How to Make Gum Arabic Glue (Superglue)

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Believe it or not, you can make your own superglue at home, and it works pretty well, but you may need to buy some ingredients. This is how to make gum arabic glue, which works like superglue.

This homemade glue is designed to mend broken china and crockery. It really does work for that purpose. To make it at home, you just need to make sure you have some Gum Arabic and some glycerine.

To use: dip a matchstick into it to apply a very thin coat of it to both sides of broken crockery, and then fit the pieces together. As you would do with Superglue, hold the pieces firmly together until the glue dries. That could take up to an hour.

Let it dry at least twenty-four hours before you use or wash the mended piece. That way you’ll get a good strong bond that should last a long time.

Two amazing features of this glue are that it doesn’t need any cooking and it will keep for a year before going off.

Thin line of gum arabic glue on metal object
Yield: 1 batch

How to Make Gum Arabic Glue (Superglue)

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Cost: Under $10

To use: dip a matchstick into it to apply a very thin coat of it to both sides of broken crockery, and then fit the pieces together. As you would do with Superglue, hold the pieces firmly together until the glue dries, which could be up to an hour.

Materials

  • Gum Arabic
  • Glycerine
  • Water

Tools

  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Airtight Container

Instructions

  1. Mix 3 tablespoons of gum arabic, 1 tablespoon of glycerine and 1/2 teaspoon of water thoroughly in a bowl.
  2. Put the mixture in an airtight container. Will keep about 1 year.
  3. To Use: Apply a thin coat of the glue to each surface and fit the pieces together.
  4. Hold firmly until the glue dries - this could take an hour or so. Let the piece dry thoroughly (24 hours) before washing or using.

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