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Ashley

Is 'floam' Gluten-free

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I just had sinus surgery and I can't walk, run, 'heavily' excerise, or lift anything over five pounds for two weeks. So basically waste away <_< anyway, since I know I can't have playdoh, my folks went and got me a package of floam. It's all bubbly and squishy. I love to squeeze it!!! Problem is, being so out of it, I threw the package it came in and the bucket you put it in when your done doesn't have any contact info. So, I have no idea if it's gluten-free. Help?

-Ash


-Diganosed with Celiac's Disease on April 15, 2005.

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"-Picasso

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I just had sinus surgery and I can't walk, run, 'heavily' excerise, or lift anything over five pounds for two weeks. So basically waste away <_< anyway, since I know I can't have playdoh, my folks went and got me a package of floam. It's all bubbly and squishy. I love to squeeze it!!! Problem is, being so out of it, I threw the package it came in and the bucket you put it in when your done doesn't have any contact info. So, I have no idea if it's gluten-free. Help?

-Ash

I tried to google "floam ingredients" and didn't have any luck, however did find recipes to make your OWN floam.....among other things. Looks like in this recipe they use glue....I know some glues are not safe....some are.....can you try to call the floam company?

HOW TO MAKE FLOAM

INGREDIENTS:

2-Tsp. Borax (available in laundry aisle at your

grocery store)

½-Cup Water (Tap water is fine)

¼-Cup White Glue (available in

Craft/Department/Discount Stores)

¼-Cup Water (Tap water is fine)

1-Zip Lock Bag (1 qt. Bag is best)

Food Coloring (Optional- kids like colors)

Styrofoam Beads (about 2 - bathroom 3 oz. cups

full for above)

MIXING DIRECTIONS -

1. Dissolve 2-Tsp. Borax Completely in ½-cup (4

oz.) water.

2. In a separate bowl mix ¼-cup (2 oz.) white

glue and ¼-cup (2 oz.) water.

Add food coloring of your choice to this

solution.

3. Pour the glue solution into a zip lock bag.

Then add 1-Tbs. of the

Borax/water solution to the glue solution. At

this point you will think that

this stuff will never come out of this bag.

4. Add Styrofoam Beads to the mixture to make

"Floam".

5. Seal bag and knead by hand until thoroughly

mixed. Let stand about 15

minutes, and then knead by hand again. Take out

of bag when the gel

("Floam") separates easily from the inside bag

walls. It will have the

consistency of dough.

Where to buy the microbeads [someone recommended

buying here].

http://www.beanbagbeads.com/pillow_filli...

They currently sell

1 gallon of the teenie tiny microbeads (you

really want the smallest ones

you can find as they make for more realistic

Floam) for less than $12.

Personally, I bought my 1/2 cubic foot giant bag

of these beads, which

appears to me to be more than a gallon, at Hobby

Lobby for $14.92. Pay tax,

but no shipping (or waiting).

Floam

1 Tbs. Borax

1 Cup Water

¼ Cup White Glue(or 4% polyvinyl alcohol)

¼ Cup Water

1 Zip Lock Bag

Food Coloring

Styrofoam Beads

1. Dissolve 1 Tbs. Borax Completely in 1 cup

water

2. In a separate bowl mix ¼ cup white glue and ¼

cup water

3. Mix equal parts of Borax solution to equal

parts of glue

solution in zip lock bag ( ½ cup of each = 1 cup

of slime)

4. Add a few drops of food coloring

5. Seal bag and knead by hand

6. Add Styrofoam Beads to the mixture to make

"Floam"

Explanation: Borax acts as a crosslinking agent

or "connector" for the

glue (polyvinyl acetate) molecules.

The glue molecules join together to form even

larger molecules called

polymers: result - a thickened gel very similar

to slime.

If you have access to a chemical supply house,

try a 4% solution of

polyvinyl alcohol instead of glue for a less

rubbery polymer. It will be

more transparent & show off color better.

Blubber

½ Cup water

½ Cup glue

½ Cup water

2 Tbsp Borax

1. Do not use cheap glue that has too much water

in it.

2. Mix ½ cup water with ½ cup glue

3. In a separate container, mix ½ cup water with

2 T Borax (You'll find this

hidden away in a tiny recess of your detergent

aisle)

3. Now, while stirring the Borax mixture

constantly, add the glue mixture.

It should immediately glump up and look like

blubber (Or at least what we

imagine blubber to look like.)

4. If it isn't really glumpy and tough, mix up

more Borax mixture and add

that to it. Use the same toys as with silly

putty. This does not stick to

things as much as silly putty.

SLIME

1 Part Liquid starch

2 Part Elmer's Glue

Food Coloring (opt.)

Mix and enjoy. It's supposed to be like slime.

Modeling "Goop"

2/3 cup water

2 cups salt

1/2 cup water

1 cup cornstarch

beads, colored macaroni and other small objects

Add 2/3 cup water to the salt in a pan, stir and

cook over med. heat,

stirring 4-5

minutes until salt is dissolved. Remove mix from

heat. Gradually mix 1/2 cup

water with the cornstarch in a separate

container. Stir until smooth. Add

the

cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture. Return to

low heat and stir and cook

until

smooth. The goop will thicken quickly. Remove

from heat and use for modeling

objects. Objects made from this goop can also be

hardened in the sun. This

mix

will not crumble when dry. Objects like macaroni,

etc. can be added to the

goop,

and adhered to the models.

Flubber

Solution A:

1 1/2 C. Warm Water

2 c. Elmers Glue

Food Coloring

Solution B:

4 tsp. Borax

1 1/3 C. Warm water

Mix solution A in one bowl, mix solution B in

another bowl. Dissolve both

well. Then just pour solution A into solution B,

DO NOT MIX OR STIR! Just

lift out flubber. I made this with my daughters

class, and the teacher &

children loved it! It's neater than "Gak" or

"slime". And it also a safe

chemical reaction for the kids to see. I used a

glass bowl for solution B so

the kids could see the flubber form in the bowl.

It just becomes a big

"cloud" of rubbery stuff. Store in baggies. If

you half the recipe, you only

need to half the solution A and it will work the

same.

Homemade Silly Putty

2 parts white glue

1 part liquid starch

Mix ingredients and let dry until workable. Add

more glue or starch if

necessary. May not work on humid days. Store in

airtight container.

Modeling Clay

2 cups salt

2/3 cup water

1 cup cornstarch

½ cup water (cold)

Stir salt and water over heat for about 5

minutes. Remove from heat and

stir in cornstarch and cold water. Mix until

smooth, return to heat and cook

until thick. Cool before using. Store in plastic

bag.

Cookie Clay

2 cups salt

2/3 cups water

1 cup cornstarch

½ cup cold water

Mix salt with water in saucepan. Stir and boil.

Add cornstarch and cold

water. Keep heating if it does not get thick.

Roll out dough on board

floured with cornstarch. Dry and decorate

ornaments.


Jessica

Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!

Kansas

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I just had sinus surgery and I can't walk, run, 'heavily' excerise, or lift anything over five pounds for two weeks. So basically waste away <_< anyway, since I know I can't have playdoh, my folks went and got me a package of floam. It's all bubbly and squishy. I love to squeeze it!!! Problem is, being so out of it, I threw the package it came in and the bucket you put it in when your done doesn't have any contact info. So, I have no idea if it's gluten-free. Help?

-Ash

I called them a few months back and they couldn't tell me if it's gluten free or not. :(

I do think though that Silly Putty is gluten free (at least the egg of it we have now is) and it's also fun to squeeze and tons of fun to snap.

Also, Crayola Model magic is gluten free, so it's kinda like playdough.


Gluten free since 5/06

mommy to Annika(3) gluten free since 5/04 and Kathryn (5) gluten free since 10/05

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I bought my daughter floam. I'm not sure if it is Gluten free, so I just make sure she doesn't touch her face or put her hands in her mouth while she plays with it. We keep her in one are and clean the table top when she is done & she washes her hands really well. I didn't have the heart to tell her she couldn't have it. She loves anything arts & crafts so much. Good luck. I hope you are feeling better soon!

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Jared (Husband with Celiac.) diagnosed and gluten free since Nov.2005

Abby ( 6 yrs old) diagnosed with celiac and gluten free since Nov.2005

Griffin (4 yrs old) not diagnosed but gluten free since Nov. 2005

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