Hide glue is a safe, natural and nontoxic glue. It can be used as a wood glue, making musical instruments, crackling paint as well as many other uses. It is an easy substance to make.
Things You'll Need
- 2 pints distilled water
- 4 oz. rawhide scraps or vellum
- Small pot
- Piece of white cloth
- Medium-sized bowl
- Plastic wrap
Boil the distilled water. Add the rawhide scraps, reduce the heat and let simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Strain the solution through the white cloth into the medium-sized bowl.
Allow the glue to sit at room temperature overnight. Make sure it is in a dry place and away from any sunlight. It will turn into a jellylike substance.
Turn the bowl upside down onto a piece of plastic wrap. Slice the jelly into 1/4-inch pieces. Allow the jelly to dry (keep it out of sunlight). This can take 3 to 4 days.
Use the hide glue by warming a few of the pieces. Place the glue into a small ceramic bowl and place the bowl on a stove burner. Use low heat until it is soft. Do not let the glue come to a boil, or it will be ruined.
Tips & Warnings
- When using rawhide scraps, the purer the better.
- Once the vellum is placed into the water, do not let the water boil.
- Never let the pieces of glue come to a boil. Always heat it on a low setting.
- Photo Credit rrozaleski/flickr.com
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