A cheerful bag of wheat starch, I love its packaging.

Making glue! It feels gloriously archaic, a bit like Jane Austen making her own ink before writing. To stick layers of paper, you need wheat starch glue because it imbues right into the surface of the paper, making the new layer an intrinsic part of the base paper. Wheat starch is bought from Oriental grocery stores and the glue is made using water, the white powdery starch and cooking it on a stove. It requires much stirring and whisking as lumps will return to haunt you! Practice makes it a simple task and as the glue only lasts five days that is just as well. Wondering what this is all about? Click here to find out more about this project.

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