A is for… adhesives

So the first letter in our book binding alphabet is for adhesives. There are many choices for sticky things to keep your book together.

  • Rice paste is easy and inexpensive to make at home. Recipe here or all over the Net.
  • wheat paste can be made from scratch but bugs like it so long-term it can be a problem. Recipe here or on the Web.
  • PVA–polyvinyl acetate, standard adhesive for bookbinders. Strong and long-lasting glue for porous materials like paper and wood. can be a bit pricey, depending on your source. Also it cannot be shipped in winter.
  • glue sticks–available everywhere
  • archival glues used for scrapbooking available ant any scrapbook supplier adequate for gluing down papers but not for hinges and corners such as boxes.
  • tapes come on tape guns and handheld applicators. They are quick and easy to use with little mess.
  • white glue like Elmer’s in not a good choice for most projects.

There’s a perfect adhesive for any job you have. If you decide to make a book that you want to last, it pays to do your due diligence and investigate the best adhesive for your project.

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