How to Make Silicone Putty

By Jennifer Young
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Silicone putty is known by a variety of brand names, which include Silly Putty and Tricky Putty. The product was originally discovered in an attempt to create a rubber substitute to be used during World War II. Silicone putty can be in a liquid or solid form and can be stretched, broken, bounced, formed, used as an adhesive or used to transfer petroleum based ink images.

Place two plastic containers on a flat surface in front of you. Label one of the plastic containers with "Borax Solution" using a permanent marker.

Unscrew the cap of the glue and empty all 8 oz. into the unmarked plastic container. Fill the empty glue container with water, replace the lid and shake the water in the bottle until all of the glue is pulled away from the edges of the container. Empty the water and glue mixture into the plastic container. Stir the content of the container with a plastic spoon.

Measure 1/2 cup of water and pour it into the "Borax Solution" container. Measure 1 tsp. of Borax and add it to the same container. Stir the solution with a clean plastic spoon until mixed well and all of the powder is dissolved. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes if the powder does not dissolve with mixing alone.

Slowly pour the Borax mixture into the glue mixture, stirring constantly. When stirring becomes difficult with the spoon, begin stirring with your fingers. Continue mixing and kneading the material as it hardens.

Transfer the putty into a plastic bag when the consistency stops changing. Squeeze out any excess air and seal the bag closed.

About the Author

Jennifer Young has worked as a writer, editor and book publisher for professional life coaches and business entrepreneurs since 2007. She has specialized training and experience in project management and procurement, as well as contracting services. Young earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both history and Japanese studies.