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Henley's Twentieth Century Book of Formulas, Recipes and Processes - Introduction - Page 25





























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IN compiling this book of formulas, recipes and processes, the Editor has endeavored to meet the practical requirements of the home and workshop - the mechanic, the manufacturer, the artisan, the housewife, and the general home worker.


In addition to exercising the utmost care in selecting his materials from competent sources, the Editor has also modified formulas which were obviously ill adapted for his needs, but were valuable if altered.  Processes of questionable merit he has discarded. By adhering to this plan the Editor trusts that he has succeeded in preparing a repository of useful knowledge representing the experience of experts in every branch of practical achievement. Much of the matter has been specially translated for this work from foreign technological periodicals and books. In this way the Editor has embodied much practical information otherwise inaccessible to most English-speaking people.


Each recipe is to be regarded as a basis of experiment, to be modified to suit the particular purpose in hand, or the peculiar conditions which may affect the experimenter. Chemicals are not always of uniform relative purity and strength; heat or cold may markedly influence the result obtained, and lack of skill in the handling of utensils and instruments may sometimes cause failure. Inasmuch as a particular formula may not always be applicable, the Editor has thought it advisable to give as many recipes as his space would allow under each heading. In some instances a series of formulas is given which apparently differ but slightly in their ingredients. This has been done on the principle that one or more may be chosen for the purpose in hand.


Recognizing the fact that works of a similar character are not unknown, the Editor has endeavored to present in these pages the most modern methods and formulas. Naturally, old recipes and so-called trade secrets which have proven their value by long use are also included, particularly where no noteworthy advance has been made; but the primary aim has been to modernize and bring the entire work up to the present date.




JANUARY, 1914. 





Apothecary, The.

Berliner Drog. Zeitung.

Brass World.

British Journal of Photography..

Chemical News.

Chemiker Zeitung Repertorium.

Chemisch Technische Fabrikant.

Chemische Zeitung.


Comptes Rendus.

Cooley's Receipts.


Dekorationsmaler, Der.

Deutschq Drog. Zeitung.

Deutsche Goldschmiede Zeitung.

Deutsche Handwerk.

Deutsche Maler Zeitung.

Deutsche Topfer und Ziefler Zeitung.

Dingler's Polytechnic Journal.

Drogisten Zeitung.

Druggists' Circular.

English Mechanic.

Farben Zeitung.

Gummi Zeitung.

Journal der Goldschmiedekunst.

Journal of Applied Microscopy.

Journal of the Franklin Institute.

Journal Society of Chemical Industry.

Journal Suisse d'Horlogerie.

Keramische Rundschau.

La Nature.

La Science en Famille.

La Vie Scientifique.

Lack und Farben Industrie.


Le Genie Civil.

Le Praticien.

Leipziger Farber und Zeugdrucker Zeitung.

Maler Zeitung.


Mining and Scientific Press.

Neueste Erfindungen und Erfahrungen.

Nouvelles Scientifiques.

Oils, Colors, and Drysalteries.


Parfumer, Der.

Pharmaceutische Zeitung.

Pharmaceutische Centralhalle.

Pharmaceutische Era.

Pharmaceutische Journal.

Pharmaceutische Journal Formulary.

Photo Times.

Polytech. Centralblatt.

Polyt. Notizblatt.

Popular Science News.

Pottery Gazette.

Practical Druggist.

Revue Chronometrique.

Revue de la Droguerie.

Revue des Produits Chimiques.

Revue Industrielle.

Science, Arts and Nature.

Science Pratique.

Seifensieder Zeitung, Der.

Seifenfabrikant, Der.


Stein der Weisen, Der.

Sudd. Apoth. Zeitung.

Technisches Centralblatt.

Technische Rundschau.

Uhland's Technische Rundschau.

Verzinnen Verzinken Vernickeln, Das.

Werkmeister Zeitung.

Wiener Drogisten Zeitung.

Wiener Gewerbe Zeitung.

Zeitschrift fur die Gesammte Kohlensaure Industrie.







See Cosmetics and Ointments.



See Wines and Liquors.




An Acid-Proof Table Top.



Copper sulphate                     1 part

Potassium chlorate                  1 part

Water                               8 parts


Boil until salts are dissolved.



Aniline hydrochlorate               3 parts

Water                               20 parts


Or, if more readily procurable:


Aniline                             6 parts

Hydrochloric acid                   9 parts

Water                               50 parts


By the use of a brush two coats of solution No. 1 are applied while hot; the second coat as soon as the first is dry. Then two coats of solution No. 2, and the wood allowed to dry thoroughly. Later, a coat of raw linseed oil is to be applied, using a cloth instead of a brush, in order to get a thinner coat of the oil.


A writer in the Journal of Applied Microscopy states that he has used this method upon some old laboratory tables which had been finished in the usual way, the wood having been filled oiled, and varnished. After scraping off the varnish down to the wood, the solutions were applied, and the result was very satisfactory.


After some experimentations the formula was modified without materially affecting the cost, and apparently increasing the resistance of the wood to the

action of strong acids and alkalies. The modified formula follows:



Iron sulphate                       4 parts

Copper sulphate                     4 parts

Potassium permanganate              8 parts

Water, q.s.                         100 parts




Aniline                             12 parts

Hydrochloric acid                   18 parts

Water, q.s.                         100 parts




Aniline hydrochlorate               15 parts

Water, q.s.                         100 parts


Solution No. 2 has not been changed, except to arrange the parts per hundred.


The method of application is the same, except that after solution No. 1 has dried, the excess of the solution which has dried upon the surface of the wood is thoroughly rubbed off before the application of solution No. 2. The black color does not appear at once, but usually requires a few hours before becoming ebony black. The linseed oil may be diluted with turpentine without disadvantage, and after a few applications the surface will take on a dull and not displeasing polish. The table tops are easily cleaned by washing with water or suds after a course of work is completed, and the application of another coat of oil puts them in excellent order for another course of work. Strong acids or alkalies when spilled, if soon wiped off, have scarcely a perceptible effect.


A slate or tile top is expensive not only in its original cost, but also as a destroyer of glassware. Wood tops when painted, oiled, or paraffined have objectionable features, the latter especially in warm weather. Old table tops, after the paint or oil is scraped off down to the wood, take the above finish nearly as well as the new wood.


To Make Wood Acid- and Chlorine-Proof.  


Take 6 pounds of wood tar and 12 pounds rosin, and melt them together in an iron kettle, after which stir in 8 pounds finely powdered brick dust.  The damaged parts must be cleaned perfectly and dried, whereupon they may be painted over with the warm preparation or filled up and drawn off, leaving the film on the inside.


Protecting Cement Against Acid. 


A paint to protect cement against acid is obtained by mixing pure asbestos, very finely powdered, with a thick solution of






sodium silicate, The sodium silicate must be as alkaline as possible. The asbestos is first rubbed with a small quantity of the silicate, until a cake is obtained and then kept in well-closed vessels. For use this cake is simply thinned with a solution of the silicate, which furnishes a paint two or three applications of which protect the walls of reservoirs, etc., against any acid solid or liquid. This mass may also be employed for making a coating of sandstone.


To Make Corks Impermeable and Acid-Proof.


Choose your corks carefully. Then plunge them into a solution of gelatin or common glue, 15 parts, in 24 parts of glycerine and 500 parts of water, heated to 44 or 48 C. (112-120 F.), and keep them there for several hours. On removing the corks, which should be weighted down in the solution, dry them in the shade until they are free from all surplus moisture. They are now perfectly tight, retaining at the same time the greater portion of their elasticity and suppleness. To render them acid-proof, they should be treated with a mixture of vaseline, 2 parts, and paraffine 7 parts, heated to about 105 F. This second operation may be avoided by adding to the gelatin solution a little ammonium dichromate and afterwards exposing the corks to the light.


Lining for Acid Receptacles.


Plates are formed of 1 part of brown slate, 2 of powdered glass, and 1 of Portland cement, the whole worked up with silicate of soda, molded and dried. Make a cement composed of ground slate and silicate of soda and smear the surface for the lining; then, while it is still plastic, apply the plates prepared as above described. Instead of these plates, slabs of glass or porcelain or similar substances may be employed with the same cement.



See Adhesives under Mucilages.



See Glass.



See Paint.



See Solders.



See Cleaning Preparations and Methods.



See Vinegar.






Manufacture of Glue.


I.    The usual process of removing the phosphate of lime from bones for glue-making purposes by means of dilute hydrochloric acid has the disadvantage that the acid cannot be regenerated. Attempts to use sulphurous acid instead have so far proved unsuccessful, as, even with the large quantities used, the process is very slow. According to a German invention this difficulty with sulphurous acid can be avoided by using it in aqueous solution under pressure. The solution of the lime goes on very rapidly, it is claimed, and no roublesome precipitation of calcium sulphite takes place. Both phosphate of lime and sulphurous acid are regenerated from the lyes by simple distillation.


II.   Bones may be treated with successive quantities of combined sulphurous acid and water, from which the heat of combination has been previously dissipated, the solution being removed after each treatment, before the bone salts dissolved therein precipitate, and before the temperature rises above 74 F. U.S. Pat. 783,784.


III.  A patent relating to the process for treating animal sinews, preparatory for the glue factory, has been granted to Florsheim, Chicago, and consists in immersing animal sinews successively in petroleum or benzine to remove the outer fleshy animal skin; in a hardening or preserving bath, as boric acid, or alum or copper sulphate; and in an alkaline bath to remove fatty matter from the fibrous part of the sinews. The sinews are afterwards tanned and disintegrated.


Test for Glue.


The more water the glue takes up, swelling it, the better it is. Four ounces of the glue to be examined are soaked for about 12 hours in a cool place in 4 pounds of cold water. If the glue has dissolved after this time, it is of bad quality and of little value; but if it is coherent, gelatinous, and weighing double, it is good; if it weighs up to 16 ounces, it is very good; if as much as 20 ounces, it may be called excellent.


To Prevent Glue from Cracking.


To prevent glue from cracking, which frequently occurs when glued articles are






exposed to the heat of a stove, a little chloride of potassium is added. This prevents the glue from becoming dry enough to crack. Glue thus treated will adhere to glass, metals, etc., and may also be used for pasting on labels.


Preventing the Putrefaction of Strong Glues.


The fatty matter always existing in small quantity in sheets of ordinary glue affects the adhesive properties and facilitates the development of bacteria, and consequently putrefaction and decomposition. These inconveniences are remedied by adding a small quantity of caustic soda to the dissolved glue. The soda prevents decomposition absolutely; with the fatty matter it forms a hard soap which renders it harmless.


Liquid Glues.



Glue                                3 ounces

Gelatin                             3 ounces

Acetic acid                         4 ounces

Water                               2 ounces

Alum                                30 grains


Heat together for 6 hours, skim, and add:



Alcohol                             1 fluidounce

Brown glue, No. 2                   2 pounds

Sodium carbonate                    11 ounces

Water                               3 1/2 pints

Oil of clove                        160 minims


Dissolve the soda in the water, pour the solution over the dry glue, let stand over night or till thoroughly soaked and swelled, then heat carefully on a water bath until dissolved. When nearly cold stir in the oil of cloves.


By using white glue, a finer article, fit for fancy work, may be made.


III.  Dissolve by heating 60 parts of borax in 420 parts of water, add 480 parts dextrin (pale yellow) and 50 parts of glucose and heat carefully with continued stirring, to complete solution; replace the evaporated water and pour through flannel.


The glue made in this way remains clear quite a long time, and possesses great adhesive power; it also dries very quickly, but upon careless and extended heating above 90 C. (194 F.), it is apt to turn brown and brittle.


IV.   Pour 50 parts of warm (not hot) water over 50 parts of Cologne glue and allow to soak over night. Next day the swelled glue is dissolved with moderate heat, and if still too thick, a little more water is added. When this is done, add from 2 1/2 to 3 parts of crude nitric acid, stir well, and fill the liquid glue in well-corked bottles. This is a good liquid steam glue.


V.    Soak 1 pound of good glue in a quart of water for a few hours, then melt the glue by heating it, together with the unabsorbed water, then stir in 1/4 pound dry white lead, and when that is well mixed pour in 4 fluidounces of alcohol and continue the boiling 5 minutes longer.


VI.   Soak 1 pound of good glue in 1 1/2 pints of cold water for 5 hours, then add 3 ounces of zinc sulphate and 2 fluid ounces of hydrochloric acid, and keep the mixture heated for 10 or 12 hours at 175 to 190 F. The glue remains liquid and may be used for sticking a variety of materials.


VII.  A very inexpensive liquid glue may be prepared by first soaking and then dissolving gelatin in twice its own weight of water at a very gentle heat; then add glacial acetic acid in weight equal to the weight of the dry gelatin. It should be remembered, however, that all acid glues are not generally applicable.




Glue                                200 parts

Dilute acetic acid                  400 parts


Dissolve by the aid of heat and add:


Alcohol                             25 parts

Alum                                5 parts




Glue                                5 parts

Calcium chloride                    1 part

Water                               1 part




Sugar of lead                       1 1/2 drachms

Alum                                1 1/2 drachms

Gum arabic                          2 1/2 drachms

Wheat flour                         1 av. lb.

Water, q. s.


Dissolve the gum in 2 quarts of warm water; when cold mix in the flour, and add the sugar of lead and alum dissolved in water; heat the whole over a slow fire until it shows signs of ebullition. Let it cool, and add enough gum water to bring it to the proper consistence.


XI.   Dilute 1 part of official phosphoric acid with 2 parts of water and neutralize the solution with carbonate of ammonium. Add to the liquid an equal quantity of water, warm it on a water bath, and dissolve in it sufficient glue to form a thick syrupy liquid. Keep in well-stoppered bottles.


XII.  Dissolve 3 parts of glue in small pieces in 12 to 15 of saccharate of lime. By heating, the glue dissolves rapidly and remains liquid, when cold, without loss of adhesive power. Any desirable consistence can be secured by varying the amount of saccharate of lime. Thick glue retains its muddy color, while a thin solution becomes clear on standing.


The saccharate of lime is prepared by






dissolving 1 part of sugar in 3 parts of water, and after adding part of the weight of the sugar of slaked lime, heating the whole from 149 to 185 F., allowing it to macerate for several days, shaking it frequently. The solution, which has the properties of mucilage, is then decanted from the sediment.


XIII. In a solution of borax in water soak a good quantity of glue until it has thoroughly imbibed the liquid. Pour off the surplus solution and then put on the water bath and melt the glue. Cool down until the glue begins to set, then add, drop by drop, with agitation, enough acetic acid to check the tendency to solidification. If, after becoming quite cold, there is still a tendency to solidification, add a few drops more of the acid. The liquid should be of the consistence of ordinary mucilage at all times.




Gelatin                             100 parts

Cabinetmakers' glue                 100 parts

Alcohol                             25 parts

Alum                                2 parts

Acetic acid, 20 percent             800 parts


Soak the gelatin and glue with the acetic acid and heat on a water bath until fluid; then add the alum and alcohol.




Glue                                10 parts

Water                               15 parts

Sodium salicylate                   1 part


XVI.  Soak 5 parts of Cologne glue in an aqueous calcium chloride solution (1:4) and heat on the water bath until dissolved, replacing the evaporating water; or slack 100 parts of lime with 150 parts of hot water, dissolve 60 parts of sugar in 180 parts of water, and add 15 parts of the slacked lime to the solution, heating the whole to 75 C. (167 F.). Place aside for a few days, shaking from time to time. In the clear sugar-lime solution collected by decanting soak 60 parts of glue and assist the solution by moderate heating.


XVII. Molasses, 100 parts, dissolved in 300 parts of water, 25 parts of quicklime (slaked to powder), being then stirred in arid the mixture heated to 167 F. on a water bath, with frequent stirrings. After settling for a few days a large portion of the lime will have dissolved, and the clear, white, thick solution, when decanted, behaves like rubber solution and makes a highly adherent coating.


XVIII.      Dissolve bone glue, 250 parts, by heating in 1,000 parts of water, and add to the solution barium peroxide 10 parts, sulphuric acid (66 B.) 5 parts, and water 15 parts. Heat for 48 hours on the water bath to 80 C. (176 F.). Thus a syrupy liquid is obtained, which is allowed to settle and is then decanted. This glue has no unpleasant odor, and does not mold.


XIX.  A glue possessing the adhesive qualities of ordinary joiners' glue, but constituting a pale yellow liquid which is ready for use without requiring heating and possesses great resistance to dampness, is produced by treating dry casein with a diluted borax solution or with enough ammonia solution to cause a faintly alkaline reaction. The preparation may be employed alone or mixed with liquid starch in any proportion.


Glue for Celluloid.


I.    Two parts shellac, 3 parts spirits of camphor, and 4 parts strong alcohol dissolved in a warm place, give an excellent gluing agent to fix wood, tin, and other bodies to celluloid. The glue must be kept well corked up.


II.   A collodion solution may be used, or an alcoholic solution of fine celluloid shavings.


Glue to Form Paper Pads.



Glue                                3 1/2 ounces

Glycerine                           8 ounces

Water, a sufficient quantity


Pour upon the glue more than enough water to cover it and let stand for several hours, then decant the greater portion of the water; apply heat until the glue is dissolved, and add the glycerin. If the mixture is too thick, add more water.




Glue                                6 ounces

Alum                                30 grains

Acetic acid                         1/2 ounce

Alcohol                             1 1/2 ounces

Water                               6 1/2 ounces


Mix all but the alcohol, digest on a water bath till the glue is dissolved, allow to cool and add the alcohol.




Glue                                5 ounces

Water                               1 ounce

Calcium chloride                    1 ounce


Dissolve the calcium chloride in the water, add the glue, macerate until it is thoroughly softened, and then heat until completely dissolved.




Glue                                20 ounces

Glycerine                           5 ounces

Syrupy glucose                      1 ounce

Tannin                              50 grains


Cover the glue with cold water, and let stand over night. In the morning pour off superfluous water, throw the glue on muslin, and manipulate so as to get rid of as much moisture as possible, then put in a water bath and melt. Add the glyc-






erine and syrup, and stir well in. Finally, dissolve the tannin in the smallest quantity of water possible and add. This mixture must be used hot.



Glue                                15 ounces

Glycerine                           5 ounces

Linseed oil                         2 ounces

Sugar                               1 ounce


Soak the glue as before, melt, add the sugar and glycerine, continuing the heat, and finally add the oil gradually under constant stirring.  This must be used hot.


Glue for Tablets.



Glue                                3 1/2 ounces

Glycerine                           8 ounces

Water , a sufficient quantity.


Pour upon the glue more than enough water to cover it and let stand for several hours, then decant the greater portion of the water; apply heat until the glue is dissolved, and add the glycerine. If the mixture is too thick, add more water.



Glue                                6 ounces

Alum                                30 grains

Acetic acid                         1/2 ounce

Alcohol                             1 1/2 ounces

Water                               6 1/2 ounces


Mix all but the alcohol, digest on a water bath till the glue is dissolved, allow to cool and add the alcohol.



Glue                                5 ounces

Water                               1 ounce

Calcium chloride                    1 ounce


Dissolve the calcium chloride in the water, add the glue, macerate until it is thoroughly softened, and then apply heat until completely dissolved.


IV.   Glue, 1 pound; glycerine, 4 ounces; glucose syrup, 2 tablespoonfuls; tannin, 1/10 ounce. Use warm, and give an hour to dry and set on the pads. This can be colored with any aniline dye.


Marine Glue.


Marine glue is a product consisting of shellac and caoutchouc, which is mixed differently according to the use for which it is required. The quantity of benzol used as solvent governs the hardness or softness of the glue.


I.    One part Para caoutchouc is dissolved in 12 parts benzol; 20 parts powdered shellac are added to the solution, and the mixture is carefully heated.


II.   Stronger glue is obtained by dissolving 10 parts good crude caoutchouc in 120 parts benzine or naphtha which solution is poured slowly and in a fine stream into 20 parts asphaltum melted in a kettle, stirring constantly and heating. Pour the finished glue, after the solvent has almost evaporated and the mass has become quite uniform, into flat molds, in which it solidifies into very hard tablets of dark brown or black color.  For use, these glue tablets are first soaked in boiling water and then heated over a free flame until the marine glue has become thinly liquid. The pieces to be glued are also warmed and a very durable union is obtained.


III.  Cut caoutchouc into small pieces and dissolve in coal naphtha by heat and agitation. Add to this solution powdered shellac, and heat the whole, constantly stirring until combination takes place, then pour it on metal plates to form sheets. When used it must be heated to 248 F., and applied with a brush.


Water-Proof Glues.


I.    The glue is put in water till it is soft, and subsequently melted in linseed oil at moderate heat. This glue is affected neither by water nor by vapors.


II.   Dissolve a small quantity of sandarac and mastic in a little alcohol, and add a little turpentine. The solution is boiled in a kettle over the fire, and an equal quantity of a strong hot solution of glue and isinglass is added. Then filter through a cloth while hot.


III.  Water-proof glue may also be produced by the simple addition of bichromate of potassium to the liquid glue solution, and subsequent exposure to the air.


IV.   Mix glue as usual, and then add linseed oil in the proportion of 1 part oil to 8 parts glue. If it is desired that the mixture remain liquid, 1/2 ounce of nitric acid should be added to every pound of glue. This will also prevent the glue from souring.


V.    In 1,000 parts of rectified alcohol dissolve 60 parts of sandarac and as much mastic whereupon add 60 parts of white oil of turpentine. Next, prepare a rather strong glue solution and add about the like quantity of isinglass, heating the solution until it commences to boil; then slowly add the hot glue solution till a thin paste forms, which can still be filtered through a cloth. Heat the solution before use and employ like ordinary glue. A connection effected with this glue is not dissolved by cold water and even resists hot water for a long time.


Vl. Soak 1,000 parts of Cologne glue in cold water for 12 hours and in another vessel for the same length of time 150 parts of isinglass in a mixture of lamp spirit and water. Then dissolve both masses together on the water bath in a suitable vessel, thinning, if necessary, with some hot water. Next add 100






parts of linseed oil varnish and filter hot through linen.


VII.  Ordinary glue is kept in water until it swells up without losing its shape. Thus softened it is placed in an iron crucible without adding water; then add linseed oil according to the quantity of the glue and leave this mixture to boil over a slow fire until a gelatinous mass results. Such glue unites materials in a very durable manner. It adheres firmly and hardens quickly. Its chief advantage, however, consists in that it neither absorbs water nor allows it to pass through, whereby the connecting places are often destroyed. A little borax will prevent putrefaction.


VIII. Bichromate of potassium 40 parts (by weight); gelatin glue, 55 parts; alum, 5 parts. Dissolve the glue in a little water and add the bichromate of potassium and the alum.


IX.   This preparation permits an absolutely permanent gluing of pieces of cardboard, even when they are moistened by water. Melt together equal parts of good pitch and gutta-percha; of this take 9 parts, and add to it 3 parts of boiled linseed oil and 1 1/2 parts of litharge. Place this over the fire and stir it till all the ingredients are intimately mixed. The mixture may be diluted with a little benzine or oil of turpentine, and must be warm when used.


Glue to Fasten Linoleum on Iron Stairs.


I.    Use a mixture of glue, isinglass, and dextrin which, dissolved in water and heated, is given an admixture of turpentine. The strips pasted down must be weighted with boards and brick on top until the adhesive agent has hardened.


II.   Soak 3 parts of glue in 8 parts water, add 1/2 part hydrochloric acid and 3/4 part zinc vitriol and let this mixture boil several hours. Coat the floor and the back of the linoleum with this. Press the linoleum down uniformly and firmly and weight it for some time.


Glue for Attaching Gloss to Precious Metals.


Sandarac varnish, 15 parts; marine glue, 5 parts; drying oil, 5 parts; white lead, 5 parts; Spanish white, 5 parts; turpentine, 5 parts. Triturate all to form a rather homogeneous paste. This glue becomes very hard and resisting.


Elastic Glue.


Although elastic glue is less durable than rubber, and will not stand much heat, yet it is cheaper than rubber, and is not, like rubber affected by oil colors. Hence it is largely used for printing rollers and stamps. For stamps, good glue is soaked for 24 hours in soft water. The water is poured off, and the swollen glue is melted and mixed with glycerine and a little salicylic acid and cast into molds. The durability is increased by painting the mass with a solution of tannin, or, better, of bichromate of potassium. Printing rollers require greater firmness and elasticity. The mass for them once consisted solely of glue and vinegar, and their manufacture was very difficult. The use of glycerine has remedied this, and gives great elasticity without adhesiveness, and has removed the liability of moldiness. Swollen glue, which has been superficially dried, is fused with glycerine and cast into oil molds. Similar mixtures are used for casting plaster ornaments, etc., and give very sharp casts. A mass consisting of glue and glycerine is poured over the model in a box.  When the mold is removed, it is painted with plaster outside and with boiled oil inside, and can then be used many times for making reproductions of the model.


Glue for Paper and Metal.


A glue which will keep well and adhere tightly is obtained by diluting 1,000 parts by weight of potato starch in 1,200 parts by weight of water and adding 50 parts by weight of pure nitric acid. The mixture is kept in a hot place for 48 hours, taking care to stir frequently. It is afterwards boiled to a thick and transparent consistency, diluted with water if there is occasion, and then there are added in the form of a screened powder, 2 parts of sal ammoniac and 1 part of sulphur flowers.


Glue for Attaching Cloth Strips to Iron.


Soak 500 parts of Cologne glue in the evening with clean cold water in a clean vessel; in the morning pour off the water, place the softened glue without admixture of water into a clean copper or enamel receptacle, which is put on a moderate low fire (charcoal or steam apparatus). During the dissolution the mass must be continually stirred with a wooden trowel or spatula. If the glue is too thick, it is thinned with diluted spirit, but not with water. As soon as the glue has reached the boiling point, about 50 parts of linseed oil varnish (boiled oil) is added to the mass with constant stirring. When the latter has been stirred up well, add 50 parts of powdered colophony and shake it into the mass with stirring, subsequently removing the glue from the fire. In order to increase the binding qualities and to guard against moisture, it is well still to add about 50 parts of isinglass, which has been previously cut






into narrow strips and placed, well beaten, in a vessel, into which enough spirit of wine has been poured to cover all. When dissolved, the last - named mass is added to the boiling glue with constant stirring. The adhesive agent is now ready for use and is employed hot, it being advisable to warm the iron also. Apply glue only to a surface equivalent to a single strip at a time. The strips are pressed down with a stiff brush or a wad of cloth.


Glue for Leather or Cardboard.


To attach leather to cardboard dissolve good glue (softened by swelling in water) with a little turpentine and enough water in an ordinary glue pot, and then having made a thick paste with starch in the proportion of 2 parts by weight, of starch powder for every 1 part, by weight, of dry glue, mix the compounds and allow the mixture to become cold before application to the cardboard.


For Wood, Glass, Cardboard, and all Articles of a Metallic or Mineral Charaacter.


Take boiled linseed oil 20 parts, Flemish glue 20 parts, hydrated lime 15 parts, powdered turpentine 5 parts, alum 5 parts acetic acid 5 parts. Dissolve the glue with the acetic acid, add the alum, then the hydrated lime, and finally the turpentine and the boiled linseed oil. Triturate all well until it forms a homogeneous paste and keep in well-closed flasks. Use like any other glue.


Glue for Uniting Metals with Fabrics.


Cologne glue of good quality is soaked and boiled down to the consistency of that used by cabinetmakers. Then add, with constant stirring, sifted wood ashes until a moderately thick, homogeneous mass results. Use hot and press the pieces well together during the drying.  For tinfoil, about 2 per cent of boracic acid should be added instead of the wood ashes.


Glue or Paste for Making Paper Boxes.


Chloral hydrate                     5 parts

Gelatin, white                      8 parts

Gum arabic                          2 parts

Boiling water                       30 parts


Mix the chloral, gelatin, and gum arabic in a porcelain container, pour the boiling water over the mixture and let stand for 1 day, giving it a vigorous stirring several times during the day. In cold weather this is apt to get hard and stiff, but this may be obviated by standing the container in warm water for a few minutes. This paste adheres to any surface whatever.


Natural Glue for Cementing Porcelain, Crystal Glass, etc.


The large shell snails which are found in vineyards have at the extremity of their body a small, whitish bladder filled with a substance of greasy and gelatinous aspect. If this substance extracted from the bladder is applied on the fragments of porcelain or any body whatever, which are juxtaposed by being made to touch at all parts, they acquire such adhesion that if one strives to separate them by a blow, they are more liable to break at another place than the cemented seam. It is necessary to give this glue sufficient time to dry perfectly, so as to permit it to acquire the highest degree of strength and tenacity.


Belt Glue.


A glue for belts can be prepared as follows: Soak 50 parts of gelatin in water, pour off the excess of water, and heat on the water bath. With good stirring add, first, 5 parts, by weight, of glycerine, then 10 parts, by weight, of turpentine, and 5 parts, by weight, of linseed oil varnish and thin with water as required. The ends of the belts to be glued are cut off obliquely and warmed; then the hot glue is applied, and the united parts are subjected to strong pressure, allowing them to dry thvs for 24 hours before the belts are used.


Chromium Glue for Wood, Paper, and Cloth.


I.    (a) One-half pound strong glue (any glue if color is immaterial, white fish glue otherwise); soak 12 hours in 12 fluidounces of cold water, (b) One-quarter pound gelatin; soak 2 hours in 12 fluidounces cold water, (c) Two ounces bichromate of potassium dissolved in 8 fluidounces boiling water.  Dissolve (a) after soaking, in a glue pot, and add (6). After (a) and (b) are mixed and dissolved, stir in (c). This glue is exceedingly strong, and if the article cemented be exposed to strong sunlight for 1 hour, the glue becomes perfectly waterproof. Of course, it is understood that the exposure to sunlight is to be made after the glue is thoroughly dry.  The one objectionable feature of this cement is its color, which is a yellow-brown. By substituting chrome alum in place of the bichromate, an olive color is obtained.


II.   Use a moderately strong gelatin solution (containing 5 to 10 per cent of dry gelatin), to which about 1 part of acid chromate of potassium in solution is added to every 5 parts of gelatin. This mixture has the property of becoming insoluble by water through the action of sunlight under partial reduction of the chromic acid.






Fireproof Glue.


Raw linseed oil                     8 parts

Glue or gelatin                     1 part

Quicklime                           2 parts


Soak the glue or gelatin in the oil for 10 to 12 hours, and then melt it by gently heating the oil, and when perfectly fluid stir in the quicklime until the whole mass is homogeneous, then spread out in layers to dry gradually, out of the sun's rays. For use, reheat the glue in a glue pot in the ordinary way of melting glue.




Under this heading will be found only cements for causing one substance to adhere to another. Cements used primarily as fillers, such as dental cements, will be found under Cements, Putties, etc.


Cutlers' Cements for Fixing Knife Blades into Handles.



Rosin                               4 pounds

Beeswax                             1 pound

Plaster of Paris or brickdust       1 pound



Pitch                               5 pounds

Wood ashes                          1 pound

Tallow                              1 pound



Rosin, 12; sulphur flowers, 3; iron filings, 5. Melt together, fill the handle while hot, and insert the instrument.


IV.   Plaster of Paris is ordinarily used for fastening loose handles. It is made into a moderately thick paste with water run into the hole in the head of the pestle, the handle inserted and held in place till the cement hardens. Some add sand to the paste, and claim to get better results.


V.    Boil together 1 part of caustic soda, 3 parts of rosin, and 5 parts of water till homogeneous and add 4 parts of plaster of Paris. The paste sets in half an hour and is but little affected by water.


VI.   Equal quantities of gutta percha and shellac are melted together and well stirred. This is best done in an iron capsule placed on a sandbath and heated over a gas furnace or on the top of a stove. The combination possesses both hardness and toughness, qualities that make it particularly desirable in mending mortars and pestles. In using, the articles to be cemented should be warmed to about the melting point of the mixture and retained in proper position until cool, when they are ready for use.



                                    Parts by weight.

Rosin                               600

Sulphur                             150

Iron filings                        250 


Pour the mixture, hot, into the opening of the heated handle and shove in the knife likewise heated.


VIII. Melt sufficient black rosin, and incorporate thoroughly with it one-fifth its weight of very fine silver sand. Make the pestle hot, pour in a little of the mixture, then force the handle well home, and set aside for a day before using.


IX.   Make a smooth, moderately soft paste with litharge and glycerine; fill the hole in the pestle with the cement, and firmly press the handle in place, keeping it under pressure for three or four days.


Cements for Stone.


I.    An excellent cement for broken marble consists of 4 parts of gypsum and 1 part of finely powdered gum arabic. Mix intimately. Then with a cold solution of borax make into a mortarlike mass. Smear on each face of the parts to be joined, and fasten the bits of marble together. In the course of a few days the cement becomes very hard and holds very tenaciously. The object mended should not be touched for several days. In mending colored marbles the cement may be given the hue of the marble by adding the color to the borax solution.


II.   A cement which dries instantaneously, qualifying it for all sorts of repairing and only presenting the disadvantage of having to be freshly prepared each time, notwithstanding any subsequent heating, may be made as follows:

I a metal vessel or iron spoon melt 4 to 5 parts of rosin (or preferably mastic) and 1 part of beeswax. This mixture must be applied rapidly it being of advantage slightly to heat tne surfaces to be united, which naturally must have been previously well cleaned.


III.  Slaked lime, 10 parts; chalk, 15 parts; kaolin, 5 parts; mix and immediately before use stir with a corresponding amount of potash water glass.


IV.   Cement on Marble Slabs. The whole marble slab is thoroughly warmed and laid face down upon a neatly cleaned planing bench upon which a woolen cloth is spread so as not to injure the polish of the slab. Next apply to the slab very hot, weak glue and quickly sift hot plaster of Paris on the glue in a thin even layer, stirring the plaster rapidly into the applied glue by means of a strong spatula, so that a uniform glue-plaster coating is formed on the warm slab. Before this has time to harden tip the respective piece of furniture on the slab. The frame, likewise warmed, will adhere very firmly to the slab after two days. Besides, this process has the advantage of great cleanliness.






V.    The following is a recipe used by marble workers, and which probably can be used to advantage: Flour of sulphur, 1 part; hydrochlorate of ammonia, 2 parts; iron filings, 16 parts. The above substances must be reduced to a powder, and securely preserved in closely stoppered vessels. When the cement is to be employed, take 20 parts very fine iron filings and 1 part of the above powder; mix them together with enough water to form a manageable paste. This paste solidifies in 20 days and becomes as hard as iron. A recipe for another cement seful for joining small pieces of marble or alabaster is as follows: Add 1/2 pint of vinegar to 1/2 pint skimmed milk; mix the curd with the whites of 5 eggs, well beaten, and sufficient powdered quicklime sifted in with constant stirring so as to form a paste. It resists water and a moderate degree of heat.


VI.   Cement for Iron and Marble.


For fastening iron to marble or stone a good cement is made as follows: Thirty parts plaster of Paris, 10 parts iron filings, 1/2 part sal ammoniac mixed with vinegar to a fluid paste fresh for use.


Cement for Sandstones. One part sulphur and 1 part rosin are melted separately; the melted masses are mixed and 3 parts litharge and 2 parts ground glass stirred in. The latter ingredients must be perfectly dry, and have been well pulverized and mixed previously.


Equally good cement is obtained by melting together 1 part pitch and 1/10 part wax, and mixing with 2 parts brickdust. The stones to be cemented, or between the joints of which the putty is to be poured, must be perfectly dry. If practicable, they should be warmed a little, and the surfaces to which the putty is to adhere painted with oil varnish once or twice. The above two formulae are of especial value in case the stones are very much exposed to the heat of the sun in summer, as well as to cold, rain, and snow in winter. Experience has shown that in these instances the above mentioned cements give better satisfaction than the other brands of cement.



Cements for Attaching Objects to Glass.


Rosin                               1 part

Yellow wax                          2 parts


Melt together.


To Attach Copper to Glass. Boil 1 part of caustic soda and 3 parts of colophony in 5 parts of water and mix with the like quantity of plaster of Paris.


This cement is not attacked by water, heat, and petroleum. If, in place of the plaster of Paris, zinc white, white lead, or slaked lime is used, the cement hardens more slowly.


To Fasten Brass upon Glass. Boil together 1 part of caustic soda, 3 parts of rosin, 3 parts of gypsum, and 5 parts of water. The cement made in this way hardens in about half an hour, hence it must be applied quickly. During the preparation it should be stirred constantly. All the ingredients used must be in a finely powdered state.


Uniting Glass with Horn.

(1) A solution of 2 parts of gelatin in 20 parts water is evaporated up to one-sixth of its volume and 1/3 mastic dissolved in 1/2 spirit added and some zinc white stirred in. The putty is applied warm; it dries easily and can be kept a long time.

(2) Mix gold size with the equal volume of water glass.


To Cement Glass to Iron.



Rosin                               5 ounces

Yellow wax                          1 ounce

Venetian red                        1 ounce


Melt the wax and rosin on a water bath and add, under constant stirring, the Venetian red previously well dried. Stir until nearly cool, so as to prevent the Venetian red from settling to the bottom.



Portland cement                     2 ounces

Prepared chalk                      1 ounce

Fine sand                           1 ounce

Solution of sodium silicate - enough to form a semi-liquid paste.



Litharge                            2 parts

White lead                          1 part


Work into a pasty condition by using 3 parts boiled linseed oil, 1 part copal varnish.


Celluloid Cements.


I.    To mend broken draughting triangles and other celluloid articles, use 3 parts alcohol and 4 parts ether mixed together and applied to the fracture with a brush until the edges become warm. The edges are then stuck together, and left to dry for at least 24 hours.


II.   Camphor, 1 part; alcohol, 4 parts. Dissolve and add equal quantity (by weight) of shellac to this solution. 


III.  If firmness is desired in putting celluloid on wood, tin, etc., the following gluing agent is recommended, viz.: A compound of 2 parts shellac, 3 parts spirit of camphor, and 4 parts strong alcohol.







Shellac                             2 ounces

Spirits of camphor                  2 ounces

Alcohol, 90 per cent                6 to 8 ounces


V.    Make a moderately strong glue or solution of gelatin. In a dark place or a dark room mix with the above a small amount of concentrated solution of potassium dichromate. Coat the back of the label, which must be clean, with a thin layer of the mixture. Strongly press the label against the bottle and keep the two in close contact by tying with twine or otherwise. Expose to sunlight for some hours; this causes the cement to be insoluble even in hot water.



Lime                                av. oz. 1

White of egg                        av. oz. 2 1/2

Plaster of Paris                    av. oz. 5 1/2

Water                               fl.oz. 1


Reduce the lime to a fine powder; mix it with the white of egg by trituration, forming a uniform paste. Dilute with water, rapidly incorporate the plaster of Paris, and use the cement immediately. The surfaces to be cemented must first be moistened with water so that the cement will readily adhere. The pieces must be firmly pressed together and kept in this position for about 12 hours.


Cementing Celluloid and Hard Rubber Articles.


I.    Celluloid articles can be mended by making a mixture composed of 3 parts of alcohol and 4 parts of ether. This mixture should be kept in a well-corked bottle, and when celluloid articles are to be mended, the broken surfaces are painted over with the alcohol and ether mixture until the surfaces soften: then press together and bind and allow to dry for at least 24 hours.


II.   Dissolve 1 part of gum camphor in 4 parts of alcohol; dissolve an equal weight of shellac in such strong camphor solution. The cement is applied warm and the parts united must not be disturbed until the cement is hard. Hard rubber articles are never mended to form a strong joint.


III.  Melt together equal parts of gutta percha and real asphaltum. The cement is applied hot, and the broken surfaces pressed together and held in place while cooling.


Sign-Letter Cements.



Copal varnish                       15 parts

Drying oil                          5 parts

Turpentine (spirits)                3 parts

Oil of turpentine                   2 parts

Liquefied glue                      5 parts


Melt all together on a water bath until well mixed, and then add 10 parts slaked lime.


II.   Mix 100 parts finely powdered white litharge with 50 parts dry white lead, knead together 3 parts linseed oil varnish and 1 part copal varnish into a firm dough. Coat the side to be attached with this, removing the superfluous cement. It will dry quickly and become very hard.



Copal varnish                       15 parts

Linseed-oil varnish                 5 parts

Raw turpentine                      3 parts

Oil of turpentine                   2 parts

Carpenters' glue,

  dissolved in water                5 parts

Precipitated chalk                  10 parts



Mastic gum                          1 part

Litharge, lead                      2 parts

White lead                          1 part

Linseed oil                         3 parts


Melt together to a homogeneous mass. Apply hot. To make a thorough and reliable job, the letters should be heated to at least the temperature of the cement.


To Fix Gold Letters, etc., upon Glass.


I.    The glass must be entirely clean and polished, and the medium is prepared in the following manner: One ounce fish glue or isinglass is dissolved in water so that the latter covers the glue. When this is dissolved a quart of rectified spirit of wine is added, and enough water is poured in to make up one-quarter the whole. The substance must be kept well corked.


II.   Take 1/2 quart of the best rum and 1/4 ounce fish glue, which is dissolved in the former at a moderate degree of heat. Then add 1/2 quart distilled water, and filter through a piece of old linen.  The glass is laid upon a perfectly level table and is covered with this substance to the thickness of 1/8 inch, using a clean brush. Seize the gold leaf with a pointed object and place it smoothly upon the prepared mass, and it will be attracted by the glass at once. After 5 minutes hold the glass slightly slanting so that the superfluous mass can run off, and leave the plate in this position for 24 hours, when it will be perfectly dry. Now trace the letters or the design on a piece of paper, and perforate the lines with a thick needle, making the holes 1/16 inch apart. Then place the perforated paper upon the surface of the glass, and stamp the tracery on with powdered chalk. The paper pattern is then carefully removed, and the accurate design will remain upon the gold. The outlines are now filled out with an oily gold mass, mixed with a little chrome orange and diluted with boiled oil or turpentine. When all is dry the superfluous gold is washed off






with water by means of a common rag. The back of the glass is then painted with a suitable color.


Attaching Enamel Letters to Glass.


To affix enamel letters to glass, first clean the surface of the glass perfectly, leaving no grease or sticky substance of any kind adhering to the surface.  Then with a piece of soap sketch the outlines of the design. Make the proper division of the guide lines, and strike off accurately the position each letter is to occupy. Then to the back of the letters apply a cement made as follows: White lead ground in oil, 2 parts; dry white lead, 3 parts. Mix to a soft putty consistency with good copal varnish.


With a small knife or spatula apply the cement to the back of the letters, observing especial care in getting the mixture well and uniformly laid around the inside edges of the letter. In attaching the letters to the glass make sure to expel the air from beneath the characters, and to do this, work them up and down and sidewise. If the weather be at all warm, support the letters while drying by pressing tiny beads of sealing wax against the glass, close to the under side or bottom of the letters. With a putty knife, keenly sharpened on one edge, next remove all the surplus cement. Give the letters a hard, firm pressure against the glass around all edges to securely guard against the disruptive attacks of moisture.


The seepage of moisture beneath the surface of the letters is the main cause of their early detachment from the glass.


The removal of the letters from the glass may be effected by applying turpentine to the top of the characters, allowing it to soak down and through the cement. Oxalic acid applied in the same way will usually slick the letters off in a trice.


Cement for Porcelain Letters.


Slake 15 parts of fresh quicklime in 20 parts of water. Melt 50 parts of caoutchouc and 50 parts of linseed-oil varnish together, and bring the mixture to a boil. While boiling, pour the liquid o>n the slaked lime, little by little, under constant stirring. Pass the mixture, while still hot, through muslin, to remove any possible lumps, and let cool. It takes the cement 2 days to set completely, but when dry it makes a joint that will resist a great deal of strain. By thinning the mixture down with oil of turpentine, a brilliant, powerfully adhesive varnish is obtained.


Water Glass Cements.


I.    Water glass (sodium of potassium silicate), which is frequently recommended for cementing glass, does not, as is often asserted, form a vitreous connection between the joined surfaces; and, in fact, some of the commercial varieties will not even dry, but merely form a thick paste, which has a strong affinity for moisture. Good 30 B. water glass is, however, suitable for mending articles that are exposed to heat, and is best applied to surfaces that have been gently warmed; when the pieces are put together they should be pressed warmly, to expel any superfluous cement, and then heated strongly.


To repair cracked glasses or bottles through which water will leak, water glasses may be used, the application being effected in the following easy manner: The vessel is warmed to induce rarefaction of the internal air, after which the mouth is closed, either by a cork in the case of bottles, or by a piece of parchment or bladder if a wide mouthed vessel is under treatment.


While still hot, the outside of the crack is covered with a little glass, and the vessel set aside to cool, whereupon the difference between the pressure of the external and internal air will force the cement into the fissure and close it completely. All that is then necessary is to take off the cover and leave the vessel to warm for a few hours. Subsequently rinse it out with lime water, followed by clean water, and it will then hold any liquid, acids and alkaline fluids alone excepted.


II.   When water glass is brought into contact with calcium chloride, a calcium silicate is at once formed which is insoluble in water. It seems possible that this reaction may be used in binding together masses of sand, etc. The process indicated has long been used in the preservation of stone which has become "weathered." The stone is first brushed with the water glass and afterwards with a solution of calcium chloride. The conditions here are of course different.


Calcium chloride must not be confounded with the so-called "chloride of lime" which is a mixture of calcium hypochlorite and other bodies.


To Fasten Paper Tickets to Glass


To attach paper tickets to glass, the employment of water glass is efficacious. Care should be taken to spread this product on the glass and not on the paper, and then to apply the paper dry, which should be done immediately. When the solution is dry the paper cannot be de-






tached. The silicate should be somewhat diluted. It is spread on the glass with a rag or a small sponge.




Jewelers and goldsmiths require, for the cementing of genuine and colored gems, as well as for the placing of colored folio under certain stones, very adhesive gluing agents, which must, however, be colorless. In this respect these are distinguished chiefly by the so-called diamond cement and the regular jewelers' cement. Diamond cement is much esteemed by jewelers for cementing precious stones and corals, but may also be employed with advantage for laying colored fluxes of glass on white glass. The diamond cement is of such a nature as to be able to remain for some time in contact with water without becoming soft. It adheres best between glass or between precious stones. It is composed as follows:


Isinglass 8 parts, gum ammoniac 1 part, galbanum 1 part, spirit of wine 4 parts.


Soak the isinglass in water with admixture of a little spirit of wine and add the solution of the gums in the remainder of the spirit of wine. Before use, heat the diamond cement a little so as to soften it.


Jewelers' cement is used for similar purposes as is the diamond cement, and is prepared from: Isinglass (dry) 10 parts, mastic varnish 5 parts.


Dissolve the isinglass in very little water, adding some strong spirit of wine. The mastic varnish is prepared by pouring a mixture of highly rectified spirit of wine and benzine over finely powdered mastic and dissolving it in the smallest possible quantity of liquid. The two solutions of isinglass and mastic are intimately ground together in a porcelain dish.


Armenian Cement.


The celebrated "Armenian" cement, so called formerly used by Turkish and Oriental jewelers generally, for setting precious stones, "facing diamonds," rubies, etc., is made as follows:


Mastic gum                          10 parts

Isinglass (fish glue)               20 parts

Gum ammoniac                        5 parts

Alcohol absolute                    60 parts

Alcohol, 50 per cent                35 parts

Water                               100 parts


Dissolve the mastic in the absolute alcohol; dissolve, by the aid of gentle heat, on the water bath, the isinglass in the water, and add 10 parts of the dilute alcohol. Now dissolve the ammoniacum in the residue of the dilute alcohol. Add the first solution to the second, mix thoroughly by agitation and then add the solution of gum ammoniac and stir well in. Finally put on the water bath, and keeping at a moderate heat, evaporate the whole down to 175 parts.


Cement for Enameled Dials.


The following is a good cement for enameled dials, plates, or other pieces: Grind into a fine powder 2 1/2 parts of dammar rosin and 2 1/2 parts of copal, using colorless pieces if possible. Next add 2 parts of Venetian turpentine and enough spirit of wine so that the whole forms a thick paste. To this grind 3 parts of the finest zinc white. The mass now has the consistency of prepared oil paint. To remove the yellow tinge of the cement add a trifle of Berlin blue to the zinc white. Finally, the whole is heated until the spirit of wine is driven off and a molten mass remains, which is allowed to cool and is kept for use. Heat the parts to be cemented.


Watch-Lid Cement. The hardest cement for fixing on watch lids is shellac. If the lids are exceedingly thin the engraving will always press through. Before cementing it on the inside of the lid, in order not to injure the polish, it is coated with chalk dissolved in alcohol, which is first allowed to dry. Next melt the shellac on the stick, heat the watch lid and put it on. After the engraving has been done, simply force the lid off and remove the remaining shellac from the latter by light tapping. If this does not remove it completely lay the lid in alcohol, leaving it therein until all the shellac has dissolved. All that remains to be done now is to wash out the watch lid.


Jewelers' Glue Cement. Dissolve on a water bath 50 parts of fish glue in a little 95-per-cent alcohol adding 4 parts, by weight, of gum ammoniac. On the other hand, dissolve 2 parts, by weight, of mastic in 10 parts, by weight, of alcohol. Mix these two solutions and preserve in a well-corked flask. For use it suffices to soften it on the water bath.


Casein Cements.



Borax                               5 parts

Water                               95 parts

Casein,                             sufficient quantity


Dissolve the borax in water and incorporate enough casein to produce a mass of the proper consistency.



The casein is made feebly alkaline by means of soda or potash lye and






then subjected for about 24 hours to a temperature of 140 F. Next follow the customary admixture, such as lime and water glass, and finally, to accomplish a quicker resinification, substances containing tannin are added. For tannic admixtures to the partially disintegrated casein, slight quantities about 1 per cent of gallic acid, cutch, or quercitannic acid are employed. The feebly alkaline casein cement containing cannic acid is used in the well-known manner for the gluing together of wood.


For Metals. Make a paste with 16 ounces casein, 20 ounces slaked lime, and 20 ounces of sand, in water.


For Glass.


I.    Dissolve casein in a concentrated solution of borax. 


II.   Make a paste of casein and water glass.


Pasteboard and Paper Cement.


I.    Let pure glue swell in cold water; pour and press off the excess; put on the water bath and melt. Paper or other material cemented with this is then immediately, before the cement dries, submitted to the action of formaldehyde and dried. The cement resists the action of water, even hot.


II.   Melt together equal parts of good pitch and gutta percha. To 9 parts of this mass add 3 parts of boiled linseed oil and 1/5 part litharge. The heat is kept up until, with constant stirring, an intimate union of all the ingredients has taken place. The mixture is diluted with a little benzine or oil of turpentine and applied while still warm. The cement is waterproof.


III.  The National Druggist says that experience with pasting or cementing parchment paper seems to show that about the best agent is casein cement, made by dissolving casein in a saturated aqueous solution of borax.     


IV.   The following is recommended for paper boxes:


Chloral hydrate                     5 parts

Gelatin, white                      8 parts

Gum arabic                          2 parts

Boiling water                       30 parts


Mix the chloral, gelatin, and gum arabic in a porcelain container, pour the boiling water over the mixture and let stand for 1 day, giving it a vigorous stirring several times during the day.  In cold weather this is apt to get hard and stiff, but this may be obviated by standing the container in warm water for a few minutes. This paste adheres to any surface whatever.


Waterproof Cements for Glass, Stoneware, and Metal.


I.    Make a paste of sulphur, sal ammoniac, iron filings, and boiled oil.


II.   Mix together dry: Whiting, 6 pounds; plaster of Paris, 3 pounds; sand, 3 pounds; litharge, 3 pounds; rosin, 1 pound. Make to a paste with copal varnish.


III.  Make a paste of boiled oil, 6 pounds; copal, 6 pounds; litharge, 2 pounds; white lead, 1 pound.


IV.   Make a paste with boiled oil, 3 pounds; brickdust 2 pounds; dry slaked lime, 1 pound.


V.    Dissolve 93 ounces of alum and 93 ounces of sugar of lead in water to concentration. Dissolve separately 152 ounces of gum arabic in 25 gallons of water, and then stir in 62 1/2 pounds of flour. Then heat to a uniform paste with the metallic salts, but take care not to boil the mass.


VI.   For Iron and Marble to Stand in Heat. In 3 pounds of water dissolve first, 1 pound water glass and then 1 pound of borax.    With the solution make 2 pounds of clay and 1 pound of barytes, first mixed dry, to a paste.


VII.  Glue to Resist Boiling Water. Dissolve separately in water 55 pounds of glue and a mixture of 40 pounds of bichromate and 5 pounds of alum. Mix as wanted.


VIII. (Chinese Glue). Dissolve shellac in 10 times its weight of ammonia.


IX.   Make a paste of 40 ounces of dry slaked lime 10 ounces of alum, and 50 ounces of white of egg.



Alcohol                             1,000 parts

Sandarac                            60 parts

Mastic                              60 parts

Turpentine oil                      60 parts


Dissolve the gums in the alcohol and add the oil and stir in. Now prepare a solution of equal parts of glue and isinglass, by soaking 125 parts of each in cold water until it becomes saturated, pouring and pressing off the residue, and melting on the water bath. This should produce a volume of glue nearly equal to that of the solution of gums. The latter should, in the meantime, have been cautiously raised to the boiling point on the water bath, and then mixed with the hot glue solution.


It is said that articles united with this substance will stand the strain of cold water for an unlimited time, and it takes hot water even a long time to affect it.






Burgundy pitch                      6 parts

Gutta percha                        1 part

Pumice stone, in fine powder        3 parts


Melt the gutta percha very carefully add the pumice stone, and lastly the pitch, and stir until homogeneous.


Use while still hot. This cement will withstand water and dilute mineral





1. Use a melted mixture of gutta percha and genuine asphalt, applied hot. The hard-rubber goods must be kept pressed together until the cement has cooled.


II.   A cement which is effective for cementing rubber to iron and which is especially valuable for fastening rubber bands to band saw wheels is made as follows: Powdered shellac, 1 part; strong water of ammonia, 10 parts. Put the shellac in the ammonia water and set it away in a tightly closed jar for 3 or 4 weeks. By that time the mixture will become a perfectly liquid transparent mass and is then ready for use.  When applied to rubber the ammonia softens it, but it quickly evaporates, leaving the rubber in the same condition as before. The shellac clings to the iron and thus forms a firm bond between the iron and the rubber.



Gutta percha white                  1 drachm

Carbon disulphide                   1 ounce


Dissolve, filter, and add:


India rubber                        15 grains




Cement for Metal on Hard Rubber.


I.    Soak good Cologne glue and boil down so as to give it the consistency of joiners' glue, and add with constant stirring, enough sifted wood ashes until a homogeneous, moderately thick mass results. Use warm and fit the pieces well together while drying.


How to Unite Rubber and Leather.


II.   Roughen both surfaces, the leather and the rubber, with a sharp glass edge; apply to both a diluted solution of gutta percha in carbon bisulphide and let this solution soak into the material. Then press upon each surface a skin of gutta percha fa of an inch in thickness between rolls. The two surfaces are now united in a press, which should be warm but not hot. This method should answer in all cases in which it is applicable. The other prescription covers cases in which a press cannot be used. Cut 30 parts of rubber into small pieces, and dissolve it in 140 parts of carbon bisulphide, the vessel being placed on a water bath of 30 C. (86 F.). Further, melt 10 parts of rubber with 15 of colophony, and add 35 parts of oil of turpentine. When the rubber has been completely dissolved, the two liquids may be mixed. The resulting cement must be kept well corked.


To Fasten Rubber to Wood.


I Make a cement by macerating virgin gum rubber, or as pure rubber as can be had, cut in small pieces, in just enough naphtha or gasoline to cover it. Let it stand in a very tightly corked or sealed jar for 14 days, or a sufficient time to become dissolved, shaking the mixture daily.


II.   Dissolve pulverized gum shellac, 1 ounce, in 9 1/2 ounces of strong ammonia. This of course must be kept tightly corked. It will not be as clastic as the first preparation.


III.  Fuse together shellac and gutta percha in equal weights.



India rubber                        8 ounces

Gutta percha                        4 ounces

Isinglass                           2 ounces

Bisulphide of carbon                32 ounces



India rubber                        5 ounces

Gum mastic                          1 ounce

Chloroform                          3 ounces



Gutta percha                        16 ounces

India rubber                        4 ounces

Pitch                               4 ounces

Shellac                             1 ounce

Linseed oil                         1 ounce


Amalgamate by heat.


VII.  Mix 1 ounce of oil of turpentine with 10 ounces of bisulphide of carbon in which as much gutta percha as possible has been dissolved.


VIII. Amalgamate by heat:


Gutta percha                        100 ounces

Venice turpentine                   80 ounces

Shellac                             8 ounces

India rubber                        2 ounces

Liquid storax                       10 ounces


IX.   Amalgamate by heat:


India rubber                        100 ounces

Rosin                               15 ounces

Shellac                             10 ounces


Then dissolve in bisulphide of carbon.


X.    Make the following solutions separately and mix:


(a) India rubber                    5 ounces

    Chloroform                      140 ounces


(b) India rubber                    5 ounces

    Rosin                           2 ounces

    Venice turpentine               1 ounce

    Oil of turpentine               20 ounces






Cement for Patching Rubber Boots and Shoes.



India rubber, finely chopped        100 parts

Rosin                               15 parts

Shellac                             10 parts

Carbon disulphide, q. s. to dissolve.


This will not only unite leather to leather, india rubber, etc., but will unite rubber to almost any substance.



Caoutchouc, finely cut              4 parts

India rubber, finely cut            1 part

Carbon disulphide                   32 parts


Dissolve the caoutchouc in the carbon disulphide, add the rubber, let macerate a few days, then mash with a palette knife to a smooth paste. The vessel in which the solution is made in both instances above must be kept tightly closed, and should have frequent agitations.


III.  Take 100 parts of crude rubber or caoutchouc, cut it up in small bits, and dissolve it in sufficient carbon bisulphide, add to it 15 parts of rosin and 10 parts of gum lac. The user must not overlook the great inflammability and exceedingly volatile nature of the carbon bisulphide.


Tire Cements.



India rubber                        15 grams

Chloroform                          2 ounces

Mastic                              1/2 ounce


Mix the india rubber and chloroform together, and when dissolved, the mastic is added in powder. It is then allowed to stand a week or two before using.


II.   The following is recommended as very good for cementing pneumatic tires to bicycle wheels:


Shellac                             1 ounce

Gutta percha                        1 ounce

Sulphur                             45 grains

Red lead                            45 grains


Melt together the shellac and gutta percha, then add, with constant stirring, the sulphur and red lead. Use while hot.



Raw gutta percha                    16 ounces

Carbon bisulphide                   72 ounces

Eau de Cologne                      2 ounces


This cement is the subject of an English patent and is recommended for patching cycle and motor tires, insulating electric wires, etc.


IV.   A good thick shellac varnish with which a small amount of castor oil has been mixed will be found a very excellent bicycle rim cement. The formula recommended by Edel is as follows:


Shellac                             1 pound

Alcohol                             1 pint


Mix and dissolve, then add:


Castor oil                          1/2 ounce


The castor oil prevents the cement from becoming hard and brittle.


A cement used to fasten bicycle tires may be made by melting together at a gentle heat equal parts of gutta percha and asphalt. Apply hot. Sometimes a small quantity each of sulphur and red lead is added (about 1 part of each to 20 parts of cement).


Cements for Leather.



Gutta percha                        20 parts

Syrian asphalt, powdered            20 parts

Carbon disulphide                   50 parts

Oil of turpentine                   10 parts


The gutta percha, shredded fine, is dissolved in the carbon disulphide and turpentine oil. To the solution add the asphalt and set away for several days, or until the asphalt is dissolved. The cement should have the consistency of honey. If the preparation is thinner than this let it stand, open, for a few days. Articles to be patched should first be washed with benzine.



Glue                                1 ounce

Starch paste                        2 ounces

Turpentine                          1 drachm

Water,                              a sufficient quantity.


Dissolve the glue in sufficient water with heat; mix the starch paste with water; add the turpentine, and finally mix with the glue while hot.


III.  Soak for one day 1 pound of common glue in enough water to cover, and 1 pound of isinglass in ale droppings. Then mix together and heat gently until boiling. At this point add a little pure tannin and keep boiling for an hour. If the glue and isinglass when mixed are too thick, add water. This cement should be used warm and the jointed leather pressed tightly together for 12 hours.


IV.   A waterproof cement for leather caoutchouc, or balata, is prepared by dissolving gutta percha, caoutchouc, benzoin, gum lac, mastic, etc., in some convenient solvent like carbon disulphide, chloroform, ether, or alcohol.

The best solvent, however, in the case of gutta percha, is carbon disulphide and ether for mastic. The most favorable proportions are as follows: Gutta percha, 200 to 300 parts to 100 parts of the solvent, and 75 to 85 parts of mastic to 100 parts of ether. From 5 to 8 parts of the former solution are mixed with






part of the latter, and the mixture is then boiled on the water bath, or in a vessel fitted with a water jacket.


V.    Make a solution of 200 to 300 parts of caoutchouc, gutta percha india rubber, benzoin, or similar gum, in 1,000 parts of carbon disulphide, chloroform, ether, or alcohol, and of this add 5 to 8 parts to a solution of mastic (75 to 125 parts) in ether 100 parts, of equal volume and boil together. Use hot water as the boiling agent, or boil very cautiously on the water bath.


VI.   Forty parts of aluminum acetate, 10 B., 10 parts of glue, 10 parts of rye flour. These materials are either to be simultaneously mixed and boiled, or else the glue is to be dissolved in the aluminum acetate, and the flour stirred into the solution. This is an excellent cement for leather, and is used in socalled art work with leather, and with leather articles which are made of several pieces. It is to be applied warm.


Rubber Cement for Cloth. The following formulas have been recommended:


I.    Caoutchouc, 5 parts; chloroform, 3 parts. Dissolve and add gum mastic (powder) 1 part.


II.   Gutta percha, 16 parts; india rubber. 4 parts; pitch, 2 parts; shellac, 1 part; linseed oil, 2 parts. Reduce the solids to small pieces, melt together with the oil and mix well.


III.  The following cement for mending rubber shoes and tires will answer similar purposes:


                                    Parts by weight

Caoutchouc in shavings              10 

Rosin                               4

Gum turpentine                      40 

Oil turpentine,                     enough.


Melt together first the caoutchouc and rosin, then add the gum turpentine, and when all is liquefied, add enough of oil of turpentine to preserve it liquid. A second solution is prepared by dissolving together:


                                    Parts by weight

Caoutchouc                          10

Chloroform                          280 


For use these two solutions are mixed. Wash the hole in the rubber shoe over with the cement, then a piece of linen dipped in it is placed over it; as soon as the linen adheres to the sole, the cement is then applied as thickly as required.




Cements for Iron.


I.    To make a good cement for iron on iron, make a thick paste, with water, of powdered iron, 60 parts; sal ammoniac, 2 parts, and sulphur flowers. 1 part. Use while fresh.


II.   Sulphur flowers, 6 parts; dry white lead 6 parts, and powdered borax, 1 part. Mix by sifting and keep as a dry powder in a closed tin boX. To use, make into a thin paste with strong sulphuric acid and press together immediately. This cement will harden in 5 days.



Graphite                            50 pounds

Whiting                             15 pounds

Litharge                            15 pounds


Make to a paste with a boiled oil.


IV.   Make a paste of white lead and asbestos.


V.    Make a paste of litharge and glycerine. Red lead may be added. This also does for stone.


VI.   Make a paste of boiled oil of equal parts of white lead, pipe clay, and black oxide of manganese.


VII.  Make iron filings to a paste with water glass.



Sal ammoniac                        4 ounces

Sulphur                             2 ounces

Iron filings                        32 ounces


Make as much as is to be used at once to a paste with a little water. This remark applies to both the following dry recipes:



Iron filings                        160 ounces

Lime                                80 ounces

Red lead                            16 ounces

Alum                                8 ounces

Sal ammoniac                        2 ounces



Clay                                10 ounces

Iron filings                        4 ounces

Salt                                1 ounce

Borax                               1 ounce

Black oxide of manganese            2 ounces


XI. Mix:


Iron filings                        180 ounces

Lime                                45 ounces

Salt                                8 ounces


XII. Mix:


Iron filings                        140 ounces

Hydraulic lime                      20 ounces

Sand                                25 ounces

Sal ammoniac                        3 ounces


Either of these last two mixtures is made into a paste with strong vinegar just before use.


XIII. Mix equal weights of zinc oxide and black oxide of manganese into a paste with water glass.


XIV.  Copal varnish, 15 parts; hydrated lime, 10 parts; glue de nerfs (of sinews), 5 parts; fat drying oil, 5 parts;






powdered turpentine, 3 parts; essence of turpentine, 2 parts.


Dissolve the glue de nerfs on the water bath, add all the other substances, and triturate intimately.


XV.   Copal varnish, 15 parts; powdered turpentine, 3 parts; essence of turpentine, 2 parts; powdered fish glue, 3 parts; iron filings, 3 parts; ocher, 10 parts.


XVI.  To make a cement for cast iron, take 16 ounces cast-iron borings; 2 ounces sal ammoniac, and 1 ounce sulphur. Mix well and keep dry. When ready to use take 1 part of this powder to 20 parts of cast-iron borings and mix thoroughly into a stiff paste, adding a little water.




Litharge                            2 parts

Boiled linseed oil                  2 parts

White lead                          1 part

Copal                               1 part


Heat together until of a uniform consistence and apply warm.


XVIII.      A cement for iron which is said to be perfectly waterproof and fireproof is made by working up a mixture of equal weights of red lead and litharge with glycerine till the mass is perfectly homogeneous and has the consistency of a glazier's putty. This cement is said to answer well, even for very large iron vessels, and to be unsurpassable for stopping up cracks in large iron pans of steam pipes.


Cement for Metal, Glass, and Porcelain. A soft alloy is prepared by mixing from 30 to 36 parts of copper precipitated in the form of a fine brown powder, with sulphuric acid of a specific gravity of 1.85 in a cast-iron or porcelain mortar and incorporating by stirring with 75 parts of mercury, the acid being afterwards removed by washing with water. In from 10 to 14 hours the amalgam becomes harder than tin, but when heated to 692 F., it can be kneaded like wax. In this condition it is applied to the surface to be cemented, and will fix them firmly together on cooling.


Dissolve 1 drachm of gum mastic in 3 drachms of spirits of wine. In a separate vessel containing water soak 3 drachms of isinglass. When thoroughly soaked take it out of the water and put it into 5 drachms of spirits of wine. Take a piece of gum ammoniacum the size of a large pea and grind it up finely with a little spirits of wine and isinglass until it has dissolved. Then mix the whole together with sufficient heat. It will be found most convenient to place the vessel on a hot-water bath. Keep this cement in a bottle closely stoppered, and when it is to be used, place it in hot water until dissolved.


Cements for Fastening Porcelain to Metal.


I.    Mix equal parts of alcohol (95 per cent) and water, and make a paste by incorporating the liquid with 300 parts of finely pulverized chalk and 250 parts of starch.


II.   Mix finely powdered burned lime, 300 parts, with powdered starch, 250 parts, and moisten the mixture with a compound of equal parts of water and alcohol of 95 per cent until a paste results.


III.  Cement or plaster can be used if the surfaces are sufficiently large; cement is the better article when the object may be exposed to moisture or subjected to much pressure. A process which can be recommended consists in mingling equal weights of chalk, brick-dust, clay, and Romain cement. These materials, pulverized and sifted are incorporated with linseed oil in the proportion of half a kilo of oil to 3 kilos of the mingled powder. The Romain or Romanic cement is so designated from the district in France where the calcareous stone from which it is prepared is found in considerable quantity. Although its adhesive qualities are unquestioned, there are undoubtedly merican cements equally as good.


IV.   Acetate of lead, 46 1/2 parts by weight; alum, 46 1/2 parts by weight; gum arabic, 76 parts by weight; flour, 500 parts by weight; water, 2,000 parts by weight. Dissolve the acetate of lead and the alum in a little water; on the other hand dissolve the gum arabic in water by pouring, for instance, the 2 liters of boiling water on the gum arabic reduced to powder. When the gum has dissolved, add the flower, put all on the fire, and stir well with a piece of wood; then add the solution of acetate of lead and the alum; agitate well so as to prevent any lumps from forming; retire from the fire before allowing to boil. This glue is used cold, does not peel off, and is excellent to make wood, glass, cardboard, etc. adhere to metals.


Cement for Leather and Iron. To face a cast-iron pulley with leather apply acetic acid to the face of the pulley with a brush, which will roughen it by rusting, and then when dry apply a cement made of 1 pound of fish glue and 1/2  pound of common glue, melted in a mixture of alcohol and water. The leather should then be placed on the pulley and dried under pressure.  

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