BY JOUIE MONSALUD
Outside of school, Senior Heather Aaron runs her own slime-themed Instagram account and sells slime on Etsy. Intrigued by the growing slime trend, she began to develop her own mixtures. As she gained recognition for sharing this activity over social media, Aaron started selling the concoctions online.
Aaron began posting videos of her slime on Instagram around August of 2016 but initially was not invested in the activity. She became inspired, however, by others in the slime community to invest more time in the trend. “[A] YouTuber I watch made this fluffy slime tutorial video, and it was so satisfying,” said Aaron, “I had everything in my house to make it, so I made it. . .[That first formula] sucked, but it got me started.” Aaron’s niche Instagram account had been created for the purpose of sharing her creations, and it reached 1000 followers in November 2016. The account gained some popularity, and in just a year @starlitslimes was followed by approximately 45,000 people.
Part of Aaron’s popularity within the slime community is due to her willingness to experiment in order to get the perfect formula. “There’s no set recipe; I just wing it until something happens,” she said, “There are materials that do certain things though: cornstarch makes slime thicker, shaving cream makes it fluffy, [and] water makes it jiggly.” Since all of Aaron’s slime mixtures are made in a single batch, there is a guarantee that no other seller can reproduce her product. For those looking to experiment with slime, Aaron said, “Don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t turn out great at first because nobody starts out knowing what to do.” For example, she said, “[With] the first clear slime I made, I thought I failed horribly and trashed it. . .If you add too much activator, it starts to become super hard putty and will break [and] when you’re mixing it bubbles start to form and it gets all cloudy. . .But you’re supposed to let it sit [for] a few days for it to clear up. . .I thought I just did mine wrong because mine was super hard like that, but if I had waited a few days it would have softened up.” She advised those interested in making slime to have patience and be willing to experiment.
When Aaron first delved into the world of slime, she did not intend to sell any of her creations. “I basically started selling it as an excuse for my mom to buy slime supplies, but people actually started to buy it,” she said. By late 2016, Aaron’s Instagram followers began to purchase her slime, much to her surprise. While at first she used Mercati as a sales platform, Aaron set up an Etsy account in January 2017 as more people began to order her products. Since then, she has made over 250 sales and has earned above a four star rating on the website.
Aaron continues to post pictures and videos that showcase her slimes, providing demonstrations of both experimental and finalized product formulas. She frequently updates her product catalog, which consists of slimes typically ranging from $7-8 each. Aaron can be found under @starlitslimes on Instagram and through her Etsy shop, StarlitSlimes.
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