Friday, June 17, 2011

Homemade Glue

We made glue from milk, vinegar and baking soda.  This is a fun little experiment that doesn't take a lot of supplies and it is quick.  It took us about 20 minutes but there is a lot of wait time so Spark would do a step, watch a few minutes of his movie, do the next step, watch movie, etc.

Add 2 T. vinegar to 1/2 cup of skim milk - it has to be skim milk for this to work right.  Stir it and let it sit for 5-7 minutes.  The vinegar makes the curd of the milk separate from the whey.  Think Little Miss Muffet here.

Put a paper towel over a cup to make a strainer.  Pour the curds and whey into the paper towel to drain the whey from the curds.  This reminded me of making cheese.

Scoop the curds out of the strainer and lay them on a couple of layers of paper towels.  Press the curds until it forms

a dry lump like this.  Put this lump in a cup and add 2 tsp. of water and 1 tsp. baking soda.  Stir it around to mix well.

The mixture starts, very quietly, popping when the baking soda combines with the vinegar in the curds.  Spark held it up to his ear to hear the snap, crackle, and pop.

Keep stirring until it resembles a thin paste/thick glue mixture.  Add few extra drops of water may need to be added to make it the right consistency.

It worked!  We made this crude Tom Sawyer raft and it is firmly stuck together.


Kris said...

Look at that! I neve knew you could make your own glue. Thanks for posting this. My children would enjoy this so much!

Anonymous said...

How amazing! We're going to give this a try too! Thanks for sharing.

KarenW said...

We'll have to try this. Simple ingredients that we always have on hand. Thanks!