Warm Weather Liquid Hide Glue

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Blog entry by Rich posted 05-02-2017 01:35 AM 779 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been a convert to LHG over the past year. After falling in love with Old Brown Glue, I decided I could make my own and save money. I have a couple of Anova sous vide circulators, so maintaining the 140º temperature for a couple of hours is no problem. My first formulation was an attempt to replicate OBG. I spent time tweaking the amount of urea and got it very close. Mine was just a bit more viscous at a given temperature than OBG.

The problem with OBG — or my version of the recipe — here in Tucson, is that once the temperatures climb into the nineties, as they have now, it gets runny to about the thickness of motor oil. Unless you are working on a flat, level surface, it runs like crazy. I considered some ideas to maintain a cooler temperature for the bottle, but they all seemed like a hassle. So I decided to tinker around with the recipe to reduce the percentage of urea and create a warm weather LHG, and the results were excellent.

I know it sounds crazy to go this route, and maybe I am, but in the morning my regular LHG is perfect, and the warm weather recipe is solid like Jello. But by mid afternoon, the regular glue is runny, and the warm weather recipe is just right.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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