How to Make Your Own Goop for Bug Makers

By Jeffrey Norman ; Updated April 18, 2017

Bug makers come in several styles. Some are specifically designed to create artificial lures and baits for fishermen, whereas others cater to youngsters who enjoy making fake and flexible insects. A goop substance of some sort is essential to helping bug makers fulfill their function. You can either purchase this thick liquid, or you can choose to make your own. DIY goop makers must proceed with caution, however, as the process involves some heat.

Purchase plastisol. This mushy material is synonymous with Plasti-goop, the name of the gooey compound from which bug makers like the Creepy Crawlers product. Plastisol is most frequently used as an ingredient for fishermen who want to make their own lures.

Guard your safety. Making this goop requires high temperatures. Protect your body with appropriate clothing: wear either safety goggles or a face mask, as well as gloves, shoes made of leather, pants (not shorts), and a long sleeve shirt. Children should never create the material unattended.

Pour 1/2 cup of plastisol into a microwave-safe measuring cup. Heat this in the microwave for 60 seconds. Stir the mixture with a heat-safe stir stick. Reheat the mixture in the cup for another 30 seconds. Repeat the stirring. Continue this cycle of heating and stirring until the goop takes on a syrupy texture. Expect to spend one to three minutes on the average to arrive at this goal.

Add coloring agent in the shade you want for your goop. Consider sprinkling some glitter into the mixture for a glitzy touch.

Prepare one batch of plastisol for each color of goop you desire. This allows you to mix and match pigments into the bug maker molds.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastisol
  • Safety goggles or a face mask
  • Gloves
  • Shoes made of leather
  • Pants
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Microwave-safe measuring cup
  • Heat-safe stir stick
  • Coloring agent(s)
  • Glitter

Tip

Always work in a well-ventilated area when creating your goop. Small children should not participate in the process of making the material.

Warning

Water and hot plastisol is a dangerous combination. When they come into contact, the water steams and causes the plastisol to splatter.

About the Author

Jeffrey Norman has been writing professionally since 2005. His work has been published in such journals as the "Leland Quarterly" and on the blog, An Apple A Day. Norman earned a Bachelor of Arts in literature and creative writing from Stanford University.