Ingredients • • • • • • • 2 tsp.

borax (available in laundry aisle at your grocery store) 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup white glue (we used Elmer's) 1/4 cup water food coloring (otherwise it will look like cottage cheese) an air-tight plastic bag (for mixing and storage) 5/3 cups of polystyrene beads (we used 2/3 cups micro-beads and 1 cup bean bag filler)

Floam™ is made with polystyrene (aka Styrofoam™) beads ranging in size from about 1 mm to 1/8 inch in diameter. You can make an approximation of the beads at home by grating polystyrene cups, packing material etc., although we did not try this. We bought two different types of beads: • Micro-beads (about 1 mm in diameter), which we found at a Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts store. We had to call several stores before finding one that sold them. They can be ordered from Roseann's Dolls. 1/8∀ βεαδσ, sometimes called "milk bottle filler" or "bean bag filler", which we bought on eBay but you can also buy through Roseann's Dolls.

Instructions Dissolve 2 tsp. borax completely in 1/2 cup (4 oz.) water. Set aside. In a separate bowl mix 1/4 cup (2 oz.) white glue and 1/4 cup (2 oz.) water. Optionally add food coloring. Pour the glue solution into the air-tight bag. Then add 3 tbsp. (9 tsp.) of the borax/water solution to the glue solution. Do not mix them yet. You will have some borax/water solution left for another batch. Add the polystyrene beads. Seal bag and knead by hand until thoroughly mixed. Let stand about 15 minutes, and then knead a few minutes more. This should produce a hard clay well suited for sculpting; for a more malleable clay, use fewer beads and optionally less of the borax solution. Notes

• • The polystyrene beads will get everywhere. We read but did not try this tip: "If you have access to a chemical supply house." Simon Quellen Field added: "Polyvinyl alcohol is easy to get: It's used in artificial tears (and of course. Do not eat or taunt. The main difference we could detect between this and Floam™ is that ours smells like glue." You can read safety information about borax.looking them up will likely get you better prices. On that web site you will find a hundred or so synonyms -. white glue). while theirs smells like stinky chemicals. try a 4% solution of polyvinyl alcohol instead of glue for a less rubbery polymer. It will be more transparent & show off color better. • • • .

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