Use the button just below to download your free slime recipes cheat sheet pages. We also have an awesome MASTER YOUR SLIME training series going on here.
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