Something slimy is going on in America.
For months now, thousands of kids, from coast to coast, have been putting down their phones and iPads and putting their hands on something ... goopier. That's because the new trend in middle and high schools is making — and sometimes selling — homemade slime of all colors, scents, and consistencies.
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Some of their results resemble the "slime" or "gak" their parents grew up with — the slippery green stuff at birthday parties of yore. But most of the modern-day homemade versions are more similar to sweet-smelling Silly Putty in consistency and texture, and others could be called versions of Floam, the soft putty with tiny beads in it that give a satisfying crunch when you touch it.
Casey Duke is a 14-year-old eighth grader at Landrum Middle School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. After spotting a "very cool rainbow slime video" made by a user named PeachySlimes on her Instagram account's "Explore" page one day, she did a little Google investigating and decided to try to make it.
Using her own secret recipes that may include glue, foam hand soap, shaving cream, corn starch, foaming facial wash, scented hand sanitizer, lotion, and food dye, Casey now makes a variety of slime herself. She also adds special ingredients like glitter, nail art, foam beads, or sequins to make her foam interesting and unique. She sells the slime online through an Etsy store called Fruity Slime Factory.
Oh, and Casey has her own Instagram account for her slime business now too — with 40.1K followers after only four months in business.