How to Make Glow in the Dark Glue

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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
  • Hammer
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • 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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