Saturday, September 1, 2012

And the Winner Is....

The votes are in and tallied...we have a winner! 

Thank you all SO much for your votes and your submissions. We really enjoyed reading each entry that was submitted to us. They were fantastic! 

So, without further ado, the winner of The Pinstrosity Challenge is Kristen with her "Perfectly Round, Opaque Bouncing Polymer Ball".

Here is the link that she tested from our "To Test" board:
Polymer balls can be quite beautiful. 
Here's her excellently tested and written Pinstrosity:

"Perfectly Round, Opaque, Bouncing Polymer Ball"

Hi!  My name is Kristen.  I am a wanna be crafty, stay at home mom to 2 beautiful girls ages 4 and 1.  I was so excited to see the homemade bouncy ball on the "to test" board! This was one of my 1st pins. I am always looking for fun things to do with my girls (aren't we all?), so here was my excuse to finally try it out!!  I so badly want to be "that mom" whose kids are always clean, in freshly pressed clothes, and have the coolest mom who knows how to make fun things at the drop of a hat.  Sadly I seem to fall short and this pin is an example of how I try, yet never really quite get there :) But the love is there and hopefully my girls will grow to see that instead of the dozens of failed Pinterest experiments LOL!

So Pinterest... Love it, I'm an addict. But as we all come to find out sadly, not all pins are what they seem to be.  I have gotten quite tired of finding the "ultimate pin" to do with my oldest, only for it to end up with her in tears because is was a "Pinstrosity".  So I decided to do this one on my own while she was asleep, just to make sure it would turn out how it says before I got her all excited about it. 

 I chose this link, because these looked to be a little more realistic of an outcome than the other link with the obviously store bought marbleized pretty rubber bouncy balls
Looked simple enough, and surprisingly I had ALL the ingredients. Thank you previous failed experiments...

So I gathered my supplies (minus the ruler and the timer with a second hand. I'm low tech and had to use my phone...) 

In the directions they said that white glue would produce an opaque ball, and clear glue would be... well clear.  Just my luck I had pink sparkly clear glue (no real shock, everything I own is pink and sparkly)(whether it was bought that way to start with or not...)!  What a pretty ball this will be!!!

 I mixed the Borax and water in 1 cup and added the glue and cornstarch to the 2nd cup. Next you take a little of the borax solution and add it to the glue and cornstarch. It said do not mix for 15 seconds, so I waited... 
 I am not good at waiting. Good thing the instructions call for a timer. It took longer to get the timer function up on my phone than the 15 seconds. I'll call that Problem 1/2. More like operator error than an experimental problem.

FINALLY 15 agonizing seconds later I could mix!

Once it becomes "impossible to mix" you pull out the glob and start forming your ball.

So pretty much it feels like a giant booger...
but they said to just keep kneading it, and once the stickiness goes away you can then bounce your ball. This is where I really hit my first "problem." 
A huge hole formed on the inside, the cornstarch prevented the insides from being sticky. Well there were no directions on how to fix this and the outside was still sticky so I turned it inside out, and kneaded again.  All sides stuck together success!!! 
Problem #2 was noticed here, it looked NOTHING like the picture AND it was opaque despite my using clear glue.  Me thinks white or clear makes no difference.

On to the bounce test... 
Enter the FAIL portion to the test. I am SO glad I decided to try this while she was asleep, there would certainly have been tears.  O don't get me wrong, the "ball" bounces.  About an inch MAYBE. Problem #3 (and kind of a funny) trying to take a picture of yourself bouncing a ball is a little awkward. ESPECIALLY when said ball is NOT round. Right after I took this picture it bounced right into the garbage disposal. A fitting place I think.

 Now I don't consider ALL experiments that don't turn out like they say they do a FAIL. My daughter and I usually have fun in the process and that is what matters. But this pin is a FAIL! The only correction I see that could have been made (besides having the timer ready and have an extra pair of hand to take pictures) was to make sure all the cornstarch was mixed up in order to prevent the hole in the middle.  The chemical reaction takes place pretty fast, and mixing does almost become impossible. But no matter what, I do not see any way of the ball turning out like any of the pictures posted.

So there she is my "perfectly round, clear, home made bouncing polymer ball"
On a side note: I just so happen to have 1 oddly formed, opaque, made with love, sideways bouncing (slightly covered in garbage disposal debris) Polymer ball if anyone wants one <3

 Congratulations Kristen!


  1. Thanks so much for giving me a huge laugh. Your sense of humor in the face of adversity (!) is marvelous.

    1. thank you so much <3 Glad I could make you chuckle. I think as far as Pinterest crafts are concerned a sense of humor should be included in ALL directions :)

  2. Actually that pin is BS. LOL those are actually these water balls that are found in the floral department of almost any store. They are actually for slowly watering cut flowers in a vase or something. Actually, they have clear ones that make them a bit more interesting. I had found out the hoax of it all and bought the balls. They are slimy and somewhat bouncy (you can't catch them). But it's more interesting if you buy the clear balls and put them in water over night. Then have the kids reach in the morning it's almost like reaching into pure liquid and pulling balls out of water. :) They supposedly chance from liquidish in the water to solid as they are exposed to air.

  3. i actually made this pin!

    and the balls bounce a little better when you let them air dry for a couple hours.
    when they're still kinda squishy, they don't bounce much.

    i made a HUGE one, and a tiny one.
    the tiny one bounced higher, in accordance with that whole mass+gravity=height stuff from physics class. ;D

    i had the same problem you did, though.
    i used clear glue, and didn't get a clear ball.
    it sucked, but whatever, bouncy ball bounced! °.°-b

  4. "On a side note: I just so happen to have 1 oddly formed, opaque, made with love, sideways bouncing (slightly covered in garbage disposal debris) Polymer ball if anyone wants one <3" LMAO that is great!!!

  5. I'm a science educator and I've used this recipe frenquently with my students. Here's a couple of tipes I've learned:
    1) the cornstarch will give your ball an opaque, matte finish no matter what you glue you use. BUT STILL USE CLEAR GLUE! the polymer structure of gel glue vs. regular white glue is very different, and the gel glue gives a much stiffer result( + bigger bounce!)
    2) 15 seconds is far too long for the reaction to sit before stirring. Give it only about 5-10 seconds and then stir like mad! Once it glops around your stir sick, pull it off and begin to roll it in your hands. This makes a better ball shape than just kneading and helps the conrstarch distribute more evenly.
    3) this thing will never bounce like a store-bought bouncy ball. If you want to bounce factor to be more impressive, mix up a batch of Gakk too and compare the two. (Gakk is made exactly the same way, just omit the cornstarch.) Gakk just plops, so it makes a good lesson on how additives change results.

  6. The balls in the picture are clearly polymer water beads:

  7. I did this pin also and it turned out EXACTLY like this one Only I did it with my boys and they were Later the ball turned VERY hard, almost like a big hard marble :)


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