As a kid I always loved science, so it's no wonder that as an adult, I still love videos that show how to incorporate science into crafts projects — like this one by Karina Garcia, which shows viewers how to create DIY liquid glass. You may remember projects like this from the birthday parties of your youth — when I was in the 6th grade, I went to a science-themed birthday party where a man dressed like a scientist taught us about cool chemical reactions and even let us make our own bouncy balls. While I usually don't care much about bouncy balls, making one one on my own was awesome, and my orange orb became very special to me. Though knowing how to make a bouncy balls wasn't a very useful skill, it was still super cool — much like this liquid glass, which I would love to make it at home. That's why this video is cool!
I think there is one single category that sets all the greatest DIY craft videos apart from the lesser ones that are all over the internet: Easiness. If the video has fifty six different steps and forty seven different objects you need to buy, you better believe I am not watching a single minute of it. I already don't have enough time in the day for basic human functions; I don't need a video telling me to buy a clay-burning oven. That's why I liked this video: It was short, sweet, to the point, and also only used about three ingredients. That way, you can feel like you made something, but you didn't have to buy an entire pharmacy to do it. So here is the DIY Liquid Glass video that I really liked, broken down. Enjoy!
What Is Liquid Glass?
It's stretchy, clear putty. There are not many uses for it besides having fun squishing and stretching it. I think it would make a pretty nice gift for someone who is a little stressed in your life — with the added bonus that you took the time to make the gift yourself.
Pour some Scotch Transparent Glue into a bowl. If they don't have any of this in your local crafts store, you can purchase it here. I suggest getting more than one tube, just in case you mess up or spill something.
Next, you will be mixing half a cup of water with a teaspoon of Borax. As I found out, Borax is "white mineral in some alkaline salt deposits"used in everything from ceramics to antiseptics.
Combine the glue in the bowl with the Borax-infused water and watch your creation come into being. Don't keep the slimy gel in the water too long, though — take it out of the solution once you see it is formed.
The product on the left is a professionally made putty and the one of the right is what the creator of the video made. Not bad, right?
Images: Karina Garcia