How to Make Polymer Plastic

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Things You'll Need

  • Disposable cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Borax powder
  • Measuring cup (in ounces)
  • Plastic spoon
  • Glue
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic storage container with lid

Polymer plastic is a type of plastic that conforms to the shape of a container. Good examples of polymer-based items are rubber bands, sneaker soles, Silly Putty, plastic soda bottles, Jell-O and chewing gum. Polymer molecules chain themselves together rather than holding together tightly like a solid object or spreading out like liquid. Make a polymer plastic at home using everyday household items. A sealed container is required to store the polymer plastic after the mixing process is complete.

Pour 8 oz. water in an 8 1/2-oz. disposable cup. Add 1 tbsp. borax powder and stir.

Squeeze 1 inch of plain school glue in the bottom of an 8 1/2-oz. disposable cup. Add 3 tbsp. water. Stir the glue and water together thoroughly.

Add three to five drops of the desired food coloring to the glue mixture. Stir thoroughly.

Add 1 tbsp. borax solution to the glue mixture. Stir well.

Let the mixture sit for 30 seconds. The mixture is now a polymer plastic.

Remove the polymer plastic from the cup. Either play with the plastic or seal it in a plastic container for storage.


About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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