How to Make Glue Using Tapioca Starch

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Tapioca starch is a raw material used in a variety of products, including in tapioca glue, a paste used in the creation of products such as plywood. Tapioca starch is commonly used to thicken a solution or food. The recipe for Tapioca glue is basic; it uses the addition of heat to turn it from a liquid into a paste.

Things You'll Need

  • Sauce pan
  • Range or hot plate
  • Bowl
  • Tapioca starch
  • Spoon

Pour water into the sauce pan and bring the water to a boil. You will require approximately twice as much boiling water as tapioca starch in your glue.

Combine equal parts tapioca starch and room temperature water in a bowl.

Stir the mixture together until the starch and water form a smooth, even mixture. The mixture will be liquid, not gluelike, and slightly milky in color.

Remove the boiling water from the stove and slowly pour the water into the bowl to avoid splashing. Do not pour the entire boiling pot in at once -- pour approximately one-quarter of the remaining contents of the pan each time you pour.

Stir the contents of the bowl after each pouring. The boiling water will cause the paste to thicken as you stir.

Continue adding a portion of the boiling water, then stirring, until your mixture has taken on a pastelike consistency.

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