How to Make Glue Using Tapioca Starch

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

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