Cellulose polymer gel, more commonly known as methylcellulose gel or “methocel,” is used as a thickener in many food products. It is also used in film and television to make a number of fluids including slime, blood and drool, and is an entertaining material in classrooms when teaching children about polymers, which are substances connected by long chemical bonds. Methylcellulose powder is available through food and special effects suppliers. A relatively small amount of powder can make a large quantity of gel, making it very cost effective.
What you need:
- Methylcellulose powder. (I got mine online. If you can’t find pure methylcellulose powder, you can use the alternative method in my “Citrucel Slime” page).
Large pot for boiling
- Large metal spoon to stir with
What to do:
- Add 1 gallon of water to your large pot.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Stir 5 oz. of methylcellulose powder into the boiling water with a large spoon. Add the powder slowly, allowing it to dissolve completely.
- Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool overnight.
- The water and methylcellulose thicken into an oozy substance.