How to Make Hide Glue

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How to Make Hide Glue
Making hide glue (rrozaleski/flickr.com)

Hide glue is a safe, natural and nontoxic glue. It can be used as a wood glue, making musical instruments, crackling paint as well as many other uses. It is an easy substance to make.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2 pints distilled water
  • 113gr. rawhide scraps or vellum
  • Small pot
  • Piece of white cloth
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Cling film

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Boil the distilled water. Add the rawhide scraps, reduce the heat and let simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

  2. 2

    Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for about 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Strain the solution through the white cloth into the medium-sized bowl.

  4. 4

    Allow the glue to sit at room temperature overnight. Make sure it is in a dry place and away from any sunlight. It will turn into a jellylike substance.

  5. 5

    Turn the bowl upside down onto a piece of cling film. Slice the jelly into 1/4-inch pieces. Allow the jelly to dry (keep it out of sunlight). This can take 3 to 4 days.

  6. 6

    Use the hide glue by warming a few of the pieces. Place the glue into a small ceramic bowl and place the bowl on a stove burner. Use low heat until it is soft. Do not let the glue come to a boil, or it will be ruined.

Tips and warnings

  • When using rawhide scraps, the purer the better.
  • Once the vellum is placed into the water, do not let the water boil.
  • Never let the pieces of glue come to a boil. Always heat it on a low setting.

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