Glow-in-the-dark products may serve little purpose other than novelty, but at that, they provide a much-loved source of entertainment. Glow-in-the-dark glue can be used either as a means of covering a surface with a strongly sticking layer of glowing particles or as a traditional glue. For an inexpensive glowing glue that's especially compatible with joining together fibrous craft supplies (such as cloth and paper), make your own glue using flour wheat paste as a base.
Things You'll Need
- Glow in the dark powder or chalk
- Sealable plastic bag
- Mortar and pestle
Grind glow-in-the-dark chalk into dust (skip this step if you have glow-in-the-dark powder). Place the chalk inside a plastic bag and seal it; squeeze out any air from the bag. Place the bag on concrete or a piece of scrap wood and hit it a few times with a hammer to break down the chalk into pieces about the size of fingertips. Pour the chunks and powder from the bag into a mortar and pestle. Grind the dust into an even, fine powder.
Create a wheat paste glue. Boil a cup and a half of water on the stove. While the water is still on the heat, add four pinches of salt. Add a half cup of flour a little at a time, whisking the mixture as you do so to ensure that the flour dissolves. Once all flour is added, remove the liquid from the stove.
Mix the chalk dust or glowing powder into the wheat glue. Add a little powder at a time, stirring as you go. Test the mixture to determine how much dust to add by holding a spoonful of glue next to a light bulb for 30 seconds then viewing it in a dark area. If using chalk, you will need to use more powder to get the same glowing effect.
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