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How to Make Your Own Glue

Written by Paulo Martirez on Monday, September 24, 2007

Here are some tips on making your own glue:

Basic Waterproof Glue

• 6 tbsp water
• 2 packets unflavored gelatin (1/2 oz.)
• 2 tbsp white vinegar
• 2 tsp glycerine

1. Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until it is dissolved.
2. Add vinegar and glycerin and stir well.
3. Let the mixture cool slightly and pour into a jar and seal tightly.

To Use: This glue is best applied while warm. Apply to surfaces using a brush. Glue will gel after a few days. To re-use, warm by placing the jar in a pan of hot water. Good for binding leather to leather, fabrics to cardboard, paper to paper.

Waterproof Glass Glue

• 2 tbsp cold water
• 2 packets unflavored gelatin (1/2 oz.)
• 3 tbsp skim milk
• Oil of cloves (optional preservative)

1. Dissolve gelatin in cold water in a bowl.
2. Bring milk to a boil and then stir into softened gelatin.
3. Add a few drops of oil of cloves if glue is to be kept for more than a day.

To Use: While the glue is still warm, brush a thin layer on the objects to be glued. Store in an air-tight container. This glue will also gel when cooled, soften to use by placing the jar in warm water. Good for adhering glass to glass, can be used for adhering glass to other objects when in it's gelled state.

Gum Arabic Glue/Cement

Use these glues to mend broken china, dishes and crockery.

Recipe 1: Mix 3 tbsp gum arabic with 1 tbsp glycerin and 1/2 tsp water. Store in air-tight container. Will keep about 1 year.

Recipe 2: Mix just enough water to gum arabic to dissolve it, then add plaster of Paris, enough to produce a stiff paste. You can add pigment to this glue to match the color of your china if desired, or paint the surface when the cement has dried.

To Use: Apply a thin coat of the glue to each surface and fit the pieces together. Hold firmly until the glue dries - this could take an hour or so. Let the piece dry thoroughly (24 hours) before washing or using.

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