October 2001's
Glue of the Month

Gelatin and Glycerin Glue

October's Glue of the Month is something you can make at home, and it is useful for all sorts of gooey things. This recipe of 5 parts gelatin and water to 4 parts glycerin, creates a gooey mixture that is non toxic and great for sticking things to skin. We learned about this recipe from our friends in special effects make-up. It works well as an adhesive and a special effect on skin to look like burns, wounds, blisters or even monster skin! Once dry, make-up can be applied over top of it. You can also add cotton to the mixture to make it thicker and easier to build up. This glue works like any animal protein glue (on account of the gelatin). It is water resistant but not water proof. It dries as it cools, with about a one to two minute working time. Be sure to let it cool some before applying it to the skin. Once cooled it can be reused simply by placing it back in the pot and reheating. This glue is easy to work with, sticks most anything to skin, and should not irritate the skin. The possibilities for this glue are only limited by your imagination! Have fun and happy gluing. Here's our recipe:

In a pot dissolve gelatin (available at the grocery store) with the recommended amount of water. Add to this 4 parts of glycerin (available at the drug store) Heat until thoroughly dissolved, stirring constantly. The amount of glycerin can be altered; more makes the glue softer and runnier, less makes it stiffer and stickier.

Thanks to Colin Penman and CMU College of Makeup Art & Design

Past Glues of the Month
August 2003 - Mr. Sticky's Underwater Glue
April 2003 - P.C. Woody
January 2003 - Weld-on Adhesives and Cements
December 2002 - Krazy Glue with Skin Guard
November 2002 - Permatex Bullseye Windshield Repair
September 2002 - UHU "Twist & Glue"
August 2002 - Aleene's Platinum Bond Patio and Garden Adhesive
July 2002 - Gloozit Marine and RV Gloo
May 2002 - Jones Tones Plexi Clear Glue
April 2002 - Silicone-Be-Gone
March 2002 - Eggs
February 2002 - Rabbit Skin Glue by Gamblin Artist Colors
January 2002 - LePage's new Easy Flow System
December 2001 - Scotch Tape
November 2001 - Daptex Foam Sealant
October 2001 - Gelatin and Glycerin Glue
September 2001 - Crayola Project Glue
August 2001 - Waterweld
July 2001 - Yes Glue
June 2001 - Little Red Cap
May 2001 - Weldbond reprise
April 2001 - Stoneco Padding Glue
March 2001 - PascoFix
February 2001 - Quick Grab
January 2001 - Coccoina Colla Bianca
December 2000 - Royal Icing
November 2000 - Good Glue
October 2000 - Pros-Aide
September 2000 - Elmer's Galactic Glue
August 2000 - Microcrystalline Wax
July 2000 - LePage's Universal Adhesive
June 2000 - Tear Mender Fabric Leather Cement
May 2000 - Shoe Goo
April 2000 - Magic Goo Gone
March 2000 - Sure Hold Plastic Surgery
February 2000 - Gorilla Glue
January 2000 - Casein Glue (milk)
December 1999 - Aleene's Original "Tacky Glue"
November 1999 - Weldbond Universal Space Age Adhesive
October 1999 - Kryolan Spirit Gum
September 1999 - Elmer's Washable School Glue
August 1999 - Seal-All
July 1999 - Loctite 349 Impruv
June 1999 - Sikaflex
May 1999 - Yamato Sticking Paste
April 1999 - No More Nails
April Fools 1999 - Juicy Fruit Gum
March 1999 - Chair Doctor Glue by Veritas
If you've discovered a glue that you've grown attached to, please let us know. Maybe we can honor your glue in a future month.

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