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Resin glue

By plantigrade on 2014.10.10 In Ancient skills Glue Resin

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As I had a fire going anyway, I decided to use some of my newly purified resin right away. I went with the pine resin, eager to get going with, what to me, was the purest resin I’ve ever used. To make the glue, you simply let it melt by the fire, and mix in ground charcoal and droppings from any ruminant (I guess). The reason for the droppings, is to get the plant fibres, to make the glue stronger. This time I left out the droppings because it has been raining the last days, and all the deer droppings I came across on my last trip to the forest, were too wet. I’m quite excited to see how big a difference it makes, not to mix in the fibres. Anyway, resin becomes very brittle when it hardens. That’s why you mix in the charcoal. I don’t know the exact physics behind it, but it prevents the resin from just crumbling away. To use the glue, simply heat the surface to be glued on and the glue itself, and smear it on. Be quick though, the glue sets very fast.

glue2Resin and the finished glue, ready to use.

 

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