Make Spooky Fluorescent Glowing Slime

Read on to find out how you can make this Spooky Fluorescent Glowing Slime.

spooky fluorescent halloween slime

Spooky Fluorescent Halloween Slime

We made amazing spooky fluorescent glowing slime in time for Hallowe’en and we want you to be able to make it too. Read how easily we did it and watch the video too…..

If you have never made slime before read this:

To make spooky glowing slime you need to know the basics of slime making, read this blog to help you get started with slime making.

If you have made slime before read this:

OK, so now you can confidently make slime you must have a go at this Spooky Slime.
To make our slime glow under a UV torch, we added fluorescein to the slime mixture.

Fluorescein – what’s that?

Don’t panic, you can get fluorescein from an everyday item you probably have at home – a highlighter pen. Yes – a highlighter pen! It’s really that easy. Fluorescein is the bright chemical inside the cartridge of a highlighter pen and it fluoresces under UV light.  We found yellow highlighter pens work best as they have a good quantity of fluorescein.

You need to extract fluorescein first, here’s how we did it…

Spooky Glowing Fluorescent Slime

Spooky Glowing Fluorescent Slime

Extracting Fluorescein

materials

A medium sized glass container
A yellow highlighter pen
Pliers
Protection for work surface
Gloves & goggles
Water

method

First I protected the work surfaces and put on gloves & goggles as this part was messy! Using pliers I broke open the highlighter pen, removed the cartridge and popped it into the glass with about 50ml of water and squeezed out the highlight pen ink into the water.

You can actually have some UV science fun with the fluorescein liquid on its own, read how much fun we had with fluorescein here.

Make Spooky Glowing Slime with Fluorescein

Watch the video on how to make Spooky Halloween Slime here and/or read more below:

To make the slime we added the yellow liquid containing fluorescein from our highlighter pen to our glue/water slime base (before activating) and mixed it in really well. We then activated the slime with our Borax solution, you can use your regular activator – it should still work. We tried adding other colours to the slime but this just hid the fluorescent effect, so I’d recommend using no other colouring or glitter etc, just the basic white PVA glue, water, the fluorescein liquid and borax solution. To get the best effect of glowing slime, the room needs to be VERY dark and we used inexpensive UV torches (£4 each), which did the job brilliantly.

Good luck and have a Happy Hallowe’en.

If you tackle this activity at home you do so at your own risk. If you have as much fun as we did, feel free to share your pictures with us on Facebook.
Bye for now
Ruth

Chief Scientist at Sciencedipity