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A Sticky Subject

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On the Dismantling and Reassembly of Glued Joints

Having emailed a reply to a plea from a desperate reader at the weekend, I thought I might as well publish it here for the potential benefit of others. Animal glue is mildly hydrophilic which alone, enables it to maintain … Continue reading

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On Gluing the Joints of Boards

To make the beſt and strongeſt Glew, for Glewing the Joints of Boards. [Take] Scummed Milk which has ſtood ſo long, that no more Cream will ariſe from it: Scum it very clean, and ſet it over the Fire in … Continue reading

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The Efficacy of Animal Glue

RANT WARNING! “Hot hide glue is all right, but it’s water soluble and won’t last.” I have had it up to Pussy’s bow with the raft of misinformation regarding hide glue on internet fora and in newsletters etc. from people … Continue reading

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Easter Tragedy!

It was inevitable that the Easter Bunny would eventually meet a sticky end! Jack Plane

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Making Rabbit Skin Glue – Easy as Piss!

I have recently been enthralled by the television programme Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home from Britain’s Channel 4. In episode two, Kevin and his jolly band of helpers discover the ancient process of making glue from animal skins (beginning at … Continue reading

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Sticky Situation

ALL SOLD! I have a large quantity 4kg. of animal glue I wish to sell. WordPress’ terms don’t permit me to advertise prices, but the cost will be less than half the local retail price. If you would like some … Continue reading

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Just Deserts

My better half received a great little book for Christmas, Wobble, by Rachael Lane, which contains thirty-five tantalising jelly recipes. Inspired by some of the delicacies, the choicest sheet gelatine was sought, but being the Christmas holidays, only powdered gelatine … Continue reading

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Glue, not Adhesive

Cabinetmaker’s glue, also known variously as bone glue, hide glue, pearl glue, Scotch glue and most appropriately, animal glue, is all just collagen, rendered down from left over bits of cattle and retired thoroughbreds. My preferred nomenclature is ‘horse sauce’. … Continue reading

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