How to Make Cellulose Polymer Gel

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How to Make Cellulose Polymer Gel
Get slimed with cellulose polymer gel. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Pot
  • Water
  • Methylcellulose powder
  • Large spoon

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  1. 1

    Add 1 gallon of distilled water to a large pot.

  2. 2

    Bring the water to a boil.

  3. 3

    Stir 142gr. of methylcellulose powder into the boiling water with a large spoon. Add the powder slowly, allowing it to dissolve completely.

  4. 4

    Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool overnight. The water and methylcellulose thickens into a gel.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust the amount of methylcellulose you use, to change the thickness of the gel. Adding more methylcellulose makes the gel thicker, while reducing the amount makes the gel thinner.
  • Methylcellulose polymer gel rots over time. Store it in a refrigerator until it is needed.

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