March 2002's
Glue of the Month


In keeping with the festive theme, we thought we would feature the good old egg as our glue for March. The egg is a protein that works well as an adhesive. Both the yolk and the whites have bonding properties, but we recommend "sticking" to the whites only because they are clear and will not stain what you are gluing. Egg whites have been used as an adhesive throughout history. Ancient Egyptians used egg whites to adhere gold leaf, and it is believed that native north American Indians also used eggs as an adhesive in building canoes. Egg whites, known as albumin, is waterproof once it has dried. In contact with air, it takes very little time to set up. It is non-toxic and ideal for using with food. Egg whites can also be used as a sealer or shellac because it does leave a very shiny surface once it has dried. On it's own it isn't a very good gap filler, but we recommend adding icing sugar if you wish to increase the viscosity. Remember to keep the glue in the fridge if you are planning to eat what you have glued together.

Past Glues of the Month

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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