- Mix the salt and flour together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl or cup, whisk together the water and Glo Away.
- Add the water mixture to the dry ingredients – you may not need it all. Stir the dough together, adding more flour if it feels sticky. The dough should feel quite dry.
- Keep in an airtight container until required. I prefer to keep mine in the fridge so that the dough is less tacky when it is used.
I decided to make some beads in advance of a planned crafty playdate so I could check the process and show the children what we would be making. Using the recipe above I made some beads by rolling the dough into balls and then using a toothpick to make a large hole through the centre. I tried making some different shapes but the plain round ones worked best! One batch of the above recipe makes around 30 beads, depending on size.
I compared the glowing strength of the two different drying methods, and they glowed just as brightly as each other.
My son, F (2 yrs), didn’t have the skills to roll the dough into balls, but he enjoyed trying to poke a toothpick into balls that I made for him!
The glitter made the beads look much prettier in daylight, and it didn’t affect how brightly they glowed in the dark.
I was asked if we could make necklaces instead of bracelets, but I think the beads would be too chunky for a necklace.
Here’s how a bracelet made with coloured dough and neon glow in the dark paint looks in daylight, and then after a UV charge:
Quite different in glow, but just as awesome!
With the remaining beads I made a garland that I hung on one of the chairs on the deck. I used a mixture of the two types of dough. It looks really cool in the summer evenings!
Extra Bonus Craft!
We had some plain dough leftover (recipe as above but without the Glo Away or paint) so my son and I made a birthday present for my husband. We rolled and pressed out the dough. It took quite a while to dry – I didn’t want it to cook for too long in the microwave so I gave it a two minute burst every half hour or so until it was dry.
Once the dough was dry we painted it on both sides with Apple Barrel paints, using a combination of neon blue and purple.
Once the paint was dry I used the Plaid stencils, a paintbrush and Glo Away to write a little message for F’s Daddy.
This is how it looks in daylight and when it glows in the dark!
We have it out on the deck and I love how it reveals a “surprise” birthday message!