How to Make Glue

Basic Waterproof Glue

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

Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until it is dissolved. Add vinegar and glycerin and stir well. 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)

Dissolve gelatin in cold water in a bowl. Bring milk to a boil and then stir into softened gelatin. 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.


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