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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Homemade Glue & Paste Recipes

Homemade Glue & Paste Recipes

The following glue and paste recipes use a variety of ingredients and methods. Choose the one that best suits your project. For variety, add food coloring before using. Store all glues and pastes in airtight containers in the refrigerator.


3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Small saucepan
Small bowl
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water

Mix water, corn syrup, and vinegar in saucepan.
Bring to a full, rolling boil.
In bowl, mix cornstarch with cold water.
Add this mixture slowly to the hot mixture, stirring constantly until the mixture returns to a boil.
Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
When cooled, pour into another container and let stand overnight before using.

Homemade Paste

1/2 cup flour
Cold water
Food coloring (optional)

Add cold water to flour until mixture is as thick as cream.
Simmer and stir in saucepan for 5 minutes.
Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired.
This wet, messy paste takes a while to dry.

Papier-Mache Paste

1 cup water
1/4 cup flour
5 cups lightly boiling water
Large saucepan

Mix flour into 1 cup water until mixture is thin and runny.
Stir this mixture into lightly boiling water.
Gently boil and stir 2-3 minutes.
Cool before using
No-Cook Paste

1/2 cup flour

In bowl, mix flour with enough water to make a mixture that's gooey, but not runny.
Add a pinch of salt; stir.

Homemade Modgepodge
Here's a great way to save some money on your craft addictions; make you own Decoupage! And it really works plus it's easy to do.

A jar
Elmers Glue

Empty the glue into a jar. My jar is just an old Salsa Bottle.
Add Water. You need it to be 50% glue and 50% water.
Place lid on jar and seal tightly.
Shake until completely mixed.

Rice Glue 
In Asia, rice glue is a well-known product. This extremely resistant adhesive can be used to glue all types of paper. It is used in traditional bookbinding and luxury cardboard products: papers bonded with rice glue are considered tear-proof. Though white when moist, rice glue becomes transparent as it dries. You can protect collages or drawings with a coat of this glue.

A jar
7 oz of rice or rice flour
1/3 liter (1 1/3 cups) of Water

In 1/3 liter (1 1/3 cups) of water, cook 7 oz of rice or rice flour* over low heat. 
You can also use leftover rice that has already been cooked. 
When the rice is overcooked, the starch it naturally contains will dilute in the water. 
The liquid thickens and whitens. 
Add a little water if necessary and reheat the mix. 
Filter the glue and let it cool. 
You can save the overcooked rice to make more glue at a later date. 
Store the glue in a cool environment in a well-sealed container, such as a jelly jar, and it will last one week or longer. 
Shake well before using. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ghetto Fabulous Peanut Butter Chops!

Ghetto Fabulous Peanut Butter Chops!

I wasn't going to post this but my OCD brain won't stfu about it so here it is, in a nutshell, (no pun intended)...

It's no big secret among those who know me that I was in a serious accident several years ago that destroyed all of my teeth. Needless to say, I am now rockin a full set of dentures like a boss. The problem is that I haven't had them lined yet and they go all Houdini on me trying to escape in the most inappropriate moments. No examples necessary, I'm sure you all know what I mean, and lets face it, this post, in and of itself, is more than enough on its own. For those who don't get it, it's one of those "If you have to ask, you don't wanna know" things.

I've tried every name brand and no name brand extra hold denture cream on the market, and yes they work, unless you are trying to eat REAL FOOD like an apple, in which case, they all effin suck. Not to mention they are expensive. Long story short, after 5 months of Houdini-esque denture drama, I ran out of cream and the money to buy it. So, last night, in one of my sleep deprived moments, I had yet another one of my ghetto fabulous eureka moments.... 

"Try peanut butter!" said my brain, to me, when no one was looking. So after arguing with myself about how insane, over-tired, retarded and spun I am to even entertain the thought, I did it. And guess what? It works. DON'T JUDGE ME!!! No. I'm not even joking people. I doubt its strong enough to conquer the apple, but it works as a quick fix in that OMG! Crisis moment. Just, please, if nothing else, remember to fight the lazy urge to stash a jar of peanut butter in your bathroom for the sake of convenience. You don't want to have to answer the awkward questions that people will telepathically and vocally attack you with.

That said, this post, is for everyone who finds themselves in this situation. I hope someone finds it useful, because that will make having gone through this WORTH IT for me. Let it also be said, that I also have hope in my heart that this has occurred to someone other than me, because that would make me less crazy, or at the very least not alone which is good. Yes, I am that selfish to not want to be here alone on this wave-length. May the force, and the peanut butter be with you, and may you live long and prosper enough to have one or the other on hand if you should so need it :) And just to encourage the positive energy of it all, here is a better visual aid than above.... 

Afterthought: if you hate peanut butter like me, try Nutella, that hazelnut spread. Hopefully you aren't allergic to nuts. If you are try a different butter that isn't too oily and you can tolerate the taste of it. And if you don't like those use plain white bread. To do this simply lay one piece of bread on a plate. Arrange both top and bottom dentures (teeth facing up) inside the crusted area so both of them fit on the soft, white inside part of the bread. Be careful not to get crust in the dentures, it's hard, uncomfortable and doesn't stick. Use your dentures like cookie cutters (with bread on under-side, that obviously being the part that fits to your gums) remove any extra pieces of bread and put them in your mouth, bite down hard to secure them in place, and rinse your mouth with warm water. It doesn't last all day, but it lasts a few hours or so and you can eat but try to eat softer foods that don't require excessive chewing ;)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bragging Rights

Not CraftWorx related but... I'm soooo proud to report that my Website Born Again Wiccan (Witchcraft Community Forum which is the Mother-Site of Baw CraftWorx) is currently #1 on Witchcraft 100 thanks to thousands of votes from people all over the world. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR BAW!!! (insert beast hugs here!) Check out the screenshot below :)