Glue & Paste Recipes

Homemade Glue
– 3/4 cup water
– 2 tbsp. corn syrup
– 1 tsp. white vinegar
– 1/2 cup cornstarch
– 3/4 cup cold water
Method: Mix water, syrup and vinegar in saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. Add this mixture slowly to first mixture. Stir constantly. Let stand overnight before using.

Waterproof Glue
– 2 packets (1/2 ounce) unflavored gelatin
– 2 tablespoons cold water
– 3 tablespoons skimmed milk
– few drops of wintergreen oil (optional)
Method: In a small bow. sprinkle gelatin over cold water and wait until softened. Pour milk into a pot and bring to a boil. Pour into softened gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add wintergreen oil (acts as a preservative) if you would like to keep it for longer than a day.
This is a good glue when you need to glue for objects other than paper.

Homemade Paste
– 1/2 cup flour
– cold water
Method: Add flour to a sauce pan. Add cold water until a thick cream forms. Simmer on stove for 5 minutes.
Warning:This paste takes a long time to dry.

Library Paste
– 1 cup flour
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 tsp. alum
– 4 cups water
– 30 drops of oil of cloves
Method: Mix all ingredients in saucepan and cook until clear and thick. Remove from heat and add drops of oil of cloves.

Clear Library Paste
– 3/4 cup rice flour
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– 3/4 cup cold water
– 2 1/2 cups boiling water
– 1/2 teaspoon oil of wintergreen
Method: Mix rice flour, sugar, and cold water in a pan until smooth. Add boiling water and bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add oil of wintergreen.

Stamp Gum
– 1 packet (1/4 ounce) of unflavored gelatin
– 1 Tbs. cold water
– 3 Tbs. boiling water
– 1/2 tsp. white corn syrup
– 1/2 tsp. lemon or peppermint extract
– 2 drops boric acid solution
Method: Sprinkle the gelatin into the cold water and wait until softened. Pour softened gelatin into the boiling water, stirring until dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
When ready to use brush a little to the area that you would like it and let dry. When you need it to stick, moisten it a bit. If the gum dries up in your storage container, just scoop it out into a saucepan and heat it again.

Envelope Mucilage
– 6 tablespoons pure white vinegar
– 4 packets (1 ounce) unflavored gelatin
– 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
Method: Pour vinegar in a pot and bring to a boil. Add gelatin and stir until completely dissolved. Add peppermint extract and stir until thoroughly mixed.