We’re big on slime around here, but we also have plenty of room in our hearts for putty. Though the two have marked similarities, putty affords a completely different play experience than slime. It’s likely that if you enjoy one, you’ll appreciate the other, but they some people opt for one over the other due to these slight differences. If you’re intrigued to learn about the difference between slime and putty, read through what we have to say about the two.
The difference between slime and putty is their consistency, or how they feel and behave in your hands.
Slime often droops, stretches with ease, and is a cinch to squeeze. It’s a non-Newtonian fluid, and it acts very much like water in slow motion, kind of like thick syrup. It can keep its form, but it’s more likely to change as you play.
Putty is also a non-Newtonian, but it has a lot of characteristics that make it seem more like a solid. It’s more like dough than syrup, and while it’s stretchable and squeezable for sure, this takes a little more effort than with slime. Putty keeps its form after you play with it for the most part and doesn’t really droop in your hands.
Especially when making it on your own, the reason behind this thickness is a different amount of activator in putty than in slime, be it contact solution, borax, or something else. As you add more, your creation becomes thicker and tougher. Other varieties consist of polydimethylsiloxane, a chemical structure held together with covalent bonds that break a few at a time as someone handles it. Whichever ingredients make it up, each lend to solid-like qualities.
Because putty is thicker and more solid than slime, this means different kinds of play. While slime is great for making huge slime bubbles and running gobs of it through your hands, putty usually comes in smaller quantities. This lends better to using it as a portable fidget toy that has a lower risk of ending in a mess.
If you’re interested in Dope Slimes’ signature Dope Putty, visit our online Slime Shop store. We stock all kinds of slime, putty, and slime supplies, and are constantly adding new products.