Book Wheat Starch

R74.00

200g

Natural starches come in many different forms. Starches make an excellent water soluble adhesive-paste for bookbinding, hinging prints, and repairing works of art on paper.

200g

Measure Wheat Starch: Determine the amount of wheat starch needed based on the size and scope of your bookbinding project. A common ratio is around 1 part wheat starch to 4-5 parts water.
Mix with Water:

In a heat-resistant bowl or double boiler, combine the measured wheat starch with cold water. Stir well to create a smooth paste, ensuring there are no lumps.

Heat the Mixture: Place the bowl or double boiler on low to medium heat. Continuously stir the mixture to prevent it from clumping or sticking to the bottom.

Cooking Process: Gradually heat the mixture until it thickens, and the wheat starch is fully cooked. This usually takes around 15-20 minutes. Be patient and maintain a consistent stirring motion.

Strain the Paste: For a smoother consistency, strain the cooked wheat starch paste through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer to remove any remaining lumps or impurities. This step is optional but can enhance the quality of the paste.

Cooling: Allow the strained paste to cool before using it for bookbinding. This ensures that the paste reaches a workable temperature and consistency.
Adjust pH (Optional):

If desired, test the pH of the wheat starch paste using pH testing strips. Adjust the pH if necessary by adding small amounts of baking soda or acetic acid.
Application:

Use a brush or a spatula to apply the wheat starch paste to the surfaces you wish to bind. Apply a thin, even layer for optimal adhesion.

Binding: Press the materials together and secure them while the wheat starch paste dries. Use weights, clamps, or any other suitable method to ensure a tight bond.
Drying:

Allow the bound materials to dry completely. The drying time may vary depending on the thickness of the applied paste and environmental conditions.
Storage:

Store any leftover wheat starch paste in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out. Reheat and stir before using it again.

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