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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
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Mixing paste

As I have had to withdraw the Starch Paste. This latest batch proved to be unstable over a few weeks – simply went to water consistency. I am hoping the manufacturer can rectify the problem but, in the mean time, here is the recipes we were given at the our Book Restoration lectures.

Preparation of starch paste. –

Generally the proportion is one part starch to five parts distilled or deionized water

  •  Soak 30g of starch in 150mls of water for thirty minutes
  • Cook in a double boiler saucepan, (glass or stainless steel) stirring constantly until the paste turns translucent.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and allow to cool.
  • Strain through a non metallic strainer into a clean jar.
  • Cover with boiled water and store in the fridge.

Microwave paste -

  • Soak 30g of wheat starch in 150mls of water in a deep microwave bowl for thirty minutes.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute, remove the paste and stir.
  • Return and microwave for 3 minutes. Remove and stir every minute or so.
  • Repeat the process until the paste is cooked. Stir frequently.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and allow to cool.
  • Strain through a non metallic strainer into a clean jar.
  • Cover with boiled water and store in the fridge.

I was also advised that it is best if you can find gluten free flour.

I hope this helps and, even more, I hope we have a good substitute starch paste as most of us want to spend our time binding and not cooking paste – also it does not last long – 3 to 5 days perhaps. The smell will tell you.

Another trick is to add a few drops only of something like Dettol to help it last longer.

Stir before using and add a little more water if required.

 

 

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