Bookbinding and Leather Glue

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Recipe by winkki

Posted by request; this is from an old arts and crafts recipe book. I've used it for making cardboard and cloth/paper book projects with the kids, though I haven't tried to repair actual books with it so can't vouch for that. According to the recipe, it is excellent for binding leather to leather and is a flexible glue for paper or gluing cloth to cardboard, etc. This makes about 1/3 cup; you can double it for larger projects.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add gelatin to boiling water; stir until completely dissolved.
  2. Add vinegar and glycerin; mix well.
  3. Apply thinly with a brush while glue is still warm.
  4. Store in airtight glass or plastic containter; will keep for several months.
  5. Will'gel' after a few days, just warm in hot water to reuse.

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