Making Primitive Glue After SHTF

After SHTF, and no more Wal Mart, we are going to have to be innovative. I like Super Glue and Gorilla Glue for repairs and making items. Here are a couple of glue recipes that are right up our Prepping alley.

Hide Glue:

Ingredients
1) Chunks of raw animal hide,untreated if at all possible.
2) Water to cover raw hide.
3) Old pot or large juice can.
4) Source of controllable heat. A gas grill, hot plate, camping stove, or fire will work.

Making The Batch
1) Cut rawhide up into tiny chips,the smaller the better.  Place in pot or can, cover with water and heat just below boiling, stirring regularly, until hide breaks down into a thick goo.  Add water as needed to keep from scorching.
2) When the hide has broken down completely (or almost so), pour it through some sort of strainer to remove any remaining chunks of hide or gristle that didn’t dissolve completely.
3) Your glue is ready to use
NOTE: Hide glue is water soluble, so can be cleaned up by soaking in warm water.

Pine Pitch Glue:

Ingredients
1) 4 parts pine (See my Pine Uses Post on how to collect).
2) 1 part sifted wood ashes or ground charcoal (do not use the self lighter if using commercial charcoal)
3) 1 part animal fat such as rendered lard, sheep fat (lanolin) or beef tallow.
4) Small soup can
5) Source of controllable heat. A gas grill, hot plate, camping stove, or fire will work.

Making The Batch
1) Gather pine pitch from injured trees. Pick any dirt, bark, leaves or other debris out as much as possible.
2) Heat slowly in a small soup can in a pot of water (like a double boiler) until melted completely.  Stir in wood ash and small amounts of the animal fat until the consistency approximately like Elmer’s glue.
3) The glue can be used like this or pour on to wax paper and rolled in to cylinders or balls as it cools down.

I hope this helps you during and after SHTF. SYOTOS – Jiske-h (Ghost)

 

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