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Wheat Paste Instead of PVC Glue

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Wheat Paste Instead of PVC Glue

Make Your Own Glue

To contribute to a healthier environment, Kitaken is constantly striving to use less plastic materials during the production of handmade photo albums. I bring my own cloth bags when grocery shopping, try to buy less bottled beverages, recycle the Japanese paper that I use, etc. Recently, I’ve taken a further step and decided to make my own wheat paste for adhering paper and for the production of my albums. My own glue making significantly reduces the use of plastics, is non-toxic and it enables me to recycle containers continuously.

I went back to my old bookbinding notes from university and found a great recipe for making glue. This particular glue recipe makes the adhesive flexible and is very forgiving when glueing paper to board. And the best thing is that it’s archival and will not yellow paper over time!

Wheat paste is a great way to contribute to a healthier environment. Wheatpasting is also used to hang up posters for concerts, for collages, papier-mâché, addressing political messages, public murals, etc., etc. Upon further research, I found this great article called A Field Guide to Wheatpasting that delves deeper into the process and they use a similar recipe to mine. Check it out here!

Recipe:

100g wheat starch (approx. four tablespoons)
1 dl cold water

Stir until all clumps are dissolved
Add 1/2 litres of boiling water
Stir vigorously until smooth

The paste should neither be too milky nor glassy
Cover with wet newspaper to avoid skin layer forming

Mounting photos to your personalised photo album by Kitaken

Many people ask: What is the best way to mount my photos into my personalised photo album? There are several options on the market to adhere your photos in your new Kitaken photo album but we recommend using traditional photo corners to keep with the aesthetic of the album.