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Book Binding or Leather Glue

If you enjoy collecting books or making your own books, you'll find this homemade glue very helpful. Made of very simple items found easily around the house, this is a great project glue for papers and leathers.


1 packet (1/4 ounce) unflavoured gelatin
3 tbls. boiling water
1 tbls. vinegar
1 tsp. glycerine


1. In a pan, add gelatin to boiling water. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.

2. Add vinegar and glycerine. Stir until well mixed.

Yield: Makes about 1/3 cup. For larger projects, double the recipe.

How to use it: While the glue is still warm, apply a thin layer with a brush. This waterproof glue is excellent for binding leather to leather. It also makes a good flexible glue for use on paper, or for gluing cloth to cardboard for making notebook binders or scrapbooks. Stored in a tightly capped plastic or glass jar, this glue will keep for several months. It will gel in the bottle after a few days. Warm bottle in hot water to reuse glue.


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