How to Make Leather Glue

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This is a recipe for leather glue. This leather glue is waterproof and is excellent for binding leather to leather. It is also a good flexible glue to use in paper crafts or for gluing cloth to cardboard to make book binders or to make scrapbook covers and binders. This glue is very easy to make and it's cheap to make too. This leather glue is as fun to make as it is to use. And you will save money by making your own leather glue. This recipe makes about 1/3 cup of leather glue. If you need more glue just double or triple the recipe. Have fun using your leather glue!

  • Gather the following ingredients to make leather glue: 1 packet (1/4 ounce) of unflavored gelatin, 3 tablespoons of boiling water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon glycerine (ask for glycerine at any pharmacy or craft store).

  • Boil the 3 tablespoons of water in a cup in the microwave.

  • Add the unflavored gelatin to the boiling water and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

  • Add the vinegar and the glycerine to the gelatin mixture and mix well.

  • Apply a thin layer of the leather glue with a brush to whatever leather you want to glue and put the pieces together. You can use the glue while it is still warm.

  • Store the leather glue in a capped jar such as a baby food jar or a small jelly jar. This glue will keep for several months. Do not refrigerate.

  • Before the next use, you will need to warm the jar of leather glue because it will turn to gel while being stored. Just put the closed jar in a pan of hot water until it becomes liquid again. Do not add water to the leather glue.

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