What Is the Recipe for Making Silly Putty at Home?


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To make homemade silly putty mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 1/2 tablespoons of dish soap, and knead until the mixture solidifies into the consistency of silly putty. Add more cornstarch if it is too moist and dish soap if it is too dry.

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Another recipe for silly putty requires equal amounts glue and liquid starch. Mix the glue with food coloring until it is a uniform appearance. Stir in the liquid starch, and allow the mixture sit for five minutes. Take the concoction in hand, and knead for five to 10 minutes until it is the desired consistency.

One recipe for silly putty uses glue, laundry detergent and food coloring. Mix 1/4 cup of glue with food coloring until the glue is the desired color. Add 2 tablespoons of liquid or powdered laundry detergent, and stir until preparation begins to solidify, adding more detergent if it is sticky. Knead the mixture in your hands to fully develop the consistency.

A fourth silly putty recipe is to mix 1/4 cup of glue with 1/4 cup of water in a bowl until it is well combined, and add food coloring to suit preference. Separately, dissolve 1 tablespoon of borax in 1/8 cup of water. Pour the borax solution into the glue mixture, and stir until it congeals. Add more borax if it is too moist. Knead the preparation for five to 10 minutes until it has a putty-like consistency.

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